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  • 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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  • Advice from a 5-Year-Old

    Posted on August 23, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    My daughter Bailey Joins us this week as we answer your questions and talk about the topic of performing for kids. It was a lot of fun (and a bit of a handful) to have a youngster's perspective on this topic.

    My pick for the top 5 Kid Show Magic Tricks included Food to Go, 3-D Rabbit Set by Goshman, Soapy Suds, No Tear 2.0, and the Magic Coloring Book.

    Food to Go
    Sponge Rabbits
    Soapy Suds
    No Tear 2.0
    Magic Coloring Book

    We also talked about the new trick by Zeki called The Present. This is an extremely fun routine where the joker rides his bicycle right off of the card and across the spread out deck until he fuses with the selected card. This leaves the spectator with an impossible object to take home as a "present."

    The Present by Zeki

    Another great thing that we talked about was the Back to School sale. Check out all of the great bonus gifts up for grabs in the Back to School Section. Some of the bonuses include an autographed Redemption and a limited edition Magic Geek poster complete with signature and run number.

    Magic Geek Poster
    Magic Cartoon deck
    'Fraid Knot

    Congrats to Jeff Dumas, winner of the flex-fit Magic Geek Cap!

    Be sure to leave your questions for next week in the comments section below. Thanks for tuning in!

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  • Magic Live

    Posted on August 16, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Before we get too deep into this week's Recap, I just wanted to say congrats to Quintin Walker, Robert Busching, Travis Moore, and Vince Brown! You guys all won a 3 pack of DVDs for participating in last week's Recap Giveaway. Enjoy!

    In my previous Weekly Recap I asked for questions for magicians that might be at Magic Live and I now realize that you might not have known who I expected to find there. This year I ran into David Blaine, Criss Angel, Jesse Feinberg, Jeff Kaylor, Joshua Jay, Paul Harris, Gregory Wilson, Will Tsai, Titanas, David Penn, Cyril Takayama, Chris Kenner, and Cameron Francis. Just to name a few. So get your questions ready for the next convention.

    I also met a bunch of young magicians that are very talented and are definitely going places if they keep up the good work. So I just wanted to say, thanks for coming up and saying hi and showing me your magic.

    This week I talked about Jeff Prace's new trick Silencer. He was showing it a lot at Magic Live and I have to say, it is clever, magical and something that I'm going to start using in my close-up shows.

    Silencer by Jeff Prace
    I also talked about my first trick which was either the Ball in Vase, Hotrod, Drawer Box or Genie in the Bottle.

    Ball and Vase Trick

    Be sure to post your questions for next week's show. The topic will be "Performing for Children" and we will have special guest star Bailey joining us.

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  • Stage Fright Weekly Recap

    Posted on August 9, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Be sure to leave your questions for me or any magician you think might be at the Magic Live Convention in Las Vegas next week. For now, I answer your questions from the last week:

    Congrats to Steven Haynes, winner of the Complete Tarbell Set. That's an awesome prize and we hope that you enjoy it!

    Here's a little more information on the stuff we covered in this week's Recap:

    No Tear 2

    I truly believe that No Tear 2 is the best torn and restored newspaper effect out there right now. It is a truly stunning routine that has a fantastic kicker ending. Good stuff!

    'Fraid Knot Complete

    In answer to the question about affordable stage magic effects I mentioned my rope routine 'Fraid Knot. I actually used this trick for a crowd of over 2,500 people when a show needed someone to stall for a few minutes. I found some rope backstage and went for it.

    Six Card Repeat

    The Six Card Repeat is a fantastic stage trick. It packs small, plays big and can add a lot of time to your show. It has built-in comedy and always gets a laugh.

    Needle Thru Balloon

    Whether it's the deadly looking needle or the giant pop of the balloon, the Needle Thru Balloon trick will get your audiences attention.

    Multiplying Balls

    The Multiplying Balls is a classic that every stage magician should know. The Vernet brand that we carry is bright, easy to grip and work beautifully.

    Thanks for checking out the Weekly Recap and don't forget to get your name into the running for one of those DVD 3-Packs!

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  • Comedy Weekly Recap

    Posted on August 2, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we fielded your questions on Comedy Magic as well as showing footage from the live Miranda Sings show in Irvine and We're giving away another big prize. So watch the video and get more info down below.

    Congrats goes out to Steven Marsh, winner of the original Moustache gimmick which I used to develop the trick. I'm also sending Steven a current, signed copy of Moustache. Be sure to get your name into the running soon and often for the next big prize.

    This week we talked about the books Sleight of Mouth and Comedy Helper 2.

    Sleight of Mouth

    We also talked about the new Comedy Magic Section here at Magic Geek. Click the hilarious picture below to see all of the hand-picked comedy magic that we have to offer:

    This week, I decided to feature the No Diary, Diary by Chris Congreave. This is a fantastic card-at-any-date-style effect that fits nicely into your wallet. I like it because you can really get the spectator to open up and talk about their birthday which is great for breaking the ice.

    No Diary, Diary

    Next week is open to any question you might have. If there is an old question that I haven't answered yet or if you have a general question that didn't quite fit into the theme of the past episodes of the Weekly Recap, please leave them in the comments section below. Thanks for watching, I'll see you next week!

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  • Street Magic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on July 26, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Congrats to Ryan Myers, winner of last week's drawing! Rayn used the coupon code to get a discount and to win the Multiplying Potato Chips Set.

    Today I'm giving away a collector's item AND a free shipping coupon (good until 8/2/13). Plus, I answer your pressing questions on the art of street magic.

    The featured trick this week is the Mad Sponges Set which is back by popular demand. Even though it was one of our best-selling tricks, won awards and got us tons of great feedback, we had to discontinue it because they were so labor-intensive to build. Now, as a special treat, we are bringing them back in a very limited run. But you need to hurry, I'm not sure that we'll do a second run because--guess what--they are still labor intensive.

    Mad Sponges

    We also talked about 'Fraid Knot which is a rope routine that I developed for street and stage performances. We sell it here with the included ropes and an in-depth DVD which covers two time-tested routines and bonus handlings.

    We also talked about the Close-Up and Street Magic Combos which include professional-quality props and tricks that are used by real close-up and street performers all over the world.

    street magic kit

    Finally, we also mentioned our street magic series which was a free program that we posted on youtube to help you develop a solid street magic show. You can watch the entire series right here in the playlist embedded below.

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap. Actually, scratch that, thank you for participating in the Weekly Recap. Your questions, comments and views are what make this show what it is. Next week is all about comedy magic. So pony up with the questions down below in the comment section and they might get featured in next Friday's Weekly Recap!

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  • Geek Report in Short Shorts

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Hooray! It's time for a new Geek Report. These are so much fun to put together and I hope you have as much fun watching them as we do filming them:

    Come check out what Burt was talking about in the new Marc Oberon Section. We've got a bunch of great effects by Marc Oberon, most of which are brand new!

    marc oberon
    As you can imagine, anything can happen when we are shooting a Geek Report. That's why this month's episode features an Outtakes Reel:

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