Friday, September 01, 2006

Back From Vacation

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee's Magic Factory. I am back from vacation as of this past Monday. It was a great week, let me tell you. There is just something special about Martha's Vineyard. The sun. The sand. The celebrity sightings. We saw Jon Bonjovi checking out art at the Granary Gallery. Tony Shalhoub touching the tippety tip of every car antenna. And, James Taylor in line at the market. I think he was humming a new song. Aron left for college the day after I arrived, and Lucas came home from camp. Luckily, I had the chance to spend some quality time with Aron during the first part of the summer. I had not been to the movies all summer, but once Lucas arrived, it was movie central. Clerks II, Snakes On A Plane, Accepted, Superman. All the important movies of the summer. It was all OK with me, I had really missed seeing Lucas this summer as he was away at Gimp Making Camp for 8 weeks. Ah, but now it's back to work. Nose to the grindstone. You would think that after
all these years of nose to the grindstone, my nose would be smaller. Sadly such is not the case. Still the same old
But, enough of this family stuff. I know why you're here. You want to know what's the excitement this week. And, so I will spin the Wheel of Excitements…
LABOR DAY SALE: What with Monday being Labor Day and all, it seems to make sense that we should have a Labor Day Sale. For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, September 7th at midnight, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale at 25% off the retail price. All you need to do is enter the special code LABORDAYSAVINGS in the Discount Coupon Box at the bottom of the first page of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct 25% from your order total. If you are calling your order in to the Toll Free Order Line at 800 874 7400, FAXing your order to us at 781 395 2034 or emailing us your order to make sure to mention the special code so you can save a huge 25%!
There are a few rules that apply, as in all things in life.
(1) The 25% is deducted from the retail price of the item. No intermediate discounts may be applied. In the case of sets, such as DVDs and Videos, the 25% is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
(2) Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Joe Porper items, Paul Harris Prime Time Magic items, Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Colin Rose items, Mike Caveney Books, JB Magic, Jay Sankey, Martin Breese, Mikame Craft items, Greater Magic Teach-In DVDs, One Of A Kind Collectors' Items and a few other items are not included in the sale. If you place an order for an item that is not on this list or not noted in our online catalog, but is excluded from the sale, we will let you know before processing your order.
And that's it. It could not be easier. So, get your order together and save yourself some serious money! But, act quickly. The sale ends Thursday at midnight!

Now, let's take a look at the Hotlist at

Moving Violation - Jay Sankey - It looks like something out of science fiction movie!
Open a small wallet to show a business card featuring a hypnotic printed pattern with a small hole near one end.
Slowly, very slowly, the hole impossibly melts its way across the entire length of the card! The visual impact is incredible! And then you hand everything out for examination! The card, the wallet, everything!
It takes 10 seconds to reset this mind-blowing effect and the extremely clever gimmicks do all the work for you! You can even perform the same stunning effect with your own business card, a playing card or a dollar bill! Deadly easy to do, it's the perfect walk around trick you will do everywhere! And remember, everything can be examined!
Comes complete with wallet, gimmicks, specially printed cards and instructional DVD featuring a variety of handlings and effects including "The Classic Handling," "One of Six," and the "Ultimate Business Card Giveaway!" $25.00

Warp One - David Jenkins - completely re-wired version of Roy Walton's classic Card Warp. The big news? David removes the cover card and performs the entire illusion in full view!
Warp One uses a single card from a normal deck, held at the very tips of your fingers.
Fold the card in half then simply wave your fingers over the card, and the single card visibly turns inside out: First half the card, then the other half (both sides are shown), then the card turns completely inside out and then back to half and half.
Each stunning visual change happens with a single normal card held at the tips of your fingers!
You end with the classic Roy Walton finale of tearing the warped card in half and handing out the pieces for examination.
David Jenkins' Warp One is a visual treat. The moves are completely invisible. The handling is a downright joy to perform.
All you need is a single card and your bare fingers to permanently warp your audience's reality.
Includes David's special handling for restoring the card.
The fingers make no movements other than a gentle waving action.
Special Features:
Multiple Camera Angles (including your point of view)
Alternate Ending (David's method for restoring the torn card)
Pre-show (how to bring the card into play)
Warp One Inc. (using a business card)
Paul Harris presents trailer $24.95

21st Century Knight's Tour - One of the most talked about items at this year’s FISM in Stockholm, Lior Manor’s 21st Century Knight’s Tour is a marvel!
One of Israel’s top corporate performers, Lior has brought the Tour into the 21st century. He has developed a new and visually exciting way to present the Knight's Tour. This routine has literally proven its worth around the world.
By using computer technology, Lior allows you to have the best of both worlds – you carry almost nothing (there is certainly no need for a large or bulky board) yet everyone in the audience is assured of seeing every movement. The board is located on a computer disc with added features that provide the demonstration with an extra level of visual appeal.
You receive a special program allowing you to incorporate tailor made changes that reflect your client’s attributes such as its corporate message.
This is a great tool for corporate workers, mentalists, and any stage magician that simply desires to add another dimension to his show.
Here’s what happens:
Display an amazing computer-graphic of a chessboard. Explain and show graphically how each piece moves around the board The only piece that is different is the Knight. It moves two squares and then one square.
Every square on the board has a number. Explain that you can move the Knight on the board and never repeat a square or return to the same square.
Facing away from the screen, ask a spectator to freely select a number on the board. This will be your starting point. Each time you move the knight, the spectator clicks that number on your computer and takes it away, ensuring the Knight will not move there again
Start to name numbers, "Go to 21, from there go to 4, then jump to 10, etc.” Each time the spectator clicks the number on the computer and each disappears, revealing something behind. In the end, you have moved the Knight all over the board without repeating any square. Behind the board the audience will see scrambled letters that, on your command, change to any custom message you wish. It can be the company's information, a prediction, a chosen card from the beginning of the show, you name it!
The program gives you all the possibilities in an easy way!
Includes a 23-page file of instructions, presentations and tips written by Ken Weber, author of Maximum Entertainment. $124.95

Perfect Egg - Pick up a sheet of tissue paper and tear it to pieces, then put a piece on the table. The torn piece of paper starts to visually become an egg. Finally, you break the egg to prove it is real.
Also works perfectly for Egg On Fan!
Comes complete with special egg gimmick and an illustrated instruction sheet that includes web links for additional performance and explanation video clips. $25.00

I Knew It All the Time - Paul Green - Explain that it is easy to fool people with card tricks because the cards are so small. Offer to do a trick that everyone can follow and proceed to produce a Jumbo card from your pocket. After a card is selected, turn over the jumbo card and reveal that it matches the selected card
Offer to repeat the same trick and produce a second jumbo card from your pocket. This time, you get into trouble, or so the spectators think. Yet, when you show the Jumbo card, it is a match!
Finally, offer to do the trick a third time without resorting to the regular cards. Produce a third jumbo card and ask that a number of spectators decide upon a final card. Turning over the jumbo card, you are once again victorious. To further prove that you knew what the final card would be, you produce the chosen card from another deck of cards that has been in plain sight during the entire routine.
Comes complete with 3 special Jumbo Bicycle backed cards and instruction sheet. $15.00

JC Wagner Lecture DVD - At last. A live lecture from legendary close-up bar magician J. C. Wagner!
On this DVD you are going to learn some fantastic card magic:
STAND-UP TRIUMPH is the ideal walkaround version of this effect, and will fool magicians as well as laymen.
THE LIE DETECTOR is J.C. Wagner’s highly entertaining take on the classic Martin Gardner effect.
ASSEMBLY WITH A DIFFERENCE is a slow motion Ace assembly that will fool the most knowledgeable magician.
FACTORY MISPRINTS is a packet printing effect that many magicians are hailing as the best of its genre! Four cards are cleanly shown to be blank, and one at a time, faces and backs appear on each card.
ROYAL DETECTIVES is a highly visual, dynamic routine where a card disappears from between two red Kings, only to re-appear reversed in the centre of the deck...trapped between the other two Kings
Rabbits As if all this wasn’t enough, there is a full performance of Wagner’s handling of Sponge Rabbits.
As an extra bonus, J. C. Wagner includes a full explanation of the modern classic CARD UNDER GLASS complete with all the nuances, history and tips. This section alone is worth the price of the video!
Also included is a mini-lecture on Outs & Estimation in regard to J. C. Wagner’s THINK OF A CARD in which any spectator merely thinks of a card and the performer locates it! $45.00

Multum In Parvo - This classic effect, invented by Benson Dulay, has been updated using modern plastic glasses that resemble crystal cut glass. The glasses are durable and easy to care for.
Multum In Parvo literally means Much In Little.
Start by displaying five different size glasses. They are lined up from smallest to largest and are all shown empty.
Pick up the smallest glass and fill it with milk from a pint-size milk carton. Display the small glass, look at the glass and shake your head, because you want a bigger glass of milk. Sadly, the milk carton is empty.
So, you pour the milk from the smallest glass into the next bigger glass. Magically, the milk fills the glass to the top!
Take this glass and fill up the next biggest glass; it also fills the glass to the top! The milk seems to be multiplying from glass to glass.
This is repeated all the way up to the largest glass. You have filled up the largest glass from a tiny glass of milk!
Now with the largest glass filled, you grin that magical grin and fill the four empty glasses to the top, from the largest down to the smallest. The largest glass fills up the other four glasses! Beautifully made. Very easy to do. $100.00

Sanada Gimmick Routines DVD - The Sanada Gimmick is famous worldwide, and a lot of magicians are already using it. This new model is composed of an entirely new composite material! Type G was specially made from the same material as thumbtips made in Japan. It has flexibility and doesn't break easily.
This DVD explains the basic use and nine routines by Sanada and Ginjiro.
One Ball Routine
Phoenix Spoon
Metamorphic Spoon
Chinese Escape
Inside the Box
B.C.G. (Ball and Clear Glass)
G.P.S. (Ginjiro's Peek with Sanada Gimmick)
Shadow of Fingers
Type G Gimmick and Magnet are included. $42.50

Darwin's Inexpensive Illusions DVD - Gary Darwin - This DVD has twelve illusions plus a bonus illusion. These illusions are easy to build and the supplies can be purchased from local stores.
• The Appearance
• Spirit Cabinet
• Doll House
• Artist Dream
• The Exchange
• Costume Box
• Cape Appearance
• Box Levitation
• Dekolta Chair
• Wrap Around Illusion
• Refrigerator Illusion

And that's all the great stuff for this Labor Day Weekend. So, while you are resting from you labors, check out all the cool goodies. I know you will find something you just can't be without.
See you online at
Hank Lee