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  • You Can't Do Magic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on April 11, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talk about developing a character for your magic show.

    THis week we took a closer look at Mark Elsdon's Infallible. With this trick you will be able to make two perfect predictions while the audience believes they have a completely free choice. The predictions can be texted to the spectator ahead of time as a video file, making for a memorable event that they can refer to at any time!

    Infallible

    We also talked about ways to protect your playing cards. Click on any of the images below to learn more about the pocket card protectors.


    Card Guard
    Pack Jacket Card Clip Poker Card Case

    And finally, we touched on my use of the Losander Floating Table. The table that we carry is an official Losander table and I understand that it is a bit of an investment to get one of these sets, but I'm telling you that it is absolutely worth it. The instructional DVD is absolutely top-notch and the craftsmanship on the table and anti-gravity box are superb.

    Losander Floating Table

    Don't forget to enter into the drawing for the private mini-lecture. It's a new thing that we are trying out with some of my unpublished work. Each week I will video chat with one of you and teach you the ins and outs of a new trick that I've developed. All you have to do is place an order at Magic Geek and type out "Lecture Me" in the comments box at the end of your order.


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  • Don't Be Boring - Weekly Recap

    Posted on April 4, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    Today I answered your questions on producing your own show. I didn't mention this on the video, but it's super important... If you think that you are ready to produce your own show make sure that you surround yourself with lots of supportive people. It's a lot of work and I would not have been able to produce my live show if it wasn't for my wife and my family helping out.

    The featured trick this week was the Travelling Deck 2.0. It's a very cool, visual bit of magic that works great as a closer for a card set. Click on the image to see the video demo we did on the street.

    Travelling Deck 2.0

    I also mentioned my favorite opener for parties which is Food to Go by Twister Magic. It never fails to get my shows going on the right note.

    This week's prize is very, very cool and I'm extremely excited about it. Don't miss your chance to get a FREE private mini lecture form me (Chris Ballinger). If you liked any of my previous releases: Redemption, The Shark, Mad Sponges, Moustache, etc. then you are not going to want to miss this opportunity. All you have to do is place an order and write "Lecture Me" in the comments section of your order. If your name is drawn at the end of the week you will get a private lesson from me on a trick that has not even been published yet!


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  • Turtle: Ruiner of Magic - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 28, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    First I want to say congratulations to Jackson Fyfe for winning the copy of Hot Flush from this week's drawing. Your prize has been shipped and is on it's way to you now!

    This week we took an in-depth look at packet effects. Packet effects (if you don't know) are also called fractal card routines and basically involve a packet of cards which do not make up a full deck. In the Recap I go over a few of the problems with packet effects as well as solutions and talk about some of my personal favorites:

    We mentioned a lot of packet effects this week, including Eye Exam, B'Wave, NFW, Nothing But the Truth, Ace and Panic. As well as mentioning two John Bannon DVDs which are packed with fractal card magic: Fractalicious and Bullet Party.

    Eye Exam magic trick

    I had a hard time picking the featured trick this week because so many great things got released this week. I mentioned 3D Crystal and the At the Table Lectures. But because of today's theme, I decided to stick with Shock Twist by Gary Jones. This is a fantastic packet effect with a double-kicker ending which actually makes sense. Check it out by me perform it for real people that I just met out on the street. WATCH DEMO: CLICK HERE.

    Shock Twist

    I can't wait to read your questions for next week when we talk about your live show. How to put one on, how to promote it, how to structure it, etc.


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  • I'm Gonna Touch You - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 21, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talked about all kinds of things. Thanks for all the fantastic questions!

    Our first question featured the Yigal Mesika's Innercircle. It's an awesome utility gimmick that will help you perform visual miracles. We also talked about my upcoming show in Los Angeles. If you are in Southern California on April 1st, get your ticket right HERE because this show is selling out fast!

    Next up, we talked about justifying the use of Sponge Balls. Two of the solutions I use on a regular basis are the 3-D Sponge Rabbits and Mad Sponges.

    A few months ago I did a Weekly Recap on Stage Fright and confidence. Instead of having you dig through the YouTube archives for the video, I thought I'd re-post it right here:

    The title of this week's Recap came from a question about controlling your audience while performing the trick Ace by Richard Sanders. This is an astonishing routine and audiences LOVE it, but it is important to have full control during the routine. Hopefully me little tips will help out with that.

    The featured trick this week is Cakes and Adders. This is a fabulous trick to perform at children's birthday parties. For tricks that are aimed at children, I always test them out on my kids; sometimes I do it on camera. Be sure to check out my kids' reaction to Cakes and Adders in the Magic Geek Video Demo.

    Cakes and Adders

    Wow 2.0 is such a visual trick! It's worth the justification it takes to perform. This week I gave a couple of pointers on performing it, including using it like a collector's case that protects special cards from warping and fading.

    Want your wallet to be set up like mine? Here's what you'll need: a Mesika Wallet, an Innercircle gimmick, and Torn 2 Pieces. Now get out there and fool people!

    For those of you who are worried about your Classic Force failing, here are three routines that I use and where to find them... The Ambitious Card can be found in the Royal Road to Card Magic; Fourced Outcome is an instant download that can be found right here at Magic Geek; and Triumph by Dia Vernon can be found in volume 1 of Michael Ammar's Easy to Master Card Miracles.

    Don't forget to use coupon code flush and get 5% off your order. That's also going to get your name into the drawing for Wayne Dobson's new effect Hot Flush. But hurry the coupon code expires on March 28th.


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  • Get a Box of Free Magic

    Posted on March 14, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    My birthday is this weekend! Whoohoo! To celebrate, Magic Geek is giving away five huge boxes of magic! Learn more by watching the Weekly Recap:

    This week we talked about Sync3. Check it out by clicking HERE. Be sure to comment for next week. You guys rock!


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  • Be a Nerd and Have Fun - Weekly Recap

    Posted on March 7, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we took at look at Rubber Band Magic:

    Don't forget to leave a comment asking questions about making videos of your magic. That's going to be a fun episode.

    Congratulations to 444rr, winner of the YouTube Video competition. If you think we should do more of this kind of video competition/giveaways, please comment below and let us know about it!

    This week we took a look at Shin Lim's newest trick: The Switch. One very cool thing about buying The Switch from Magic Geek is that we are going to include a bonus gimmick and handlings for The Switch. This bonus gimmick will make the routine easier and more deceptive. Check it out by buying The Switch from Magic Geek today!

    I also talked a little bit about the Sponge Rabbits, Inner Circle and the Art of Astonishment books.


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  • What am I Thinking? Weekly Recap

    Posted on February 28, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we talked about predictions and the final round of the video competition.

    Some of the props that I recommend in this week's episode include the Telethought Wallet and the Swami Writer.

    Don't forget to vote for your favorite magic video on YouTube. simply click the thumbnail on the video player to watch the videos that made it to the finals. Then pick your favorite one and post a comment with their name to cast your vote.

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap, we'll be back next Friday with a new episode on rubber band magic!


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  • Do the Harlem Shake - Weekly Recap

    Posted on February 21, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week's Recap got a little crazy--but I thin, in a good way. Thanks for all of your questions and don't forget to get involved in that video competition! I promise the prize will be amazeballz!

    Let's talk about the tricks that were recommended in the Recap: First I talked about the Ambitious Card. A great place to learn that trick is the Royal Road to Card Magic. That's a fantastic book and if you do card magic at all, you should own it. Seriously. I also talked about those cute little Sponge Bunnies, 'Fraid Knot, Ransom, and Unshuffled. (Little pro tip from Chris: if you get Unshuffled and need more help with it, the Perfect Faro Shuffle Instant Download is a fantastic reference.)

    Later in the video I talked about a few tricks that are easy to carry around in your pocket. Here are a few good suggestions: Innercircle by Yigal Mesika, Coin in Bottle, and the Linking Mints.

    This week's featured trick was Cameron Francis' Nothing But the Truth. This is a fantastic packet effect with a lot of audience interaction. If you want to learn more about it and check out the Magic Geek Street Demo video, simply click HERE.

    Lastly, I want to remind you one more time to make a YouTube video of yourself performing one of my tricks and copy the link to that video into the comments section of the Weekly Recap. You're playing for a really cool surprise, so good luck!


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  • Flying for Valentine's Day - Weekly Recap

    Posted on February 14, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This wee you asked questions about levitations and so on. Thanks for taking ten minutes of your Valentine's Day to listen to my answers:

    Throughout the video I talk about various levitation gimmicks. The DOS System, Loops and the Thread Genii were featured the most throughout. If you are a beginner looking to get into levitation, definitely get the Floating Dollar Bill and/or the Hummingbird Card to start out. Those tricks will get you acquainted with the methods used and give you more confidence before jumping into the advanced stuff.

    I spent quite a bit of time talking about Yigal Mesika's Innercircle which is a fantastic set and I highly recommend getting yourself one. This comes with a pack of Loops, an E-book called Animated Miracles and the very cool Innercircle Card which will carry and protect your Loops until you're ready to use them. This changed the way I look at and treat my Loops and I think it will do the same for you.

    And finally, the last bit of business which I think is the most exciting: the Video competition. Just shoot a video of you performing your favorite Chris Ballinger trick and we will pick a few for the final voting round next week. The winner will get a very cool surprise from me, Chris Ballinger.


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  • I Never Mess Up Ever - Weekly Recap

    Posted on February 7, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I asked you for tricks that you were having trouble routining or writing patter for. I got some great requests for routines as well as some very deep questions like "What is your favorite food?" That's what I love about the Weekly Recap, you never know what's going to happen!

    The first question was about the Ambitious Card. If you don't know what this is or want to make your Ambitious Card Routine better, I highly recommend that you check out Darryl's Ambitious Card DVD.

    We also talked about the 3-D Sponge Rabbits which is one of my favorite close-up effects to perform. 444rr wanted to know how to incorporate the Jumbo Sponge Rabbit into his routine and I hope you all enjoy the little move that I covered to make that possible.

    We also talked about routining for the trick Surprising Dots which has also been called "Hoppin Spots" and "What's Next" over the years. This is a fantastic trick because it packs flat, plays big, creates interest and has a surprise ending.

    In case you couldn't tell by watching the Weekly Recap, I was really impressed with Garrett Thomas' Imagination Coins. I think it's smart, bold and impressive magic that happens in the spectator's hands. Check out the new Street Demo we did on the Imagination Coins to see how real people react to this great effect.

    We also got a question on the trick Perfect PENetration. This is a classic example of a great, visual trick that can be taken to the next level with proper routining. I always recommend analyzing your patter even if the trick starts off strong or easy to perform.

    Wow, we talked about a lot of tricks today! I touched on my go-to trick for hecklers: Unshuffled by Paul Gertner. This is a fantastic routine, but it does take a lot of practice. The Instant Download on the Perfect Faro Shuffle complements this DVD and can really help you master the routine a lot quicker.

    Don't forget to place an order and get your copy of the Geeky Times. I'm really looking forward to reading your entrys to the Cartoon Caption COntest. The winner will get published in the next issue of the Geeky Time AND get a $25 Gift Certificate. So get those submissions in ASAP.

    And finally, I talked about a few tricks that you can use as fail-safes. The ones I listed were Floating Match on Card, Phil Trick by Trevor Duffy, Bite Out Quarter, and Perfect PENetration. These are just a few examples, you can use whatever trick you are the most comfortable with. Just save that trick for the end of your routine or when you need some saving.


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