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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • "Normal" for Magicians

    Posted on December 29, 2011 by Chris Ballinger

    Below you are going to find a series of photographs. If you've been doing magic for a while, they won't seem like much, but I encourage you to take a second look through the eyes of a layman. These images are strange and we, as magicians, have been desensitized to them.

    Dead Animal in a Bag

    Rocky the Raccoon

    Even out of the bag, Rocky the Raccoon can cause laymen to squirm. Whether he's in your close-up case, lying on the floor, or under a pile of books in your closet; until you pick him up, he looks like dead vermin.

    In all honesty, Rocky is pretty disturbing until you realize what he really is: Dead animal flesh wrapped around a steel spring. Oh wait: still gross. But that's not going to stop us from using him because people love a good Rocky routine.

    Individually Wrapped Million Dollar Bills

    Million Dollar Bills

    When a normal person is confronted with a Million Dollar Bill they ask themselves any number of questions: "Wait, how much is that worth" "Do those really exist?" "How many Quarter-Pounders with Cheese could I get with one of those?" But when a magician sees this, they're like, "Meh."

    The truth is, whether you need it for a bill switch or just a sight gag, it"s good to know that they"re readily available and sealed for optimal freshness.

    Severed Finger in Ziploc Bag

    Thumb Tip

    To a normal person this looks like something out of a crime scene, but to us, this is as common as cards or sponge balls.

    Think about this for a moment, if you saw a human thumb in a little baggy on the street you would flip out. But I would wager that every one of you has at least one of these somewhere in your pile of magic stuff.

    Criss Angel Not Wearing a Shirt

    criss angel

    Why are we all so okay with this? This is the ultimate example of magician desensitization. Criss Angel so frequently forgets to put on his shirt that we don't even notice anymore. For example: If you met Criss Angel and I asked you afterward if he was wearing a shirt at the time, you'd probably answer, "Um... I don't really remember."

    Maybe his stylist just doesn't let him wear shirts and if that's the case: Criss, I'm sorry. I'm sure you're half-cold. And if you ever truly need a shirt, you can always borrow one of mine:

    mind geek shirt

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  • How We Fool Ya

    Posted on December 18, 2011 by Chris Ballinger

    It has been a very intense holiday season here at Magic Geek. Lucky, I found a little time to make a silly video. I hope you enjoy and pass it on to all your other magician friends.

    As 2011 comes to a close, I just want to say thank you to all of the loyal "Magic Geeks" out there who have been following us throughout the year. Thanks for checking out the new magic, our youtube videos, messaging us on Facebook and Twitter as well as right here on the Magic Geek Blog. It really means a lot to us and we look forward to tons of great things in 2012!

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  • And the Winners Are...

    Posted on December 3, 2011 by Chris Ballinger

    Below find a list of the prizes and winners for the Elmwood October Drawing. Winners will receive a phone call or e-mail to verify their current address before the prizes are shipped out.

    Compressed Deck
    Edward R Bohlman

    Duston H Sieglaff

    Wide Card
    Barry Andrews

    Double Take
    Chris Bolles

    Paul Richards "Deuce" Lecture Notes
    David Saucedo

    Paul Richards "I'd Gladly Pay $12" Lecture Notes
    Tyler B Robinson

    David Blaine Poster
    Adam Noel

    Signed David Blaine Poster
    Stephen Hayward

    Year Subscription to the Geeky Times
    Seth A Goodmiller

    Ballinger DVD Set
    Caleb Kennedy

    Magic Geek $25 Gift Certificate
    Joseph McCorkle

    Magic Geek $25 Gift Certificate
    Bruce Harlan

    Magic Geek $25 Gift Certificate
    Brian Ramski

    Magic Geek $25 Gift Certificate
    JD Shanahan

    Magic Geek $100 Gift Certificate
    Apollo Sangalang

    The Flexfit Cap
    Andrew Bunner

    Signed Mindgeek T-Shirt
    Robert M Busching

    Wow 2.0 Director’s Cut Set
    Jay Purvis

    Signed Set of Angry Sponges
    Gregory C Day

    Thanks to everyone who participated. Please accept my personal apologies for how long it took to post this list. I really wanted to do a fun video drawing, but due to our unusually hectic schedule and the loss of a family member, this is how we're announcing this one.

    Please check back for more fun drawing, contests, games and shenanigans right here at the official Magic Geek Blog!

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