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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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  • JB July Update 07/17/09

    Posted on July 17, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Here we are again with another JB July update:

    The Free Shipping offer is only applicable to orders with a JB Product in them and it expires on Sunday night (07/19/09). So be sure to place your orders this weekend to get your name in the running for some awesome prizes.

    This week we added Mark Mason's Mirage Wallet to our list of JB Magic Products. This is a great card-to-wallet effect for those of you who are afraid of palming. The instructional DVD covers how to use the wallet as well as Mark Mason's coveted Ambitious Card and Card to Mouth routine.

    Keep checking our blog and twitter account because this week we are going to put together the final list of prizes that you could win during JB July!


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  • Magic Geek Hat Giveaway

    Posted on July 13, 2009 by chris ballinger

    As most of you are aware this month is JB July and we are giving away a bunch of awesome prizes at random to those who buy JB Magic Products from us this month. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the Limited Edition Magic Geek Flexfit Caps that are up for grabs. These are not available for purchase and the only way to get them is by winning them during the JB July Giveaway.

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    The Magic Geek Hero is stitched into a gun-metal gray genuine Flexfit Cap. The words "MAGIC GEEK" is stitched on the back of the hat in jet black thread. The high-quality cap is very comfortable and will protect you from those annoying sun rays.

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    For every JB Product you buy during the month of July, your name will go into the running for all of the JB July prizes. We will be giving away six of these caps in the drawing. Keep checking the blog for details on the other prizes and more updates on the JB Product Line and the Giveaway.


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  • JB July Update 07/10/09

    Posted on July 10, 2009 by chris ballinger

    It's time for another update on the JB July giveaway happening here at Magic Geek. Please refer to the video below:

    Click the picture below to go directly to our list of JB Magic Products:

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    Mid-next week we are going to give more details on the prizes which will include that little bike from the last JB July Update video. So keep checking the Magic Geek Blog and adding JB Magic to your cart.


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  • 500 Videos on Youtube

    Posted on July 9, 2009 by chris ballinger

    Today we uploaded our 500th video on youtube!!! As a celebration we made this little clip:

    Thanks to everyone for watching our videos and supporting our magic demoing efforts. Now I have to get to work on making the next 500 videos.


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