Friday, May 18, 2007

Home Again

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I have to tell you that it is great to be home! I’m still a a little road-weary right now, having just finished a four day trek from Florida to Massachusetts, bringing Aron, the college boy, home for the summer. It was actually a fun trip. I flew to Gainesville early last Thursday morning, helped Aron pack his car, and the two of us set out on our Excellent Adventure. We saw a great deal of this fine country, spent a night at the South Of The Border Motel (wow) and a couple of nights in Maryland. We ate at the Waffle House (dinner for two, $10.75) and the Cracker Barrel. We visited the Civil War battlefield at Chancellorsville. We saw an amazing exhibit at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and attended a Washington Nationals Game. We had lunch at Katz’ famous New York deli (where we did not send a Salami to anyone in the Army) and then we came home. We are both working very hard on catching up on our sleep. So far,
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As exciting as last week was, just wait until you check out this week’s excitement!

Aron’s Back Sales Event! – Aron the elder son always complains that I mention Lucas the younger son far more than I mention Aron. That may be true, because Lucas is right here, underfoot at all times, while Aron is far away in Florida. Out of sight, out of pocket, as they say. So, now that Aron is back, I will make a really big deal out of it and name this week’s excitement after him! Aron’s Back Sales Event! For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, May 24th at midnight, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale! All you need to do is enter the special code ARONSBACK 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!

Sealed In: This is what Street Magic is all about!
Everyday objects. High impact magic. Impossible souvenir. Easy to do
Imagine walking up to someone with a bottle of water, which is shown very freely on all sides. The label has been removed to show there is no place to hide! Borrow a coin and tell everyone to watch closely.
One… two… three… You visually slam the coin straight through the bottle! It is openly seen rattling around in the water! Sound impossible? Well get this: Now hand out the bottle of water to let people discover the impossible truth. The lid of the bottle is still factory sealed and has never been opened!
Let this sink in then walk away leaving them with an impossible souvenir of this astonishing experience.
* No special coins!
* No magnets needed!
* Includes Chris Harding’s easy one bottle setup!
* Quick setup – less than 5 minutes – no cutting or knives required!
* Label can be removed before performance!
* Easy to do!
* Bottle flourishes taught to use in the effect!
* Bonus footage - two additional fantastic effects! $27.00 (60.1435)

Magnetic Cane – Kenton Knepper: A favorite among many names from the past, Kenton finally tips his unique handlings and methods to cause canes to adhere to him as if he were a human magnet.
Kenton has performed this on television and at a premiere screening for the movie The Illusionist.
A walking cane (ungimmicked) is examined thoroughly, as are the performer's hands. The performer magnetizes the cane with his energy. The cane now sticks to his hands, floats upwards and adheres to his fingers without gimmicks, loops, wires, pins, magnets, etc. The cane may be light or heavy, borrowed or one of your own. You can magnetize solid metal canes or wood ones, golf clubs or swords.
Learn the secrets Kenton and his friends have used to appear to have real magnetic personal power.
Performed by Leipzig, Malini, Charlie Miller and numerous others, Kenton teaches you new methods as well as old that advance this timeless classic to heights never before achieved. $25.00 (DVD00709)

Parasols – Set Of Four: These parasols have been highly praised by many experts around the world as f the finest parasols ever. In this set, you receive 4 extremely well-made, self-opening parasols. All of the parasols are in same color.
• Ideal for expanding your own parasol act
• Perfect for the beginners who want to start their parasol performance by producing fewer parasols
• A must for performing the Parasol Climax
• A perfect set for practicing
• Available in Red, Blue, Yellow, White, Red/White Striped and Blue/White Striped. Please specify
Dimensions Approximately:
Closed Size: 16.5" x 1" (40.64cm x 2.54cm)
Opened Size: 16.5" x 25" (40.64cm x 63.5cm)
$45.00 (60.1436)

Red Carpet Celebrity Mind Reading: A female spectator mentally selects one of five male celebrities; a male volunteer silently chooses an actress. They then mix their photos with a secret procedure so even they do not know where their selected photo is. You concentrate, then dramatically announce the two chosen celebrities!
Next, for a double kicker climax, you snap your fingers and the selections magically switch places in the spectators' hands! The chosen actress has been transported to the actors stack, and the selected actor is now amidst the female headshots!
Beautifully printed cards measure 6” x 9” so they can be seen in any venue. $50.00 (40.569)

Miracolour: Boris Wild’s latest effect!
The most logical color change deck routine ever invented!
Take a blue deck out of its case and ask a spectator to choose any card: the 3 of Spades for example (No force!).
This card is personalized with a signed sticker and is placed face down onto the table.
A second card is selected (7 of Hearts) and is rubbed against the face of the 3 of Spades. The black card immediately turns into the 7 of Hearts!
Accidentally rub the back of one of the two sevens onto the sheet of yellow stickers: it becomes yellow!
The blue back and the yellow back are then rubbed against each other to get green backs, but nothing happens. Well, almost! Because when the deck is spread face up, one card is reversed in the middle and it has a green back! This card is shown: it is the signed 3 of spades!
The deck is finally turned face down and all of the cards have now turned green! Everything can be examined!
Comes complete with 4-page color photo-illustrated booklet, gimmick and USPCC printed Bicycle cards! $22.00 (30.1238)

Dunninger’s Delight DVD- Kenton Knepper: A feature in Kenton's stand-up and stage shows, it has also been performed on television and in intimate settings.
Kenton calls it "One of the most impossible and frightening effects an audience can witness."
A spectator calls out a number and a playing card suit. The spectator is told to hold onto a deck and make sure the card is in the deck. It is. The performer insists he will never touch the deck. A few attempts at mental concentration, and the performer claims the chosen card is now gone from the spectator's very own hands. Remember, the performer never touches the cards at all. Yet the chosen card is gone.
Not only that, the named card is found in a locked hotel room, inside an orange held by the spectator, or anywhere you can imagine!
It is a miracle that has confounded both card experts and mentalists alike. It completely stunned the members of the Psychic Entertainers Association. That's how close to real mentalism this card effect is even to audiences in the know.
For the first time ever Kenton reveals all of his personal methods so you cannot fail, and have nothing to fear. Learn the whole story as created by Kenton. Nothing is left out. At last you too will be able to make this startling effect a standard in your own miraculous performances. All new work, never before released, is included on this DVD. $25.00 (DVD00708)

Gary Plants On The Zarrow Shuffle: – Stephen Minch – A handling of Herb Zarrow’s full-deck false shuffle that fools the experts, and everyone else! 27 pages. Spiral bound. Illustrated by Tom Gagnon. $25.00 (BK01523)

Radical Dice Routine DVD – Sol Stone: - Sol Stone is known for his quick, direct and visual magic. On this DVD he performs and teaches the real work on one of his favorites. Sol has been performing the Radical Dice Routine for more than 50 years. He has fooled and entertained thousands of magicians and laypeople with it. This is the routine he has been holding back--until now!
The routine is simple to follow and strong in impact. You explain that the opposite sides of a die total to seven. Once the audience understands the properties of a die the impossible magic starts to happen--spots begin to appear, disappear and move around the die.
Comes complete with two specially manufactured dice that make all of the impossible looking magic possible. Once you master this routine you will never leave home without it--just like Sol Stone you will have a small miracle in your pocket that can be used whenever you have to impress. Includes set of custom dice. $39.95 (DVD00706)

Punishment DVD – Patrick McCullagh: If you like strong, memorable, 100% reaction magic that lasts with your audiences then this tape is for you. All the effects where filmed in real situations with members of the public.
Card Watch - This effect has everything, a reason, tension, and an astonishing finish. A spectator tries to quick draw the magician and a merely thought of card ends up behind the spectator’s own watch.
Sweet Dreams of You - The magician tells a story of a dream he had where a card was signed. The dream is reconstructed. As a climax a card that been on the table all along turns out to have the spectator’s signature and has a different colored back.
Wild Frame - Three copper coins appear from the frame of a purse, they are then dropped though, turning to silver. Then they change back to copper and eventually disappear. Quite a knuckle buster.
Single Cup and Balls -A very workable variation of a classic cups and balls using a single cup and ball bearings with large metal balls for the final loads. Ideal for restaurants.
2 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right -This is a great little packet trick that uses minimal sleight of hand. It has a funny patter and make terrific use of word play. $30.00 (DVD505)

Cullfather DVD – Iain Moran: Your chance to harness one of the most devastating weapons in the magician’s arsenal! Complete, step by step training in the art of culling from Iain Moran - a true master of the move!
Cull one Card.
Culling to Specific Locations.
Culling from Awkward Positions.
Culling Multiple Cards.
Mistakes - Part 2.
Controlling via Culling.
Forcing via Culling.
Setting Up via Culling.
Culling 2 Cards Next to Each Other.
Switching via Culling.
Culling as an Out.
Culling Face Down Cards.
Aces on High.
Dream Card.
Funny Business.
Quantum Sandwich.
Ace Orgy.
Concrete Sandwich.
$35.00 (DVD00707)

Mind Mysteries Guide Book Vol. 4 – Richard Osterlind: In this fourth guide book, Richard dissects the powerful magic and mentalism items that brought the first installment of the Mind Mysteries series to such a smashing conclusion. Besides his usual insights into the material that was presented on Mind Mysteries Volume 4 - More Assorted Mysteries DVD, you'll also find:
* An exposition of ways to make the effects in your own show much more powerful.
* The real way to do pre-show work.
* The necessary ingredients for strong magic.
* The real history of many of Richard Osterlind's most powerful creations.
Mind Mysteries Volume 4 - More Assorted Mysteries presented some of the strongest material Richard Osterlind has ever created and in this fourth volume of the Mind Mysteries Guide Book series, you'll gain some valuable insights in how to inject this power into your own work.
88 pages. Softbound $30.00 (BK10524)

And that’s all of this week’s excitement. A great sales event, some great new magic. What could be better? Dinner at the Waffle House? Perhaps.

Now, I must go take a nap. I hope that while I am in sleepland, you will find some time to visit us online at or in person at 112 South Street in Boston. Either way, we do love the company.
Hank Lee