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Hi everybody! I'm new here, and I was just wondering, what's the difference between shock magic and geek magic?
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I'm going to just take a stab in the dark
here. A geek is a guy (or girl but usually
only males are so dumb) who worked for the
circus doing things like piercing themselves
(for real) hanging tremendous weight from
bits of skin that make most people squeemish.

So, I think geek magic would be effects that
look like you are doing this? Such as driving
a long steel needle through the fleshy part
of your cetera.

I think shock magic doesn't need to include
harming yourself. (Exempli gratia: you seem
to cause a formed bit of clay, shaped like
a little man to rise to its feet and walk
across a table before you crush it with your
fist, or turn someone's cup o noodles into

I could be wrong.

I forgot something. In my mind this is like
"a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is
not necessarily a square." Geek magic is
shock magic, but shock magic is not
necessarily geek magic. One is postentially
a superset of the other. Hope this helps you
on the right track.
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It is my understanding that the carnival term "geek" refers only to a particular act in which the performer bites the heads off of animals, usually a chicken. Carnival purists do not refer to other types of acts, regardless of how disgusting they are as "geek" acts.

However, the English language being of a certain nature, its users tend to extend the definition and application of words. Thus, "geek magic" is probably a legitimate term.
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I was waiting for somebody to brake the ice on this thread. I agree completely with hive mind and bill, your right a geek is someone that bites the head off chickens and eats mice etc. I wouldnt realy worry about this to much though

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FYI...the Learning Channel is currently running a 2 hr show on the sideshow and showing different performers over a period of time. They go into "geek magic" and explain the term just as Bill did above. If you get a chance to catch it, it is pretty good.
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LOL! I suppose I could have done my homework
before foolishly posting, and just looked the
word up in the dictionary! I wonder how that
misinformation got in my head, that NEVER
happens as I am otherwise flawless in mind
and body. Just kidding, thanks guys for
helping clear that up.
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