Thursday, March 29, 2007

Spring Has Sprunnnngggg!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I am 100% sure you don’t need to be reminded that this Sunday is April Fool’s Day. I know you already have your Whoopee Cushion, Fake Vomit, Rubber Doggy Doo, Ink Splot, Exploding Pen, Shock Soda Can and a hundred other oh-so-clever-and-funny jokes that you have waited all year to pull on your friends. I wish you the best of luck and the heartiest of chuckles. Just remember to wear your running shoes. And also remember not to pull any of these hilarious jokes on me. I may be laughing on the outside, but inside I am planning serious revenge. Forewarned is forearmed. Are you reading this, Lucas? Huh, are you?

This week I am happy to report that we have added a ton of new subscribers to the weekly Email Letter. For those of you new to this letter, I will summarize what you have missed so far this year: News about The Conclave; News about the boys, Aron and Lucas; News about the wifely elf, Bonnie; News about my ever-decreasing weight and most importantly news about great new magic. While everything else may not excite you, I know that the Magic News will. At least I hope so!

Speaking of the Conclave, and don’t I just go on and on about it, we are inching up on selling out. So, check your calendar, click on the Conclave Button at, and join us. April is a wonderful time to be in New England!

Now, for this week’s excitement, and I know you will love it!

Spring Is Here Sales Event! – Spring has sprung here in New England. The sun is shining, the temperature has turned balmy, the snow has melted, the days are longer and the nights are sorter, the birds are singing. It’s a fabulous time of year. So, why not celebrate? We shall. For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, April 5th at midnight, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale! All you need to do is enter the special code SPRINGISHERE 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 minimum order to use the 25% off discount is $25.00.
(2) 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.
(3) 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, 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.
(4) Coupons will be deducted from the order total before the discount is applied.
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!

Boxing Ring Undefeated – Aaron Smith: Round two. Armed with all-new instructions! Described in detail step-by-step. You'll discover magic in every part of this amazing kit. Aaron Smith's Boxing Ring Undefeated is ready to go, hassle-free!. Pure visual impact lands a fatal blow!
A borrowed ring is placed securely inside a small presentation box, but the magician is able to conjure the ring. Mystically it appears linked on a long silk string. The ring vanishes, appears, penetrates the string several times, and suddenly vanishes completely. The spectator opens the box to reveal the ring is still safely inside!
• Requires very little pocket space!
• Instant reset - perfect for restaurant work!
• Bits and pieces will easily adapt to any show!
• The special silk string is gimmicked, yes examinable. No switches, magnets, or clasps. The secret is so diabolically clever you'll find ways to use it for other tricks immediately.
This is a complete kit for the journeyman "Ring on Stringer." Newly revised full-color instructions, exclusive gimmicked ring box, two custom silk strings, and the special gaff material all packaged in a beautiful crushed velvet bag. Remarkable magic! Incredible price! $39.95 (10.1377)

Table Cloth Stunt DVD – David Ginn: Have you ever wanted to really pull the table cloth from under the dishes without breaking anything?
Not a clown gag or a joke, not breaking dishes for comedy, but really doing the stunt? Well, folks, here’s your chance to learn how, taught to you by someone who has performed the Table Cloth Stunt live in over 1000 shows without ever missing or breaking a single dish. That person is David Ginn.
Join David on this live class DVD teaching an audience of magicians and clowns — and you — step by step how to do it.
Included with the DVD you’ll receive the exact correct cloth that David employs to perform the stunt, professionally cut for you to his own specifications.
In his live shows David plays up several comedy angles before actually doing the stunt, but in the end he really accomplishes the trick. And when you learn that you can do this, you’ll be thrilled at the new skill you’ve added to your family and kidshows!
Audiences of children and adults love the Table-Cloth Stunt!
You get the DVD and the special cloth. $35.00 (60.1423)

Outcased: The perfect closer for your Ambitious Card routine! The ultimate ending. An ending that makes sense!
What exactly is Outcased?
Outcased is the Ambitious Card routine done inside the card box!
After your Ambitious Card routine, the signed selection is again lost in the middle of the deck. 
The cards are then placed back inside the card case. A rubber band is wrapped around the case, width wise. Explain that the signed card will jump back to the top of the deck inside the card case, with just a shake.
So you shake the card case again, only to find that the spectator's selection became so ambitious, that the card visually penetrates the card box!
The signed card is now on the outside of the card case underneath the rubber band! 
The card is removed from underneath the rubber band, and of course the spectator can keep it as souvenir. 

Easy to do! No sleight of hand Required! 
Perfect for walk-around! Resets instantly!
Comes with instructional DVD. Insanely visual, eye-poppingly magical, Peter Eggink has created a sensational ending for the Ambitious Card! $29.95 (30.1229)

Solo: Another new one from JB Magic, and it’s a jaw dropper!
Remove a deck of cards from its case.
Hand the case out for examination. It is empty. 

Two Jacks with a hole in their center are shown, both back and front. 

A card is selected ans signed. No force of any kind.
The signed card is placed in between the two Jacks. It can be seen through the holes. 
The three cards are spread in a fan. All three cards can be clearly seen.
In a flash, the signed card visually vanishes from the fan! 

The card case is opened and the signed card is found inside!
Easy to do! Resets in seconds! Precision made gimmicks! Comes with instructional DVD. $29.95 (30.1231)

Mis-Made Flag With A Twist: A classic of kidshow magic, with an interesting twist!
Place a red handkerchief and a white handkerchief into an empty bag, but forget to put in the blue handkerchief. Out comes a flag that has no blue and no stars! Just red and white stripes and an empty field where the stars should be.
Realize your mistake so you drop the blue handkerchief into the bag along with the funky flag. Out comes a flag with the proportions all wrong! A giant field of stars and little tiny red and white stripes. You must have used the wrong magic words!
The mixed up flag is placed back into the bag. This time, after the proper magic words are used, a correct American Flag is produced, to big applause from the audience. $24.95 (60.1425

Hochman Encyclopedia Of American Playing Cards: A complete cataloging of American playing card makers as well as details, types, and brands of playing cards from the late 1700s to the early 1930s. Softcover Edition.
2,700 b&w illus., 324 pages. Index. $45.00 (BK01518)

Civil War Illuminated Deck: In the style of the times, this deck includes full-length, single-ended court figures, round corners and traditional non-indexed styling. This deck is packaged in an upright case. $14.00 (30.1228)

Mini Flag Blendo: Show the audience three small handkerchiefs; one is red, one is white, one is blue. The three handkerchiefs are placed into your fist. When you open your hand, the handkerchiefs have changed into a small American Flag! $7.00! (60.1426)

New York Magic Symposium DVD: What do Tom Mullica, Jay Sankey, David Roth, Albert Goshman, Harry Lorayne, Jeff McBride, Dr. Sawa, Richard Kaufman and Lisa Menna all have in common? Well, they are all stars of magic, and they all appeared at the New York Magic Symposium, and, they are all on this DVD!
Mullica does Future Transposition and the Cigarette Eating.
Sankey does Airtight, the Deck in Balloon (Worth the price of the DVD!)
Roth does Folding Coins Across
Lorayne does Halo Cuts Again
McBride does his Card Manipulation Act and
Goshman does the Nudist deck.
What more could you ask for? An incredible teaching video. Over an hour in length. Excellent quality production. $19.95 (DVD00675)

Trevor Lewis On Kids DVD: Trevor Lewis and Children's Magic are synonymous. He has appeared in Austria, Ireland, France. Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain, Great Britain as well as numerous appearances in the United States. Trevor has vast experience in entertaining children of all ages, and has been the resident magician on four television series in Britain. In addition to many other awards, Trevor won the Best One Man Parade in the Linking Ring Magazine in 1978 and the Clarke Crandall Comedy Award in 1980.
Trevor's first video contains a wealth of material for children's entertainers.
Complete performances and explanations of:
• The Flowering Bouquet
• Road Safety Chicken
• Professor's Nightmare
• Cards Across
• The Cat
• Floppy Flower
• Pop Away Wand
Plus...Why perform children's magic; What makes a good children's effect; What to do when the phone rings; Continuity Gags and more! This professionally produced DVD will put you on the road to being a better children's entertainer! $19.95 (DVD00676)

Flashlight Fun: Just remade! When it comes to creating wonderful children's magic, there is no one in the world like Trevor Lewis. Flashlight Fun, is Trevor at his best!
"I know there are some very bright boys and girls here today, but I want to make you even brighter by putting you all in the spotlight!" And so, it begins.
Bring out a full-size yellow flashlight. Try to turn the flashlight on, but something's wrong, it won't light! Tuck the flashlight under your arm."The batteries must be dead!"
Luckily, you've got some new ones in your case. Turn around and reach into your case to get them when...the flashlight turns on!! Of course, the kids see the light. But you don't. And, they are quick to let you know that the light is on!!
Turn around and remove the flashlight from under your arm. The light has gone out!
Tuck the flashlight back under your arm, turn around to reach into your case and the light goes on again! Now, the kids are screaming that the light is on!
Still, when you remove the flashlight from under your arm, the light is off! This can go on as long as the kids can take it!! "Oh no, it can't! Oh, yes it can!!"
As funny as this bit of business is, it is just the beginning!!
Remove the cap to check out the batteries. Holding the cap in your left hand, look into the case. Magically, the light comes on!! The kids will be screaming that the light is on! Of course, when you check out the cap, the light has already gone off!!
"Must be a faulty switch!" Suddenly, the light comes on in the cap. Seeing this, you shine the light into the case and discover the problem! There are no batteries in the case!But, there's more! While you shine the light into the case, the case is illuminated, a glowing yellow. As you take the cap away from the case, the case remains lit up!! How can it be?
In an effort to turn off the light, you blow into the case. But, the light in the cap goes off!!
So, you blow on the case again. Now, the light in the case goes off and the light in the cap goes on!
Magically, the light jumps back and forth from the cap to the case and the case to the cap. Lots of laughs!!
Finally, you screw the cap onto the case. The light remains on. You shine it on the kids and make them all stars!!
Flashlight Fun is everything you want in a kids' routine. Laughs, Excitement, Danger (well, not much danger) and Magic!
Great for Kids' Performers; Clowns; MCs. Everyone who loves to entertain with their magic. Comes with everything. The specially-made flashlight, an ungaffed flashlight and Trevor's full routine. $135.00 (50.848)

Floating Cap – Losander: Losander, Master of the Art of Levitation, has created a new levitation effect, The Floating Cap. This effect can be performed in a close-up setting or on stage.
Borrow a baseball cap, or any hat you can find from an audience member.
You also need an ordinary handkerchief, which again you can either borrow or produce yourself.
Simply cover the cap with the handkerchief and suddenly, without explanation, it begins to rise. The cap flies almost completely uncovered up and down without any movement of your hands. In the end, the cap lands back in your hands leaving your audience mystified.
Losander has put his over 30 years of knowledge into this effect. He has created a floating gimmick that allows you to float any hat or cap without setup time. The cap floats just as magically as the Sphere, which was created by Losander and Tommy Wonder.
This package includes a handkerchief, the gimmick and a DVD, which not only explains the effect, which you can learn in a couple of minutes, but also provides you with Losander's valuable knowledge on how to improve your already existing levitation skills.
Your audience will believe that you are a real magician!
Order now and don’t pay a penny for shipping. The product will ship by the end of April. $95.00 (60.1424)

And, that’s this week’s fabulous offerings. Don’t you just love it? So many toys to play with. So many DVDs to watch. Who needs a real life?

I honestly hope you will find some time to spend with us over the next few days either online at or in our landmark Bosotn store at 112 South Street in downtown Boston. You know how much we love your company. And, at 25% off for the next week, I am sure you love ours!
Hank Lee