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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • Mad Scientist - Weekly Recap

    Posted on September 29, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we thank all of you for participating and wish Charlie Van Horn congratulations for winning the weekly giveaway. We truly hope that you enjoy the signed and personalized Mad Sponges Set that we are giving away this week! Congrats on that. It is truly a collector's item!

    Also mentioned this week--and with good merit--is the new incarnation of Anttack: Anttack II, The Revenge of Anttack.

    This release is so near and dear to our hearts that it we are overwhelmed with the response that it has gotten:

    Chris Ballinger's Anttack II

    Also mentioned in this Friday's Weekly Recap include The Shark and Redemption. So be sure to check those out when you get a chance!


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  • I Love Hecklers - Weekly Recap

    Posted on September 20, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Congratulations to Mircea Damian, winner of last week's drawing for the Uncut Baroque Deck. It's on its way to you now!

    This week we deal with the issue of Audience Management and hecklers:

    Don't forget to use the coupon code this week to get 5% off and get your name in the running for the personalized, signed Mad Sponges set.

    Paul Richards' new trick Token got some attention in this Weekly Recap. Click the image below to learn why:

    Next week we are taking a look at the inventing process. Please comment with your questions on the topic of inventing and inspiration or say whatever else you want to. Who knows, your question might get featured in next Friday's Weekly Recap!


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  • Dolla Dolla Bills, Y'ALL!

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I asked for your questions on Money. Some of you asked about Money Magic, some asked about the business side of magic. Thank you very much for your questions! They are what makes this show what it is:

    Some of the tricks featured in this Weekly Recap include Ransom, Extreme Burn and Rope, Nut, & Knot:


    Ransom Extreme Burn 2.0 Rope, Nut, & Knot

    Don't forget to use the coupon code and get 5% OFF your order, plus if you spend over $50, you get a free custom USPCC deck and a chance to win an uncut Baroque Deck Sheet. But hurry, this offer ends on Friday, September 20th.

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap!


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  • Your First Magic Trick

    Posted on September 9, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week was all about you guys! Thanks for sharing your first magic tricks with us:

    Before we get into what tricks you suggested, I want to point out that this is the only week to get the free video file from me, Chris Ballinger. All you have to do is place an order and I will make a video thanking you by name for the order. If you want, you can save the file to your computer, email it to your firends, post it on youtube or facebook or whatever you want! It belongs to you! Hurry and place your order today to make sure you get your video.

    Here are some of the tricks that you started off with:

    Cups and Balls Cups and Balls:
    This classic is great because it can grow with you. Start off with the super-easy version of the trick and add on more complicated sleights as your talents and interests expand.
    Magic Frame Magic Frame:
    This is a fantastic beginner trick because it looks impossible, everything is examinable and, best of all: it's super-easy to do!
    Ball and Vase Ball and Vase:
    Another fantastic beginner trick. This was my first trick and I loved it. A great introduction to magic.
    Svengali Deck Svengali Deck:
    This was one of my favorite tricks as a kid. I still perform it from time to time because it is so impossible looking. What I really love about the Svengali Deck is that there is so much you can do with it!
    Haunted Key Haunted Key:
    This is a fantastic effect to perform during the Halloween season. It's easy to do and it gets a great reaction, especially since the key can be immediately examined.
    Spiked Coin Spiked Coin:
    Hearing all of these first tricks is drumming up all kinds of fond memories for me. I thought that the Spiked Coin was so clever as a kid. It's a great penetration of solid through solid.
    Rising Card Rising Card:
    When performed correctly, the Rising Card can become an outright miracle. I have always loved this trick and used to perform it over and over and over.
    Blendo Blendo Trick:
    You've got to check out the video demo for this one. It's not just a beginners trick. Time and time again, I've seen professionals use this trick in their everyday act.


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