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  • Tough Crowd - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I asked for your questions on difficult audiences. You came up with some pretty interesting questions and hopefully, my answers will help you deal with those tough crowds:

    This week we featured the new addition to the Private Lessons Series: The Perfect Faro Shuffle. You can click on the picture below to learn more about that or check out the Blog Post I did earlier this week.

    Perfect Faro Shuffle

    Let's not forget that you have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate which is hidden in a copy of Peter Eggink's Pocket Bizarre. Just place an order for this cool new utility gimmick and you might get a little surprise from your old pal Chris.

    Also, here's a link to my Vine Account in case you wanted to check that out.

    We got a question from Twitter user @royalfrenchness asking for tricks that would work well in a classroom setting. As promised in the recap, here is a short list of options:

    Vanishing Pen

    Vanishing Pen
    This ordinary-looking ball-point pen will vanish when wrapped in a napkin or piece of paper. Visual magic with an everyday object!

    Exact Change

    Exact Change
    A spectator names any number between 1 and 100. You then take out all the change from your pocket and it is an exact match to the number they just named.


    A super-easy solid through solid routine where a common house key gets linked to a rubber band or borrowed necklace.
    Cobra Kiss by Hondo

    Cobra Kiss
    In this dangerous-looking routine, you manage to divine which stapler is loaded with real staples.
    Self Bending Paperclip

    Self Bending Paperclip
    Pick up a paperclip and cause it to bend and contort. You have full control over how it bends.

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap and don't forget, this show depends on your questions, so leave them in the comments section below and see if they make it into the next episode of the Weekly Recap.

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  • The Private Lessons Return

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    Our Private Lessons Series has helped many magicians learn new ways to Force Cards, perform False Shuffles, and the Elmsley Count. Now, this popular series returns with a move that has been requested for over a year now: The Perfect Faro Shuffle.

    Pulling off your first Perfect Faro Shuffle is a rewarding and exciting experience. With the advice and tips taught in this half-hour long video download, you will get to experience that quicker than you might have thought possible.

    There are a lot of popular card effects that seem out of the reach of many magicians because they require a Perfect Faro Shuffle. My goal with this Private Lesson is to quickly get you out there performing this sleight with confidence.

    The bulk of the download goes over the specific grip, tension, and positioning necessary to perform the Perfect Faro Shuffle. Then I go over some of the finer details and pointers on how to correct problems. After that I go over a few uses including a fantastic gambling routine that looks completely impossible to your audience. I also go over how to get the deck back into new pack order using the Faro Shuffle as well as teach the classic tabled handling.

    Instant downloads are a great deal and you don't have to wait for a package to be sent to you. In a matter of minutes that video file will be on your computer, ready for you to learn the Perfect Faro Shuffle.

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  • Warehouse Tour - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    Hello everyone! Welcome to another beautiful Friday morning; which is the time, of course, when we post a brand-new Weekly Recap. This week we answered questions on anything and everything:

    Early in the video I talked about my creative process for Moustache and Mad Sponges as well as recommend a set of Cigar Boxes to get you started with Cigar Box Juggling. I also recommend getting an instructional DVD if you are going to start off with Cigar Boxes because it is kind of a strange form of juggling without much instructional information out there. We produced a DVD called the Ultimate Juggling DVD a while back which goes over all types of juggling and Cigar Boxes are heavily featured in that.

    Ultimate Juggling DVD

    The Magic Geek warehouse is still recovering from the holiday madness so I couldn't give a proper tour, but I did the best I could.

    I also talked a little bit about my sister Colleen, whose career as internet sensation Miranda Sings is really taking off. She used to do video demos for us a long time ago and can be seen in the demo for Spreadwave 2.0. I feel I should also mention that I will be performing with Colleen at the Lobero Theater in my home town of Santa Barbara on March 7th, so if you're in Southern California, be sure to get tickets for that!

    This week's featured product is The Box by Mark Southworth. This is seriously one of the best utility gimmicks out there and you should really check it out. It's a fully customizable card to impossible location, open prediction, closed prediction and more. It makes for some extremely magical moments.

    One of our viewers asked about the Haunted Doll which is a fantastic prop and routine. If you like to give your audience the creeps, get yourself one of these little guys.

    Haunted Doll

    Also, don't miss out on your chance to get a 5% discount and a chance to win the pre-built Psycho Quiz Prediction that was used in the Magic Geek Video Demo. Watch the entire recap to find your coupon code to win.

    Psycho Quiz Prediction

    And finally, I want to remind you to ask questions for next week. The topic is "Difficult Audiences" this goes beyond hecklers. If you've had problems with personality types, attention spans, intelligence levels, age groups, etc. we want to answer your questions about them. Ask away, my friends. Ask away.

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  • Happy Holidays!

    Posted on December 24, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    After long hours of packing boxes for the holiday season days on end, the entire staff of the Magic Geek Warehouse starts to get a little slap-happy. It's a good thing we have a good way to let off a little steam: silly videos.

    Thanks to everyone who ordered from us and a very special thanks to Avalon and Rachel for making this video with me. You guys are the best!

    We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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  • Nice Try, Sucker - Weekly Recap

    Posted on December 13, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talked a little bit about "Sucker Magic".

    There literally are boxes everywhere at Magic Geek right now. We have huge shipments coming in and even more smaller packages (your orders) leaving the warehouse every day! We really enjoy the excitement that the holidays bring to our shipping department and consider it an honor to be a part of your gift-giving process.

    The sandwich-monte-style-trick that I went over briefly in the Recap was using the gimmick from my top-selling trick The Shark.

    The Shark

    We also talked about the Sharpie Through Card or STC. This is a very well-made gimmick that offers several different super-visual penetration routines.

    sharpie through card

    A few people asked about last week's Weekly Recap. I taught a little move where you vanish a ring tied to a string. Unfortunately, there were a few elements which weren't covered in detail. So this week I went over the knot move and gave two sources for the "Cross Over Move": Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic and Gregory Wilson's Ring Leader.

    Don't forget to enter to win one of the five sets of Cups and Balls with the massive instructional DVD. This set will take you from beginner to advanced very quickly in one of the most iconic tricks in magic. Enter as many times as you would like to up your chances of winning one of these handsome sets.

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  • Finger Rings and Other Silliness

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I tackle your questions on Ring Magic:

    Don't forget to use Coupon Code: 44387 to get free shipping plus a free gift, plus a bonus free DVD if your order is over $100. That offer ends Monday night, so get on it!

    This week I talked about Ring Leader, Nest of Wallets and Skycap. You can click any of those links to learn more about them.

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  • Going Organic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on November 22, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we take a look at what it takes to make your magic more "organic."

    This week I recommended that you mentalists out there check out the DVD Emotional Intelligence. If you're looking for good organic-looking gimmicks, you should check out the Paul Harris Presents line. And for some non-gimmicked stuff check out the Daniel Garcia Project DVDs.

    I also talked a little bit about Heinstein's Dream which is a beautiful torn and restored card effect. You truly need to check it out. Another great trick mentioned this week is the Haunted Doll which has a demo that made Lena scream. (I truly do feel "this much" bad about it.)

    Also, I want to say congrats to the winners of the Five for Five Drawing: Pamela Pliska, JohnHenry Ford, Ronald Blan, Robert Busching, and Stephen Schulke. Good job, everybody, you're prizes are on the way!

    And let's not forget about that awesome Beat the Rush Sale that's going on right now. A percentage off PLUS free gifts within certain price points.

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  • Beat the Rush Sale

    Posted on November 21, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Want to beat the Holiday Rush and get the very best magic tricks and supplies before they sell out this year? We're here to help, with the The Magic Geek Beat the Rush Sale!

    Get an additional 5% off all items, including those items that are already discounted when you use the coupon code: hero.

    PLUS: we have special bonus gifts including gift certificates, limited edition and collectors items that we are giving away for FREE!. Each price tier offers you a free gift that is just right for any magician.

    If you use the coupon code and your order is over:

    $50 = Free Limited Edition Poster
    $75 = Five Dollar Magic Geek Gift Card
    $100 = Ten Dollar Magic Geek Gift Card
    $150 = Fifteen Dollar Magic Geek Gift Card
    $200 = Twenty Dollar Magic Geek Gift Card PLUS a signed copy of Chris Ballinger's Zodiac.

    This offer ends on Monday, November 25th at 11:59pm. So hurry and get your order it today!

    *Special note to magicians:This sale is aimed at those shopping for holiday gifts, so how do you as a magician get the most out of this sale? Well, the obvious way is to use the coupon code and get those gift certificates and/or free gifts to use for yourself.

    But, might I also suggest utilizing the Wishlist Feature on Magic Geek and sending it to your friend and loved ones in time for them to use the sale. This will help them know what you want, where to get it and save them some extra cash. Plus, you might get the bonus gift of a gift certificate in your stocking this year!

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  • Giving Back for Movember

    Posted on November 15, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Magic Geek will donate 25% of every Moustache sale to the Movember Fundraising project which raises funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

    Get ready for a video that is just strange enough to feature in the Magic Geek blog.

    *Please note that this video was not produced by Magic Geek and contains some adult content and themes.

    Ali Azarvan and Tom Adams of Santa Barbara are part of Movember Foundation’s team the “Hot TomAli’s” and are rockin’ mustaches and rockin’ out to raise money and awareness for men’s health.

    “We love doing good and having fun while we do it!” said Azarvan.

    Currently the team is in eighth place in the nation for fundraising and working toward their goal of $100,000.

    Tom and Ali are good friends of the Magic Geek Family and we have decided to give 25% of sales Chris Ballinger's best selling Moutache magic trick for the entire month of November. So, all you have to do is purchase Moustache during November and 25% is going to the cause.

    To learn more about the Hot TomAli's visit their Movember Page Click Here.

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  • Rope Magic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on November 15, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talked all about rope magic. Thanks for your questions and for participating in the Mystery Box Giveaway.

    A lot of the questions were about my rope routine 'Fraid Knot Complete. We also talked about Rope, Nut & Knot, and the Acrobatic Knot.

    If you're itching to start performing rope magic, 'Fraid Knot and Fiber Optics Extended are going to give you a real jump start. Plus we have several different types of magician's rope available including Standard Magician's Rope and Elite Parlor Rope.

    And don't forget to use the coupon code and get 5% off plus a chance to get one of our top-five newest magic tricks!

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