Friday, August 24, 2007

So Long To Summer

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, where summer is quickly coming to a close. How do I know? Well, Aron is already back at school and Lucas heads back to school next week. Plus, Bonnie has made her triumphant return from Martha’s Vineyard along with Bones The Dog. Alas, my Summer Batchelor Days are over.
Before the summer officially ends, there were some important things to do. Like last Friday night’s annual fireworks display in Oak Bluffs. This is one of the best fireworks displays anywhere. Just when you think it’s over, they start shooting them off again. There were at least three finales in the show. We were ready to leave, but Aron said there was more to come, and he was right! It was an amazing show. If you get the email Newsletter in html format, you can see one of my fine iPhone photos to the left. If you are not getting the Newsletter in html format, just let me know and I will hook you up.
The other end of summer event that is just not to be missed is the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair. We have been attending since the kids were teeny tiny, and it is really fun. In the scheme of things, it is a pretty small fair, but in the scheme of Martha’s Vineyard things, it is a major event. This year, Lucas worked at the Tempura Hut as a fry chef. He made a bundle of money. All cash. Mmmm. Mmmm. We dubbed him The King of Grease. That’s him with the little tiny beard at the left.
That’s the report from here, so let’s take a peek at this week’s excitement.
BUY MORE GET MORE: Starting right now and running through Thursday, August 30th at midnight, we are having another Buy More Get More event. And, here is how it works. For each order you place during the event, you will get a coupon which you can use towards any future purchase here at Hank Lee’s. The value of the coupon depends entirely on the size of your order. Here is the breakdown:
• Order between $25.00 and $100.00 in merchandise: Coupon is for 10% of the merchandise total. (Orders less than $25.00 get our sincere thanks, but sadly no coupon)
• Order between $100.00 and $200.00 in merchandise: Coupon is for 15% of the merchandise total.
• Order between 200.00 and $300.00 in merchandise: Coupon is for 20% of the merchandise total.
• Order over $300.00 in merchandise: Coupon is for 25% of the merchandise total.

When you place your order online at, please put the secret phrase BUY MORE GET MORE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout. If you place your order by email or FAX, just include the secret phrase with your order. And, if you place your order by phone, toll free at 800 874 7400, please mention the secret phrase to get your coupon. The coupon will be sent along with your order and can be used whenever you wish, no expiration date. You will get a coupon for every order you place during the event. Just don’t lose the coupons, please. Unlike other sales events where certain items are not included, the Buy More Get More event includes every item we carry! This is your chance to, really save for the future.
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And now, this week’s Hotlist!

The Cloak DVD - Justin Miller:
A brand new elastic hook-up that:
* Minimizes breakage by 99%!
* For the first time ever, offers freedom in your floats and animated effects that you did not have before. This must be seen to be believed
* Allows for flotation, movement, and animation of almost any object with pinpoint precision!
* Eliminates all jerky body motion or suspicious moves
This DVD includes:
* The cleanest most astounding, not 1, but 2 card Haunted Pack ever!
* The most bizarre card reveal ever. The card creeps out of the deck and then turns itself face-up to reveal it is the chosen card. Everything is instantly repeatable and examinable. The spectator believes they did all of the work!
* A rising card that defies all possibilities. You never touch the cards. The spectator does all the work
* And so much more!
$30.00 (DVD00755)

Card Dupery – J.K. Hartman: When Hartman meets your deck,
first he will teach it to talk, then he will teach it to lie!
Seven years in the making! J. K. Hartman's newest collection of card magic - more than 90 tricks, routines and sleights—over 400 pages and 600 illustrations!
The published history of J. K. Hartman's Card Dupery began in 1969 and has continued unabated for thirty-eight years, producing along the way three large, significant, and widely respected works: Card Craft, After Craft and Trickery Treats. In the seven years since the appearance of the last Hartman tome, the creative mills have continued to turn, resulting in Card Dupery, a collection of more than ninety new card tricks, routines, and sleights. The well-known Hartman touch is ever-present in this new compilation of astonishing effects made possible by elegantly direct methods, extraordinary cunning, and moves within the skill range of the intermediate card-magician. What is more, the ideas and sleights embedded in these duperies have a utility that will inspire the reader toward fresh creations of his own. If this book feels heavy in the hand, it isn't just the paper; there is deep thought and high entertainment packed inside, all carefully and fully explained, with the aid
of more than 600 drawings by one of magic's greatest illustrators, J. K.
In these pages you will have delivered to your hands such events as these:
• Someone is asked to separate a mixed deck into black cards and reds, dealing the cards face up, but with his eyes closed. When he opens them, he sees what everyone else has been watching: the piles he has created are a random jumble of colors and he has utterly failed. Or has he? The performer reveals that he has assembled the cards from two decks—and his helper has somehow perfectly separated the cards by their different back patterns!
• Two spectators are each asked to think of a card as the performer spreads through the deck. The cards are shuffled and held behind the performer’s back. As he brings out one card at a time, one of the spectators silently spells the name of the card he thought of and slaps his hand down on the card dealt as the last letter of its name. When he turns it up, it is his mental selection! The cards are shuffled further and the second spectator pushes a cocktail sword anywhere into the deck, only to find it lodged exactly where his thought-of card lies!
• The performer spreads through a face-up deck, showing it to be in completely random order. Then, without a suspicious move, he widely spreads the deck on the table, showing that the black cards have suddenly separated from the reds!
These effects are the scantest sampling of the wonders in Card Dupery to be discovered by you and enjoyed by your audiences. $52.00 (BK01539)

Morph Dog: Yuris Lesnick’s Morph Dog is by far the coolest sponge ball transformation effect you will ever see!
Show a 2” sponge cube. Show your hand empty. Make a fist. Slowly tuck the cube into your fist.
When you open your fist, the sponge cube is gone! In its place is a cute little sponge dog! Complete with a little doggie tail and cute little doggie eyes!
Morph Dog is a great walk-around trick. The kids love it.
You’ll carry it with you all the time! Self-contained. Each one is hand made and really a work of art! Buy two, they’re small! Only $14.95 (10.611)

Knock Out v2: The professional triple signed card to impossible location!
Three freely selected, signed cards are revealed in the most unbelievable manner.
Knock Out v2.0 will hit them like the proverbial freight train!
Comes complete with instructional DVD with bonus handlings and tips, and specially constructed improved gimmick on Bicycle stock. $35.00 (30.1255)

Magic Exposition Catalog – Martin Pacheco Collection: National Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires Argentina
This wonderful bilingual book (Spanish and English) is 112 color pages, 8x12 inches, It includes over 240 color photographs of posters, apparatus, ephemera, magic sets and books, many of which are published for the first time. Posters of Kellar, Servais, Bosco, Chung Ling Soo, Carl Herrmann, Fu Manchu, Chang Richardi Jr. and many more.
$50.00 (BK01541)

Bootlegs And B-Sides DVD - Volume 1 - Sean Fields:
For the first time ever on DVD, Sean Fields has assembled some serious card magic. This DVD contains Sean's innovative and commercial approaches to classic card plots, such as Twisting the Aces, Out of This World, and The Open Prediction. Ambition Impossible, Sean's incredibly visual Ambitious Card sequence is alone worth the price of the DVD!
With his unique and laid back style, Sean teaches you each effect step by step. It is assumed that you have a basic knowledge of card magic. Effects include:
Ambition Impossible: The effect is a timeless classic; a selected card continuously rises to the top of the deck, after being placed in the middle. As a spectacular finale, the card is seen to slowly and visibly rise to the top!
Brain Tumor: Brainwave, on industrial strength speed!
Get Out: An impromptu approach to the Out of This World plot. The cards are mixed by a spectator, and subsequently separated by them as well. This is hot.
InconTWISTant: A twisting effect, with a killer finale inspired by The Asher Twist.
O.P.P.: Paul Curry, meet Sean Fields! The Open Prediction has never looked so good!
U.C.C.: An incredibly visual revelation of 2 selections! $30.00 (DVD00752)

Salt Trick – Vernet: The famous salt pour effect has never been easier! This special gimmick makes the steal easier to do and impossible to detect.
Take a salt shaker from the table and remove its lid. Immediately begin to pour salt from the shaker into your left fist. After some magical passes, show your left hand empty!
After a brief pause, with your right index finger, point at a spot in the air. Apparently “catch” something from that imaginary point and surprisingly a thin stream of salt begins to pour from your fist. The salt pours and pours!
After all the salt has poured, show your hands empty.
Comes complete with special gimmick and detailed instructions.
$8.00 (60.1464)

An Audience With Paul Daniels DVD: Paul Daniels is one of the most successful magicians of the 20th century. He made worldwide headlines with his top rated television shows, extensive live performances and the fortune he acquired through magic.
After many years as a television celebrity, Paul created an autobiographical touring show that featured his favorite magic combined with question and answer sessions with the audience. In 2003 he took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnering rave reviews. This DVD captures that show giving you a chance to see Paul in his element interacting with the live audience, discussing his career and performing his best-known routines.
The magic starts with Paul's famed Cup & Ball routine, by far the best in the business. You'll also see the hysterical Tissues & Chairs routine he is widely known for and the borrowed bill that ends up inside a walnut found in an egg that was inside a lemon. Along the way Paul entertains with his humor, reminiscences, adlibs, gags, street scenes and lots of magic. (Performance only). $19.95 (DVD00754)

Comedy Growing Necktie: Made famous by the Magic Castle’s own Milt Larsen, this custom made high-quality necktie gets a little longer with every tug! The total length is almost seven feet!
Appear on stage wearing a very proper necktie. As you begin to speak, you casually adjust your tie, giving it a little tug. With each tug the tie gets longer until finally reaching the floor! The laughter will grow as the tie grows. This is the perfect subtle gag for that long speech or seminar! Also a fun ice-breaker at business meetings and parties.
The prop is approximately 6'9"(205cm) long and comes in a floral blue pattern or solid red.
$59.95 (60.1465)

International Collection DVD - Jay Sankey:
A powerhouse collection of Jay's all-time favorite magic routines completely performed and explained completely without words!
It doesn't matter whether you speak French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, English or any other language! If you want to learn the secrets behind some of the world's most visual and original sleight-of- hand magic, this DVD is for you!
Featuring 14 super-visual effects with playing cards, ping pong balls, envelopes, coins, finger rings, drinking straws, business cards and dollar bills including:
T-Bone: A suprisingly easy torn and restored card effect with no extra pieces!
Circumference: A piece of paper transforms into a ping pong ball!
Hotlink: Two hearts drawn on the back of a signed card visually link and the card is handed out as souvenir!
Slow Motion Coins Across: One of Jay's most clever handlings for this classic effect!
Three Times Lucky: Featuring Jay's famous "Wichita Slip," this three card prediction routine is a demonstration of hardcore mentalism!
Burden of Proof: A twist-tie links onto a finger ring in a most mysterious fashion! The perfect opener!
The Merlin Sequence: Jay's favorite vanish and reproduction of a borrowed coin! Floor people with this ingenious handling, anytime, anywhere!
Magi: A "card sandwich routine" with a difference!
Mr. Clean Coins Across: One of Jay's most popular coin effects. A real knucklebuster that looks like real magic!
Heat Therapy: An extremely visual "healing" of a torn and signed card!
Cut And Restrawed: A drinking straw is slowly cut in half and then immediately restored and handed out for examination!
Cardivores: Jay's inspired handling of Roy Walton's classic "Cannibal Cards" routine!
Power Lunch: The magician's and the spectator's initials jump onto the same business card!
Traveling Expenses: Four holes are punched in the four corners of a borrowed dollar bill. Then all four holes impossibly travel to one corner!
$30.00 (DVD00750)

Magic Of Max Malini DVD – Paul Daniels: Paul Daniels is one of the most successful magicians of all time. He made worldwide headlines with his top rated television shows, extensive live performances and the fortune he acquired through magic.
In 2003 he staged a one-man show as a tribute to Max Malini, a legendary performer of the early 20th century who traveled the world performing in bars, hotels and theaters as well as giving command performances to many of the world's leaders.
The popularity of Paul's Malini show led to an expanded edition that ran in London's West End in 2004. This DVD captures the London show in its entirety where you see Paul present many of Malini's legendary routines and stunts. Along with the magic Paul creates the historical background of each routine as well as recounting amusing and sometimes infamous anecdotes about Malini's life and career.
This is your only opportunity to see the excellent magic and wonderful stories presented by a current master of magic in a tribute to a past master. (Performance only). $19.95 (DVD00753)

And that’s all the excitement for this week, and some fine excitement it is! As always, I hope you will find some time in your busy schedule to visit with us at or at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we do love the company.
Hank Lee