Learn a basic Coin Vanish in this Magic Geek Vlog.
Posted on May 2, 2008 by chris ballinger
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.
Posted on April 29, 2008 by chris ballinger
AÂ 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.
Posted on April 15, 2008 by chris ballinger
Last Monday we set our camera to take a picture every 2 seconds and aimed it at one of our packing tables. The result was this little video. Hope you enjoy:
Right now we pack a little over ten of these tables a day. Each full table is 33 orders and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
Posted on April 7, 2008 by chris ballinger
Â "Strangers' Gallery"
The Effect: A blue deck of cards is shown. Three prediction cards are removed by the performer and a fourth card is selected by a spectator. When shown, all four cards are seen to be duplicates. One by one the backs of these four cards change colors: one is black, another is yellow, andÂ the last is the inverse of a regular card. After these four impossible changes, the deck is spread to show that all of the other cards have changed to red-backs.
IÂ like the freedom to hand my props to aÂ skeptical spectator at any time;Â as a result I rarely use trick cards. For this trick, I make an exception. The visual surprise of a three never-before-seen bicycle colors send spectators gasping. And the final reveal that the entire deck has changed colors is superb.
Watch the Demo:
The craftsmanship of the gimmicks is unrivalled while the instruction booklet is comprehensive and thorough. Several subtleties are described to ensure the maximum impact.
Posted on April 5, 2008 by chris ballinger
Â Sponge balls are excellent because they are simple enough to perform for young audiences, but also fool adults. They also pack small and play big. The most important thing is that you stay one step ahead of the audience.
Here are a few tips on sponge products that you might find helpful:
A huge problem that you might run into with Sponge Balls is that they get warped or creased when they are packed away.
Try using a bag instead of a box. A cloth bag will allow the balls to naturally maintain their shape instead of forcing them to conform to the shape of a box.
Use some hallow plastic Easter eggs. Find some of those cheap plastic Easter eggs and make sure they are a little bigger than the sponge balls that you use. The hard shell will ensure that, even when thrown into a trunk or drawer, your sponge balls stay spherical.
Sponge balls collect the oils from your finger tips. The porous surface often picks up discolorations and diseases, especially when you have multiple spectators handle the balls.Â
A great way to rejuvenate your sponges is to soak them in warmish water before a show. This allows the pores to expand to their fullest levels. The sponge prop will get larger, more vibrant, and softer. Just make sure you allow them to dry fully before using them in a show.
Every once in a while it is a good idea to clean your sponges in a bowl of water with a very small amount of color-safe deturgent. This should protect the vibrancy and keep them clean.
Be sure that your routine builds on itself. Don't start off a routine with an unbelievable effect and let it dwindle down. Start strong, but be sure you end stronger.
A great way to end a routine is to have an explosion of balls at the end. Just place two or three balls into a spectator's hand with a secret load of four or five more. When they open their hand there is an explosion of balls.
An easier ender is to have the ball change into a large sponge rabbit or split into a black ball and red cube. Both of those effects are available here at Magic Geek under the names Bug Bunny and Color Changing Ball to Square.
Posted on March 28, 2008 by chris ballinger
We just posted our 200th video on youtube. But we didn't stop there, oh no... as of today we have 225 videos posted on youtube and most of them were produced in-house.
If you haven't subscribed to our videos yet you should click here:Â
By clicking "Subscribe" you will be updated whenever a new demo is posted. This is a great way to get the first look at new products as they come into the store.
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Posted on March 6, 2008 by chris ballinger
The Rising Card
Creepy, visual card magic that is simply impossible. The effect: A card is selected and lost in the pack. Slowly one card rises from the middle of the deck and is shown to be the spectator's card. Depending on which version of the trick you use, it can be done with the deck in the performer's hand, the spectator's hand, or leaning up against something.
We carry two versions of this effect at the store: the RisingÂ Card and Kundalini Rising. There are also several other handlings in print that use sleight of hand exclusively. The advantage of using a clever gimmick in this case is that the effect can be done while the cards are not being held by the magician.
We've been asked many times what the difference is between Kundalini Rising and the Rising Card. So here it goes:
The RisingÂ Card is self working. The cards can be fanned out and freely shown, they can be cut, but they can not be thoroughly examined by the spectator.
Kundalini Rising, on the other hand, is not self working; it takes some sleights and practice. Kundalini Rising also offers the ability to perform the effect with a borrowed deck.
Posted on February 22, 2008 by chris ballinger
For fourteen years we have been trying to find a better shipping solution for our international customers. After working closely with all of our carrier options we have finally made a deal with FedEx that we are extremely happy with.
We now offer an express international option with a $19 (USD) flat rate. That means you can order your package and receive it in 2-4 business days for a low flat rate that includes shipping, handling, and brokerage fees.
We've done the math and found this to be the quickest and easiest method to ship at a competitive price.
Posted on February 11, 2008 by chris ballinger
Looking for something new in coin tricks? How about sticking a coin into your eye socket and having it completely vanish? Magic is being twisted into new shapes by performers like Criss Angel and Cyril Takayama and iVanish fits the new mold.
The DVD covers several possibilities with the new move including three different methods for rubbing a real coin into your eye and making it disappear completely. Two full routines are also described, one where the coin passes from one eye to the other and the other ends with the performer "popping" their eyeball, letting the coin fall out amongst the slimy goo.
The effect does require some experience with coins, but the DVD covers even the most basic components of the trick and with a little practice, you'll be performing it in no time. Ben Seidman is an excellent teacher and the production quality is far better than most instructional DVDs for magic.
This is highly recommended to the street or sideshow performer or if you just want to freak people out at parties. Finally a trick where the eye is quicker than the hand.