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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Leather Moustaches

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This weekend we are giving away five limited edition Moustache sets with hand-crafted leather wallets. Each set will be signed and numbered to commemorate the exclusivity of each set.

    I am extremely excited and proud of the beautiful top-load wallets which are included in these sets. These came from our long-time friend Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Goods (www.makesmith.com) Each wallet was constructed of hand-picked pieces of genuine domestic cow hides. They were then hand treated, embossed, finished with gold leafing and hand-stitched.

    These slim, durable wallets are the classiest way to carry around your Moustache Set. The wallet was actually designed and sized to fit a full set of Moustache cards perfectly.

    The only way to get your hands on one of these sets is to enter into the "Moustache Madness Giveaway". Place an order with coupon-code 7585 before the 29th to get your name into the drawing. Just for entering you'll get one dollar off your order and a free Svengali Deck. Enter as many times as you like to increase your chances of winning.

    For more information on the grand Prize and official rules, check out our blog entitled "Moustache Madness Giveaway."


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  • Moustache Madness Giveaway

    Posted on April 24, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    In celebration of my newest trick Moustache. Magic Geek is proud to offer the Moustache Madness Giveaway.

    This is your chance to win one of five limited edition boxed Moustache sets or every trick I've ever created (including the ones that have been discontinued.) In addition, every time you enter to win you'll get a free Bicycle brand Svengali Deck and $1.00 off your purchase.

    Here's how you enter to win: place an order for anything at Magic Geek and use Coupon Code 7585. Your order must be completed before April 29th and you must apply the code in order to get your name into the running.

    Place as many orders as you like. You can tip the odds in your favor by placing multiple orders with the coupon code.

    On April 30th we will take all of the entries, put them into a hat and draw five names. The first four will get the Limited Edition Boxed Set of Moustache with the exclusive leather wallet. These wallets were hand treated and sewn by Make Smith Leather to perfectly fit your set of Moustache Cards. The embossed lettering is gold leafed to perfectly accent your wallet. Each box will be signed and numbered to commemorate the exclusivity of these five sets.

    The Fifth person drawn will win the Boxed Moustache set and every trick that I've ever created. This list includes favorites like Redemption, The Shark, Monarch, DOS, Permanent, Ransom, and 'Fraid Knot. It also includes two discontinued items that cannot be purchased: Angry Sponges and Anttack. The latter two effects have been in very high demand and we are very happy to offer them as prizes in the Moustache Madness Giveaway.

    Please note: Separate orders cannot be combined to get a refund on shipping.


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  • Draw Magic Geek's Life

    Posted on April 12, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Lately Youtube and Twitter have been flooded with "Draw My Life" videos (#drawmylife). It seemed like a pretty cool way to tell the story of Magic Geek and since I liked to draw we thought we'd take a stab at it.

    In this video Brian (Magic Geek Owner) and I (Chris Ballinger) take you through the history of Magic Geek and let you know how it became the website it is today.

    draw my life video

    Click the picture above to learn more about Magic Geek and the employees that work here.


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  • Closer Look at Moustache

    Posted on April 4, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    The final touches are being added to my latest trick "Moustache" and I am so excited about sharing it with the magic world! I truly believe that this is one of the best routines out there for connecting with your audience.

    The moustache has become an iconic symbol and a new wave of style. I think it's about time that we as magicians catch up with this trend and take advantage of a topic that has built-in popularity.

    I have been playing with the moustache theme in magic for over a year now and I think that I have finally come up with the most practical and visually appealing routine possible.

    As we wrap up the DVD for this project, I have been diving deep into my past journal entries, making sure that all relevant material is included in the final cut.

    I've posted a few photographs of design and concept sketches that have been filling up my idea books for the last year or so.

    As with most of the projects we do, a majority of the ideas did not make it to the final cut. It can be tough to determine which concepts are the most useful and which ones I'm just holding onto because I want them to work. But after testing every outcome in real-world conditions I think we've made room for only the best material.


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  • Favorite Thing To Do

    Posted on April 3, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    One of my all-time favorite things to work on at Magic Geek has to be producing the Geeky Times. Every month we get to share what's going on here at Magic Geek in a fun and creative way.

    This free newsletter is always packed with stuff like in-depth magic reviews, games, contests, coupon codes and the occasional craft. April 2013 features a cut-out activity that we think is so ridiculous and entertaining that we made a video of me building one.

    The Miraculous Myriorama Moustache Machine is obviously brought to you by my latest trick Moustache. It took quite a bit of trial and error to get the original to work, but the final product is so amusing, that I keep one on my desk for visitors to play with. Even if no one out there actually goes through the trouble of building one for themselves, I'm really proud of mine and happy that the option is in this issue of the Times.

    Every month brings new challenges as I try to figure out what is going to be in the times, draw all of the illustrations and design some sort of puzzle or game to include. I hope that you are enjoying the final product as much as we enjoy putting it all together.

    The Geeky Times is a free newsletter that goes into every package that leaves the Magic Geek Warehouse. The only way to get your hands on a copy is to place an order and it will be delivered with the rest of your package. Each month is different and there are no back-issues, once the month is over, the previous issue goes into the vault for safe-keeping.


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  • Youtubers Visit Magic Geek

    Posted on April 2, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Last weekend the whole family was in town plus "The Queen of Youtube" Glozell! What?!

    Glozell Youtube

    For those of you who don't know, almost my entire family produces content for Youtube. My sister Colleen has a spotlight channel called Psychosoprano, she is also in charge of Youtube Sensation MirandaSings08's channel, my other sister Rachel has NOVAQUA (I don't know what that stands for, so don't ask) and even my daughter has a video that went viral; it's called "Daddy Has a Penis". But for real: that's what it's called.

    Anyway, through various projects that Colleen has been involved in (Dr. Fubalous, Miranda Sings, etc.) she has become friends with lots of other youtubers including the wonderful Glozell. Why not invite her and her fiance and manager S.K. to Easter at our parents' house?

    After lunch on Saturday I gave everyone a tour of the Magic Geek Warehouse and we had some fun with my latest creation: Moustache.

    Youtube is a fantastic way to promote your magic and reach a wider audience. Being able to point potential clients to your promotional video on youtube is a game-changer when it comes to booking gigs.

    Stay tuned to the Magic Geek Blog for more ideas on how to produce an effective youtube campaign for your magic.


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