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  • Afraid of Getting Caught - Weekly Recap

    Posted on November 8, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Congratulations goes out to Steven Marsh, winner of the El Capitan Mega Pack. If you didn't win, don't fret. We are hosting a Mystery Box Giveaway all weekend long, so keep it right here at Magic Geek and see how you can enter to win!

    Well, first off I guess I should talk about Sponge Balls themselves. If you don't have any yet, what are you doing?! They're great, versatile, and get a fantastic response. We have them is several different sizes: 1 Inch, 1.5 Inch, 2 Inches, 2.5 Inches, 3 Inches and each style comes in a variety of colors.

    Sponge Balls

    I also mentioned Oddballs by Scott Strange and the Steve Dacri Sponge Ball Tool Kit. Steve Dacri also has several instructional DVDs that are definitely worth checking out including No Filler Volume 1, No Filler Volume 2, and (you guessed it) No Filler Volume 3.

    And let's not forget my two favorite sponge routines: Mad Sponges and the 3-D Rabbit Set by Goshman.

    This week's featured trick was Inferno by Joshua Jay:

    I have to say, this routine impressed me. The perfect meld of psychology, gimmicks, and sleight of hand to created a magic trick with just one card. It's easy to carry around, instantly gets the audience's attention and works great.

    Be sure to leave your questions on Rope Magic.


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  • Mystery Box Giveaway

    Posted on November 8, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    It's that time again! The Mystery Box Giveaway is back! This is your chance to win one of four huge boxes filled with magic, media and accessories!

    Anytime you place an order between Friday, November 8th and Monday, November 11th, your name will go into the running for the Mystery Box Giveaway.

    There are four large boxes each containing a mix of close-up magic, stage magic, new arrivals, classics and accessories. Each box contains approximately $500 worth of magic. And all you have to do to enter to win is place an order of any size at Magic Geek.

    Mystery Box Giveaway

    In addition to that, we are putting 20 grab-bags up for... well... grabs. Each one contains a close-up pad, magic trick, custom deck of cards and a magic DVD. These continue to tip the odds in your favor for winning something awesome!

    How do you enter? Simple. Every time you place an order at Magic Geek, your name goes into the running. You can place as many orders as you want and get your name into the drawing as many times as you want. The more orders you place, the better your chances of winning.

    This offer ends on November 11th at 11:59pm, so get your orders in now to ensure that you get included in the 2013 Mystery Box Giveaway!


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  • Use Someone Else's Gimmick - Weekly Recap

    Posted on November 1, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I answer your questions about gimmicks:

    Some of the fantastic gimmicks that were brought up in this conversation include The D.O.S. System, Multiplying Foil Balls, Clarity Box, Mental Epic, Mental Prediction Board, Invisible Deck, and the Telethought Wallet.

    Also featured in this week's Recap was Luke Dancy's effect Capture. This is a brilliant routine where you cause a borrowed object to take digital form inside a borrowed cell phone. And we took a look at the new Super Hero Glasses which are flippin' awesome! You can reveal four different selected cards with a normal-looking object. Great stuff!

    Capture by Luke Dancy

    Don't forget to get your name in the running for the El Capitan Mega Pack which includes 'Fraid Knot, Two Dollar Twister, Kaleidoscope Cards Elite, Triumph Deck and Six Card Repeat.


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  • Anttack II Review

    Posted on October 31, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Anttack II is getting a great response from customers and critics alike! Check out this review by Kyle Marlett:

    If you want to skip through the video, the Anttack review starts at the 7:26 mark. You can also click HERE and it will auto-play at the start of the Anttack review.

    After watching Kyle's review we got so excited that we launched two new products to go along with Anttack II.

    The first is the much-needed Anttack Refill Pack which includes three times the amount of ants that originally comes with Anttack II.

    The Second item is something that I am really excited about: The Revolver Expansion Pack. This includes everything you need to convert your Anttack II deck into the exploding gimmick featured in the instructional DVD. In this pack, you'll find the explosion gimmick, the re-usable adhesive (which won't leave any residue) and enough rounds to perform 96 times!


    Anttack refill Anttack Revolver Expansion

    Thanks to everyone who bought Anttack II and I hope these additions make your experience with Anttack even better.


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  • Where Did I Come From - Weekly Recap

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Welcome to Friday! Here is your Weekly Recap for October 25th:

    I want to say congrats to Cynthia Gater for winning the official Terry Rinclnoggen tie. It comes in this nice box signed by all of the cast-members of the Geek Report.

    Don't forget to check out our new product review show: The Magic Geek REV(YOU) Show. Our goal with this show is to answer your questions about new magic. We are going to review about three new products every week by answering the questions you ask us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

    We also featured two new tricks in this episode of the Weekly Recap. The Vanishing Pen is a fantastic trick and it was featured in the first REV(YOU) video that we did. I also pointed out The Intercessor 2.0. This is a fantastic utility device that will allow you to make a selected card end up anywhere... seriously, ANYWHERE!

    Intercessor 2.0

    Did you cat the coupon code in the Weekly Recap this week? We are giving away loads of extremely cool custom decks this week and the only way to get them is to use the coupon code. This offer expires November 1st, so hurry up and get yourself a discount and a free deck of cards!


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  • New Product Review Show

    Posted on October 24, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Magic Geek is very pleased to announce the development of a new show called "The Magic Geek Rev(You) Show". In each episode Chris will review a new product based on your questions and comments. Here is a short video to explain:

    You can check out the first episode of the new Magic Geek REV(YOU) Show on the Vanishing Pen page right here on Magic Geek.

    Vanishing Pen Trick
    This show is all about featuring the information that YOU want to know about. That's why we need your help. Before we produce one of these REV(YOU) shows we will ask what you think of a certain trick on Facebook or on Twitter. Your replies and comments will determine what we focus on in that video.

    You can also find out what we plan on reviewing next at the end of each REV(YOU) video. Simply comment with your questions on those upcoming products and they might get featured on the show.

    Magic Geek Review Show

    We are also looking for customer testimonials. If you own the trick that we are reviewing next, we want to know what you think of it. Post a comment telling us how you like it and your opinion might end up in the show.

    We are very excited to hear from you and get you the info you need to make an informed decision on your next magic purchase.


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  • Wigs, Wives & Waffles - Weekly Recap

    Posted on October 18, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I talk about gimmicks, my family and your Halloween costumes.

    Congrats to Andersen Fernandes, you won the DVD pack. There's another coupon code and chance to win something cool hidden in the Weekly Recap, so watch the whole thing if you haven't already.

    This week we talked about Basic Coin Magic Volume 1 and Volume 2 by David Stone. Those are great DVDs on coin magic. We also touched on my preferred amp system the Happie Amp.

    Basic Coin Magic Volume 1

    So much fantastic magic has been pouring into Magic Geek lately! Keep your eyes on the Magic Geek "Just Added" Section to see all the new stuff as it comes in. Some of the stuff I highlighted in this episode of the Weekly Recap includes I-Phantom, Porthole, and the Clarity Box. All three of which are great, visual tricks.

    I-Phantom

    And don't forget that next Saturday, October 26th I will be performing in GloZell's Fall Festival at Mt. Olive AME Church in Orlando, Florida. It's a free show and it's going to be a lot of fun, so come check it out!


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  • People Hate Card Tricks - Weekly Recap

    Posted on October 11, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week I answer your questions about card tricks:

    As I said in the video, Anttack II is now available. If you pre-ordered it, it's on its way to you; if you order it today, it will ship out right away. We have a hand-full of the 100 first-run signed copies left, so hurry and place your order.

    I also recommended the Ultimate Self-Working Card Tricks Volume 1 and the Ultimate Self-Working Card Tricks Volume 2. Both of those DVDs are fantastic and have some extremely clever magic in them.

    I also talked about the my preference between the Brainwave Deck and the Invisible Deck. In that segment I also touched on the Hand-Picked Astonishments: Invisible Deck by Joshua Jay and Paul Harris. This is a fantastic resource for expanding what is possible with a standard Invisible Deck. In fact, I used one of the routines recently in a large comedy club and it went over better than any other routine I've ever done with the Invisible Deck.

    Such good questions this week! We got a question on forces and I gave a few resources for learning them. The Hand Picked Astonishments: Card Forces is a fantastic DVD which will give you a ton of options. I also recommend that you check out the Royal Road to Card Magic and our very own instant download: Forcing Cards Private Lesson.

    How to Force a Card

    If you're looking to veer away from the "Pick-A-Card" plot, I highly recommend that you check out Jon Armstrong's DVDs, Armstrong Card Magic. There are three volumes in this series, every single one has some amazing card magic and beautiful psychology to turn all of your card magic into entertaining miracles. They are some of my favorite DVDs on card magic, so check them out!

    Armstrong Card Magic

    I also touched on the awesomeness that is Unwritten by Lyndon Jugalbot. I love this concept. Especially the fact that it is fully customizable. It's visual, practical magic at its best.

    Unwritten Lyndon Jugalbot

    And finally this week I talked about the creation process that was used to come up with The Shark. This has been one of my pet card gimmicks for a long time and it's great to see that other magicians are getting such good use out of it.

    Also don't forget to comment with what you're going to be for Halloween. I'm going to do something fun with the answers I get. And don't forget to use that coupon code to get and additional 5% off your entire order and get your name in the running for that prize pack.


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  • Magic is Not a Career - Weekly Recap

    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    Well today's Weekly Recap is primarily about Halloween. But it seems to take a little turn when I get asked about my parents' reaction to my plan of being a professional magician.

    Congratulations going out to Cam Bissel, winner of the extremely limited edition White Nautical Deck. Hope you enjoy it and I also hope you enjoy the Nautical Deck that you ordered to get into the running for that. I think those decks are pretty sweet.

    Also, don't forget that this is your last week to order Anttack II on pre-sale and get a signed numbered first-run copy. The signed first-run copies are only for those that pre-order Anttack II from Magic Geek.

    We also mentioned a couple of other spooky tricks that get great reactions this time of year. The Web by Jim Pace and My Pet Boris by Ian Pidgeon are among our top favorites.

    Don't forget to use the coupon code mentioned in the Weekly Recap. That coupon code gets you 5% off your entire order AND if you spend over $75 you automatically get a free Mystery Gift from our box of awesome.


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  • Mad Scientist - Weekly Recap

    Posted on September 29, 2013 by Chris Ballinger

    This week we thank all of you for participating and wish Charlie Van Horn congratulations for winning the weekly giveaway. We truly hope that you enjoy the signed and personalized Mad Sponges Set that we are giving away this week! Congrats on that. It is truly a collector's item!

    Also mentioned this week--and with good merit--is the new incarnation of Anttack: Anttack II, The Revenge of Anttack.

    This release is so near and dear to our hearts that it we are overwhelmed with the response that it has gotten:

    Chris Ballinger's Anttack II

    Also mentioned in this Friday's Weekly Recap include The Shark and Redemption. So be sure to check those out when you get a chance!


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