So I decided that it had been far too long since I snapped a bald-cap on my gourd and talked in a raspy voice. That's why this episode of the Geek Report features Bob Bingpherapls. Yes he's big and sweaty, but nobody gives you the stats on a new trick quite like old Bob.
It was a lot of fun to go back to the old silliness of Magic Geek. I hope that there are a lot of new Geek Reports in our future.
Also, be sure to check out the Bloopers reel that we put together for this episode:
If there is something you want Terry Rinclnoggen and the rest of the Geek Report Staff to report on next, please let us know in the comments section below.
If you haven't already heard, my wife recently gave birth to our third child. Woo-hoo!
My job for the last couple of weeks has been to help make sure that my wife and our new baby (his name is Parker by the way) got lots of rest. As you can imagine, when you have two small children that love to sing and play the drums, this can be a challenging task.
One day I decided to come into the video studio to shoot a Geek Report and I brought my two older little-ones with me to give my wife some rest. The result? This thing:
I think they did a pretty good job. And my wife got some rest. Winning.
Incidentally, both kid LOVE the Tiny Plunger routine. They ask to see it over and over again. So I thought it would be an easy one for them to talk about in the video.
This Geek Report also features the way-awesome Guinea Pig Giveaway that we are doing this week.
Be sure to click the image above and learn how you can get your name into the running for the grand-prize of a giant Mystery Box and to be a part of the instructional DVD for my latest trick.
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So, what happens when Joshua Jay hosts a collection of the best techniques and routines utilizing common props and concepts in magic hand-picked from a wide array of professional big-name magicians by Paul Harris himself? Well, I'm glad you asked. The answer is a set of three invaluable DVDs that offer new material to the experienced magician and a crash-course for those just starting out.
New DVDs on old concepts and props in magic come out all the time. While I often watch these DVDs hoping that there will be some new and/or helpful information on them, 99% of the time I finish the DVD shaking my fists into the air, asking for those 42 minutes of my life back.
That is why I was shocked--SHOCKED--to find that not only was there information on the Hand-Picked Astonishments DVDs; but there was new stuff on there that I am going to put into practice and use in my professional shows.
This is my favorite DVD of the set. It goes through forces that are as simple as the Cross-Cut Force all the way to the Classic Force.
Now, I've been doing magic for over 20 years and I almost skipped over the Cross-Cut Force section. It's such an old, over-published force that there couldn't possibly be anything new or interesting that they could have thrown at me to make me start using it again. Wrong!
There were about three concepts just in that one force that intrigued me and got me trying them out on people. This was the case with just about every force covered and the included routines were fantastic as well.
Thumb Tips: If you're an experienced magician, this DVD is more a refresher course. There were some interesting ideas brought up and the routines were interesting. The real value here is in the psychology and audience management covered in the DVD. If you own a thumb tip and don't use it or just don't know what a thumb tip is, you should get this DVD.
Invisible Deck The Invisible Deck is one of the strongest gaffed decks ever invented. This DVD covers the workings of the Invisible Deck and then goes deeper to give you the strongest routines from some of magic's top inventors. I'm not talking about different patter options, I'm talking about using the deck for a completely different kind of effect without loosing any of the strength of the original Invisible Deck routine. In fact, I'd wager to say that each of the routines covered actually makes the routine stronger than the original.
Each DVD is well-shot and the instruction from Joshua Jay is top-notch. I would recommend any of these to any magician looking to brush up their skills or get a good foundation with any of these props or concepts.
First off, I want to thank everyone who participated in the Moustache Madness Giveaway.
I hope you're all enjoying the free Svengali Decks and plotting the best way to spend that dollar you saved. I suggest you put it into a retirement account.
And the winners are:
Thanks again to everyone who participated and be sure to get connected to find out when the next giveaway is going to happen. I recommend you subscribe to our youtube channel, get signed up for the mailing list, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Winners: Jake Ruben - Signed Moustache box Set with Leather Wallet William Stribling - Signed Moustache box Set with Leather Wallet Corey Webber - Signed Moustache box Set with Leather Wallet Todd Carlson - Signed Moustache box Set with Leather Wallet Le Vuong - Signed Moustache box Set with Leather Wallet and the Chris Ballinger Mega Pack
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.
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.
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.
Click the picture above to learn more about Magic Geek and the employees that work here.
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.
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.