Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I hope you had a wonderful week. Bonnie, Lucas & I were off to New York City last weekend. Lucas is now in his Junior year of High School and is checking out colleges. This weekend it was NYU, home of the Steinhart School. Music is Lucas’ passion, and he is looking at programs in classical voice. The boy wants to sing opera, and I say, “go for it.” Living in Greenwich Village would be a real culture shock for our little Lucas. He would have to learn things like whispering, “Go Sox.” I am sure he could handle it. But, if he ever comes home wearing a Yankee hat, pow, zoom, right to the moon!
Aside from receiving some very cool new items this week, it has been uneventful. President’s Day was celebrated in the usual manner. I gave everyone who had ever been President the day off. Otherwise, we all worked. The new Extra is off to the printer. The Conclave is chugging along (Are you coming? Well, are you, or what?). I am still putting the finishing touches on the Book Book (those who have ordered it, just hang on).
I need to address an issue that has been brought to my attention. It seems that we are taking a nasty bashing in the online chat rooms over our slow delivery of Masuda’s WOW. Believe me, it is not by choice. No matter how hard we twist Masuda’s arm, no matter how much we beg and plead and cajole, he will only give us a fixed amount of WOWs every month. And not a single one more. So, we ship the back orders every month, and of course are left with more back orders for next month. At some point we will catch up, but not for a while. We have sold hundreds and hundreds of WOWs. The trick is amazing. Maybe the best new trick of 2006. But, it is slow coming. Once in a while, you will see WOW listed at another dealer. They get some, and then sell out very quickly. We get a consistent number each month, and ship them out by date of order. If you want to be 100% sure that you will get one, feel safe in ordering from us. There will be a wait, but you will get yours. I promise!
Now, for this week’s excitement. Starting right now and running through Thursday, March 1st at midnight, we are offering something brand new. I have dubbed it the Buy More Get More event. And, here is how it works. For order you place during the event, you will get a coupon which you can use towards any future purchase here at Hank Lee’s. The value of the coupon depends entirely on the size of your order. Here is the breakdown:
• Order between $25.00 and $100.00: Coupon is for 10% of the merchandise total. (Orders less than $25.00 get our sincere thanks, but sadly no coupon)
• Order between $100.00 and $200.00: Coupon is for 15% of the merchandise total.
• Order between 200.00 and $300.00: Coupon is for 20% of the merchandise total.
• Order over $300.00: Coupon is for 25% of the merchandise total.
When you place your order online at www.magicfact.com, please put the secret phrase BUY MORE GET MORE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout. If you place your order by email or FAX, just include the secret phrase with your order. And, if you place your order by phone, toll free at 800 874 7400, please mention the secret phrase to get your coupon. The coupon will be sent along with your order and can be used whenever you wish, no expiration date. You will get a coupon for every order you place during the event. Just don’t lose the coupons, please. Unlike other sales events where certain items are not included, the Buy More Get More event includes every item we carry! This is your chance to, as they say, “Make out like a bandit!” So, get your order together and save for the future. I think this will be a lot of fun!
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist:
Ziggy The Zebra: Imported from Europe, this just might be the most fun you’ve ever had with a “turn it around” trick!
Show a large (12” x 15”) picture of Ziggy, the Zebra. Explain that he lives at the zoo with his friend Balduin, who is the zoo keeper. Like all the other zebras, Ziggy has black and white stripes. In the evenings, Ziggy likes to entertain his friends with a very puzzling trick.
As soon as the Ziggy comes out of his enclosure (a fence, now seen empty), he changes into a red and white striped zebra. Has Ziggy eaten too many carrots? A little bit of Ziggy’s picture can be seen above the fence the whole time.
When Balduin quickly looks again, Ziggy has changed again to black and white stripes which is as it should be.
Ziggy changes once again, and now the kids know how it is done You are simply turning the picture around along with the fence. The kids demand the picture be turned round. Now the fun starts. You turn Ziggy every which way but the way the kids want.?
“I can’t do that because I think you think there is a red zebra on the back!” “And you know what, I think you are right.” The picture is turned round and the children see – a green zebra. Shrieks of laughter.
This wonderful kids’ routine has been presented more than a thousand times and steadily improved in the process. Beautifully produced on heavy plastic, designed to last a lifetime. $99.95 (50.950)
Conjunction: Conjunction is a remarkable effect with a very simple description. Take one of your business cards, give it a series of folds and tears, and in the process transform it into an impossible object: two unbroken cardboard rings that end up linked through one another.
So, you may ask, what sets Conjunction apart from the multitude of other effects that have bits of card linking together? Simple: You do it for real. The rings are given away in their genuinely linked state, from which they can't be unlinked without ripping them. They can be examined indefinitely with no danger of anyone finding any seams, joins or tears, because there aren't any. Furthermore, no glue, tape, or adhesive of any kind is used. Only one card is involved, with no gaffs, gimmicks or extra pieces, and nothing to ring in, ditch or switch. And naturally, if you've set it up correctly, the rings will still have your name and contact information on them, intact, at the end.
Even among those who know a thing or two about linking card effects, common sense dictates that taking nothing but a single, ungimmicked card and genuinely turning it into two solid linked rings is utterly impossible. All ww can say is, the more impossible it seems to you, the more you will love Conjunction. $25.00 (30.1220)
Endless Rose: The Endless Rose is a brilliant rose magic effect created by Horace Ng. Imagine walking on stage and picking up a full sized red rose. No matter how many times you pluck the rose from the stem, the rose reappears, back on the stem.
For a dramatic climax, the rose changes color!
The gimmicks are well-made. You can perform this routine anywhere, from close-up to stage.
Beautiful and elegant! Very easy to do and it looks like a real rose!
Endless Rose gimmick (3 Gimmick Rose, 1 Gimmick Stem)
5 Normal Full Sized Rose (No Gimmick)
A quality and clearly explained instructional DVD $45.00 (60.1417)
Towel Folding DVD Volume 1 – John Pullum: On this DVD John Pullum will walk you through each step of making these unique towel origami creations. Something in this DVD for the beginner to advanced towel folder. If you are 100% new to towel folding we will walk you through the towel folding process in detail with step by step directions.
Learn the real techniques of towel folding or Towel Origami.
You will learn how to make 7 towel origami creations:
• The Elegant Swimming Swan
• The cute Jumbo Elephant
• A Performing Seal - balancing a ball on his nose
• A Silly Snail
• You will even learn how to make an elegant folded shirt with candy buttons that even the stuffiest guy will like!
All figures on this DVD can be created with white towels. John also shows examples of using colored towels.
Includes tips on adding optional accessories such as eyes, noses, a napkin rose, flowers, and more. Learn what type of towels to use and what not to use.
Special Bonus: Learn how to make the hilarious chicken towel. It's a fun towel origami creation to show off at parties.
Shot on location at a top hotel John teaches you one of his newest towel folding creations, for a beach resort touch, a super stingray!
Towel Origami is the Chapeaugraphy of the 21st Century! Really entertaining! $19.95 (DVD00646)
Liquid Metal DVD – Morgan Strebler: Everyone has heard stories of unique people who can bend metal through extreme concentration, but nobody seems to know for certain that it happens or if it’s possible, until they meet you!
You're about to learn the most visual metal bending routine. The routine features two forks and six stunning phases! Each phase builds upon the one before, and at the end the spectator is left with a killer souvenir.
Liquid Metal Features:
Over 25 minutes of live performance footage
Complete lecture-style explanations
Special follow-along practice session
Morgan's impossible key bending routine
The Fork U Fork
The Corkscrew Tine Bend
You will learn the full routine from beginning to end with nothing held back, including Morgan’s highly anticipated multiple tine bend.
This is a routine that you can do 100% surrounded. Perform it at parties, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and on the streets. $29.95 (DVD00648)
Iced Over: What could be better in the middle of the winter than a trick with ice?
Show your hands empty.
Pour some water into your cupped hand, close your hand into a fist and blow on it.
Upon opening your hand, the water has turned to ice!
No special glass
Setup takes seconds
Great for walk-around or table-hopping
Impromptu and instantly repeatable.
Produce the ice then toss it into your drink!
PSI Sharpie 2: Bring out an absolutely innocent-looking Sharpie pen. Write a note or a prediction or whatever. Place the pen on a smooth surface, step away and, to the utter disbelief of the spectators, the pen takes on a life its own! It moves under it's own power! The pen can even move in a complete circle – but does so silently!
The pen is always under your control. It has many applications for the medium, psychic bizzarist, mentalist or magician. You can perform revelations with cards and envelopes, letting the pen decide where the spectator’s signed card is located. All within your control!
This could be one of the most technologically advanced items in magic. The Psi Sharpie delivers on the promise to blow minds and provide powerful mental magic!
The goal behind this product was to produce a pen that was fun, easy to use and totally reliable. The pen is able to meet those requirements thanks to a built in mini-hi-tech micro-processor! It is this very micro-processor that makes the effect so devilishly deceptive – and “oh so easy to use too!”
And, there's no need to ever turn the pen on or off. Why, because the only switch you need is the small remote that does all the work for you! The pen is clean and can remain untouched by the performer – think about that!
Additionally the pen features solid construction, no loose wires or moving parts – thus nothing to break down! This item is well thought out, and tested in "real world" conditions.
Comes with excellent instructions including 24 detailed sequential illustrations that walk you through from start to finish. $249.95
Folding Table: This wonderful Folding Table features a lightweight, all wood construction for ultra-portability and sturdy dependability. Assembles in seconds, even as part of your act!
-Easy to carry
-Uses limited only by your imagination!
-Packs small and plays anywhere!
Available in red or blue. Please specify. $124.95 (70.939)
Towel Folding DVD Volume 2: Featuring advanced Towel Origami figures. You will learn 7 advanced towel folding creations including:
• Deluxe Sweetheart Swans that form a heart
• Terrific Turtle
• Heart Filled Basket
• Cuddly Puppy
• Sweet Skunk
Also included as a bonus on this DVD is the much sought after but hard to find wedding or birthday cake that makes a spectacular gift!
On location at a top hotel, John teaches you one of his newest towel folding creations, an astounding peacock that will have everyone wondering how you did that!
Plus tips on adding optional accessories such as eyes, noses, a napkin rose, flowers, and more.
John will go through one of the towel creations on this DVD in real speed, showing you that it doesn't have to take a long time to make a beautiful towel creation. This is after he shows you in slow detail on the main teaching section.
Instead of using just white towels, he will also show you examples of using towels in other colors to add even more fun to your designs. $19.95 (DVD00647)
And that’s the hits of the week. Great stuff for sure. And, remember that everything you order (as long as the order total is over $25.00) gets you a coupon to use with any future purchase! It’s such a good deal.
I hope you will find a lot of time to spend with us at www.magicfact.com over the next week. Watch some video demos. Click on some Add To Cart buttons. Have fun. And, remember, we will be back next week!