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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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  • Can't Control Your Audience - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 31, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week's topic was "Improvisation" but a lot of the questions were about how to control your audiences. That's a fun topic because there is a fine line between having authority over your audience and being an overbearing performer. The best way to handle a tough crowd: improvisation. Binging it back full circle! Boom!

    In this week's recap We also talked about a silly youtube video that I did a few years back on magic for Valentine's day. Here it is, if you want to watch it.

    If you are looking for the magic covered in "Derrick's Romance Tips", I'll list them out for your. Click on the name of the trick to learn more about it: Twilight Angels, 3-D Sponge Rabbits, Ring Thing, Anniversary Waltz, and Kevin James' Floating Rose.

    We also talked about Senses by Christopher Wiehl; which is a fantastic set of magic that you can do with a ketchup cup. A lot of solid, usable routines are covered in the included 2-hour DVD. Check it out:

    Also mentioned in this week's Recap: Torn 2 Pieces and Ransom. Both effects are great tricks that fit right into your wallet and can be performed anywhere, anytime!

    And don't forget to enter into the drawing for the collector's set of Zodiac cards and get a discount on your order here at Magic Geek. That offer ends on Friday, February 7th.


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  • Mystery Box Winners

    Posted on January 31, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    We posted a video on Wednesday on youtube of me drawing the winners of the Mystery Box Giveaway. Just in case you haven't subscribed to our Youtube channel, I thought I'd re-post it right here on the Magic Geek Blog:

    Congrats to the winners and I'd like to give a very big "thank you" to everyone who participated in the drawing. Enjoy your magic!


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  • Why Aren't You Watching? - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This weekly recap is all about entertainment value in your magic show. Thanks to everyone who asked questions:

    This week I talked a little bit about the new Jay Sankey effect called Punkture. You can check it out by clicking the image below.

    I also talked briefly about the Mystery Box Giveaway which is going on right now! Check it out by clicking HERE.

    Thanks for watching, I'll see you next week.


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  • Mystery Box Giveaway 2014

    Posted on January 23, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This weekend only, if you place an order and use coupon code "box14" your name will go into the drawing for one of six huge Mystery Boxes. These boxes are packed with new and classic magic and the only way to win them is to use the coupon code before the end of the day on Monday, January 27th.

    In addition, you'll get 5% off your entire order every time you use the coupon code. Plus, you can place as many orders as you want, your name will go into the drawing for each individual order that you complete. Each order you place is another chance to win.

    There are some amazing prizes hidden in these boxes including a professional Strait Jacket, Micro Psychic Pro, Flik, iProject, Legend, and more.

    Entries can be made until 11:59pm EST on Monday, January 27th. Rules subject to change. Drawing will be posted on Wednesday, January 29th.


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  • Tough Crowd - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 17, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I asked for your questions on difficult audiences. You came up with some pretty interesting questions and hopefully, my answers will help you deal with those tough crowds:

    This week we featured the new addition to the Private Lessons Series: The Perfect Faro Shuffle. You can click on the picture below to learn more about that or check out the Blog Post I did earlier this week.

    Perfect Faro Shuffle

    Let's not forget that you have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate which is hidden in a copy of Peter Eggink's Pocket Bizarre. Just place an order for this cool new utility gimmick and you might get a little surprise from your old pal Chris.

    Also, here's a link to my Vine Account in case you wanted to check that out.

    We got a question from Twitter user @royalfrenchness asking for tricks that would work well in a classroom setting. As promised in the recap, here is a short list of options:


    Vanishing Pen





    Vanishing Pen
    This ordinary-looking ball-point pen will vanish when wrapped in a napkin or piece of paper. Visual magic with an everyday object!

    Exact Change





    Exact Change
    A spectator names any number between 1 and 100. You then take out all the change from your pocket and it is an exact match to the number they just named.

    LinKey



    LinKey
    A super-easy solid through solid routine where a common house key gets linked to a rubber band or borrowed necklace.
    Cobra Kiss by Hondo



    Cobra Kiss
    In this dangerous-looking routine, you manage to divine which stapler is loaded with real staples.
    Self Bending Paperclip



    Self Bending Paperclip
    Pick up a paperclip and cause it to bend and contort. You have full control over how it bends.

    Thanks for watching the Weekly Recap and don't forget, this show depends on your questions, so leave them in the comments section below and see if they make it into the next episode of the Weekly Recap.


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  • The Private Lessons Return

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    Our Private Lessons Series has helped many magicians learn new ways to Force Cards, perform False Shuffles, and the Elmsley Count. Now, this popular series returns with a move that has been requested for over a year now: The Perfect Faro Shuffle.

    Pulling off your first Perfect Faro Shuffle is a rewarding and exciting experience. With the advice and tips taught in this half-hour long video download, you will get to experience that quicker than you might have thought possible.

    There are a lot of popular card effects that seem out of the reach of many magicians because they require a Perfect Faro Shuffle. My goal with this Private Lesson is to quickly get you out there performing this sleight with confidence.

    The bulk of the download goes over the specific grip, tension, and positioning necessary to perform the Perfect Faro Shuffle. Then I go over some of the finer details and pointers on how to correct problems. After that I go over a few uses including a fantastic gambling routine that looks completely impossible to your audience. I also go over how to get the deck back into new pack order using the Faro Shuffle as well as teach the classic tabled handling.

    Instant downloads are a great deal and you don't have to wait for a package to be sent to you. In a matter of minutes that video file will be on your computer, ready for you to learn the Perfect Faro Shuffle.


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  • Warehouse Tour - Weekly Recap

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by Chris Ballinger

    Hello everyone! Welcome to another beautiful Friday morning; which is the time, of course, when we post a brand-new Weekly Recap. This week we answered questions on anything and everything:

    Early in the video I talked about my creative process for Moustache and Mad Sponges as well as recommend a set of Cigar Boxes to get you started with Cigar Box Juggling. I also recommend getting an instructional DVD if you are going to start off with Cigar Boxes because it is kind of a strange form of juggling without much instructional information out there. We produced a DVD called the Ultimate Juggling DVD a while back which goes over all types of juggling and Cigar Boxes are heavily featured in that.

    Ultimate Juggling DVD

    The Magic Geek warehouse is still recovering from the holiday madness so I couldn't give a proper tour, but I did the best I could.

    I also talked a little bit about my sister Colleen, whose career as internet sensation Miranda Sings is really taking off. She used to do video demos for us a long time ago and can be seen in the demo for Spreadwave 2.0. I feel I should also mention that I will be performing with Colleen at the Lobero Theater in my home town of Santa Barbara on March 7th, so if you're in Southern California, be sure to get tickets for that!

    This week's featured product is The Box by Mark Southworth. This is seriously one of the best utility gimmicks out there and you should really check it out. It's a fully customizable card to impossible location, open prediction, closed prediction and more. It makes for some extremely magical moments.

    One of our viewers asked about the Haunted Doll which is a fantastic prop and routine. If you like to give your audience the creeps, get yourself one of these little guys.

    Haunted Doll

    Also, don't miss out on your chance to get a 5% discount and a chance to win the pre-built Psycho Quiz Prediction that was used in the Magic Geek Video Demo. Watch the entire recap to find your coupon code to win.

    Psycho Quiz Prediction

    And finally, I want to remind you to ask questions for next week. The topic is "Difficult Audiences" this goes beyond hecklers. If you've had problems with personality types, attention spans, intelligence levels, age groups, etc. we want to answer your questions about them. Ask away, my friends. Ask away.


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