Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. What a week, what a week. There’s nothing we like better than the week the new EXTRA hits the mail. Just watching that 18-wheeler from the post office make its way up North Street, waiting to be filled with more and more bins of EXTRAs. They are on the way to you right now, so keep checking your snail mail box. If you don’t get one, so sad. Please drop me a line and we’ll make sure to get one off to you!

I have really big Conclave news this week, especially for Larry and June Miller. We have booked a new venue for the evening shows. It is really a beautiful space. Very modern. Great sight-lines. Great sound. And, hold onto your hats, Conclavers. Padded seats! So, if you’ve always wanted to attend the Conclave, but held off because you heard the seats for the evening shows were a little uncomfortable, you can register now, knowing that the seats this year will be just plain comfy. And, the shows you will see from those comfy seats will be just plain amazing! Check it all out under the Conclave Button at

As you know, this week is Thanksgiving. And, we have cooked up a very special event for all of you.

THANKSGIVING SAVINGS - For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, November 29th 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 TURKEYDAY in the Discount Coupon Box 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 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.
• 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 TURKEYDAY 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 to our toll-free order ine at 800 874 7400, 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!

NOTE: This is the last major sales event for 2007. Typically, we do not run any major events during the holiday season. So, if there are items you have been dreaming about, and want to get them at a reduced price, this is your last chance for 2007. As the saying goes, "Forewarned is fore armed." Whatever that means.”

Now, finally, it’s time to take a peek at this week’s Hotlist.

Business Card-Iographic: Show an image of a deck, drawn on your business card. Slowly, and in full view, a drawing of a selected card rises from it. You then give the drawing away as a souvenir. Business Card-iographic is a stunning promotional giveaway that your customer will keep for years.
The instructional DVD comes with Brian’s routine, which incorporates ideas from Joel Givens, Bob Sheets and David Oliver. Also Martin Lewis teaches his “Wino-graphic” routine, in which a drawing of a wineglass magically fills with the spectators choice of beverage.
On the disk you will find all the necessary artwork for you to create your own custom Business Card-iographic. Using these files requires a computer running current Windows or Mac OSX and a color printer. $30.00 (10.1431)

“What a great idea. If you are one of the thousands of magicians who have done Cardiographic on stage then this should be in your pocket!" Paul Gertner

“I have been watching Brian do this for years and silently wished I had it for my own shows. Now I do! A totally organic and motivated way to get your card out to the audience. Brilliant!” Bob Sheets

Kiddin’ Around DVD Set: Chris Capehart was one of the biggest hits at our Cape Cod Magic Conclave. He literally brought the house down with his brilliantly crafted routines. All used standard props in a most non-standard way. On this two DVD set, Chris shares some of his best routines and audience tested material.
* Cards for Kids
* Misers Dream (performance only)
* Coloring Book
* Matilda and the Lota Bowl
* Sponge Balls
* Hoppin' Spots
* Botanica
* The Rings (performance only)
* Change Bag
* Fraidy Cat Rabbit
Bonus Material:
* The Silk Vanish
$49.95 (DVD00795)

"Chris Capehart is one of my absolute favorite magicians! He's funny, fast, and fearless. The moment he steps out onto the stage, he owns it, and he stays in command every moment until he leaves them laughing in his wake. For audiences small and large, young and old, his results are the same, and his impact immeasurable." -- Jamy Ian Swiss

Emptied - Paul Kostrach and James Clark:
Imagine you're at a friend's party and you reach into an ice chest and pull out a soda. Show everyone the full can - the top, bottom and sides. You then tell them about a game of "soda can roulette" you used to play in college and begin to vigorously shake the can in front of them. Tell them that you've never lost or been sprayed because you use magic to win. Instantly and visibly the can crushes, to the utter shock of the spectators.
Paul Kostrach has been using Emptied for over 10 years, often as an opener to his show-and it kills every time. When we first saw it, we simply had no idea how it was done; it really blew our minds.
After 8 months of working with a manufacturer who has patents covering the production of beverage cans, a professionally made gimmick was produced. It makes this and many more effects possible. The gimmick is included along with a superbly produced instructional DVD.
Emptied is much more than a single trick DVD. It is a utility device that will unlock your imagination on the kinds of effects you can now create with soda and beer cans almost anywhere in the world. $24.95 (10.1430)

Broom Thru Body Illusion: Introduce a small ordinary-looking lobby broom, and place it behind your back. With both ends of the broom visible at all times, the broom slowly penetrates into your body, sideways!
Twist the broom inside your body in different directions. Turn your body from side to side showing all angles. The broom is indeed inside your body and both ends of the broom are visible at all times during the illusion.
For the stunning finale, turn 360 degrees as you pull the broom completely through your body for a thunderous applause.
The illusion is very versatile and boasts other performing applications, including thrusting the broom up through your body, or simply pulling the broom straight through your body in one solid motion without ever taking your hands off either end of the broom!
Great for stage, street performers, illusionists, comedy magicians, MCs, and can be done close up.
Also perfect for themed events such as Halloween, etc.
Special Points
* No Special Clothing Required
* No Black Art Used
* No Special Lighting Required
* No Set up
* Instant Reset
* Packs Small, Plays Big
* Extremely Visual, & Very Deceptive
* No Body Harnesses
* Self Contained
* Functions like a regular broom
* Performance ready right out of the box!
Dimensions Approximately 35-3/8" x 5" x 7/8" (90cm x 12.7cm) $169.99

" This looks great! With the popularity of Harry Potter this is the perfect topical effect. Funny and amazing is hard to come by! "
- Nathan Kranzo

" Wow, this looks crazy! I've been a huge fan of Peter Loughran's "off beat" Illusions since the very beginning, and he keeps astonishing me every single time. Peter's latest release: 'Broom thru body', is no exception. It seems you have outdone yourself once again, Peter. Great Stuff! "
- Peter Eggink

Blunt: David Kemsley's brilliant mind keeps surprising us!
A brand new pencil sharpens itself instantly and just so you do not hurt yourself you can turn it back to a new un-sharpened pencil. How about that?
Very easy to learn and perform. Blunt does almost all the work for you!
You can use it in trade shows, street magic or kid shows. The possibilities are endless!
The effect needs a gimmick, and the instructional booklet teaches you in detail how to perform the trick and how to construct the gimmick at home.
One of the most original ideas we have ever seen!
8 pages, Photo-Illustrated, Saddle Stitched. $20.00 (10.1429)

Magic Land Of Allakazam DVD Set: The first 24 shows of this legendary television series can now be yours to own!
The history-making Magic Land of Allakazam was the first network television magic series. Allakazam debuted October 1, 1960 on the CBS Network and aired every Saturday morning on CBS for two years, then switched to the ABC Network. Never missing a Saturday morning, Allakazam aired until December 26, 1964.
Starring Master Magician Mark Wilson, beautiful Nani Darnell, the incomparable Bev Bergeron as Rebo the Clown, Allakazam features a sparkling supporting cast of Basil the Baffling Bunny, Charles the Charming Chicken, Doris the Daring Dove, Gertrude the Glamorous Guinea Pig and Bernard the Biggest Bunny in the Business!
The half-hour shows include fast-paced openings, magic with the children in the studio audience, comedy magic and clown gags with Rebo, sleight of hand sequences, audience participation, magical commercials .and major illusions.
The shows were shot "live" and recorded on the CBS Television Recording System (35 mm black and white film) for later broadcast. Soon, all of the ninety-eight different Allakazam shows will be professionally transferred to DVD. The first 24 are ready and are being made available to magic collectors for the very first time on DVD. The cartoons have been eliminated, but all the magic is there.
For the first time on DVD, see the "magic" that made The Magic Land of Allakazam a 5-year network television hit!
Volume 1: An Enchanted Doll House, Basil The Baffling Bunny’s Birthday, Levitating The Lovely Lady and Mutliated Parasol.
Volume 2: The Classic Costume Trunk, Tricky Toys, An Impossible Transposition and The Allakazam Circus.
Volume 3: Magic Circus Wagon and Drum Illusion, Amazing Broom Suspension, Canvas Covered Box and Nani’s Enchanted Castle.
Volume 4: The Battle of the Toy Soldiers, Red Riding Hood, Where Is Rebo and Gorilla Exchange.
Volume 5: The Asrah Levitation, Sentry Box Illusion, Dora The Dancing Doll and the Throne Chair
Volume 6: Scales Illusion, Queen of Hearts, Rebo’s Haunted House and he Chinese Lantern and Oriental Chest.
$180.00 for the set. (DVD00794)

The Art Of Levitation, Part 3 – Losander: At last, the Master of Levitation, Losander, brings you the Art of Levitation Part 3. Losander has created several new thread systems using elastic thread. On this DVD you will learn how to float and animate light objects. Some of the effects you will learn are: Floating bill based on a new thread system; Perfect Balance teaches you how to animate a business card; Dancing Wand in which Losander shows you how to build your own wand; Genii in the Bottle; Shoot over a banknote; Self contained Dancing Handkerchief Routine; New Levitation system for Bubbles.
Special features include Losander's famous version of The Zombie, based on a new designed gimmick. This DVD includes elastic thread so you can begin your lessons right away! $45.00 (DVD00793)

Herrman The Magician - H. J. Burlingame: With all the books that have been published on the major magicians, it is amazing that the only history of perhaps the most famous magician of the 19th Century was written 110 years ago, just a year after Alexander Herrmann’s death. It has been out of print for nearly a century. This book by H. J. Burlingame, author of several important books on conjuring, also contains, as an introduction, “Psychology Of The Art Of Conjuring,” a seminal essay on the subject by Dr. Max Dessior, the great pioneer psychologist. Herrmann The Magician contains the biographies of the Herrmann family, including Carl (Compars) and, of course, Alexander. Explanations of 50 of Alexander Herrmann’s most famous tricks and illusions are also given, along with a copy of the last program of Herrmann The Great at the Columbia Theatre, Chicago, for the week beginning January 15, 1896. This 300-page, illustrated facsimile edition is limited to just 400 copies, and is
enhanced with a new introduction by Barrie Richardson. $50.00

Snowman Puppet: Is there a more perfect puppet for your Holiday Shows, in fact for all of your shows throughout the Winter season, than Steve Axtell’s Snowman Puppet? Once look at the photo of this fantastic new puppet will give you the answer.
Axtell’s Snowman stands a very tall 44 inches, and comes complete with a top hat and scarf. His tummy is actually an inflated beach ball (I wish mine was), so you can let his air out when you pack for your shows.
This fabulous puppet will be the hit of your show. All the kids will want to get their photo taken with him. The adults will too.
$399.95 (60.1492)

Phuzion: Peel away the surface of reality with a killer piece of magic like no other.
Start by taking a deck of cards from its box and, as you are shuffling the cards, explain that you are going to do something really strange. More importantly, you will do it very slowly. Have someone select a card, sign it shuffle it into the deck.
Explain that the card is going to vanish from the deck and appear inside the card box which is shown empty and placed on the table or given to another spectator to hold.
Ask the person with the cards to hold them tightly and before they know it – boom – it’s gone! The spectator checks through the deck and the signed card has completely vanished!
Point to the card case being held by the other spectator. It’s empty. But, you point out the back of the card case looks the same as the back of a card. Now for the freakiest thing ever.
Slowly peel the printed back design from the box! It leaves behind a white surface and, as you turn over the surface you have peeled away, all attention is focused on this strange object that is the signed, selected card!
Includes gimmicks and instructional DVD which outlines Peter Nardi’s & Jack Allibone’s commercial handling for the 4 phase card under box routine utilizing Phuzion as the killer ending !
$19.95 (30.1274)

And that my fellow Turkey Gobblers is this week’s Hotlist. The best of the best, without all the rest. I just made that up, and it rhymes. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Watch the parades. Watch some football. Watch some excellent demo videos at Have some fun!
As always, I do hope you will find some time to join us either online at or in person at our delightfully decorated showroom at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company!
Hank Lee