Archive for February, 2010

Darkness returns: Shadow Masters back in stock

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

For those of you who have been waiting: Our Shadow Masters decks of playing cards are back in stock. We just got the new run in, and they have that beautiful, new-card smell. In the words of our friends at Playing Card Blog, “REJOICE!”

Forum moderator featured on Uri Gellar show

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Arvind Jayashankar, one of our outstanding forum Moderators and a long-time forum member, was recently featured on an episode of “The Next Uri Gellar.” Click here, then fast forward to 21:10.

Unfortunately, he didn’t make it past that round, but he said he is thrilled he got that far. Well done, AJ!

Rules announced for Twitter Trivia Challenge

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Here are the rules for the Ellusionist Twitter Trivia Challenge:

  • If you’re not already a Twitter user following our page, make sure to sign up and follow us.
  • Starting at about 3 p.m. Central time today, Ellusionist will post questions to its Twitter page. We will post one question at a time, and other questions won’t be asked until the original one is answered.
  • Questions will cover general magic, tricks, magicians and Ellusionist products. In fact, just prepare yourself: You’ll need to make a visit to some of Ellusionist’s pages to get some of these questions answered. Other questions, however… there’s nothing on the Internet that can help you with them.
  • Players answer by replying to the question (Select the Twitter question then click “Reply”).
  • The first correct answer scores a point. Ellusionist will announce who got the question right and earned the point by retweeting the first post with a correct answer. The player with the most points after 20 questions will be declared the winner.
  • The prize for winning is 12 decks of our custom decks of playing cards. Gaff decks, trick decks and rare decks not available for individual sale may not be selected. Only one of our deck styles may be selected — no mixing and matching of 6 Ghost decks and 6 Shadow Masters decks.
  • In case a correct answer is not given, Ellusionist will use discretion and judgment in deciding when to post a new question. However, each unanswered question will remain for at least 15 minutes.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, answers must be as specfic as possible. Answers must fit inside a single Tweet

That should do it for now. Good luck!

Company shines new light on pen spinning

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Attention pen spinners: Fletcher Nelson of Fletch Creations is your new best friend.

Check out his creation: These LED inserts for your favorite spinnin’ pen light up in different patterns based on how fast you go. Nailing combos triggers different light patterns, and the lights dim as you slow down. Based on his ComboSense technology, these lightweight circuit boards react to physical movement.

“If the pen is dropped, the color fades back to the original color and then disappears,” Nelson said in an e-mail. “Similar to the Nintendo Wii, the ComboSense insert detects movements which changes the color, not a timer.

Fletch is one of the more respected flourishers in the XCM community. We always liked him for this review of our decks of playing cards. A change in employment led him to devote his time and energy into these unique inserts that will give a lot of flash to your fingerwork.

Watch his engineering expertise in action:

If pen spinning lights a fire for you, learn the basics and more in XB2.

COMING SOON: The Real Secrets of David Stone

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The creator of Real Secrets of Magic and co-creator of Window will release his latest work on March 22 exclusively with Ellusionist.

The Real Secrets of David Stone features 10 of his classic close-up masterpieces and a wealth of performance and biographical information. Consider this video a lecture with DVD-style extras built in.

More information will be coming soon. Keep track at this page…