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Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Turtle: Ruiner of Magic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 28, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    First I want to say congratulations to Jackson Fyfe for winning the copy of Hot Flush from this week's drawing. Your prize has been shipped and is on it's way to you now!

    This week we took an in-depth look at packet effects. Packet effects (if you don't know) are also called fractal card routines and basically involve a packet of cards which do not make up a full deck. In the Recap I go over a few of the problems with packet effects as well as solutions and talk about some of my personal favorites:

    We mentioned a lot of packet effects this week, including Eye Exam, B'Wave, NFW, Nothing But the Truth, Ace and Panic. As well as mentioning two John Bannon DVDs which are packed with fractal card magic: Fractalicious and Bullet Party.

    Eye Exam magic trick

    I had a hard time picking the featured trick this week because so many great things got released this week. I mentioned 3D Crystal and the At the Table Lectures. But because of today's theme, I decided to stick with Shock Twist by Gary Jones. This is a fantastic packet effect with a double-kicker ending which actually makes sense. Check it out by me perform it for real people that I just met out on the street. WATCH DEMO: CLICK HERE.

    Shock Twist

    I can't wait to read your questions for next week when we talk about your live show. How to put one on, how to promote it, how to structure it, etc.

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  • I'm Gonna Touch You - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 21, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talked about all kinds of things. Thanks for all the fantastic questions!

    Our first question featured the Yigal Mesika's Innercircle. It's an awesome utility gimmick that will help you perform visual miracles. We also talked about my upcoming show in Los Angeles. If you are in Southern California on April 1st, get your ticket right HERE because this show is selling out fast!

    Next up, we talked about justifying the use of Sponge Balls. Two of the solutions I use on a regular basis are the 3-D Sponge Rabbits and Mad Sponges.

    A few months ago I did a Weekly Recap on Stage Fright and confidence. Instead of having you dig through the YouTube archives for the video, I thought I'd re-post it right here:

    The title of this week's Recap came from a question about controlling your audience while performing the trick Ace by Richard Sanders. This is an astonishing routine and audiences LOVE it, but it is important to have full control during the routine. Hopefully me little tips will help out with that.

    The featured trick this week is Cakes and Adders. This is a fabulous trick to perform at children's birthday parties. For tricks that are aimed at children, I always test them out on my kids; sometimes I do it on camera. Be sure to check out my kids' reaction to Cakes and Adders in the Magic Geek Video Demo.

    Cakes and Adders

    Wow 2.0 is such a visual trick! It's worth the justification it takes to perform. This week I gave a couple of pointers on performing it, including using it like a collector's case that protects special cards from warping and fading.

    Want your wallet to be set up like mine? Here's what you'll need: a Mesika Wallet, an Innercircle gimmick, and Torn 2 Pieces. Now get out there and fool people!

    For those of you who are worried about your Classic Force failing, here are three routines that I use and where to find them... The Ambitious Card can be found in the Royal Road to Card Magic; Fourced Outcome is an instant download that can be found right here at Magic Geek; and Triumph by Dia Vernon can be found in volume 1 of Michael Ammar's Easy to Master Card Miracles.

    Don't forget to use coupon code flush and get 5% off your order. That's also going to get your name into the drawing for Wayne Dobson's new effect Hot Flush. But hurry the coupon code expires on March 28th.

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  • Get a Box of Free Magic

    Posted on March 14, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    My birthday is this weekend! Whoohoo! To celebrate, Magic Geek is giving away five huge boxes of magic! Learn more by watching the Weekly Recap:

    This week we talked about Sync3. Check it out by clicking HERE. Be sure to comment for next week. You guys rock!

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  • Be a Nerd and Have Fun - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 7, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we took at look at Rubber Band Magic:

    Don't forget to leave a comment asking questions about making videos of your magic. That's going to be a fun episode.

    Congratulations to 444rr, winner of the YouTube Video competition. If you think we should do more of this kind of video competition/giveaways, please comment below and let us know about it!

    This week we took a look at Shin Lim's newest trick: The Switch. One very cool thing about buying The Switch from Magic Geek is that we are going to include a bonus gimmick and handlings for The Switch. This bonus gimmick will make the routine easier and more deceptive. Check it out by buying The Switch from Magic Geek today!

    I also talked a little bit about the Sponge Rabbits, Inner Circle and the Art of Astonishment books.

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