Friday, January 26, 2007

So Cold

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I would love to tell you how exciting this week was, but let’s be honest. It’s the middle of January. It is bitter cold here in the Northeast. Thankfully, we are not buried in snow, yet, but lots of the country is shoveling like there’s no tomorrow. The new Catalog is out. The talent for the Conclave is all booked. The new Extra is with our crack artist, Mark Wing. It feels like this week things have been running on autopilot. And, sometimes that’s good. It gives me a chance to clear some paper from my desk!

I was trying to decide what to do for you all, excitement wise, this week. The elves suggested an “Everything At Full Price” event. While I liked the idea, I didn’t think it would cause much of a ripple of excitement, so check out what I did decide.

DVD Giveaway: This week, we are not having a sale. We are having a plain old giveaway. You got it. It's a DVD Giveaway! For the next seven days, from right now until Thursday, February 1st, at midnight, you have the opportunity to get DVDs for free! But, you have to get them the old fashioned way. You have to earn them.

Here's the way it works. For every order of $100 or more, you get one free DVD (your choice of any single DVD that sells for $35.00 or less). If you spend $200 or more, you get two free DVDs (again, your choice). $300 or more gets you three free DVDs. And on it goes. The more you buy, the more you get for free! It's an incredible deal when you figure that the average price of a DVD is $35.00! In order to claim your free DVD, just put the name of the DVD in the Customer Notes Box at the bottom of the second page of the online checkout (after you fill in your name, address, etc.) at If you phone your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, just let the order-person know what free DVD you want. If you FAX the order to us at 781 395 2034, same thing. Just let us know which ones you want. Remember, the giveaway ends on Thursday, February 1st, at midnight!

Now, kids, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist!

Kate & Edith: Kerry Pollock and Doc Eason have just released this long out of print routine, one of the funniest routines in magic. It features rhymed patter, which will have the audience rolling on the floor. The routine has been thoroughly audience tested in comedy and magic clubs all over the United States.
During the routine the King of Hearts is removed from between the Queen of Spades and the Queen of Clubs three times. Each time he manages to reappear. Finally, he vanishes in a cloud of laughter!
You receive most complete tutorial possible. Scripts from Dan Garrett, Doug Slater, RJ Owens and Doc Eason are included in pdf form so that, once you have chosen the version you want to use, you can download and print it.
Doc talks about several different methods to memorize the script.
In addition, they have included an audio file of Doc’s script which you can download to your iPod to learn it that way.
They have also included four live performances: one from Kerry, one from RJ Owens and two from Doc. These views give you a chance to see how the routine plays in front of real audiences.
The DVD covers the handling, care and feeding of the props, and cautionary notes about when not to do this routine, as well as additional tips from Bill Palmer, Bob Escher and a clever reworking of the script by Doug Slater and Paul Landry.
Comes with four Jumbo Cards, including the special gimmick. The cards are made of sturdy plastic, so they should last a lifetime. $49.95 (60.583)

Coin Thru Box: Jesse Feinberg has done it again with Coin Thru Box!
Any coin is borrowed and signed. A regular card box is shown all around. The coin is then rubbed against the box, and slowly, the coin melts right through. You can then shake the box and hear the coin inside! The coin can then be dumped out and examined. Only one coin is used, and the box is not gaffed! Everything can be examined. Use cigarette boxes, candy, all kinds of boxes! Extra ideas included. $19.95 (20.364)

Keep ‘Em Laughing – Aldo Colombini: Ironic and funny graffiti; Smart hecklers remarks; One liners for holidays; One liners on flying; Funny news; Crazy Dictionary. 35 Pages of hilarious one liners
$25.00 (BK01507)

Sucker Die Box – Mini: Every now and then an item comes along that really tickles me. This little Sucker Die Box is that kind of item. It’s a nicely made plastic model of the classic Sucker Die Box, with all the features of the more expensive wooden model and some extra features built in. The box has doors on both front and back, enabling the audience to see right through. Compact size, easy to carry around, yet large enough to be seen just about anywhere.
Box measures 5" x 2.5" x 2.25" with a 2” square Die.
You should get one for yourself and one for a friend. At this price, you just can’t go wrong!
$19.95 (10.1367)

Edge – Kevin Parker: Brand new from Kevin Parker, Edge.
Show one card with its top corner torn and barely hanging on. Put your empty hand around the other side of a glass door or window, keeping it there with your fingers spread wide open and palm visible.
Your other hand taps the card against the opposite side of the glass.
The card's top corner is visuallyfalls off the card into your hand on the other side - passing right through the glass. Impossible, but true!
Unbelievably easy to do
Can be performed on any glass window or door, even a car door!
$24.95 (30.1213)

Illusive Actions DVD – Robert Moreland: Robert comes to us from Savannah, Georgia where he has spent the better part of 2 decades honing his amazing brand of sleight of hand. His killer chops and warm personality are a deadly combination, and on this DVD you get a front row seat!?
Included On This DVD:
• Loose Change- A gaff free three coin flurry that is akin to Troy Hoosier's "exTROYdinary".
• Bic-A-Chic Transpo- This is a quick opener for a four coin routine. Four coins are produced magically using a Bic Pen.
• Yet Another Reset- Robert's take on Paul Harris' now classic plot.
• Repulsive Interchange- This is a variation of a routine of George McBride's called Repulsion that was published in Scotland 5 Times 5. (Including explanations of the side steal and Tamariz Perpendicular control).
• Sandwich Routine- Two Jacks are magically produced from a deck of cards and then used to locate 3 selected cards.
• Two Places at Once- Another card routine but only one word will describe it: "Deadly".
$34.95 (DVD00638)

Bible Stories Coloring Book: Is there any better way to inspire religion in kids than with a wonderful magic trick? A question for the ages, for sure.
What there is no question about is that this new Bible Stories Coloring Book is a beautifully made prop and an excellent effect!
Show the Bible Stories Coloring Book is shown to have all blank pages. Suddenly, with a wave of your hand, pictures appear in the book, outlined in black.
With the kids’ help, you take the trick one step further. You color the pictures - by magic. Now bright, vibrant colors have filled in the black and white pictures!
For a fitting finale, all the pages change back to their original state - blank!
Changes from blank pages to outlined pages to colored drawings are made with the greatest of ease. If you can flip through a book, you can perform this astonishing trick!
Supplied complete with instructions, and perhaps just a bit of “special” guidance. $7.50 (60.1407)

Andrus Deals You In – Jerry Andrus: - Long out of print! Andrus Deals You In is finally available again! This classic of card magic is considered by many to be as important as his famous Andrus Card Control books. This 160 page booklet has dozens of Andrus sleights, flourishes and routines, all illustrated by hundreds of drawings by the author. Updated, and spiral bound so the magician can study with a deck in hand. Jerry’s work with the diagonal jog is priceless! $39.95 (BK01508)

Safety Pin Trix – Jerry Andrus: The classic book of safety pin magic is back in print! Safety Pin-Trix by Jerry Andrus has the best selection of tricks & routines for gaffed & non-gaffed safety pins! J.B. Bobo said in his introduction that many of the effects look like real magic! This is realized by performing many of the effects in a spectator’s hands! Includes a chapter with lots of great tricks with ungaffed pins. Over 40 routines and moves, 135 illustrations. Pins are not included. $19.95 (BK01509)

Psnype – Kevin Parker: Another new one from Kevin Parker!
The spectator is given a deck of cards.
Turn your back to the spectator and tell him to cut the deck to any card he wants and peek the cut-to card.
Immediately, you tell him the name of the card without asking any questions or touching the deck. It's as if you saw it while your back was turned. Uses no Svengali principle, no assistance, no mirrors. Deck can be examined before and after. Your back is turned to spectator immediately after handing the spectator the deck and while he peeks at the card Very easy to do, instantly repeatable. $24.95 (30.1214)

And, that’s this week’s Hotlist Hit Parade. Not bad for a dull week in the middle of winter. In fact, it’s pretty darn good. This week’s new items are quite exciting, actually!

In closing, I hope that you do not have too much snow to shovel. I hope that you will relax a bit and find some time to spend with us either in person at 112 South Street in downtown Boston or online at We’ll do our best to keep your warm and dry!
Hank Lee