Friday, January 20, 2006

Come To The Conclave For Free!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee's Magic Factory. Another week has flown by, and it's been a good one! Not just because we have been busy, but because some really great new stuff has come into the shop this week. And I do mean great!

But, first this week's excitement. One lucky member of the Hank Lee Nation will get to attend this year's Cape Cod Conclave for free. The prize includes registration and hotel room for the weekend! It's an amazing deal, and someone will win it this week! All you need to do is put the words Conclave Fever in the Special Instructions Box of the online checkout at, or mention it when you place your order by phone, email or FAX. Even if you don’t need to buy anything this weekend (how can that be?), you are still eligible to win. Just send us an email with the words Conclave Fever in the subject line and your name and address in the email. On Tuesday morning, one of our Conclave Elves will draw the lucky winner, who will be notified by email. This is a great chance to be with us at the Conclave and be our guest!

Now, let's take a look at the brand new Hotlist!

Cesaral Melting Point - Cesar Alonso sent us the video to watch. We all watched it. Then we watched it again. And again. No matter how closely we watched, we could not figure it out. Melting Point is the most amazing Coin Thru Glass you will ever see. Ever. The method is diabolical to say the least.
The effect could not be more straightforward. Hand a coin and a plate glass surface to be fully examined. The glass is then held by two spectators. You open a "magic window" in the center of the glass to make the coin pass through. It does in a most magical way! At the end, everything can once again be examined.
A bonus pack is offered with a trick called “Ghost Coin”. It can be found on the video CD that comes with the effect.
Key Points:
* It can be first performed on an opaque surface, then on a plate glass or transparent plastic surface so that everybody can “see” the magic
* Almost any surface can be used
* Extremely clean and easy to perform. No sleights.
* Can be done with many other coins
* Can be done with a piece of candy, which makes it great for kids shows
* No special ring is needed
* The technique can be used to perform other magic miracles
Works for impromptu, close up, and even stage magic with bigger coins or objects. Comes with everything but the glass (you can do it through a normal glass table if you wish). $59.95

Night Writer - I love getting emails from Ray Piatt. I really do. He gets so excited writing about his new creations; the excitement becomes contagious. Then, I'm like a kid waiting for the package from Ray to arrive so I can play with the new toys. It's the best part of the magic business!
Ray's new Night Writer is the newest and most clever incarnation of his famous "gypboard" line. It uses a 6" x 9" black chalkboard and white chalk. The board is only 1/4" thick. Nothing could be more innocent.
Using the Night Writer is as easy as falling off a log. No moves. No messing around. It's big enough to be seen anywhere, yet small enough to drop in your briefcase.
Random spectators each call out five random items. Names, places, pet's names, etc. You openly write all five items on the board with the white chalk.
Ask a sixth random spectator to think of one of the five items written on the board. She names the item out loud. You turn the chalkboard around to show a large white checkmark on the very item she had in her mind! A stunning revelation!
They will walk away believing that you really do have the power!
Comes with the chalkboard, chalkholder, very special gimmick (no, Victoria, it is not any kind of Swami Gimmick) and full routine. $90.00

Further Impuzzibilities - Jim Steinmeyer’s latest collection of novel self-working conjuring effects. It is a follow-up to his 2002 collection of self-working conjuring included in Impuzzibilities.
So what's included in this new book? As the sub-title makes it y clear, one can expect to learn Still More Strangely Self-Working Conjuring. There are in fact 10 powerful, intriguing, and mind-boggling illusions that Steinmeyer presents to the reader in his usual clear and concise format. Among these are the following:
. The King's Coronation
. Automatic Palmistry
. The Princess In A Crowd
. Coins In A Strange Land
. Piles Of Money
. The Great Silverware Scam
. The Thirteen Card Dilemma
29 pages. $16.00

Stars Of Magic DVD Vol. 4 - Derek Dingle - Stars Of Magic Vol. 4 - Derek Dingle - Dingle's reputation as one of the world's best sleight-of-hand artists was unsurpassed
. We'll Twist
. Elmsley Aces
. Universal Card
. Bertram Coin Assembly
. All Backs
. Cigarette Through Quarter $19.95

Life Saver Lines - Aldo Colombini - Have you ever had something not go exactly as planned? A trick not go right? People leaving your show early? Some unexpected "bang" come from backstage? Well have no fear! Here's exactly what you've been looking for!
Aldo Colombini has put together over 1,000 comedic one-liners that can save your neck when you're in a pinch. Not only does Life-Saver Lines include an enormous variety of lines to recover from unexpected situations, but it also contains a huge selection of one-liners you can intentionally incorporate into your show. In the book the jokes are grouped according to different situations and among the many categories are:

Fearless DVD - David Blaine - The magic, wonder and intrigue of the mystifying David Blaine are now on DVD with the best of his three TV specials: Street Magic, Magic Man, and Frozen In Time.
The world is his stage, and watching Blaine's mastery is a magical mystery tour de force, whether he is on the streets of New York City or in the primitive jungles of South America. Prepare to meet ordinary passersby as they encounter extraordinary one-on-one magic as never seen before.
Inexplicable, curious, captivating, astounding - don't miss your chance to see some of the most mystifying magic ever spontaneously captured on film. You'll keep watching, you'll keep wondering.
Magic has a new master. He is Fearless, and his name is David Blaine.
Special Features Include:
. "Unseen Blaine" Material
. Behind-The-Scenes Programming
. First-Ever Telepathic Menus
. Newspaper Articles
. Interactive Magic Effect
. Dolby Digital Surround Sound
. Fullscreen (1.33:1)
French & Spanish Subtitles

My Week With A Stripper – Bill Goldman - From the book’s Introduction: “I just spent a titillating week with a stripper deck., And did I get lucky! I always carry a deck of cards. This week, I grabbed a deck, put it in my pocket and away I went. It took half a day for me to realize it was a stripper deck. Until now, I thought a stripped deck was like a Svengali deck - something for beginners. A pitchman's product, something you buy at a flea-market. The more I used the deck, the more possibilities came to light. Forces, controls, demonstrations of skill, impossible locations. At the Florida State Convention, I fooled magician after magician, not once using the standard pitch routines or handlings. The first effect really excited me. I developed it while driving my car and interestingly enough, without the deck in hand. I visualized it over and over wondering if it would really work. Does it ever! Is it worth the price of this book? For me, it's worth a dozen books. What follows is the naked truth laid bare - it's my week with a Cincinnati stripper. - Bill Goldwin”
Among the book's contents are:
For more than two decades Bill Goldman has been "wowing" crowds at trade shows and impressing guests at sales meeting and hospitality suites. His rare blend of comedy and magic has entertained audiences around the world, and his list of clients reads like a Fortune 500 Who’s Who.
In addition to performing his unique magic on American television and the BBS, his magical creations are performed by many of the World's Greatest Magicians.
15 pages. $15.00

Miracle 3 - Three more 'miracles' from the creative mind of Peter Duffie. You will find the necessary cards for two of these routines included in the booklet. You will use regular cards from your deck to present the third routine.
Study the effects with great care and you'll have three amazing miracles to present to your audiences!
An exceptionally clean elevator routine with a surprise finish featuring three Jokers and two double blanks!
Show ten playing cards consisting of an Ace through Ten of one suit, plus two court cards, say, the two red Jacks. After the cards are mixed, a spectator freely selects any card. A second spectator then takes the cards, adds the two black Jacks and mixes all the cards together. The cards that become trapped between the Jacks are removed and their values totaled together. There might be two cards, a 7 and a 5 = 12. When the first spectator turns over his freely chosen card, it has the number 12 boldly written on its back. No other cards have 12 written on their back!
Show five cards back and front - each card has a totally blank face. Invite a spectator to put a sticker on the back of one of the cards and then write his initials on the sticker. If you don't mind wasting a card each time he can sign the actual card. This blank signed card is placed face up in the middle and the cards placed on the table. Nothing is added or taken away. The spectator now spreads the five cards and to his amazement finds that the blank card in the middle is now fully printed. Not only that, but his signature is still intact! Finally you flip over the other four cards one by one - no false counts or any other moves - to reveal that these cards too are now fully printed and duplicates of the other card!
Comes complete with gaffed cards and illustrated instructions detailing how to perform these amazing tricks. $20.00

End Of Your Rope Solution - Are you at the end of your ropes? Frayed knot? Never again. Now you can have ropes that don't fray, ever! That’s right, frayless ropes!
The all new End of Your Rope Solution!
End of Your Rope Solution is the number one answer to the age old problem of fraying rope.
This little white bottle puts an end to fraying. Just dip the ends of the rope into the solution and let dry. Problem solved!
The End of Your Rope Solution is not glue. The clean finish keeps dirt away and will last for hundreds of shows!
- Fast and easy to use!
- Over two ounces of Solution!
- Perfect for working magicians!
- Special bonus included! With Tenkai's Neck Tie Trick, you'll be able to tie a rope around your neck, and with just a few magic words pass the rope right through! $6.00

Stars Of Magic DVD Vol. 6 - Eric DeCamps - Eric De Camps is one of New York's premier close-up magicians. For your entertainment pleasure see and learn the following:
The Inverted Card
Splitting The Twos
I Married Estelle
Showboat Aces
Royal Travelers
Jokers Are Wild
Ring And String Routine
Card In Wallet Routine
Of special note is "Jokers Are Wild". This update of the classic Wild Card trick features a mind-blowing payoff when the cards turn into cash!
Eric's unique method of presenting "Card In Wallet" will make this a reputation maker for you.
Eric's "Ring And String Routine" is worth the price of the DVD! It's one of the best walk-around effects that you will ever do. The impossible "visible link" will really fool you! Learn this one right away! (DVD20) $19.95

Stars Of Magic DVD Vol. 2 - Paul Harris - Paul Harris is regarded as one of the most creative forces in the history of magic. Innovative methods, entertaining plots and great audience appeal are hallmarks of Paul’s effects.
Paul Harris Immaculate Close-Up
. Bleached Blackjack
. The J.A.P.H. Maneuver
. Mondo Nifty False Count
. Cellophane Surprise
. Immaculate Breakthrough
. Flap Jacks
. Stapled
. Uncanny
. Tap Dancing Aces Finale
. GalaxyThe Unshuffle (Perfectionist)
. Immaculate Video Scam
. The Ultra P.H. Immaculate Psychological PSwitch
Paul Harris Close-Up Astonishment
. Bizarre Shrink
. Cue Cards
. Screwed Deck
. Fantasy Aces
. Card Cuffs (from “Brainstorm in the Bahamas”)
. RubberBandScam
. Sugar Socker
. Gambler Vs Mentalist Vs Magician
. Double Decker
. Cardboard Connection
Balducci Levitation

Major Arcana - Remove a small velvet pouch from your pocket. Explaining that all events in life occur due to some "choice or chance" a demonstration of this phenomenon begins. Take a small "casting ring" as well as three dice from the pouch.
Ask the spectator to attempt and cast the dice in the ring. The dice are totaled. Let's say the total is 11 (any number can be arrived at; the dice are not gimmicked in any manner). This, you explain, is an example of chance.
Now, for an example of choice. The spectator is simply asked to select either the number 1, 2, or 3. Let's say 3 is selected. The two numbers selected by choice and by chance are added (in this case 11 plus 3, the total is 14).
Remove a piece of parchment from the pouch and hand it to the spectator to read. It contains information on the 21 cards which make up the Major Arcana of the Tarot.. Card number 14 (in this case the card entitled "Temperance") is read aloud to see if its characteristics apply to the spectator!
Now remove a packet of Tarot Cards from the pouch. Note that although choice and chance do come into play, the forces of magick can also exert a strong influence. As the cards are spread, only one card is seen to be face down in the middle of the pack. It is turned over and found to be the card number fourteen - Temperance!
Remember: The card is freely selected by the spectator! A different card can be chosen each time with the same amazing results! The chosen card is the only one found reversed in the Tarot pack! The effect resets almost instantly, making it ideal for walk around performers!
Comes complete with casting ring, dice, description parchment, pouch to carry all the props, and the packet of 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards. These are the "Radiant Rider Waite" cards, exquisitely hand painted to add a touch of beauty and class.
Don't miss out on this impressive and truly baffling illusion!

And that's the hottest of the hot, the coolest of the cool. All right here waiting just for you!
I hope you will find some time to visit us this week, either live and in person in our delightfully warm retail store at 112 South Street in Boston or online in our delightfully delightful website at You already know how much we enjoy your company!
Hank Lee