Friday, February 02, 2007

Is It Snowing Yet?

Hi-Dee-Ho, fun seekers. Hank Lee here with yet another installment of our weekly email letter. It’s been a fun week here in Boston. Did you read about the guy that stuck blinking cartoon character circuit boards in a bunch of public places? Someone thought it would be a brilliant ad campaign. Not. People were reporting these “suspicious items” to the police all day Wednesday, and it resulted in roads being closed for hours on end, doing just a fine job on traffic. Luckily, I was safe and warm in Medford, far from the madding crowd.
This has been a week of anticipation. The weather people have been forecasting some real snow for Friday. An actual snowstorm, not like those dustings we have had up until now. We have all been at the windows waiting to see what happens. So far, it’s not so exciting. And, yes, Lucas, there is school today.
Despite the lack of winter weather here in the Northeast, it is February, and that means Valentine’s day is coming. Which brings me to this week’s excitement.
VALENTINE’S SAVINGS – I know it’s early. Valentine’s Day isn’t until the 14th. But, we love you all so much, we simply wanted to spread the love around a little early. So, for the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, February 8th 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 VALENTINESALE 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 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 with all things in life.
(1) The 25% is deducted from the retail price of the item. No intermediate discounts (such as HankoGram pricing) 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 this week’s Hotlist!

Interlace: The future of Ring Flite is here! It’s Richard Sanders’ Interlace.
A borrowed ring vanishes from your fingertips. The spectator looks down at your feet and tied to the loop of your shoelace, is the borrowed ring!
No Switches. No duplicate rings. And, it's immediately repeatable!
You will learn how to cause any borrowed ring to vanish and appear tied to your own shoelace! You receive all the props, plus a full length DVD featuring all the moves, tips, handlings and subtleties. Get ready to blow your audience away with Interlace, the miracle ring on shoelace.
Key Points:
Angle Proof.
No reset, immediately repeatable
No duplicate rings used
No reels, threads, elastics
Brand new principle in magic
10 amazing handlings included
Use sneakers or dress shoes
Devastating reactions every time
$59.95 (60.1412)

Change Cap: From our friends at Creative Magic, comes the next generation of “changing devices.” It the street-savvy Change Cap!
Not only is it the most innocent looking and un-suspecting change bag ever, it's also something that can be used by close up performers.
It looks just like an ordinary baseball cap, and you can wear it just like a baseball cap (one size fits most), but it can be used for endless change bag effects for stage workers, mentalists, kids performers and street performers. ??
The Change Cap works differently than most change bags, the gimmick is not mechanical. it is a manual change that happens when you "close" the hat.
Imagine throwing two safety pins in the cap, shaking them around and, just like that, they are linked.
If someone asks for change of a dollar, just take off your hat, throw the dollar in and, before you know it , coins are rattling around.
Perfect for restoring a torn card or forcing any number or object.
A natural way for a mentalist to collect slips of paper with personal information!
The list goes on and on.
Comes with a black, one size fits most baseball cap and a full color booklet with a few ideas to get you started, including Andrew Mayne's Spitball Catch. $24.95 (60.1408)

Liquid Penetration Deluxe: Purchased from a private collector, his is one of the most visual effects you will find! Three clear transparent glasses are stacked, one on top of the other in a vertical column. Liquid of one color is poured into the upper most glass of the stack. Then liquid of another color is poured into the upper most glass, but instead of mixing with the liquid in the upper glass, the liquid flows into the middle glass of the stack. Finally liquid of a third color is poured into the upper most glass and penetrates into the lower most glass of the stack. The three glasses are separated, showing each containing the three different colored liquids.
This trick is made possible bt the very specially constructed clear glasses.
A beautifully made set of glasses, each one stand over 6 inches tall. $75.00 (60.1409) Only one set is available, and when it is gone, there will be no more.

Walter Jeans Illusioneer – Peter Warlock: In 1986 Mike Caveney’s Magic Words (then Magical Publications) produced a modest book about a relatively unknown illusion inventor named Walter Jeans, written by a well-known magic scholar named Peter Warlock. The title page included this line: The first in a series of Magical Pro-Files. Though it took years to sell these books, the series grew to include eleven more titles. 1,000 copies of each book were produced with the exception of Walter Jeans which was limited to just 500 copies. For years we have heard that the Jeans book was virtually impossible to obtain. In a desperate effort to complete their set, some collectors have invested more that $300 for this elusive title. Others are still searching. ?We are pleased to announce a brand new edition of Walter Jeans: Illusioneer. This is not a reprint of the first edition but rather a book nearly twice the size of the original. It features an abundance of new material including
(through the generosity of Elizabeth Warlock) a transcription of Walter Jeans’ original autobiography. Discover the true story behind Jeans’ greatest creation, The Million Dollar Mystery, and study both the British and American patent papers for this ground-breaking principle. Follow Jeans as he interacts with Chung Ling Soo, Carter the Great, P.T. Selbit, Will Goldston, Servais LeRoy, the Maskelyne family and Harry Houdini who, after seeing Jeans manipulate cards remarked, “You are the greatest unknown man I have ever met.”?The books will be numbered from 501 to 1,000 and will include a brand new, tipped-in colored frontis piece. ?Of course we realize that many collectors who already own the first edition will want to add this expanded edition to their library. Therefore, all we can say is, “fair warning.” If you ever wanted to obtain a copy of this book, now is the time. No one can say how long this limited edition will remain available but we do know that once they are
gone, their value will once again begin to escalate. $50.00

Avalanche: With the new Avalanche, you can create a snowstorm from your bare hands, and with no messy cleanup! Anytime during your show; from any place on stage!
This self-contained apparatus will have you producing real, Evaporative Snow™, which will rise 6-8 feet into the air, from your bare hands! A spectacular, memorable experience for the entire audience.
Face the audience, show your hands empty and then produce a beautiful snowstorm which rises 6-8 feet into the air. This can be done virtually surrounded, and what a spectacular finale it makes.
Avalanche is one of the most revolutionary pieces of equipment in magic, today. The apparatus comes to you ready to use, and once you have read the brief instructions, you will be ready to perform miracles. No more external apparatus, loud motors, or oriental fans. With the incredible Avalanche, you will have a self-contained special effects apparatus that will emit "snow" just like the big machines.
No more confetti! Nothing to sweep! It looks like real snow! It should. After all, it is the Avalanche!
$1195.00 (60.1410)

Balanced: An act of extreme coin magic! Right before their very eyes! They’ll swear they’ve never seen anything like it before. And, they’ll be right!
Hand out three coins. A quarter, a nickel and a dime. Have the spectator check them out. Just normal coins (heh, heh)
Take the coins back and proceed to balance each coin on the other’s edge until you have all three coins stacked!
It’s done in your wide open hand. There is nothing added or taken away. Do it in short sleeves. Do it in no sleeves.
At the end, hand the coins out again. They will find nothing!
Great for street performance. Perfect in bars.
And, the best part is, the coins do all the work. $30.00 (20.365)

Color Changes DVD – Jay Noblezada: Now you can learn how to make playing cards visually change right before your spectators eyes!
You'll Learn
• Snap Change - Blow on a card and it changes instantly! Now broken down to it's bare essentials, this is the best variation ever!
• Twirl Change - Visually and practically shake a card and it morphs right before their eyes! Learn the key handlings that make this color change work.
• Winter Change - Cold as ice! This will send chills up your spine... your spectators will feel it too!
• The Classic - Don't let its name fool you. You'll want to do this one all the time!
• Top Change - Considered the best change. Do you work the trenches? The top change is your new best friend! Change a card in any situation completely away from the deck!
• Spin Change - One of the hardest color changes alive! Spin a card and watch it change... single handedly!
• Second Change - An off-beat visual shock to your spectators eyes!
• Clip Steal Change - Cover the face of the deck for an instant, and a card changes. This is a color change the underground doesn't want you to know about!
• Houdini Change - Sought after by every card enthusiast, and depended on by most working professionals.
• Flick Change - audio and visual factors unite to produce one of the most commercial color changes available.
• Noblezada Strange Change - misdirection at it's finest!
• Plus much more!
Including in depth work on The Double Lift, Side Steal, and The Second Deal! $29.95 (DVD00639)

Bell Bottom Bucket: This is the best, most reasonably priced Miser’s Dream bucket on the market today. Made of solid steel, the ungimmicked bucket has a 1/4" lip, making it easy to grip.
The outside is polished to a mirror-like finish, while the inside is brushed steel.
The first time you drop a coin into this bucket, you will understand the name. These buckets produce clear, bell-like tone, enhancing the appeal of your routine. 7" tall, 5 1/2" in diameter, weight 1 1/2 lbs. Fits easily into your magic case. 39.95 (60.1411

No Chance- Marc Spelmann and Peter Nardi:
A principle that has been used by a select few mentalists for many years. Peter Nardi and Marc Spelmann now bring you this hard to find prop together with a DVD featuring routines, tips and ideas on the use of this great little utility.
The DVD is over 1 hour long, and includes routines for the close up, stand-up and even stage performances!
It’s time to start gambling but remember "some bets you just can't lose!"
The package includes the following:
3 Custom Manufactured "No Chance Dice"
3 Matching Regular Dice
Instructional DVD. $49.95 (DVD00639)

Poker Protection – Steve Forte: The most comprehensive study of the many methods that are used to cheat at Poker. Based on decades of extensive research, the book objectively looks at the dangers posed by professional and amateur cheaters in all forms of poker: casino game, private/home game, online poker, and tournament play. Along the way it illustrates and discusses most of the known methods of cheating.
This is an expansion and elaboration of the 37-page Poker chapter in Forte's best selling "Casino Game Protection." It also includes expansions of the marked cards, collusion, shuffle scams and holding-out sections. Chapters include: Poker, A Short History • The Cheaters' World • Collusion • False Shuffle Scams • Holding Out • Peeks, False Deals, Coolers And More • Marked Cards • Other Forms Of Poker • Protection / Detection • Final Thoughts.
Pages 360 - Hard Bound $49.95 (BK01510

Bringing Magic To Life – Dr. Jay Ungar: The author is a both a physician and a magician. In this book, he presents his unique prescription for infusing magic into your life and life into your magic.! Jay Ungar has been entertaining with magic for over three decades, delighting young and old, sick and healthy alike. With his emphasis on presentation, Jay makes it a priority to truly bond with his audience. He is always focused on getting the most out of every effect by weaving a thoughtful and captivating story throughout his presentation. He believes, “the real secret of making magic ‘Magic’ can be summed up with one word – empathy.”
The book is packed with top-quality commercial magic, and each limited edition copy is signed and numbered by the author himself. Over 180 pages of integrated scripts and handlings, as well as hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.
Also included is a 25-page “R-Rated” supplement filled with a variety of adult-themed magic presentations of classic effects. $40.00 (BK01511)

And that’s the Hot List for what may turn out to be the first snowy weekend of this winter. We shall see. Even if it snows, the stuff on this week’s list is hot enough to keep you mighty warm!

As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at 112 South Street in beautiful downtown Boston. And, I hope you will remember to register for the Conclave!
Hank Lee