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Author Archives: chris ballinger

  • New Look

    Posted on July 3, 2008 by chris ballinger

    How do you like our new look? We've been working hard to find ways to bring more tricks into the store without making it a chore for you sift through them all.

    One of the new features you might notice is the Tutorials Section. We've been posting a lot of video blogs on sleights and tricks. This new section puts them all in one place and organizes them for you. If you're having trouble with a sleight or just want to hear a few tips on certain handlings, be sure to take a glance at our Tutorials list.

    We are also working on expanding the Tutorials Section with lots more videos and text tutorials. If you have something that you want tips on and you don't see it there, please let us know.

    There are also a few more Product Categories for you to narrow down your search. These include Fire, Kid Show, Instant Downloads and Memorabilia.

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  • Palming Coins

    Posted on July 1, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Knowing how to palm a coin is essential in close-up magic. It's also a nice casual way to make a coin vanish. Hope you enjoy this video blog with tips on performing and rehearsing the classic palm. Sorry about the stuffiness in my voice, I was a little under the weather.

    More information on palming can be found in J.B. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic

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  • Hindu Shuffle

    Posted on June 12, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Want a force a card? Want to control a card to the top of the deck? Have we got the shuffle for you...

    If you liked this vlog Chris recommends you check out Easy to Master Card Miracles, Vol 1

    Easy to Master Card Miracles, Vol 1

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  • How to Bend Spoons

    Posted on June 5, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Here is a video blog about spoon bending. Secrets are exposed, advice is given, and cheeze is abundant:

    Some of the products mentioned in this vlog include:

    Liquid Metal:
    Liquid Metal

    Mind Bender:
    Mind Bender

    and Magic for Dummies:
    Magic for Dummies

    Thanks for watching!

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  • Don't Wait for Shipping

    Posted on June 3, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Magic Geek just launched a new line of instantly downloadable products. Every instant download includes a video file with detailed instruction on building the necessary gimmicks and performing the routine. And, best of all, you don't have to deal with shipping. There is no shipping fee and no waiting for a package to arrive. Just pay, download, watch, and learn.

    These tricks include:

    Hot Hands
    Hot Hands

    Multiplying Foil Balls
    Foil Balls

    and Anttack!

    We are focusing on new material and forgotten classics; and lots more will be added to this section in the coming weeks.

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  • Rope Magic

    Posted on May 27, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Here is a vlog on a simple rope trick that you can use in your routine.

    The books mentioned in this vlog are:

    Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic


    Bill Tarr's Now You See It, Now You Don't

    The rope used can be found here:


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  • Elmsley Count Vlog

    Posted on May 9, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Having trouble with your Ghost/Elmsley Count? Here's a video just for you:

    This Vlog recommended the book Counts, Cuts, Moves, and Subtlety by Jerry Mentzer.

    If you like performing the Elmsley Count, you might consider a few of these tricks: NFW, B'Wave, Twisted Sisters, and Off with His Head.

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  • Coin Vanish Vlog

    Posted on May 2, 2008 by chris ballinger

    Learn a basic Coin Vanish in this Magic Geek Vlog.

    This weeks episode features Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo. Click the link below for more information:

    Modern Coin Magic has also been re-released in hard-bound form with new additional content:

    And if reading isn't your thing, be sure to check out the 4 disc DVD adaptation set:

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  • Why is that so Expensive?

    Posted on May 2, 2008 by chris ballinger

    We get comments and phone calls that include this question a lot. I thought I'd give some insight how magic gets as costly as it does. I think the best way to go about this is to break down the components of each individual trick one blog at a time. Today, we'll be looking at Larry Becker and Lee Earle's Final Flashback.

    I would like to start off on a personal note. I purchased this trick right after I read about it. Even if the quality wasn't as high as it is, I would say that the effect itself is worth the price. I used this trick in my street performances and it upped my gratuity intake immediately. I was reading people's minds and they were loving it. That being said... there is more to the value of this trick than the effect alone.



    The set includes three specially printed books. Each book looks nothing like the other, they are different sizes, have different colored covers, the page numbers are in different places. This is important because it makes the books look random and unimportant, giving you all the mind-reading credit.

    The quality of the printing is excellent. This contributes to part of the price. Printing a book is an expensive task which is justified by the large volume of books sold. With these books, there isn't that high of a demand, just a select few mentalists have to fund the entire publishing rate of these carefully manufactured books.

    The time and thought that went in to this set is astounding. I love it when the secret to a trick is just as impressive as the effect itself. Such is the case with Final Flashback. All five phases build on each other, all three books feed off of each other, and all five methods are equally devious.

    In summation, Final Flashback is worth every penny. If you want to build a reputation as a mentalist, here is ten to twenty minutes of material that you should seriously consider adding to your show. I'm sure glad I did.

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  • Card Force Vlog

    Posted on April 29, 2008 by chris ballinger

    A lot of the tricks we sell require you to know how to force a card. If you have been having trouble finding a place to learn a card force, this video is for you.

    The books listed in this video blog are:
    Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic

    and Roberto Giobbi's Card College Volume 1


    Thanks for watching our first in a series of video blogs. Our goal is not to give away the secrets of magic, but enhance your knowlege of the basics so that you can move forward with your magic. Please let us know if there is a topic you want to see explained or discussed in video form.

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