Friday, August 03, 2007

Closed & Open

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Well, the Boston store is closed. We packed up all the magic, and found some incredibly cool items. Some are really rare, hard to find items. Watch for our giant Basement List in the next few weeks to find out just what gems we found!
On Tuesday the good folks from U-Call We Haul came by and took away the steel shelving and some of the showcases. On Thursday the Gentle Giants came and moved the remaining showcases to our Medford showroom so we could start to set up the new store. The giant sign is now hung on our Medford warehouse. To give you some idea of how big the building is, if you look at the photo at left, the sign on the building is over 50 feet long! Not really If you can’t see the photo, you need to sign up for the html version of this email Newsletter. If you can’t do it on your own, just drop me an email and I will hook you up.
If all goes as planned, we will be open for business in Medford on Wednesday the 8th of August. So, please, please come by and visit. The hours in Medford will be 1pm to 6 pm Wednesday-Friday and 11am – 6pm on Saturday.
But, enough about us, I am sure you are dying to know about this week’s excitement!

AUGUSTAWIND Sales Event: For the next six days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, August 9th 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 AUGUSTAWIND 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 us your order to make sure and mention the special code so you can save a huge 25%!

There are a few rules that apply, as with all things in life.
• The minimum order to use the 25% off discount is $25.00.
• 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.
• 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.
• Coupons will be deducted from the order total before the discount is applied.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code AUGUSTAWIND in the Discount Coupon Box. You may have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the box, but it is there. If you are not sure how to do this, please phone your order in and we will take care of you. We cannot offer discounts retroactively.
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 the Hotlist at

Hobson Egg Bag: The Hobson Egg Bag, the most entertaining Egg Bag routine in existence, is being made available in a strictly limited release.!
Jeff Hobson, one of the world's premier comedy magicians, is finally releasing one of his pet routines, a routine which has entertained audiences all over the world! The Hobson Egg Bag is like no other routine. It will have your audience roaring with laughter, for sure!
The complete Hobson Egg Bag package includes:
* Specially designed handmade Hobson Egg Bag
* 2 specially-made eggs
* Instructional DVD
* Personally autographed Hobson photo card
* Plus a bonus - Access to a private, password-protected web site for in-depth additional instruction, tips, advice, staging, the use of an assistant, and a live video of Jeff Hobson performing his famous Egg Bag! This professional additional instruction along is worth the price!
Available September 15th. Pre-order now for guaranteed delivery. When this first run is sold out, there will be no more! So, order soon and don’t be left out! $149.00 (60.1459)

Birdcage And The Kid: Gerald Le Guillox’s Birdcage And The Kid is a fantastic way to produce a child on stage. It will become one of the hit items in your act!
Wheel a giant birdcage on stage. The cage is definitely empty. Despite the fact that the cage is empty, the audience can hear a bird singing!
Pull a red cloth around the cage, covering it for just an instant.
Whisk the cloth away and inside the cage is a real, honest to goodness child!
* Perfect for any family show!
* The appearance is extremely quick and flashy
* The illusion can be performed completely surrounded
* Takes less than 10 minutes to set up and tear down the illusion
* The cage is made of uncoated wood so you can customize the decoration
* Table is built on casters and will support up to 100 pounds. $1350.00 (60.1460)

Refraction – David Penn: For the first time ever David Penn reveals his signature effect, Refraction.
While holding a borrowed wine glass in both hands, your spectator gets to witness the impossible as the stem visibly bends before their eyes. The glass is then given to the spectator to keep as a souvenir, freezing the moment of magic perfectly.
Bonus Material:
David's Cabaret handling presented by Rodney James Piper and a method to bend the spectator's own key which can be used to enhance the Refraction effect.
Features three live performances and a two camera, studio style explanation filmed at 'The House of Illusion' in Spain. $49.95 (DVD00743)

"This is the ultimate finale to a metal bending routine".
- Marc Oberon, European Close-Up Magician of the Year '05

"I love performing Refraction knowing the spectator will remember that moment for the rest of their lives".
- Chris Priest, Millennium Champion of Close-Up Magic

"I love the way they look at me in compete awe when I hand them their signed glass".
- Jamie Alan, Leading European Illusionist

"I have received more repeat bookings due to this effect than any other in my repertoire. The effect is simple in plot, connects with the audience and freezes the moment of magic forever".
- David Penn, British Magical Champion & British Champion of Illusion '02

Outside the Conventional – Two DVD Set – Christopher Taylor:
It’s time to bring something different to the table!
Canada’s Christopher Taylor is the author of two best selling books on the subject of Bizarre/ Mystic Mental Magic as well as the inventor of Equinox and the electronic wiz behind Andy Nymans fantastic Dead Zone Pro.
On this DVD set he brings you some of his finest routines.
Each of the routines has a story woven into it that produces an intimate and mysterious feel elevating it from effect to a very thought provoking performance piece!
Watch as Christopher performs each effect in front of a group of lay people and then sit back and learn as Christopher Taylor And Marc Spelmann talk you through every effect in fine detail leaving no stone unturned.
The DVD also contains an interview section where Peter Nardi and Marc Spelmann delve a little deeper into the creative mind of Christopher Taylor. $49.95 (DVD00745)

Cloud Busting Secrets – Devin Knight & Jerome Finley: The most anticipated book of 2007 is finally available. The discussion of this book has generated almost 30,000 views and over 800 comments on one of the popular magic forums.
In this book the authors strip away the veil of secrecy, revealing cloud secrets only known to a select few. Learn to make clouds vanish and appear. Sculpture them into images of selected playing cards, thought of numbers, ESP symbols, faces, and even animals.
Nothing is held back! Apparently change the weather by delaying rain or snow or even by making it warmer. Believe it or not you can do a lot of this long distance by using a cell phone! With the material in this book you will be more than just a magician or mentalist. You will be a real miracle worker, who apparently has complete control over the elements!
The book will teach you how to:
* Cause a cloud to vanish from the sky. It will also show you methods where that cloud and only that cloud vanishes. The others remain intact.
* Cloud Materialization: Point to an empty space in the sky and cause a cloud to suddenly form.
* Blue Sky: Cause all the clouds to vanish leaving a blue sky
* Cloud Moving: How to make clouds move
* Cloud Sculpture: Change the shape of clouds into objects
* How fake psychics stop & Start rain
* Secrets behind making rainbows appear
* How to reveal selected cards with clouds
* Make thought of numbers appear in the sky
* All this and much more!
Only 400 copies were printed and the demand for this book will far exceed the available copies, so order now to ensure you get a copy. 132 Pages, soft bound. $39.95 (BK01538)

About Face: From Jay Sankey, About Face, a killer effect combined with an ingenious handling!
Four Jokers are fairly shown front and back.
One By one each of the printed Joker illustrations turn face down on the cards! The cards can be closely examined a moment after each amazing transformation!
Comes complete with a spare card and an exciting instructional DVD featuring several different handlings that allow you to hand-out all the cards to the spectators at the end of the astounding effect!
As a very special added bonus Jay has included "Deviant Behavior," another of his favorite routines with the four Jokers. It's the perfect companion effect to About Face! $20.00 (30.1252)

Cha Am Drawer Box: Unquestionably, the Cha Am Drawer Box is one of the most elegant
and beautiful of all drawer boxes made today.
The feature that elevates this above all other contemporary versions is in the fact that the entire drawer can be completely removed and shown empty before the production is made.
The secret lies in the internal design which is a wonderful piece of miniature cabinet making.
The load capacity is virtually the entire interior of the drawer which will easily accommodate a full size poker deck.
The Cha Am Drawer Box is made from select teak wood, the top having been segmented using maple, then hand finished.
Collector's quality, each Cha Am Drawer Box is individually numbered. $290.00 (10.1401

Vegas Coins: This versatile set of coins, precision machined by Thomas Wayne, will allow you to you to perform classic effects such as Coins Across, Matrix, Chink-A-Chink and many others using Las Vegas slot machine tokens!
The best part is that these Las Vegas slot machine tokens are so expertly machined, you can turn them over with no fear of the shell being seen! Just wait until you start working with these coins!
You receive four golden Hard Rock Casino slot machine tokens and a precision machined shell that fits all four coins.
Produced in very limited quantities. Each coin is 1-1/2” in diameter. $100.00 (20.369)

Miracles With A Marked Deck DVD – Kirk Charles: Magic with a marked deck has never been easier to learn!
On this DVD, professional magician Kirk Charles explores the workings of a marked deck and demonstrates its use in over one dozen stunning tricks. From mind reading effects to supposed demonstrations of super-skills, Charles shows how this subtle yet powerful magical tool can be developed into a devious secret weapon in any magician’s bag of tricks.
You will learn how to:
* Instantly memorize the order of the entire deck!
* Tell the difference between black and red cards – apparently by weight alone!
* Analyze a spectator’s handwriting as if you were an expert graphologist!
* Determine the name of a spectator’s selected card – before even he knows its identity!
And much more!
In addition to tricks, Charles discusses the psychology behind working with a marked deck and how to conceal its presence from an audience. Years of careful study and practice are laid bare on Miracles with a Marked Deck.
Charles also talks about the history and background of marked decks, and the development of modern marking systems including the popular Boris Wild Marked Deck.
$14.95 (DVD00742)

Ultimate Snowstorm: A strip or page of tissue is torn and submerged in a container of water. The soggy paper is retrieved from the container and the water is squeezed from the bundle. A folding fan is waved at the bundle and a snowstorm of paper erupts from the performer's hand.
This illusion is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet large enough to fill the stage. This stunning effect is used by the world’s top performers.
Includes 12 snowstorm loads and instruction sheet detailing the classic routine $15.00 (70.950)

Juggling For The Complete Klutz: More than 2.5 million copies sold, and every one of them packaged with three aerodynamically sound bean bags. Klutz Press is proud to say they taught the nation how to juggle. Written by John Cassidy and B. C. Rimbeaux. $12.95 (BK01537)

And that’s all of the exciting new items for this week, our first week without a Boston store. I think I am being a little sentimental, here. Oh, well. Thirty years is a long time, even in dog years.

I sincerely hope that you will find some time to spend with us online this weekend at And I hope you will take advantage of our fabulous midsummer sales event and save some serious money.
Hank Lee