Friday, February 29, 2008

Play Ball!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Two snowstorms in one week, and another one on the way. If this is Global Warming, then do me a favor and turn up the heat! All I know is, we have done more shoveling this winter than I can deal with, and by we, I mean the elves. Frankly, they have had it up to here, and by here I mean right here! So, whoever is in charge of ordering up the snow: Enough, already. We get the idea.
This past Wednesday we put all the entries in the Conclave Fever drawing, and there were a lot of them, in a big barrel. One of our fairest and most impartial elves reached into the barrel, mixed the entries around, and came up with the winner. It’s Tom Warren of Rhode Island. We are contacting him by email, and he’ll be enjoying a fabulous Conclave weekend on us! What a lucky guy!
In other Conclave news, we have just booked David Kaye, also known as Silly Billy, to MC our Saturday night show. It should be fun, for sure. Also, this year we are adding a very exciting event to our late-night Saturday night: Magic Jeopardy. It’s a totally hi-tech version of the famous Jeopardy Game complete with computers, big screens, buzzers, hotsy totsy graphics, and great magic prizes! It will be a fun time for sure! I know you don’t want to miss out. So, head over to and click on the Conclave Button or call us at 800 874 7400 and register! The dates are April 4th-6th and we will all be there! Will you?
On a totally serious note to our overseas customers, I want to remind you that now is the time to buy lots of magic from us. OK, I always think it’s time to buy lots of magic from us. But, right now is really the time! The US Dollar is at an all time low, which is a drag for us, but a boon for you. Since we quote all of our prices in US Dollars, you are getting an amazing deal every time you buy from us. We looked it up, and the everyday savings for all of our overseas customers (which includes Canada as well!) is absolutely staggering. What does it all mean? It means you should make a big long list and place a giant order and save a ton of money!
And now, let’s look at this week’s excitement.

Red Sox Fever Sales Event: The Red Sox are back in Spring Training. Suddenly, all seems right with the world. And, we are a little crazy with Red Sox Fever. Just read on. For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, March 6th 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 REDSOXFEVER 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%!
Note: We do recognize, although it is hard to believe, that not everyone is a Red Sox fan. So, we have added an optional special code for those who do not love the Red Sox. YANKEESFEVER will work as well. Yish.
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 REDSOXFEVER 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 line 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!

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

Sword Of The Ring: Finely crafted by our friends at Magic Wagon and brought to us through very special arrangement with The Trickery, you will be delighted by this work of wonder. An element of meticulous workmanship takes a classic effect into a highly collectible work of art for the discerning performer and collector.
Kennard's Mystery Ring Box has seen many versions from various manufacturers over the years. The problem is that the ring could never be borrowed.
Tenyo's Crystal Cleaver, while brilliant in working, left quite a bit to be desired in its looks.
Sword of the Ring surpasses these props in both working and appearance.
A small cabinet, a miniature sword and a ring pedestal are shown.
The performer borrows a ring from a spectator and the borrowed ring is placed into the pedestal.
The pedestal is openly placed on the cabinet's floor and the door is closed.
The performer now picks up the sword and shows it to be solid. The sword is then inserted into the sides of the cabinet near its top.
With absolutely no hesitation, the performer pushes the sword down through the ring!
When the front door is opened, the sword is found to have magically penetrated right through the spectator's ring!
The performer pulls the sword forward though the slots showing the ring to be unbroken and allows it to fall off of the sword into the spectator's awaiting hand!
You will be as happy with the method as well as the effect!
* Use any borrowed ring. This will work with any type and style of ring as long as it fits into the pedestal.
* Instantly repeat with absolutely no re-set.
* Completely self contained. Nothing is added or taken away.
This hand-crafted beauty is one of the marvels of true craftsmanship which you will be proud to both display and perform. Available in limited quantities. $349.95 (10.1442)

Appearing Wand – Stainless Steel: There is nothing more magical than a wand that actually does magic! And you are going to love this wand!
Show your hands empty, reach into the air and produce a 10” magic wand! The wand is black with white tips, a classic beauty.
Made of stainless steel, and designed to last forever.
You can even use this wand to transform a silk into a wand.
In the closed condition, the wand is 2" long and very easy to conceal.
Unlike other canes and wands, it never has to be lubricated because of its special coating. $39.95 (60.1511)

Coinvexed - David Penn: David Penn has finally released his Coinvexed gimmick to the magic world!
After signing a coin, the spectator experiences something extraordinary as the signed coin bends within their own hands. The spectator can then keep the coin as a souvenir that freezes the moment of magic forever.
No switches! The coin that the spectator has signed is the same coin that bends. Only the coins and the Sharpie are seen and the Sharpie is perfectly normal. No special chemicals! Just a diabolically clever gimmick that hides in full view.
Comes complete with gimmick and instructional DVD. $149.95 (40.618)

"David Penn has the best solution for a signed, bending coin routine I have ever seen! This is sure to become a regular performance piece for many professional magicians."
- Nicholas Einhorn, Magic Circle Close-Up Centenary Magician

Master Coin Routines DVD - Chris Priest:
With over 16 years as a professional close-up magician, Chris Priest "The Millennium British Champion of Close-Up Magic" releases for the first time his amazing master coin routine for the magic fraternity.
Chris first saw David Roth's excellent coins across routine some 15 years ago. This was the inspiration for his Master Coin Routine. Many top magicians have asked Chris to teach them this award winning routine; Chris always declined until now!
The routine begins with the performer producing four coins from the air, the last one appearing on a spectator’s hand. Next is a plethora of high-impact visual magic as coins vanish, appear, fall up, pass through the performer’s pocket and vanish in front of the spectator’s eyes, finishing with an amazing giant coin production from above the performers head! This is a killer routine expertly constructed and presented, honed to perfection over thousands of performances.
The DVD features Chris performing the Master Coin Routine for real audiences, so you can witness first hand the reactions you will receive when performing the routine. Everything is here, the performance, the presentation, the detailed teaching instructions. It’s a magical masterpiece you will love performing. $29.95 (DVD00839)

Street Cents - Andrew Gerard: Hand a spectator your business card, folded up, and ask her to place the card in her pocket, for later.
Then a game of “which coin in the hand” is played 5 times in a row and a score is kept of the spectator’s hits and misses
The game is repeated except that you will ‘influence’ the spectator to pick up on subconscious suggestions. The spectator picks correctly 5 times in a row!
Now, ask the spectator to remove the business card that’s been in her pocket all along. She opens it. You never touch it. It matches her score the first time around!
* No magnets
* No electronics
* 100 percent
* Can be performed in a T-Shirt.
Bonus routines and notes:
Non Cents- Impromptu Street Effect:
Reach into your pocket and pull out a closed fist, announcing you are holding 3 coins. Ask a spectator to play a little game of imagination. The spectator is asked to name a coin, and any coin they name, you will pull out of your hand. After the coin is named and removed, you announce that the game wasn’t fair. Open your hand showing it completely empty!
Chair Cents: A routine idea for stage ( this idea is worth five times the price for a working performer)
You will love what Andrew Gerard has done with this gimmick. $24.95 (20.381)

Clone Coin: Mark Lee presents three amazing illusions with his super clean Clone Coin, easily explaining the techniques and methods behind his amazing routines.
"Once you see the ingenuity of the coin, the possibilities are endless."
Clone Across is a simple coins across in your hands. Start by displaying two coins openly, there is obviously nothing else in your hands. Move the two coins, one at a time, and very cleanly, from your right hand to your left. Pick up the two coins with your right hand, and display them. Throw them, one at a time, into your left hand (you can even hear them clinking). Grip the coins, making a fist with both hands. A magical gesture, and although your hands never came anywhere near each other, you now have one coin in each hand!
Clone Matrix - Using four coins, which are shown and counted, and two regular playing cards, borrowed if you wish. The coins are spread out in to a square formation. Two of the coins are covered by the playing cards. When one card is lifted, a coin has gone. When the other card is lifted there are now two coins under it. This is repeated, until all the coins are now assembled under one card!
Clone Alone - Start by showing an empty hand, reach into the air and produce a coin from nowhere. Reach under your elbow and produce a second coin. Be amazed as each coin then vanishes one by one!
Comes with a professionally shot DVD, using various angles to provide the best teaching experience available, and US Half Dollar gimmick.
$70.00 (20.380)

FISM 2006 DVD - 23rd FISM World Championships of Magic - Stockholm:
On This DVD:
The 90 minute TV show of the WCM06
"The Real Secrets of Magic" award winning short movie by David Stone
Picture Galleries of the WCM06
Special Collectors Edition includes a DVD Case Cover and Exclusive Screensaver with Zakary Belamy's pictures collection.
$54.95 (DVD00837)

3 No Evil – Doug Higley: Three strange exhibits from the Dark Museum, represented by photos of shrunken heads on 'old' post cards are brought forth. It seems the now decrepit museum is in financial trouble and the disposition of the exhibits needs to be determined.
A 'Guest Curator' is chosen from the audience to help decide the fate of the old museum.
However a fourth postcard is present which contains a prediction made 66 years earlier during the Higley Expedition 1942!
Despite having free choice, will the decisions of the 'Guest Curator' be influenced by the power and secret of the shrunken heads'? Will the prediction be deadly accurate detailing his/her every move to disperse the exhibits? Yep.
Diabolical and easy to do because it's virtually self working! No sleights, no gimmicks! Based on Doug Higley's legendary original props and his tried and true 'Dark Museum' Prediction Effect (itself, a simplified version of Corbuzier's 'Free Will' reading principle).
Doug Higley's varied 'Dark Museum' releases are currently performed in 28 countries and is so popular that it inspired the book by Jim Magus of 45 routines by the greats of the magical arts, 'Midnight In The Dark Museum.' Now for the first time this fantastic concept in Adventure Magic and Mentalism is available in a pocket version for every style of act! It allows for great story telling too! The heads represent See no Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak No Evil, thus the title. 3 No Evil is fun and easy and can be a short interlude or feature depending on your input.
Corporate Performer Jon Stetson says "This is Adventure Magic and Mentalism at it's best! It's as if ‘Indy’ just got off the Jungle Cruise!"
Includes: Four hand aged 4” x 6” photo postcards, the ungimmicked envelope and full simple instructions. $20.00 (40.616)

Winks Diary - Bill Thompson: Welcome to Bill Thompson's Winks Diary. Join you hosts Peter Nardi and Martin Sanderson as they take a detailed look into this intriguing piece of magic.
Contents include:
Two different versions performed by both Peter & Martin for real people in real situations! Peter Nardi's mindreading routine that uses no playing cards. Direct and to the point. A real mindblower!
The Bill Thompson routine, as performed by Martin Sanderson using a deck from which a card is freely selected with no force. Brilliant!
Hints and tips from Peter and Martin including Peter's destination prediction, which takes the effect to a whole new level.
Get ready for the easiest and most direct Card Diary to date.
* Use a regular diary!
* No multiple outs!
* No stacked decks!
* In fact don't use a deck at all!
$29.95 (40.617)

Smashed - Jay Sankey: No palming! Super easy! If you can hold a pencil you can perform this reputation-maker!
Can be performed with an ordinary pencil and a borrowed coin! You can even perform this shocking effect with an initialed coin!
You can immediately hand out the pencil with the coin still stuck on it!
The perfect trick for the office, school, bar, anywhere!
Includes a full-length instructional DVD with over 60 minutes of valuable information!
Learn an exciting variety of handlings that allow you to hand out the coin on the pencil and even show your hands absolutely empty (with your sleeves up!)
Also learn the Belanger Pull-Off, Bobo Switch, Spellbound Change, Perfect Switch, pocket management tips, Jay's pet "Black Hole" presentation, the "100% angle-proof penetration," several barehanded restorations, and even a super-commercial flash paper restoration!
As a special bonus Jay has included the ring ruse, lapping handling, Slydini's classic "One Coin Routine," and a visually perfect coin and pencil penetration you can perform with any coin and any pencil! This impromptu handling makes for the ideal warm-up to Smashed!
Add this devastating (and surprisingly easy) coin effect to your repertoire today! $30.00 (20.382)

Pedro’s Green Card: Show a red or blue Bicycle deck along with your distinct "Prediction Pad".
Ask a spectator to pick a card in a very unusual way. The deck is turned face up, and you challenge the spectator to pick a favorite card, least favorite card or any card at all. There is no force possible. The card is chosen, and placed into the “Prediction Pad.”
When the pad is opened there is a message written on it with a finger pointing to the selected card that says, "I Predict You Will Choose This Card."
After the laughter (or scoffing) subsides, the selected card is moved further down the Prediction Pad to reveal the message, “The Only Card With A Green Back."
You immediately reveal that the only card with a green back is the one selected by the spectator.
* A great laugh followed by total amazement.
* Re-sets in a blink.
$19.95 (30.1309)

Protons DVD - Chris Priest: Chris Priest, "The Millennium British Champion of Close-Up Magic," releases for the first time his amazing sponge ball routine for the magic fraternity.
Protons gives your audience a non stop roller coaster ride of amazing magic from start to finish.
This is Chris’ favorite routine for performing at weddings, family restaurants, corporate bookings, the routine even works in cabaret.
The routine begins with the performer showing both hands empty, only to pluck a colored ball from the spectator’s hand! This fast paced routine, jam-packed with visual mind boggling magic, grows to an awesome climax which your audience will talk about for a long time to come.
This is another killer routine from Chris Priest, expertly constructed and presented, which has been honed to perfection over thousands of performances.
The DVD features Chris performing the Protons routine for real audiences, so you can witness first-hand the reactions you will receive when performing this routine. Everything is here, the performance, the presentation, the detailed teaching instructions. It’s a magical masterpiece you will love performing. $29.95 (DVD00838)

And that’s another week’s worth of fabulous magic! Something for everyone. Have a great time checking it all out. And remember, you can get it all at 25% off for the next week!
As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.
Hank Lee