Friday, February 15, 2008

Presidents' Day Already?

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I hope you all had a really wonderful Valentine’s Day. Candy. Flowers. Not sleeping on the couch. What could be better?
Lucas and I spent an excellent weekend in Chicago. Lucas, ever on the audition trail for college, had an audition at Roosevelt University on Saturday. Since I really love Chicago, I pulled parent duty for this trip. We flew into Chicago on Friday evening and stayed at the Palmer House, one of the truly grand hotels. Saturday was audition day, so we spent most of the day at Roosevelt. Sunday was free, as our flight home was not until 5:00 PM. The only hitch in the plan was that the weather changed in Chicago, and when we left the hotel in the morning, it was four below zero. Even for a Boston boy, that’s mighty cold. But, we bundled up and went exploring up and down Michigan Ave. Great stores, wonderful architecture, and so clean. It was a pleasure, except that we were freezing. We got the car and sped off to La Pasadita, a tiny Mexican restaurant only a few miles from the hotel. There are actually three La Pasaditas, all on the same street. We chose La Pasadita Number Two,
and had an amazing lunch for almost no money. After lunch, we drove to Magic, Inc., the mecca for magic in Chicago. We could not have had a nicer visit. Both Sandy and Susan Marshall were more than gracious. The shop looks great. Everything is nicely displayed. The Marshalls have done a great job bringing Magic, Inc. back. If you are ever in the Chicago area, you really should stop in and visit. You don’t have to buy anything, save that part for us. Oh, OK, you can buy
Last week, during a particularly inclement day, I got a call from Aron The College Boy Son. He is getting dangerously close to becoming a true Floridian. “Hey, Dad, how’s the weather up there?” “Freezin,’ that’s how the weather is!” ”Gee, it’s 82 degrees with a nice warm breeze down here.” Click.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Cape Cod Magic Conclave is just seven weeks away. If you haven’t already registered, I can only ask, “What are you waiting for?” This year’s talent lineup is incredible, it’s our 20th Anniversary Conclave, and you really should be there! The dates are April 4th – 6th, and you can register online or by phone. But, you already know that.
For those of you who get the weekly email Newsletter in html format (if you still get it in text format, drop me an email and I will set you up), you’ll notice neat little change. Now, if you see an item you like, you can order it right from the Newsletter. Just click on the Add To Cart Button!
And now, to this week’s excitement.

BUY MORE GET MORE: In honor of Presidents’ Day, we are giving you the chance to save some serious “presidents.” Starting right now and running through Thursday, February 21st 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: 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: Coupon is for 15% of the merchandise total.
• Order over $200.00: Coupon is for 20% 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.

And now, this week’s Hotlist!

Psychic Spontaneous Combustion: Brand new from the Master of Flame, Rick Haslett, it’s Psychic Spontaneous Combustion. The picture says it all. Show a box of matches, open the drawer, and place the box of matches on the table.
Now at any time (no time limit) and under your complete control, without touching the matches or the box, the box of matches will spontaneously combust!
Includes gimmick, batteries, charger, instructional CD-Rom, and a box of matches to play with. $87.00 (40.613)
Note: Because of the nature of this item, it cannot be sold to anyone under 18.

Sean Bogunia’s Lamp: It is finally here! Sean Bogunia's Lamp! As you may know, Sean has been working on this effect for several years. He tested and experimented with several methods and mechanisms until he got it right! He has created the best possible product that will lead to "glowing" reviews from your audience!
Imagine this: The stage is empty except for a table with a shadeless unplugged lamp. Enter and screw a light bulb into the lamp socket. Then, plug the lamp into an extension cord and turn the lamp on. However, the bulb does not light up! Unplug the lamp and the bulb lights! Confused, you plug the lamp in again and the bulb goes out! This routine can be repeated as many times as you like!
Finally, take a cloth and place it over the lamp. Mysteriously, the bulb begins to float. It floats behind the cloth and even pushes the cloth forward as the bulb is glowing! The bulb then seems to vanish, but is spotted glowing and animated in the your pocket! Now, for the killer ending. The bulb floats back towards the lamp and then appears back in the lamp, screwed into the socket!
Modestly accept their standing ovation!
Sean Bogunia's Lamp: Actually 2 individual effects that can be performed separately or combine into one super routine!
The Bulb Gimmick:
* The gimmick uses a real 50 Watt 12 Volt light bulb! It is extremely bright and easily visible to your audience! This is not a toy or plastic light bulb!
* The gimmick is rechargeable and comes with rechargeable battery and charger.
* This is not a bulb on a stick! This gimmick includes a new innovative animator, which allows the bulb to move while you remain still!
* The gimmick has a computer designed handle for accurate grip and comfort!
* This gimmick can be used in normal "Zombie" style conditions!
* Includes DVD instructions!
About the Lamp:
* The Lamp uses a real 50 Watt 12 Volt light bulb.
* No worries about needing an outlet for electricity, the unit is completely rechargeable and comes with everything you need.
* Bulb can be lit or dark, appear or disappear, under your control.
* Lamp effect is extremely easy to perform! No learning curve here!
* Each lamp is individually hand crafted and detailed. No two are alike, yours will be unique!
* Comes with protective case!
* Includes DVD instructions!
Add this amazing routine to your show today! The possibilities are endless! You will be surprised and delighted at the response that you will get from this effect. Sean has been performing with his lamp for a few years now, and you would not believe the ooh's and ahhhh's he gets at every performance! You will be thrilled!
Zombie Light Bulb $450.00
Lamp $1500.00
The entire Lamp Act $1750.00 
Save $200
Because each Lamp is made to order, please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your order.

Gypsy’s Whisper: A brand new effect from Pieras Fitikides using a clever principle in a very unusual way. The uses for this apparatus are mind-boggling.
Remove an old laminated photo of a mysterious Gypsy from an envelope; she is gazing into a solid black crystal ball. Explain that some cultures believe that if their photo is taken, the possessor of the photo also possesses their soul. Such is the case with our Gypsy fortune-teller.
A playing card is selected by a spectator. The Gypsy is asked to reveal the selected card. Slowly gazing into the black abyss of the crystal ball a faint speck appears; slowly the image becomes clearer and finally it is seen that the name of the selected card is revealed in the center of the crystal ball! Just as mysteriously, the image fades into blackness.
Another spectator is asked to select a card and the Gypsy again is asked to reveal its identity. Again, slowly, another image appears, the image of the second selected card! This also fades to black at the command of the performer.
Anything, and I mean anything, can be predicted by the Gypsy; a word, line drawing, number, playing card, serial number, you name it. The effects are unlimited.
The laminated card comes complete with detailed instructions and everything you need to make multiple predictions. Card measures 8.5" x 6" and is less than 1/16" thick. The Gypsy's Whisper should give you years of performing service as there is nothing to wear out: no batteries, magnets, etc. Self contained. There is nothing on the mental market to compare to this unique effect.
If you are looking for a really unusual bizarre piece of Magick, don't pass this up. Also great for walk-around as it is instantly set up; and it’s a great piece for the trade-show performer as well. $69.00 (40.612)

Geneva Prediction Watch: Collector’s Workshop Geneva Prediction Watch, the Stull Watch outdone!
Man's fascination with time in general, and timepieces in particular, has led to some of the most entrancing effects ever devised.
Some of you, not many, have the original Stull Watch. It is in your drawer. This is because, like any other complex mechanical piece, it is vulnerable to breakdowns. There are precious few people who can, or will, repair the Stull Watch. And, because Stull himself is gone, you can't get them anymore.
Now a precision-built, mentalist's timepiece is again available. It is wholly different from the Stull concept of automatic sequential settings. And, the entire watch has been custom manufactured.
The Effect: A man's pocket watch is handed to a spectator. It is a working, running watch. The spectator pulls out the stem to examine how the hands are operated. The performer takes the spectator's wristwatch. The spectator closes the case on the pocket watch and randomly sets the time. At the same moment, the performer sets the time on the spectator's watch. The times match.
* You may repeat the effect immediately. That is the standard, well-known effect. Variations are, of course, limitless.
* Now, consider the extraordinary innovations, none of which was true with the original Stull Watch: The Geneva Prediction Watch is a fully functioning, accurate, quality Swiss timepiece.
* There are no settings or formulae. The range of predicted time is quite varied (13 different settings!).
* Instant reset.
* The timepiece carries a one-year warranty on parts and labor, and thereafter may be repaired by any local jeweler for a minimal charge.
* The system is purely mechanical. There are no electronics (other then the watch movement itself) or external devices.
* There are no sleights, peeks or accomplices. This is a jewel of an effect and a piece of jewelry, as well, that you will be proud to own.
* Great for table-hopping as the reset is instant. Comes complete with detailed instructions.
* Available in extremely limited numbers, so please act quickly. $450.00 (40.610)

Alpha Table: The new Alpha Table is made from very light, yet extremely strong, aluminum.
It folds flat, is easily portable and is a production trick in itself!
Designed for the working pro, the table is ruggedly built, under the most extreme quality control conditions.
Dimensions Approximately 31" (Height) x 14" (Diameter) (78.74cm x 35.56cm) $450.00 (70.960)

Juice: Magic at the speed of sight! What is invisible to your audience, even under close inspection, is clearly visible to you from across the room!
It's a powerful card marking fluid.
Use Juice for Red and Blue Decks with all red or blue backed playing cards.
Use Juice for White Decks with any white playing cards, including blank back decks.
Use Juice for Black Decks with any black playing cards, including reverse and combination decks.
Demonstrate your psychic powers and perform awesome card magic!
• New formula works in seconds!
• Perform gambling demonstrations!
• Create your own marked deck designs!
• Doesn't require goggles, glasses, or contacts!
Make your mark! Your designs are easier to remember than pre-marked cards. Simply apply juice to the back of a playing card and wipe away the excess to etch your own custom design!
Includes instructions and two ounces of Juice in convenient leak-proof bottles. Juice is a substitute for many tricks requiring a key card, marked card, or memorized deck system!
What's the difference between a Juice Deck and a Marked Deck? Both are "marked" cards, but instead of a solid mark or design flaw, juiced cards contain huge markings that are only a shade or two darker than the card's back color. $20.00 (30.1306)

Spectra ITR: All Invisible Thread Reels are not created equal! We are happy to present the Sorcery Spectra Invisible Thread Reel. The most invisible thread to date!
This new low-tension reel features over 50’ of Ultra Fine Spectra Fiber.
The Reel is very small and easy to hide, only 2" long by ¼” in diameter.
This thread is incredibly invisible and perfect for precision close-up work.
Designed specifically for the professional thread worker.
Features an amazing retraction distance of 12' - 15'
The thread is amazingly strong, considering how fine the fiber is; you will never worry about the spectator seeing this thread! $59.95 (70.959)

Bill Abbott Performs Magic for Kids DVD Set - Bill Abbott:
This Deluxe Edition DVD Set includes the re-edited and re-mastered original performances and explanations from the landmark DVDs Bill Abbott Performs Close-Up For Kids and Bill Abbott Performs Stand-Up For Kids plus over 75 minutes of Deluxe Edition Bonus Features!
Original Material from Bill Abbott Performs Close-Up For Kids Includes:
Sponge Balls – A classic that Bill uses as a perfect opener for kids.
The Shadow – An extremely visual card change that happens 3 times in the participant’s own hands.
The Autograph – A motivated card-in-wallet routine that leaves a child with a true collector’s item they will treasure forever.
The Ninja Card Trick – Bill’s favorite card effect that features finding a selected card at the point of a miniature ninja sword.
The Mental Photograph – A very strong promotional tool, where a mental thought of playing card appears on your business card being held by the spectator.
Edwin Alonzo Boyd – A riveting tale about a real-life jail break demonstrated with a photograph of the criminal that becomes permanently altered at the conclusion.
The Great Game – A routine with many applications limited only by your imagination. A freely selected prize is predicted in advance by the performer, and is given to the child to keep at the end.
Flash – Bill’s closing effect that features an original presentation for the ashes on palm. This effect has built a reputation for Bill with lay audiences.
Card on Forehead – A classic effect redesigned for young children with a great finish!
Original material from Bill Abbott Performs Stand-Up For Kids Includes:
The Sponge Snack – When touring across Canada Bill performed this silent opener 110 times in 90 days!
The Thing – Practical, one-man levitation’s are few and far between. Bill has created a reputation-making miracle that can be performed anywhere.
Chico The Mind Reader – For those who have witnessed a performance of Chico know that the revelation of this routine is worth the price of the DVD set.
Deluxe Edition Bonus Features Include:
The Three Bears – The Equal-Unequal Ropes performed live at a family resort with some original twists and then explained in detail.
Cut & Restored Rope – See how this classic of stand-up magic entertains a nightclub crowd.
Cut & Restored on T.V. – Witness the hosts of a preteen talk show be entertained and completely fooled by Bill in broadcast quality.
Nightclub Monkey Business – Experience why Chico is flexible, entertaining and truly for all ages. Chico takes this nightclub audience of adults by storm.
Chico’s Secrets – The real secrets of creating a memorable puppet routine revealed.
Chico on T.V. – Chico brings the star of this popular kids show to tears…of laughter!
Street Thing – Bill demonstrates how practical, effective and powerful The Thing is on the streets of downtown Toronto.
Signed Bill in Orange – The classic effect performed live on T.V.
Flash on T.V – See the host of Canadian Idol flee the studio in fear and disbelief!
Sponge Balls – Witness this audience favorite get squeals of delight from the studio audience.
The Shadow & The Autograph – Great reactions on live T.V. for this solid piece of sleight of hand.
The Ninja Card Trick – The ninja returns looking better and faster than ever.
Mental Photograph – This gets a tremendous reaction for such a simple effect.
The Boyd Mystery – Historical Toronto story performed live.
Flash on Studio Magic – See why dead pets still make the best assistants! $39.95 (DVD00833)

Inside the Head of Donny Orbit - Donny Orbit:
Donny Orbit has been cropping up all over the place recently, having effects published in MAGIC, Genii and Antimony and contributing to Nathan Kranzo's Moving Tanline DVD.
Inhis first book, you will find six amazing close up routines from an extremely offbeat thinker. 'Off the Wall' plots with a direct and practical approach. Not only is this magic you'll use, it's magic that'll make you smile, shake your head, kick yourself and swear out loud - all at the same time!
SUPERMAN: A drawing of a lump of coal is squeezed in the magician’s hand where it changes to a drawing of a diamond! The drawing then becomes a real diamond!
FUTURE BURN: A spectator chooses any finger on a drawing of a hand. The magician opens a sealed envelope and reveals that he correctly predicted which finger would be chosen. Then he reveals a real blister on his own corresponding finger!
SOUPED CAN: Two selected cards are lost into the pack. Both cards are then found through a random number offered by the spectators. The cards are lost for a second time and the spectators proceed to find both cards with the deck in their own hands!
JUST IN CASE: Three cards are chosen and returned to the pack. One card appears under the card case, but it’s the wrong card. With a snap, another card appears under the case and this time, it is a selection! Next, the first ‘wrong’ card changes into a selection and finally the whole deck appears under the card case except for the final selection!
FOILED: The magician demonstrates how an impression of a coin can be made in tin foil. Then he proceeds to ‘mint’ a second coin right out of the mould! Cautioning that it is a fake he then screws the coin into a tin foil ball and hands it out for examination!
CHERRY THING: The stem of a cherry is plucked from the fruit and knotted in the magician’s mouth! The knotted stem is then magically re-attached to the cherry and handed out for examination! $20.00 (BK01565)

Baffling Bumper Stickers – Larry Becker & Lee Earle: "The bumper sticker," begins the performer as he shows a selection of them - all of which are cut in half, "is a source of 5-Star wisdom often using four-letter words. They're a short-form expression of attitude, philosophy, and humor. You can find them at truck stops, novelty shops, and bargain swap meets everywhere."
He shows the halves of two different bumper stickers saying, "If you cut them in half and mismatch them, the results can be interesting." (The audience will laugh at a couple of the combinations; they were designed for that purpose.)
Placing a business envelope in full view, he continues, "There are halves of two different bumper stickers in here (they can be seen through the address window) that usually combine with others to get an amusing reaction."
"One of you will choose a half-sticker from these," the performer continues, spreading the stack of severed stickers face up for a nearby participant. "As you can see, there are more than two dozen random possibilities. Which one would you like?"
After the helper freely chooses one of the halves, the mentalist instructs, "That was an intentional choice, influenced perhaps by color or subject matter."
He turns the stack of half-stickers face down and reminds, "Now you'll select one blindly, and randomly, so it will be a surprise for both of us." The selected, face down sticker-half is retained by the performer and the remainder set aside.
"I'll keep you in suspense a moment longer," remarks the mentalist, as he pairs it with one of the sticker-halves from the envelope, smiles, and tucks the pair partially in his breast pocket, still (and always) fully visible to the audience.
"Let's try the half sticker you picked earlier, "suggests the mentalist reaching for the participant's piece. He aligns it with the remaining half from the envelope and his eyebrows go up. "Well, this is weird," remarks the entertainer. He turns them around: they are opposite ends of the same bumper sticker!
"But I promised you something funny," reminds the mentalist, removing the pair of half-stickers from his breast pocket. "And this is funny!" He holds them up for everyone to see; the second pair is also a perfect match!
You get everything you need to perform this outstanding routine, bumper stickers, an ungimmicked window envelope, a 'special something' and instructions. If you wish, you can ensure the final revelation is bumper sticker humor that suits your audience, but otherwise, it's never the same combination twice.
The 'bumper stickers' are printed on glossy card stock and pre-cut into halves. There is a simple, one-time setup task that takes ten minutes or less and you're good to go for years to come! $99.50 (40.614)

Adventures Ashore: Paul Romhany’s Adventures Ashore is an entertaining and topical three-phase book test without any books! Paul Romhany has been performing this routine on cruise ships and in his mentalism show on land for several years and now offers it to the magic fraternity.
Explain that you love cruising and while on ships you collect the "port guides" that the ship hands out at each port they visit. In fact, you brought some with you. Bring out a dozen port guides and displays them to the audience.
Explain that you will try an experiment with the port guides and place them all back in an envelope. A spectator is asked to reach into the envelope and take out any port guide (a free choice) and look at the front page and remember any word. Another spectator takes out another port guide and is asked to read any paragraph on the back page and try and visualize an image or "drawing" to do with that paragraph. A third spectator is asked to take out any port guide and tear it in to pieces, choosing one piece and looking at a word on the piece.
You are able to tell the word the first spectator is thinking, draw the object the second person is imagining and a dictionary is opened and the thought of word is the only word circled.
This routine can be performed in any situation from stage, platform and close-up. Paul has put together a very unique package including instructions, twelve gimmick port guides so you can perform this right away, plus a CD-ROM containing the twelve PDF files of each port guide so you can perform this as often as you like. $45.00 (40.611)

VDP DVD: Very occasionally, someone develops a brand-new methodology which allows for effects which were previously considered impossible.
Imagine a signed playing card transforming quarter-by-quarter into a completely different card with the signature still intact! Ah, but is it the spectator's signature? Of course! But can the card be given away without a switch? Absolutely!
But that is just the start of what VDP can accomplish.
Back in the summer of 2001 Jon van der Put invented VDP, the principle behind some incredible effects that have created a huge buzz in the underground magic community. Previously, John has only taught the real work on his basic effect to one or two of his closest friends. Now the time has arrived for the fantastic VDP to enter the arsenals of magicians around the world.
Jon teaches the complete handling of the basic VDP effect as outlined above. In addition, he teaches a variety of advanced applications including: signed selections and predictions that transform, unbelievable transpositions, mind-bending card-fusions and impossible co-incidences.
Remember - in all the effects, the card is signed by the spectator at the outset, magically transforms quarter-by-quarter and is given away as a souvenir at the end with the spectator's signature still intact.
Jon's VDP is a low-tech marvel which will allow you to perform dozens of stunning, memorable effects. $34.95 (30.1305)

Subliminal Effects CD Set - Kenton Knepper:
Kenton is releasing at last some of the secret CDs he has used to make a deep impression on clients and everyday audiences.
The first CD package creates instant credibility. You will be able to prove immediately that you are a trained and certified expert in subliminal programming and telepathic influence.
Gather a group of friends together and watch as they learn to pick up on subliminal influence. You'll perform for 30 minutes, and the most you need do is a card force and equivoque (only once each). You do not need to perform these to use the majority of the CD. Your friends will be highly impressed as they begin to accurately pick up on the subliminal cues on the CD (yes, these subliminals are really on the CD).
Kenton has used such audio devices to instantly generate respect and credibility as a mentalist, suggestionist, hypnotist and more.
Put on this CD, tally up the amazing results, and your guests will be so intrigued that they will be begging you to talk more about your abilities and special knowledge.
This is the perfect introduction to mentalism performed in your home, as a lead in to booking hypnosis or mentalism shows with a small group, "training" people to tune into subliminal, telepathic or personal intuition, selling subliminal CDs, and more.
Kenton's special wording, psychological forces and applications, subliminal recording, sound marking and other sneaky things are at work on the CD - so that you don't really have to work at all.
All that you need do is show your Certified Tester's Certificate (included) and then focus on interacting with your guests as the "official" CD plays. Then be prepared to be taken very seriously. All with little work on your part.
Subliminal Testing CD, Detailed Instructional CD by Kenton himself, and Two Certified Subliminal Tester Certificates included.
Sure there's a trick to it all - but your guests and audiences will think it is as legitimate as can be.
These CDs helped make Kenton's reputation as a serious investigator of suggestion and mentalism. The CDs can do the same for you - instantly.
Frankly, it's also just a lot of fun for both listeners and performer!
Make for a memorable evening in your home or group with Kenton's special Subliminal Effects CD Set.
$45.00 (CD0058)

Stand Up & Deliver DVD – Jeffrey Blum:
Jeff Blum is a professional magician who specializes in stand-up magic and mentalism that can be presented up close as well as in the largest auditoriums. On this DVD you will see him perform his favorite creations in front of a live house party and then explain everything in great detail. Along the way he gives many real world tips and strategies explaining how he earns his full time living using stand up magic and mentalism.
Routines performed and explained:

Sucked In: A deck is visibly sucked into a balloon and is visibly shuffled while inside the inflated balloon. The first signed selection is then plucked out of the deck. Amazingly the second signed selection appears folded inside your shoe.

Finger Vision: A spectator thinks of any television show and you read their mind. This uses an outstanding presentation and an easy and logical method for performing a center tear.

Bill To Bagel: A spectator is given a paper bag for safekeeping. A signed one-dollar bill is transformed into a ten-dollar bill. The ten-dollar bill changes into a large $100 silk. The spectator then opens the bag to find some dough -- actually a bagel. Inside the bagel is his signed one-dollar bill.

Three’s Company: Three predictions are made and three cards are selected under increasingly more difficult conditions. Of course all the predictions match the selected cards.

Sox In Box: A signed card disappears from the deck while in the spectator's hands. The card is then found inside a sealed and stapled envelope, which was inside a rolled up rubber banded pair of socks, which were inside the smallest of three nested boxes.

Dream Reality: An envelope with a description of a dream you had is given to a spectator to hold. Then three random events occur... a card is chosen, a matchbook is selected from a bag full of them, a word is chosen from a paperback novel. When the envelope is opened the dream matches all three random events.

Birthday Surprise: Using body language as a premise you guess the spectator's freely chosen card and their birth date.
$34.95 (DVD00832)

And that’s all the Valentine’s Week and President’s Day hot stuff! So many holidays so close together! Any-hoo, I hope you will find time between eating all the chocolate and checking out the super deals at the car dealers to spend with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we do love the company!
Hank Lee