Friday, December 09, 2005

Those Whizzy Dizzy Elves

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee's Magic Factory. We are so very jolly here, what with all the holiday excitement. It's just a happy, snappy place. Truth is, we are all getting a little slap-happy with all the orders to fill and pack and ship. The poor little elves heads are a' spinnin.' Don't get me wrong. We love your orders; the more the merrier. So, keep 'em comin.'

For those of you on our snail-mail list (and you all should be; just send me an email with your name and address to make sure you get our quarterly EXTRAs), the Holiday EXTRA should be in your mailbox by now. It is chock full of magical goodies. Plus news about next year's Cape Cod Conclave! The best thing about the EXTRA is that you can mark the items that you really want, then leave the EXTRA in a conspicuous place. That way, you will get what you really want for the holidays, and not another sweater. Check your mailbox today!

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Before I tell you about all the cool stuff in this week's Hotlist, you need to check out the newest feature in our Online Catalog. If you look at the column on the far right of the page, under Today's News, you will find the Brand New This Week list. If you click on any of the items, you will go directly to it's description. We think this is a pretty cool feature. Especially, for those of you who need to see what's new, right this second. So, check it out. Now to the Hotlist.

Ambelitious Card - Another winner from Japan’s Masuda. The Ambelitious Card is one you will have to see to believe!
It starts out like a normal Ambitious Card routine. A signed card jumps from the top of the deck to the bottom, then back to the top again. So far just regular stuff. But, just you wait, Henry Higgins!
Holding the deck in dealing position, you visibly insert the signed card into the middle of the deck. The spectators can see the card go right into the center of the deck. NO doubt as to where the card is going.
Square the deck up and, in a blink, the entire deck vanishes except for one card. The signed card. Give the card a toss into the air, catch it and bow to huge applause.
This is one of the most visual card effect we have ever seen. And, it’s really easy to do! When you see how it works, you will be amazed!
Comes with the very special gimmicked cards and an instructional DVD (in both Japanese and English) which makes the learning a breeze. $42.50

Cups & Balls - Johnson Products - Copper - IN STOCK RIGHT NOW! Mike Caveney says, "These are the cups to buy!"
Johnson Products is known world-wide for the incredible quality of both their gimmicked coins and other close-up items.
They have now turned their unmatched expertise in working with metals to creating the perfect set of Copper Cups and Balls.
These precision cups are not spun from metal sheet, but cut from solid blocks of copper. Each cup is uniform in both size and shape.
Seamless, and polished to a brilliant shine, these cups have a weight and feel that is unmatched. The cups nest with perfect precision. Eight months in the making! Quality all the way.
The cups are three inches tall; three inches in diameter at the mouth. Includes a carrying bag and four red crocheted balls. Designed to last a lifetime!
The Johnson Products Copper Cups & Balls are available in extremely limited numbers. If you would like to be the proud owner of a set of these fine cups, act now! $400.00

Corker Coin In Bottle - Take your Coin in Bottle routine to the extreme with Corker Coin in Bottle by Chris Capstone!
Display a bottle and a cork, which are both handed out for examination. The cork is then inserted into the top of the bottle, thereby preventing the entry or escape of any foreign objects.
A quarter is then borrowed, and you tap it on the bottom and side of the bottle. 1-2-3-CLINK! The coin visibly penetrates the bottle and is now freely shown sealed inside. The cork is still in place and the bottle none the worse for wear.
Now, the bottle is held right under the spectators' noses so they can clearly see the coin inside. The coin is then magically passed through the bottle and handed back to its owner!
The problem of switching the coin, getting it folded, and getting it into the neck of the bottle has been eliminated. The dirty work is done long before the climax, so you can focus on presentation. Plus, the coin they hand you never leaves their sight before it penetrates the bottle.
Important features:
* Precision manufactured gimmick
* Easy to do. No difficult sleight of hand
* Everything can be examined
* Four different routines included. Routine #4 resets automatically
* Patter, jokes, and gags included
* Bonus finale idea included
* Comes complete with a folding quarter to complement your performance
Corker is a quality prop accompanied by very complete, detailed instructions and illustrations by Tony Dunn. $35.00

Rudolph The Forgetful Reindeer - Just in time for your holiday shows! Show a model of an absentminded Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to the kids, and talk about how Rudolph is very forgetful.
He forgets where he put his Christmas list and how to get things ready for his famous Christmas Eve ride. He is so forgetful that he once forgot where he left his nose.
To show what it looked like, take the nose from his body and make it disappear! Then, take a balloon, blow it up, and place it where the nose was on the body.
Rudolph is very unhappy as the other reindeer call him names and make fun of him because of his balloon nose.
Explain how Santa has a conversation with Forgetful Rudolph where Santa tells Rudolph how unhappy he is to have him "lose his nose". Santa gets a promise from Rudolph that he will bring all the good little girls and boys something extra and try not to forget things anymore, and he restores his nose with a few magic words. The balloon "magically" pops, and Rudolph's nose is restored.
A brilliant trick for children and grownups of all ages.
Comes complete with instructions and everything necessary to perform this fun and entertaining trick! $180.00

Straw - Nicolas LePage - Holding a cocktail glass in your otherwise empty hand, you slowly turn around; your hands are visible at all times.
As you complete your turn, a full length drinking straw appears in your mouth!
Instantly, the straw multiplies into two, so you can share the cocktail with someone special!
An amazing piece of visual magic!
• No wire, no threads, no magnets, nothing hidden in your jacket.
• Large enough to be seen in a stage or cabaret show, yet can be performed close-up in a living room!
• The production is lightning fast.
A real fooler that you can repeat over and over. Comes with two special straws and full instructions. $17.95

Fuse - Fire Spirit Writing Solution - Ask a spectator to choose a card from a deck and to memorize the card. Take a piece of tissue paper and ask the spectator to hold the paper between her hands. The spectator is told to stare at the paper and concentrate on the image of her card.
Now, take a box of matches and light one. Let it burn for about ten seconds and blow it out. Immediately, take the blown out match and touch it to the paper. A small smoldering starts. It continues to burn in a trail and slowly the suit of the card is revealed in the tissue paper.
Take another match and repeat the above, only to display the number of the card. The paper stops burning once it has spelled out the card selected. The spectator is left with a souvenir of the card's number and suit burned through the paper.
Other Suggested Routines
* Use an ESP deck. The selected symbol burns in to the paper.
* Find out someone's name prior to the performance and select them as a spectator and "Fire Spirit Write" their name.
* Guess someone's age.
* Put tissue paper in a frame with a red background and paint the outline of a heart on the white tissue paper. When it burns through you will have a red heart! $24.95

Epic Coin Tray - The Epic Coin Tray is crafted from the Russian Zhostovo technique, individually hand painted so no two trays are ever the same.
Measuring 7 inches in diameter, this beautiful tray is able to conceal up to eight half dollar coins. A controlled release system enables the performer to free 2 or 4 coins at any time.
Whether you want to make coins mutiply or appear, the Epic Coin Tray exactly what you have been looking.
The Epic Coin Tray comes with routines including “It was Yellow”, as performed by Harry Blackstone Sr.
There is also a great routine using the Coin Tray in Al Lampkin’s Funniest Magic Show In The World. $85.00

Criss Angel: Mindfreak DVD Set - Complete Season One - A cross between Harry Houdini, Cirque Du Soleil and Fear Factor, each mind-boggling episode of Criss Angel: Mindfreak captures Criss Angel at work, preparing and training for his often death-defying demonstrations. From levitating ordinary spectators to literally dangling by his skin from a helicopter one thousand feet above the Valley of Fire in Las Vegas, Criss Angel brings his extraordinary talents to the streets of America - live, un-staged and without the use of any camera tricks.
On DVD for the first time, experience all 15 provocative episodes from the critically acclaimed debut season of Criss Angel: Mindfreak $25.00

Reverse Prediction - Wait until you see Reverse Prediction. It's the latest from our friend Masuda of Japan, who brought you Frozen In Time and Mystery Hole. This is not just a card trick. It's a visual mystery that will absolutely blow you away!
Place a black Plexiglas case and a deck of cards on the table.
Remove the deck from the box, have the spectator select a card, return it to the deck and then shuffle the deck.
Explain that you knew even before the card was chosen what it would be. And, your prediction is inside the black plexi case.
Open the case. The inside of the case is black as well, decorated with a repeating alphabet design.
On one side of the case is a blank faced card, two corners of which are secured with what look like corner mounts from a photo album. The blank faced card has the value and suit of a playing card cut into the card, stencil style. Turns out it's the Eight of Spades, which you announce is the match for the selected card. Of course, you are wrong. Wouldn't be any fun otherwise!
Open the folder with the blank faced card showing, and place it on the table.
Ask the spectator to find their card in the deck. Now, direct their attention to the folder. The holes in the blank faced card have changed to match both the value and suit of their selected card. You can even then pick up the card, and look at them through the cutouts, if you wish. The change from one card to the other is unbelievable. There is just no way it can happen, yet it does! And, only one card is used!
Strong and highly visual. No reset, which makes it perfect for walk-around performance. You'll fool yourself with this one! Comes with the black Plexiglas case, the cutout card, a deck of Bicycle cards and full instructions. $37.50

Anything Wallet - Imagine doing anything you could do with your “Mystery Box”- a fine prop - but also doing it with coins, rings, house keys paper money and so much more!
You don't need to imagine any longer!
The Anything Wallet is here! It fits in your shirt pocket and resets in an instant for table work.
Very simple to use and the possible effects are too many to list here. We could brag about this all day long, but the fact is, it is just too darn clever! And the price? $30.00

50 Ways To Make Money With Magic - Andrew Mayne presents a booklet filled with 50 different ways to use your magic skills and enthusiasm to make money. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's useful information for you that can help you think about different ways in which you can make magic pay.
* Make money at street magic without working for tips.
* Find out the number-one way to get bookings.
* Have your own theater show without going to Vegas.
* And more!!!
You'll learn secret tips that maximize your ability to book shows and create other magic related services. This book is filled with inside information and insights that will radically change the way you look at magic. 52 pages. $10.00

And that's the newest of the new. The best of the best. All just waiting for you to give it a new home.

I hope that you will find some time during this busy holiday season visit with us either live and in person at our tastefully decorated-for-the-holidays shop at 112 South Street in Boston or at our tastefully decorated web site at Either way, we are here to serve you, our favorite people!
See you next week,
Hank Lee