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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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  • 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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