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  • Summer Giveaway

    Posted on July 1, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Magic Geek and JB Magic have joined forces to bring you the hottest giveaway of the summer. Please watch the video below for an overview:

    JB Magic products have a reputation for using clever, visual gimmicks that have a huge value for the price. We’ve collected the whole JB Magic Line onto one page which can be found by clicking the link below.

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    Every time you order a product off of Magic Geek’s JB Magic list, your name goes into the Top Hat of Winners. There is no limit to how many times your name goes into the hat, so the more JB Magic that you buy the more chances you have to win. After all of the July orders are processed, we will draw winners on video and you could win the grand prize.

    There’s almost a thousand dollars worth of prizes up for grabs which include two autographed tricks off of Mark Mason’s new Elite Line, a limited edition Magic Geek Flex Fit Cap, T-Shirts, Gift Certificates, and let’s not forget the grand prize: A limited edition Come Fly with Me made with real Morgan Silver Dollars signed by the creator Mark Mason and made out to YOU!


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  • Mark Mason Interview

    Posted on June 25, 2009 by chris ballinger

    I recently had a little sit-down with JB Magic's Mark Mason. We had a lot of fun filming this interview and talking about some of the new tricks coming from JB Magic.

    With Mark's sense of humor and enthusiasm for magic, there's no doubt that he can "roll with the geeks". If you haven't checked out his two DVD Sets Real World Magic and Decade, you should. Both sets have a ton of brilliant magic and routines.

    Here are a few of the tricks mentioned in this interview:

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  • Permanent DVD Set

    Posted on June 11, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Our best-selling Instant Download is now available as a DVD set with gimmicks!

    Permanent is an original effect, where the ink on the side of a marker is rubbed off, making the marker blank on both sides. In a flash, the writing returns. What makes this effect so strong is that an audience member helps rub the ink off of the marker and then uses the marker to sign a card for your next trick.

    The DVD covers the new and improved handling of Permanent as well as a three bonus effect, live footage, and audio commentary. The set includes a special gimmicked Sharpie marker manufactured for us by Sanford. We have also included two other secret items that complete the set and make it perfect for walk around settings.

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    The Permanent routine was designed to fit in seamlessly with your existing selection of tricks. If you have people sign cards or coins in your show you should use Permanent to introduce your pen. If you don't already use a marker in your show, the Permanent DVD covers two excellent routines that require someone to mark a coin or card.

    I have been using a home-made version of the gimmick for a while and I'm so happy with the high-quality gimmick that Sanford made up for us. This trick is a huge hit in my walk-around shows. People ask to see it again and again.


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  • Russian Ball Video

    Posted on May 22, 2009 by chris ballinger

    After developing our new NaCl Russian Balls we couldn't wait to take them out for a test run. So, we got some NaCl balls, some Russian-style costumes and our trusty video camera and shot another silly commercial.

    The NaCl Russian Balls come in two sizes: 80mm and 65mm. The smaller size is my new favorite ball to juggle five-ball patterns.

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    The new plug design allows you to change the weight of the balls in case you like a heaver or lighter ball. We chose to fill the balls with salt because it slides smoothly along the inside of the ball and it is an easy substance to find for weight adjustments.


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  • Finding What You Need

    Posted on May 18, 2009 by chris ballinger

    There are quite a few tools built into Magic Geek that can help you find what you are looking for. Using these functions are a lot of fun because they can quickly guide you to what you need and surprise you with other tricks that might fit your show in ways you hadn't thought about.

    The first two options are the most basic and they can be found on every page here at Magic Geek. They are the Categories Side Bar and the Search Box. The Sidebar lets you narrow down you search by Style, Price, and Skill Level. The Search Box lets you type in key words to find the trick you are looking for. For the best results on our search engine, use shorter search phrases instead of long descriptions of the trick.

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    Another very helpful and often overlooked tool on Magic Geek is the Jump Categories Box. This can be found on the top of every product list page.

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    Click it and a Drop Down Menu will appear with all the different types of products that we carry. Here, the categories are broken up into even more detail. For example: the Card Tricks Section is broken up into Packet Effect, Revelations, and Trick Decks.

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    By clicking on one of these Sub-Categories you will be taken to a page that contains only those types of tricks. So if you want to look for tricks that are specific to Gambling, we've got a sub-category for that. Comedy? We've got one for that too. Etc.

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    If you still don't see what you're looking for, you can check out our Forum. There is a great thread called the Trick Finder, where you can describe a trick to our magicians and they'll tell you the name of the trick you're looking for and where to find it. Who knows? Someone might have already asked your question and the answer will still be posted there. And of course you can always e-mail or call us using the contact information at the bottom of the screen.


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  • Coin Magic Starter Kit

    Posted on May 5, 2009 by chris ballinger

    A lot of people ask us what to get for a beginner that is interested in a particular genre of magic. That's why we decided to do a brand new blog series called "Starter Kits". In each entry we will recommend a Book, a DVD, a Self-Working Trick, an Intermediate Trick, and a Routine that you should work on. This week we're going to take a look at Coin Magic, so let's get started.

    Book: Modern Coin Magic
    For decades this book has been the go-to manuscript for the serious coin magician. It covers everything from the basic techniques to available gimmicks, to full routines. If you want to get a full education on coin tricks, this book is going to give you the biggest bang for your buck.

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    DVD: Easy to Master Money Miracles
    Okay, so this isn't just one DVD and it's not strictly coin magic, but this series brings together the easiest and most amazing money routines out there. Micheal Ammar is known for his ability to teach; and why not learn a few dollar bill tricks while you're studying coin magic?

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    Self-Working Trick: Dime and Penny/Scotch and Soda
    This is an easy, yet versatile gimmick that fools everybody. I personally like using the Dime and Penny version better because the gimmicks seem more innocent. But both versions are beautifully made and can be used in a variety of routines.

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    Intermediate Gimmick: Coin in Bottle
    This is another gimmick that will give you a lot of routine possibilities. What makes the Coin in the Bottle so valuable is the fact that you will learn invaluable sleights like palms and switches that can be used with other tricks as your skills develop.

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    Routine: Coins Across/Matrix
    The basic effect is that a few coins will travel invisibly from one hand to the other. All the sleights that you'll need to perform this effect can be found in Modern Coin Magic. But if you want to get fancy, you can learn one of the sleek Matrix routines covered on the Coin Matrix DVD.

    If you study each of the things listed in this list, you will be well on your way to becoming a great coin magician. The easier gimmicks and tricks will build your confidence and the more advanced routines and sleights will challenge you and give you great satisfaction.


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  • In a Bind?

    Posted on April 22, 2009 by chris ballinger

    As you get into some of the more advance yo-yos here at Magic Geek, you'll notice that a lot of them are not designed to come back to your hand. We've gotten a lot of calls on the topic and so we decided to put together a little video to teach you how to get your ball-bearing yo-yo to come back to your hand.

    YoyoCrazy.com is a Magic Geek Inc. website dedicated to yo-yos.


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  • Geeks in the News

    Posted on April 6, 2009 by chris ballinger

    The Santa Barbara News Press did a nice story on Magic Geek this Sunday. We were interviewed a couple of weeks back and it was a lot of fun showing the reporter around the warehouse and showing her all of our wacky inventions.

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    The story took up a good chunk of the Life Section and talked about how Magic Geek was started and how we became the geeks that we are today. It's really cool when people recognize the hard work and uniqueness of our business.

    After talking to the reporter about the excitement we felt learning magic as children, we showed her a few magic tricks. I did a few classics like the Bite Out Quarter and Sponge Balls as well as a few originals that we plan on releasing with instructional DVDs in the next couple of months.


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  • Twitter Account

    Posted on March 20, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Magic Geek now has its very own Twitter account. Please click the image below to check it out.

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    We are always posting new tweets about upcoming events, new products, the latest video demos, and much more. It is becoming the fastest and easiest way to get the latest news on what's happening here at Magic Geek. Check it out and become a follower today!


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  • What's the Difference - Part 8

    Posted on March 19, 2009 by chris ballinger

    We've been adding tons of new magic every week and some of the stuff is a little similar. So I wanted to take a second and take a look at some of the new "Stop Anywhere" effects. In these tricks cards are dealt out to a point where a spectator desires and the card at that position matches a prediction.

    Future Zone by Mark Mason
    This is an excellent version of the effect. The spectator really can stop you anywhere and the method is simple yet clever. The only downside is that the prediction must be kept in an envelope within a wallet, which some spectators might find suspicious. But for a no-sleight stop anywhere effect, this is pretty close to perfect; and it resets instantly.

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    Intuition by Hondo and David Leon:
    This is probably the closest you will get to the real thing. The spectator decides on a random number, counts to that number in the deck and it matches the prediction. The prediction can be anywhere: dangling from the ceiling, taped to a wall, tattooed to your arm (now there's some commitment.) At first I was concerned about the fact that the entire deck must be counted out (which can cause a lull in your show) but if it’s done right, it can add some suspense to the reveal. Also the reset is quite a process and it is not explained anywhere on the DVD. That being said, it does look like a real miracle and if you have time between performances to reset the trick, it will get a huge response from your audience.

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    Perfect by Mark Mason:
    Some magicians don't give up on an idea until they've explored all possibilities. You'll notice that Mark Mason has put out two very similar effects, but both have a very different method. Perfect doesn't have a prediction on display, instead it uses the fact that every card in the deck has a mate (a card of the same denomination and color.) This gives the routine a bit more of an off-the-cuff look to it and diminishes the suspicion of gimmicks. So there is a toss-up there: no dramatic envelope unsealing for a cleaner and innocent handling.

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    Just like with any other magic trick, the important thing is to see what will fit your style the best. If you need a high impact prediction with no limitations on reset times, Intuition might be your best bet. If you are table-hopping and need a quick reset, Future Zone might be just the ticket. Either way, the "Stop Anywhere" effect has been sought after and refined for decades because it is a powerful effect that ensures big reactions from anyone watching.


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