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  • Mind Control

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    In addition to talking about mentalis, we are giving away our biggest Weekly Recap Prize yet AND offering a coupon code. So click "Play" and learn how to win!

    Good luck to all of those who enter!

    There were a ton of great questions submitted on the topic of Mentalism and I got to talk about a bunch of my favorite tricks, for example:

    Reveal Chris rawlins

    Reveal: This is a great peek method, especially for stage because of how visual it is.

    Telethought Wallet
    Telethought Wallet: This gimmick is so cool and diabolical that you'll perform with it just to see it function.


    Think-A-Card: The included deck of cards makes this effect incredibly easy to perform and it absolutely amazes people.

    word in a million

    Word in a Million: This is the easiest book test out there and it can be done with any word on any page of almost any book!

    Mental PRediction Board

    Mental Prediction Board: This has been one of my favorites since I started doing magic. In fact, I still have and use the Mental Prediction Board that I got when I was eight years old!

    Be sure to leave a comment below with your questions for next Friday's Weekly Recap. The topic is on street magic, so if you have questions about that or anything else, we want to hear them.

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  • Acting Lessons

    Posted on July 12, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    It's time for the Weekly Recap! This week I answered questions about Magic Shows. Watch the video below to hear my advice on writing, developing, and promoting your magic show.

    In this Recap I talked about John Archer's Blank Night. You can learn more about it by clicking the image below:

    Blank Night John Archer

    I also talked about Empty by Marcus Eddie. Check out that awesome trick by clicking this image:

    Empty Marcus Eddie

    You can't win Empty without entering the raffle. Get three of your friends to like us on Facebook and write on our wall to get your name into the drawing.

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  • Weekly Recap Starring Rachel!

    Posted on July 5, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week Rachel (from the some of the video demos) helped us answer your questions. Watch the video below for awkward moments, Rachel performing a magic trick, Rachel juggling and yep--more awkward moemnts:

    There was a lot of stuff featured in this Weekly Recap, so we're going to break it down a little here to help you find what you're looking for:

    The Geeky Times:

    geeky times newsletter
    The Geeky Times is a FREE newsletter that comes in every package we send out. To get your copy all you have to do is place an order. There is a new Geeky Times every month with new product reviews, interesting articles and a game, comic, or craft. July's issue includes a very cool build-your-own shop dog illusion.

    Triumph Deck:

    Triumph Deck

    The Triumph deck is a stunning and sleight-of-hand-free trick that will make you look like a pro in minutes.

    Juggling Balls:

    Juggling Balls

    Rachel showed off her awesome juggling skills. If you want to learn to juggle or improve your juggling the kit featured above is the best way to learn. The DVD is fantastic and the balls are ideal for learning new moves in juggling.

    Scared by Webber Ho:

    This is a great close-up trick. Link two objects that people are totally familiar with and in the end you can let them keep two linked dental flossers as an impossible souvenir.

    ACE by Richard Sanders:

    Ace by Richard Sanders

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap. Be sure to leave your questions below. Next week's theme will be about booking and structuring magic shows.

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  • First Weekly Recap

    Posted on June 28, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    We wanted to come up with a weekly show that would be both entertaining and informative; but most of all we wanted it to be about the things that you are interested in. That's how we developed the Weekly Update. The Q&A format, mixed with new magic, guest-stars and giveaways allows us to give you something new and exciting every week!

    Next week Rachel will be on the program, so be sure to come up with some good questions for her. You can post them right here in the comments box.

    Best of luck to those that go for the $25 Gift Certificate!

    The best way to get notified when a new Weekly Recap is up is by subscribing to our youtube channel. In fact, that's a great way to keep up to date with what's going on at Magic Geek in general, so if you haven't done it, do it right now. There's even a nifty link to do so in the video itself.

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  • Geek Report - DVS

    Posted on June 28, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    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.

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  • Geek Report Jr.

    Posted on June 13, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    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.

    Tiny Plunger

    This Geek Report also features the way-awesome Guinea Pig Giveaway that we are doing this week.

    Magic Geek Discount

    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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  • Memorial Day Sale

    Posted on May 26, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This Memorial Day enjoy the savings as we offer all of the Chris Ballinger magic inventions for 10% OFF plus free shipping on orders over 450!

    Memorial Day Sale

    Use coupon code 52713 to save 10% on these top-sellers and more:



    Click HERE to see the full list.

    Rules of the sale are subject to change. Free Shipping Offer only valid on standard domestic shipments. When using coupon code click "View Cart' Then enter the coupon code and click "Apply". Offer ends at 10am EST on Tuesday May 28th.

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  • Hand-Picked Astonishments

    Posted on May 10, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    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.

    Let's go through them one at a time, shall we?

    Card Forces:

    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.

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  • Congrats Winners (And Good Job Everyone Else)

    Posted on May 1, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    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.

    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

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  • Leather Moustaches

    Posted on April 26, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    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 ( 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.

    For more information on the grand Prize and official rules, check out our blog entitled "Moustache Madness Giveaway."

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