Thursday, May 24, 2007

Let The Grilling Begin!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, and a fine week this has been. Truthfully, I have a lot of ground to cover today, so there’s not much time for chit-chat.
First, allow me to direct your attention to the Online Catalog at The discerning among you will have already noticed that there are two new “Categories” in the list on the left side of the page. Actually, these are two Mini Stores, specialized Boutiques as it were. One is the Joe Porper Store, where you will find everything Joe Porper. Joe’s stuff is some of the finest in magic, and we have assembled it all in one place, just for you. The second Mini Store is the Street Magic Store. Here we have gathered all kinds of stuff, perfect for performing, where else, on the street. This is a really subjective list, so check it out and if you think we have missed some items that belong on the list, let me know and I will add the item(s), quick as a bunny.

We have been working on a new format for the weekly email Letter. If you receive the letter in html format, you will already see it, and, if I do say so myself, I think it looks just great. If you are receiving the Text Only version of the email Letter, just go the the URL Address at the bottom of the letter, and edit your profile so that you will receive the html version. It is way more cool, trust me!

Lucas’ Junior Prom was last Friday night, and I just knew you would want to see a photo of Lucas dressed in his fabulous prom-attire. He’s the one on the left. Of course, if you are still getting the Text Only version, he is not there at all. Change your profile to get the html version. Are you detecting a theme?

Finally, as a Public Service, I need to remind you that we are heading into Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of Grilling Season. Make sure you load up on charcoal, charcoal-starter, fire extinguishers and for goodness sakes, make sure the gas container is full. Nothing worse than running out in the middle.
And, speaking of the long weekend, I think you will really like this week’s excitement, even though it’s a short one!

SECOND CHANCE SALES EVENT. Why? To give those of you who were too busy this week loading up on charcoal and hot dogs and potato chips a second chance to save some serious money. For the next four days, from the very moment you receive this email until Monday, May 28th at midnight, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale! All you need to do is enter the special code SECONDCHANCE 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 Monday at midnight!

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

Ultimate Wand Levitation: The Ultimate Wand Levitation will absolutely blow you away! A complete sell-out at the World Magic Seminar, so you know it’s good!
Bring out a beautiful wooden case. Open the case to show an absolutely gorgeous magic wand.
As you wave your hand, the wand mysteriously leaves the case and floats through the air into your waiting hand.
Now, the wand floats from hand to hand, spins, even dances through a solid hoop. It looks incredible! Your audience will be aghast!
Words cannot describe how magical this effect looks. The video demo will give you a far better idea as to how powerful this effect really is. Once you see it in action, you will want one for your very own, I promise!
Package includes: Ultra Light Wizard Wand; custom wooden wand box lined with red satin; instructional DVD; levitation kit; and "Tips and Tricks" packet. $249.00 (60.1438)

Numberground: Mickaël Chatelain effects are very visual, amazing, and easy to perform.
With Numberground, he adds a new treasure to his collection. This is a very strong visual effect, which will leave every audience amazed.
Use a magic marker to draw the card your spectator just chose on the back of a playing card.
Show him what you drew, but, wait, it’s wrong! It doesn’t even remotely look like the selected card! Don’t panic.
When you shake the card, ever so carefully, the drawing visually changes, until it becomes an image of the chosen card!
You hold the card merely with your fingertips, and you can show it on both sides! An effect not unlike “Wiregram,” which will surely find its way into your card repertoire. Very easy to learn and to perform. $39.95 (30.1240)

Maurice Fogel: In Search Of The Sensational – Chris Woodward & Richard Mark: When magicians caught a bullet in their teeth...
He caught six!
When magicians did spook shows...
His ghosts were nude!
When magicians did rope tricks...
He put a noose around his neck and jumped!
When magicians predicted a chosen number...
He predicted which of six rifles should be aimed at his forehead!
He was Maurice Fogel, the twentieth century's most audacious mentalist and one of its greatest showmen. His feats of mind reading captured headlines around the world - when he wasn't predicting them. He dared death, he read minds and he became a legend in his own time.
Here is a taste of a typical Fogel performance:
Six volunteer marksmen were invited on stage to operate six legitimate, loaded and fully functioning rifles. One man chose a rifle at random and fired at a saucer, shattering it to smithereens. The discharged rifle was set with the five still-loaded ones in a rotating rack and the rack spun until no one could know which was the empty weapon. Each marksman was assigned a random number and took a random rifle from the rack. Fogel next revealed a predicted number that had been in full view and isolated from the start. The marksmen were all told to aim at saucers over Fogel's head—but the man assigned the predicted number was to aim directly at Fogel's forehead. Then, on his command they all fired!
To some he was a mental wonder; to others, an enigma. For years he strode the stages of the world, reading minds and using his strange powers to defy death. This is the chronicle of the life of a master mentalist whose like has never been seen. He baffled the world and his peers. He defied death for years on a near nightly basis. He created an extraordinary body of professional mentalism that has remained among the most coveted material in the field.
This book contains that material, along with the advice, experience and stories of a lifetime of professional performance by one of the world's most acclaimed mentalists.
Written and collected by Chris Woodward, an award-winning magician and Fogel's son-in-law, in collaboration with mentalist and Fogel confidant Richard Mark, here at last is the definitive work on Maurice Fogel, the man and his secrets.
440 pages in elegant hardcover with book ribbon. $71.95 (BK01527)

Best of Friends Volume 3 – Harry Lorayne: It’s been a long wait – 22 years! But it is finally here! With over 500 pages and 400 clear and instructional photographs.
Some of the contributors are:
Allan Ackerman, Richard Vollmer, Max Maven, J.K. Hartman, Peter Duffie, Michael Ammar, David Regal, Martin Nash, Joshua Jay, Howie Scharzman, Bob Farmer, Simon Lovell, Aldo Colombini, Doug Edwards, Jeff Altman, Nick Pudar, Sol Stone, Paul Gordon, Kostya Kimlat, Bill Toob, Gregory Wilson, Ian Baxter, Bob King, Joe Rindfleisch, Justin Higham, Michael Vincent, Steve Cohen, Tony Noice, Tom Craven, Randy Wakeman, Harry Lorayne…and more.
What great magic! What a wealth of material! What a “must have”!
Hardbound. $77.00. (Bk01526)

McKee Impact: Brand new from Kikuchi, it’s McKee Impact, and impact is the operative word!
Bring out a felt tip marker and use it for drawing, marking, signing, whatever you would normally use a marker to do.
Place the marker in a small envelope or wrap it in paper.
The magic words, and you crush the paper completely showing that the marker has totally vanished!
You can tap the marker on the table to prove that it is solid. And, the marker can be vanished only to reappear somewhere else! Endless possibilities.
Comes complete with instructional DVD. $45.00 (10.1389)

Cobra Deck – Kikuchi: The most wonderful version of the Haunted Pack ever!
Have a card selected from a Bicycle poker-size deck. No force. The card can even be signed.
The spectator returns the card to the deck. You square up the pack and set it on the table.
Now the magic begins!
Slowly the top half of the deck begins to move forward. The deck is cutting itself!
At about the halfway point, the top part of the deck starts moving backward leaving one card protruding from the pack.
The cards continue moving back until the deck is once again square.
Remove the one protruding card. Of course, it is the selected card!
Totally mechanical. Easy to do. A beautiful piece of work. Comes with instructional DVD. $34.95 (30.1239)

Johnny Ace Palmer Trilogy DVD Set: Johnny Ace Palmer Trilogy DVD - Johnny Ace Palmer was voted Best Close-Up Magician at the Magic Castle in Hollywood two years in a row. He is the only magician to have received both the International Brotherhood of Magician's Gold Cups Award of Excellence and the Society of American Magicians' Gold Medal Award of Honor. And, at the triennial International Federation of Magic Societies' Convention (FISM), magicians from 47 countries around the world witnessed, for the only time in the history of magic, the GRAND PRIX, magic's highest honor, being awarded to a Close-
Up magician - Johnny Ace Palmer.
Disk 1
Develop an Award Winning Act - Includes performance of Johnny’s award winning act. He then goes on to discuss a winning attitude, timing, standing ovation technique, and practice techniques.
8-Ball Production - Suprising, and a good lesson in classic misdirection.
Coke Bottle Production - Johnny reveals for the first time, his Coke Bottle while giving a lesson in offbeat misdirection.
Coin in Eye - A hilarious multi-phase routine that culminates with the coin in your eye.
The Egg Bag - Johnny's fast paced routine is ideal for table hoppers.
Too Fast! - A card prediction and transpo that's quite easy, despite the fact it has several slights.
Three Magic Scarves - Three silks magically vanish into one another, and the spectator pulls the last one out.
The Vanishing Bobby Pin - A bobby pin dematerializes at your fingertips.
The Hokus Pokus Pocket - Pull out your pocket and it mysteriously shrinks back into your pants.
The Mysterious Key - Johnny's handling for the Haunted Key.
Superfast Intertwisted - A rubberband intertwines itself instantly on your fingers.
Sleight of Hand Scotch and Soda - A method with a half dollar and dime.

Disk 2
The Traveling Match - A match burns then vanishes, only to reappear inside the matchbook. Then the trick repeats itself in reverse!
The Coin, Ring and Card - Johnny's ‘A' material and his most famous set for table-hopping.
Close-up Cups and Balls - It's Johnny's version designed specifically for table-hopping.
The Invisible Deck - Long underrated by purveyors of sophisticated sleight of hand, this is one of those rare feats that come across as real magic.
Coin Under Watch - Johnny's version of this classic that incorporates a spectacular vanish.
Card in Shoe - How good is the card in shoe? One of the most deceptive and mind-blowing tricks you'll do.
Coins Through Table - Clean, with the Gallo backfire.
Card on Ceiling - Johnny's most requested closer, with convincers that make it seem impossible.
Crazy Man's Handcuffs - Smooth and effortless. Perhaps the greatest magic effect of all time.
7-Up - A production of a bottle of 7-Up - from your bare hands! It's a mini sized bottle (you were just a little thirsty).
This 2 DVD set includes almost 4 hours of material, professionally shot with broadcast quality cameras in front of a live audience. $29.95 (DVD556)

Time Stands Still – Dexter: A watch is shown and verified to be in perfect shape. The performer then does the unthinkable, by slamming the face of the watch down on the edge of a table. When the watch is turned over the crystal is horribly shattered. Retrieving a small cloth, the performer begins to polish the damaged face of the watch. The crystal is shown to be completely repaired and the watch and cloth are handed out for examination.
Start clean, end clean.
Watch can be examined before and after
Routines include using a borrowed watch
Precision-made gimmick
Always ready, no reset
Easy to perform
$30.00 (10.1386)

Rosebud Color Change: Hold a long-stem red rose in your hand. In a flash the color of the bud changes to white. The rose is immediately given as a souvenir! It is a real rose.
Romantic, powerful magic! Easy to do, this is the perfect illusion! Perform on stage in front of 2000 spectators, or totally surrounded in close-up! You can do it any time in your show! Charm them! $20.00 (60.1437)

Super Production Wallet: What a wallet this is! Make money appear, disappear or even change into a butterfly!
No straps
Not a Z-fold wallet
Opening side is the same at all times
Possible to have a spectator open wallet
High quality
No sleights
Easy to use
The instructions illustrate five routines, including "Butterfly Effect."
Comes complete with: Wallet, Butterfly Gimmick, and detailed instructions.
$75.00 (10.1388)

Bigger Book of Boo – Lary Kuehn: Here in one concise volume is the off-the-wall thinking of Larry Baukin, Scott Davis, Linc Darklon, Adrian Devlyn, Joseph Fraher, Maskelyn Ye Mage, Jim Magus, and Terry Tyson all tied together by Everett.
Contents Include:
* The Key from the Past 1982
* Encounters 1987 (compilation of three manuscripts The Gathering, Cassandra Potter and Ghosts on the Table)
* Encounter with Terror 1987
* The Big Book of BOO 1988 (including Ye Olde Dictionary of Dark and Arcane Verbage)
* The Ghost Notebook 1992
* Flickers
* Wood from a Haunted House
* The Curious Stickpin
* The Ghostly Message
* The Stake & The Vampire
* The Letter
All have been carefully updated to reflect the availability of "new" gadgets that hadn't even been invented when the originals were released. And then there are those routines where using the "old ways" are still the best. 220 pages with an introduction by Jim Magus, this is fantastic source for the serious performer of the "unique". Softbound $49.95 (BK01525)

And that’s the Hotlist for this week. Great new format if you get the email in html format. Tell me what you what you think of it. As always, and especially over this holiday weekend, I hope you will find some time to spend with us at We do love the company!
Hank Lee