Thursday, January 18, 2007

Read A Book and Save A Lot

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Another week has zoomed by! It really is true, the older we get the faster the time goes. Bonnie and I took a short trip to Florida last weekend to visit Aron and celebrate his birthday. Since he goes to school just a short ride from Orlando, we decided to spend his birthday at the Happiest Place On Earth. So, we booked a room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World and spent Saturday and Sunday with the mouse and the duck and the chipmunks. Pretty goofy, huh? Our room at the lodge was situated so that right outside the balcony were all kinds of animals. Zebras, giraffes, pelicans, ducks, bongos and a very loud crane that starting honking very early every morning. On a very personal note, I want to thank our good customer and friend Jeff Smith for “hooking us up” with park passes for the two days. It was mighty nice, for sure.
I have been looking for one more act to round out the Saturday night show at this year’s Cape Cod Conclave. Something a little different. And, I found the perfect act. Chris McDaniel. He does a bull whip act that is really fun and very entertaining. And, something you surely don’t see every day. I think you will really enjoy him. That is, if you have already registered for the Conclave. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? It’s coming up in just a couple of months. April 20-22. Click on the Conclave Button at and join us!

Now, to this week’s excitement.

READING SALE – Everyone loves to read! So, for the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, January 25th at midnight, every book except those published by Mike Caveney’s Magic Words is on sale at 25% off the retail price. All you need to do is enter the special code READINGSALE in the Discount Coupon Box at the bottom of the first page of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct 25% from every book you buy. 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% on books!
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!

And, now to this week’s Hotlist.

Matchbox Reel: This may just be the coolest thread reel that we have seen! The battery operated Matchbox Reel has many uses. The reel has a very thin, long and strong monofilament line, that is invisible at a small distance. There is more line available than any mechanical reel. There is no need for a lock - the line stays extended until you press the switch, to retract it. The motorized reel comes to you ready to use, complete with two AAA cells. $55.00 (10.1366)

It’s All Relative – Arthur Trace: This book focuses on a card move called The Relativity Change. This versatile tool can be used to visually transform a playing card to another card, to simulate the reversal of a stack of cards, to produce a card and to secretly switch out one card for another.
Enclosed in this booklet are three different adaptations of The Relativity Change as well as six routines featuring the sleight. In addition, there is an essay discussing how to effectively structure a magic presentation.
Written by FISM-award winning magician Arthur Trace. 40 pages, saddle stitched. $19.95 (BK01506)

Lucky Dip: Brilliant new magic from England’s Wayne Dobson.
Display a small bag with about 15 coins inside.
The spectator dips their hand inside the bag and removes any coin (let us assume it is a quarter). The spectator remembers the coin and replaces it in the bag. ?Then, the spectator takes the bag and shakes it to mix the coins. You reach into the bag and remove a coin, and it is the same coin as the one the spectator selected.
Offer to explain how you did it. Empty the bag onto the table and every coin is the same; they are all quarters. Easy!
Offer to repeat the effect, only this time the spectator signs the coin. They place all the coins into the bag and the give it a good shake. You then reach into the bag with your obviously empty hand and remove one coin. It is the signed coin!
Sounds impossible, but true! It is also 100% self-working and instantly resets. Comes with a custom made bag and a precision made gimmick. $40.00 (20.363)

Vanishing & Appearing Coke Bottle: This special bottle appears or vanishes in the blink of an eye! Hence the name. Made by same folks who make the Vanishing & Appearing Glass, so you know how cool it is.
Put the bottle inside a small paper-bag. Crumple the bag and the bottle is gone!
Show a silk from both sides and have the bottle suddenly appear!
With your empty hand, reach into the air and produce a bottle!
Produce many bottles from your coat pocket or from a small paper-bag.
In the detailed instructions, many different ways of making the bottle appear or vanish are described.
This bottle perfectly imitates a real Coke bottle. It's about 7.8 inches (20 cm) high. $39.95 (60.1406)

Mixed Emotions: Would you like to successfully read thoughts from the other side of the room without having to touch anything?
If your answer is yes, then Rick Maue’s Mixed Emotions is for you. But before you decide, ask yourself if the following features also sound good:
• No sleight-of-hand
• No peeks or glimpses
• No pumping
• No hidden gimmicks
• No pre-show
• No forces
• No confederates
• No equivoque
• No marked cards
• No set-up
• No reset
• No clean-up
• No need to touch anything during the effect
• No kidding!
Everything can be examined at the beginning, the middle, and the end of the routine because there is never anything to find. Mixed Emotions is a solid piece of stand-up mental deception that can fit into just about any performer's repertoire. Comes complete with 12 page, photo-illustrated instruction book and 5 special Jumbo Emotion Cards. $24.00 (40.550

Labelled: Ben Williams’ Labelled takes visual street magic to the next level!
Imagine being able to show an unopened and sealed soda bottle, sign the label, then visually, with an open hand, push it inside the bottle!.
Sound good? How about if the bottle really is unopened and can be left with the spectator as an impossible souvenir?
Ben Williams has taken a stunning magic effect and turned it into a visual street magic masterpiece for the working magician.
Labelled does not have to stop at your signature. You can write whatever you like on the label: your contact details, website or even a prediction! It's limited only by your imagination!
Is labelled easy to do?
Yes! If you can hold a bottle, you can do this effect! Ben has slowly perfected the design of this effect through constant development and real world performance to strip out all the moves and sleights, allowing you to focus on your presentation and enjoy watching your audiences jaws hitting the floor!
Is this a special bottle that I would need to get back from the spectator after the effect?
No! That's what makes Labelled so powerful! When you visually push the signed label through the soda bottle, right before the spectators’ eyes, it's a very strong piece of magic! The audience will want to examine the bottle and they can. In fact you can leave it with them as an amazing and impossible souvenir!
I'm a working magician, is this going to be practical in real world conditions?
Yes! Once you learn the set up you can get this ready to perform in approx 15 minutes. The instructional video takes you through the whole process in detail in real time. This can be done pre-show, so when your out and about your ready to go! Alternatively you can reuse the bottle for an instant reset!
Visually stunning
Angle proof
Resets easily
Street magic at its best
Includes 'Junior Labelled', the super quick set up version! $29.95 (10.1365)

Iron Palm DVD – Matt Monte: The Iron Palm gimmick can be made in seconds, and lies totally invisible in plain sight. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination.
Iron Palm: Impossibly make a borrowed and marked coin appear inside a freely selected amd signed card! No magnets, wax, tape, strings, cut cards, or difficult preparation.
Exorcized Assembly: Matt’s ultra-visual, in-your-face version of McDonald's Aces. Using the Iron Palm gimmick you can leave your specially printed cards at home, and leave your audience feeling like they just saw real magic. Any four-of-a-kind are laid on the table. Three indifferent cards are laid onto each. One-by-one each card impossibly vanishes, and appears under the leader card, which can be in the spectators possession from the start! And see how Matt lets everything be examined with no trips to the pocket!
Clo-Pin: A quick, visual card change using a freely-selected signed card and a clothespin.
Plus a few bonus ideas, or effects in-the-works for you to explore. $24.95 (DVD00637)

Moby Deck: A whale of a deck! It looks just like a real Bicycle Poker-size deck of playing cards, but weighs nearly 1.5 pounds! Use as a big surprise finish to your favorite card effects. The spectators will be shocked as your regular deck changes into the “heavy” deck!
$59.95 (30.1212)

And, that’s the coolest hottest stuff for this week. I hope you will find something that totally tickles your fancy. And, I hope you will remember to save some serious money and buy a ton of books. You may even save enough to buy a new bookcase!

While I am hoping, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at 112 South Street in Boston. Either way, you know we love your company!
Hank Lee