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  • Magic Multiplying Babies

    Posted on September 11, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Hey everyone. My wife, Jessica and I are very pleased to announce the birth of our second child, Jacob. He was born on September 8th.

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    Chris' "Cut and Restored Umbilical Cord" Routine.

    I am very excited that I played a part in bringing one more geek into the world.


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  • Free Trick for Labor Day

    Posted on September 5, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Magic Geek is proud to present the "My Wife's in Labor Labor Day Sale." She's not really in labor yet, but she is really pregnant and I think that's a good enough reason for a sale.

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    We firstly want to offer you FREE SHIPPING on all of your orders during this long weekend. Just add what you want to your cart, enter the Coupon Code 4335 and click "Apply".

    This coupon code will also get you a free copy of my latest trick, Anttack with Gimmicks when you order $100 or more in one order. That means, if you use the coupon code 4335 and spend over $100, you will get free shipping and a brand new magic trick as an extra gift from us.

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    Coupon Code 4335 is valid until 11:59pm EST on September 7th 2009. Offer does not apply to Google Checkout or international orders.


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  • Interview with FreeMagicLive.com

    Posted on August 27, 2009 by chris ballinger

    A few weeks ago the guys at FreeMagicLive.com contacted me through youtube and asked if I would be interested in an interview. The result was a huge interview where I told them about my history with magic and tips for practice, performance, originality and humor. The whole interview can be found by clicking the picture below.

    FreeMagicLive.com is a resource for those who want to start learning magic. They give tips on performance, style and practice as well as teach powerful, easy to perform magic tricks. It's the brainchild of magicians Jay Jay and Magical G based out of Brisbane Australia. It's a pretty awesome website and you should check it out.


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  • Tales from the Tube

    Posted on August 26, 2009 by chris ballinger

    I go on youtube every day to check on our 500+ videos. And I personally read all of the comments on our videos. Some are nice, some are mean, and some are very difficult to understand. So I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of the comments and address them.

    Helder Guimaraes DVD:

    magicfreek101 wrote:
    BUY THIS NOW. I have it and its just like a new world in card magic!

    I couldn’t have said it better, Magicfreak101. I love this DVD set. Guimaraes’ thoughts on card magic are innovative and fantastic. If you haven’t checked it out, you should.

    Magic Money Maker:

    Ecck2 wrote:
    I trolls it out when it goes therw...

    I think I’ve finally translated this one. It seems that ecck2 has a firm grasp of the English language; he just types with his fingers jammed into ten bananas and then doesn’t read what he’s written.

    Anttack with Gimmicks:

    MegaGeek325 wrote:
    He's really good at making awkward endings to these videos. But I think that took the cake. o.oU

    Here at Magic Geek we love that awkward humor and I’m glad to see that it doesn’t go unnoticed.

    Yoshino Gimmick:

    Kieku87 wrote:
    I have to say this, I watched this about a dozen times and when you get that wig on you, it looks like a camera trick... Like pausing and again playing the camera... I dont usually say this but it is the way I see it...

    I just want to address this topic: we do not use camera trickery… just regular trickery. We want you to see the exact effect of the magic that we sell so that you can make an informed decision before buying. If we used camera tricks it would undermine what we are trying to do. You can do everything that you see in our videos with the magic we sell.

    Peekaboo:

    Xxrockandrollgodxx wrote:
    its a mirror! the wand!

    This happens a lot. People don’t watch the entire video and so they don’t see that the trick I am doing is a sucker trick. The real magic trick happens at the end of the video.

    This is just a taste of the comments that I sift through every day. We like to hear what you have to say and so we read and consider everything that is posted, both here on Magic Geek and on our youtube account.


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  • School Survival Kit

    Posted on August 19, 2009 by chris ballinger

    It's that time of year again. Time to dust off your backpack, load up your binder and soak up those last few days of summer freedom. We here at Magic Geek think that school is very important, but let's face it, some times it's kind of boring. That's why we've put together a list of the top 10 must-have tricks to make the back-to-school transition a little more interesting.

    These tricks were chosen because they fit in the school setting and they are sure to get the attention of your fellow students. Just be careful, some teachers don't like to be upstaged.

    #10 Peekaboo
    This is the perfect card trick to perform on the playground. It's funny, takes up the same space as a pen, and it's one of those awesome gadgets that everyone wants to check out.

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    #9 Scorpion Moth
    Be careful who you choose to perform this trick for. Some people like being attacked by a blood-sucking moth, some don't. (The ones who don't usually scream the loudest.)

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    #8 Self-Folding Dollar Bill
    This is a great trick to always have in your pocket. It's creepy and unexpected.

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    #7 Neck Cracker
    Oh, if only I had one of these when I was in school. This little gimmick will make everyone scream as you adjust you neck with a loud POP-POP-POP!

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    #6 Two Headed Nickel
    Oftentimes schoolyard decisions have to be made by playing Rochambeau or flipping a coin. Make sure you always get what you want with a Two Headed Nickel.

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    #5 Card Cognition
    You and a friend can take turns reading minds. And if you don't have a friend, Card Cognition is a great way to make one.

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    #4 Rattle Snake Eggs
    I have to warn you, this gag got me into a lot of trouble in the second grade. That being said, I used it again in third grade, and then in fourth grade, and in fifth grade... you get the idea.

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    #3 Anttack
    This is a great trick to do at lunch time because it involves food. What better way to digest than to have a colony of ants fly off a card and into your hands?

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    #2 Jumbo Appearing Pencil
    This one is going to take a little nerve to pull off. It will definitely disrupt class, but there's something to be said for the kid who pulls a three-foot pencil out of their backpack.

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    #1 Permanent DVD Set with Gimmicks
    It's easy to use. It's a prop that you can use in your school work. It's a no brainer. Why not rub the ink off of the side of your Sharpie marker before drawing a pie chart? Just don't use it for tagging stuff because that is naughty.

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    There you have it, my top ten for this year's back-to-school season. The top ten tricks from last year are still good, so you should check out that blog post too for more great magic.


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  • Humans Beware!

    Posted on August 17, 2009 by chris ballinger

    This just in! Magically enhanced ants are on the loose and are attacking card tricks everywhere. No one is safe! This can only be described as an all-out Anttack!

    Imagine a card being selected. The spectator's favorite food being drawn on the card. The card lost in the deck, only to be found later with ants printed all over its back. With a shake, the printed ants fall off the card and into the third dimension. Plastic ants shower from the card into the spectator's hands! Shocking! Magical! Anty!

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    A year after the release of the very-popular instant download Anttack, we are proud to present an all-new version of the effect. The updated routine includes new gimmicks, super-easy-to-do routines and fully-illustrated instruction booklet. We've even included the instructions to the original routine.

    When developing this, I took the original concept and tried to figure out a way to make it easier to perform, self-contained, and extremely fair. What I ended up with is a new set of gimmicks that satisfy those goals far beyond my expectations. Your hands can be shown empty the entire time and the gimmicks make the sleight of hand practically self-working.

    I have been using this version of Anttack all summer and it goes over extremely well at company picnics and restaurant gigs. People love food so it’s great to incorporate it into a card trick and when the ants come off of the card, it’s a huge surprise. Anttack also generates a lot of word-of-mouth advertizing. The spectator ends up with a souvenir card and I always overhear them describing the ants falling off into their hands.

    Anttack is scheduled to hit most magic stores soon, but there there's only one place you can get it right now; and that's right here at Magic Geek.


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  • JB July Winners

    Posted on August 5, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Thanks to everyone who purchased JB Magic Supplies from Magic Geek during JB July. Please watch the video below to see who won what, as I pull the names out of my big top hat.

    Congratulations to all of the winners, you will be contacted soon so that we can make sure we have your current information on file.

    If you didn't win, don't fret, this is just the beginning of many giveaways to come and we want you to win in the future. Thanks again everyone!


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  • Tribal Sticks

    Posted on July 31, 2009 by chris ballinger

    We, here at Magic Geek, are always hard at work, inventing things that will enhance the magic and juggling communities. New versions of old juggling props come out all the time, but it's not very often that a whole new way of juggling is created. That's why we are so proud to introduce our latest contribution to the juggling world: the Tribal Devil Stick.

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    A standard Devil Stick consists of one shaft that is juggled between two control sticks; but the Tribal Stick has an all-new Three Shaft System. This allows for new tricks, spins and balances that have never been possible before. We had to design a custom acrylic hub to bring the shafts together. The entire set-up easily comes apart to fit into the included carrying case.

    This is an exciting new development in juggling and it is so much fun to play with. New patterns are possible that have not even been discovered yet. To learn more about the Tribal Sticks, please click HERE.


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  • JB Update 07/24/09

    Posted on July 24, 2009 by chris ballinger

    I don't know if they should have given me full reign of the promotional videos for JB July (I tend to get carried away.) Anyway, here is this week's JB July Video Update:

    I also wanted to point out a few of my favorite JB Products that you might have overlooked:


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  • List of Prizes for JB July

    Posted on July 23, 2009 by chris ballinger

    We've come up with a final list of Prizes for the JB July Giveaway and here they are:

    Grand Prize:

    Autographed, Limited Edition Come Fly with Me made with Morgan Silver Dollars.
    The standard version of this trick retails for $300 and is made with half-dollar coins, but we are giving a very rare set made with real Morgan Silver Dollars. The set will be autographed and made out to you by the creator of Come Fly with Me, Mark Mason. I am personally jealous of whoever wins this prize and slightly upset that I can't enter the contest myself.

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    Second Place:

    Autographed Hung, Drawn & Quartered.
    This is your chance to win this new trick from the JB Elite Line before you can buy it. This too will be signed by Mark Mason of JB Magic and has a retail value of $100.

    Third Place:

    JB Magic's Brand New Trick: Metamorphosis
    You haven't experienced a real freak out until you've tried this trick on a spectator. The high quality gimmicks and psychological routining that went into this effect are fantastic.

    Fourth Place:

    The Monkey Bike from the First JB July Update.
    It's a little rusty and has some Chris sweat on it, but you asked for it, so here it is. I'll even autograph it if you want.

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    Fifth Place:

    Win-it-before-you-can-buy-it Anttack.
    This is my brand-new effect due to hit the market sometime next month. It comes complete with all the gimmicks and full instructions. I don't like to brag but, I did the drawings for the instructions myself and I think they turned out really nice... so, that's kind of special.

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    Sixth through Eleventh Place:

    Limited Edition Magic Geek Flexfit Caps.
    These are the caps we featured in the blog a couple of weeks ago. The designs are stitch in black and grey thread and the Flexfit style is sure to impress your friends.

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    Twelfth Place:

    Permanent DVD Set with Gimmicks
    This just-released trick is a must-have for any magician that uses a Sharpie Marker. It comes with all the necessary gimmicks and an instructional DVD. So far it's been getting great reviews from some of the toughest critics.

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    Thirteenth Place:

    Autographed Mind Geek T-Shirt
    This features me decked out in Criss Angel-ish garb and is printed on American Apparel T-Shirt. I'll even sign it so that you will be the envy of the town.

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    Fourteenth Place:

    $25 Magic Geek Gift Certificate
    Instead of us giving away a trick that you might already have, why don't you pick out what you like? We'll send you a gift certificate that you can spend however you like.

    Fifteenth Place:

    Magic Geek Crest T-Shirt
    Featuring an original two-color design printed on a blue American Apparel T. The design even has a built-in magic trick. I tried it out on the street a few times when filming for the Permanent DVD and people loved it.

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    Sixteenth Place:

    Magic Geek Hero T-Shirt
    This T-Shirt features the Magic Geek Hero Logo printed in red and obscured by old-school instruction text. The back of the shirt features the words "Magic Geek" just below the neck.

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    Seventeenth Place:

    Magic Geek Vintage T-Shirt
    This T-Shirt features an old-school illustration of a magician donning the mask of our Super Hero Logo.

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    Eighteenth Place:

    $10 Magic Geek Gift Certificate
    This will be the first name that we draw out of the hat. You'll be the fine owner of ten Magic Geek Dollars that you can spend in our expansive "Under $10" Section or use to get a handsome discount on a larger order.

    Well, there you have it. The list of stuff that you could win simply by buying an already-great trick from the JB Magic Product Line.


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