Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Three weeks to go until this year’s Conclave. And, it’s really heating up around here, believe me. Even the weather is getting warmer! Over the past week, we have been in close contact with the Sea Crest Hotel planning the always-special Conclave dinners. This year, the Saturday night dinner is going to be something to remember! I hope you will be there for the feast! You already know how to register for the Conclave, right? Just click on the Button to the left! If you are still getting the email Newsletter in text format rather than html, there will be no button to the left, but you can register at by clicking on the Conclave Button. You can also switch over to html format by just sending me an email and asking for html format. Easy as that.
Did you get the new EXTRA in the mail? I certainly hope so. If not, tell me and I will make sure you are on the snail mail list. All we need is your full name and address.
I am happy to report that Lucas’ auditions are over. We spent last weekend in Oberlin, Ohio, where it snowed and snowed and snowed. We spent a lot of time inside the Oberlin Inn watching re-run movies. Lucas loved the college, and his audition went really well. Now, we just sit back and wait to see where they want my extremely talented son (aren’t they all, though?).
Aron is home for Spring break this week. Considering he is living in Florida, he doesn’t have much of a tan. But, his hair is really in need of cutting. I’m sure Bonnie will make sure he gets that done. It’s nice to have the whole family together.
This week’s excitement is really a continuation of last week’s excitement. So, please read on!
25 Days Of Savings Sales Event. There are 25 days left in March (somewhat less now). In light of this, we have devised a brand new sales event, for your entertainment pleasure: The 25 Days Of Savings!
Here’s how it works: No matter what day in March you purchase from us at Hank Lee’s, you will save money. But, as you may have heard, the early bird gets the worm! So, last Friday, you saved 25% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. On Saturday you saved 24%. On Sunday you saved 23%. And on it goes. We will reduce the discount by 1% each day until the end of the month. All you need to do is enter the special code TWENTYFIVEDAYS in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct the correct amount 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
There are a few rules that apply, as with all things in life.
• The minimum order to use this discount is $25.00.
• The discount 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 discount 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, Johnson Products 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 TWENTYFIVEDAYS 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 sooner you act, the more you save!

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

Thirteen: It’s far more than luck!
Are you looking for the perfect card/mentalism effect? Look no further.
Excellent for walk around, strolling, close up & restaurants.
Show a deck of cards. Looks ordinary in every way. Nothing funny going on here.
Ask a spectator to name any number from 1 to 52. You deal cards face-up until you get to the chosen number. This card is placed face down on the table.
You now reach into your pocket and bring out another deck. Remove the deck from the box, count down to “lucky number 13,” and place this card face down on the table.
When the two cards are turned face up, they match exactly!
Before you click that video clip remember this:
No outs!
It’s a different card every time.
Resets itself every time!
Precision-made gimmick!
Simple to do, with maximum impact!
$29.95 (30.1314)

Super Clipped: Not since Twisted Sister, NFW or Ultimate Three Card Monte, has there been a card routine this powerful!
A small spread of five cards is shown. The black Twos and Threes, along with the Ace of Hearts. The spectator is asked to try and "clip" the only red card, the Ace of Hearts, with a paper clip. They try and try but to no avail!
Finally, to make it easier, you separate the Ace from the four black cards and allow them to clip it. They can see the face to be sure! The card, with the clip still attached, is placed on the table.
With no moves, sleights, counts or any funny business, the clipped card on the table is slowly turned over and shown to now be the Two of Clubs!
Where's the Ace? The real question is "which Ace?" because in your hand are not one, but four Ace of Hearts!
$14.95 (30.1313)

Boris Wild’s Remarkable Card Magic – Three DVD Set: FISM award-winner Boris Wild is one of the most renowned French magicians in the world. From Hollywood and Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, Sydney, Tokyo and beyond, Boris’ original and creative approach to card magic has taken him to some of the most prestigious venues where he has received standing ovations.
Now, it’s your turn to watch and learn Boris Wild’s favorite creations as he reveals them for the very first time on video in this amazing DVD set. You’ll witness astounding, truly miraculous card magic using his outstanding, world-famous BW Marked Deck. Boris will teach you every single detail of his ingenious system as well as incredibly clean routines that will fool you badly and, after you learn them, will leave your audiences shaking their heads! One of them, Pure Telepathy, is considered by international experts to be “one of the most beautiful and theatrical card revelations in the world.” You’ll also learn the wonderfully deceptive Kiss Count, in addition to many highly visual applications using this technique. There’s a colorful combination of cards and silks set to music, a spectator’s kiss on an impossible journey to a signed card, and a fantastic, multi-phase routine combining All Backs, Triumph and Wild Card!
These three DVDs also feature a super-clean revelation of a thought-of card in mid-air, a unique prediction of a movie, plus Boris’ best-selling effects including Miracolor, his diabolical Wild Monte, Very Wild, and WPT, two eye-popping transformations of cards that will knock you dead. And there’s more.
The performances are fun and entertaining to watch and the secrets behind it all do not require difficult sleight of hand. The moves, principles and methods rely mostly on subtlety and cleverness. Boris explains everything in detail with clear step-by-step instructions, valuable tips, a pinch of theory, and in-depth psychological aspects in their own dedicated segment.
Original, visual, strong effects that lovers of great card magic will enjoy immensely, and spectators will love even more! $99.50 (DVD00850)

“I admire and respect my good friend Boris Wild. He’s clever and original in his creativity and his presentations are charming and sophisticated. Boris is one of a kind!” - Daryl - The Magician’s Magician

“Boris Wild, next to me, is one of my favorite performers!” - Bill Malone - C.E.O. of Comedy Magic

Spirit Card Box: The Spirit Card Box is the latest creation from Dave Powell, and it is a real work of art!
A spectator freely selects and signs a card.
Shuffle the card into the deck and place the cards into a walnut box.
Suddenly, the lid opens by itself and one card rises up! But, wait, it’s the wrong card!
The card lowers back into the box. Then, suddenly, all of the cards shoot out of the box, several feet into the air!
Thrust your hand into the stream of cards and visibly pluck the chosen card out of mid-air!
Not just another card fountain, but a complete routine!
Custom crafted solid walnut box with brass hardware. The precision-crafted box conceals the mechanism that does all the work for you!
$395.00 (60.1514)

The Video of Secrets DVD Set – John Carney:
Volume One: Five routines from The Book of Secrets. This DVD contains John's practical handling of the Cigars From The Purse, two little-known Linking Ring Moves, his take on the classic Miser's Dream, a humorous ball routine using grapes, and variations on one of the best and most visual card tricks ever: Leipzig's Opener.
Volume Two: This DVD contains five more ideas from The Book of Secrets. John explains several very visual methods for vanishing a handkerchief, a variation of the classic Victor-Vernon routine with five coins and a champagne glass, a most efficient control of several cards, a hybrid of the Rosini and Ramsay thimble routines, and the classic cards up the sleeve using the entire deck, with a surprise finish.
$69.95 (DVD00845)
Also available separately.

Pleasant Nightmares – William Rauscher: This book is about an eerie entertainer who specialized in the supernatural. Bill Neff, called "The Master of Many Haunts" brought to his midnight audiences an assortment of zombies, goofy spooks, glamorous ghosts, and other varied and weird spirits. Newspapers proclaimed, "Neff's show makes eyes pop, pulses hop, and hearts skip a beat."
Author William V. Rauscher presents an incisive and penetrating look at a complex man who succumbed to his own creation. With a foreword by McCarl Roberts, this is the story of one of the best spook magicians of his time, whose theatrical attraction was entitled "Madhouse of Mystery," a show that guaranteed suspense, shudder, shakes and shivers.
315 pages with over 325 photos and illustrations.
8-1⁄2" x 11", hardbound with color covers. $59.95 (BK01569)

On Palming DVD – John Carney: Many of the most powerful effects in card magic require the palming of a playing card. Yet nothing strikes fear in the heart of the uninitiated as much as this prospect. The fear itself is the single greatest obstacle to effective palming.
Fear not, for John Carney is acknowledged as one of the finest sleight of hand artists and teachers in the world. In this instructional DVD he gives you practical tips and effective techniques for stealing, concealing and controlling playing cards. This information is indispensable to students of pure and amazing card magic.
Contents include: Palming Fundamentals, Vernon Top Palm, Erdnase Top Palm, Diagonal Palm Shift, Arthur Finley Steal, Vernon Hand Washing, Erdnase Bottom Palm, Small Packet Bottom, The Side Steal, Tenkai-esque, Vernon Flat Palm, Erdnase Color Change, The Cop, Palming Management.
$34.95 (DVD00848)

Flash Cards – Memorized Deck: From the creators of the Shadow Tent and the Change Cap, comes the most innocent looking memorized deck ever! Disguised as simple children’s alphabet cards, you will be holding quite possible the most disarming stacked deck ever created!
Comes with a specially designed deck of Flash Cards printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company, and a DVD that will teach you everything you need to know from Kerry Summers’ diabolic new system to an incredibly deceptive false shuffle, handling tips, routines and more! $30.00 (50.957)

Bolted Aces – Kirk Charles: Regaling your audience with stories of magic yore, you discuss the story of a competition among magicians: finding the Aces in a shuffled deck. One man in particular boasted to being the fastest, able to find the Aces using any deck. One young con man took him up on the challenge, presenting him with a deck that had been bolted together!
Demonstrating your fable, you show a bolted deck, riffling through it to display the Aces. Explain that you are certain you can succeed where your predecessor had failed, you pantomime removing four cards from the deck, placing them in your pockets.
Fanning through the deck, the Aces have vanished! You casually remove the Aces from your pocket as your audience goes wild. $12.50 (30.1311)

Carney on Ramsay: Lessons in Misdirection DVD: John Ramsay was one of the world's greatest exponents of visual and psychological misdirection. His most famous application of these ideas was in his brilliant Cylinder and Coins and Coins in the Hat. John Carney is one of Ramsay's greatest admirers, owing much to that master teacher. In this enlightening video, John offers his insights and interpretations of the Ramsay technique, explaining concepts which may be applied to tricks of every description, from close-up magic to stage illusion. Here are the real secrets of sleight of hand; how to effectively apply knowledge of the machinations of the spectator's mind and eye toward a more perfect illusion. These are lessons for all who wish to understand the art and science of misdirection. $34.95 (DVD00846)

Omega Mutation (3 DVD Set) - Cameron Francis: 27 real-world effects from the hottest magic newcomer in years! Almost 5 hours of practical, mind-blowing close-up magic!
The Story: October 18th 2007, 2.08pm. Distress calls are received at Heathrow Airport in London from an inbound 'Boeing 747' from Florida. The pilot, three crew and twelve passengers have been struck down by a mystery illness. By the time the plane lands, 7 people are dead. Only one man, an American citizen named Cameron Francis, disembarks the aircraft without showing any symptoms of the deadly bug. He is immediately arrested and quarantined in a secret location where he remains completely oblivious to the chaos that is unfolding as the mystery virus sweeps the UK.
Interrogations of the suspect have revealed nothing. Francis refuses to admit any connection to the vicious and deadly strain, now dubbed the Omega Mutation by leading scientist's frantically working on an antidote. Francis is either an unwitting participant in a deadly game, or a criminal mastermind of heroic proportions. Either way, his story is sketchy. Claiming to be a close up magician, he carries with him a small attaché case filled with cards, coins and other magical paraphernalia. Needless to say, his attachment to this questionable practice only serves to raise suspicion of his involvement in what could be the single most disastrous event that the world has ever known!
Will the deadly virus be stopped? Will Cameron ever convince his captors of his innocence? Will the guards ever grow tired of his card tricks? Will Cameron ever escape? Find out when you watch this wonderful set of DVDs!
Disc 1 – Alpha
* Vivid
* Insecure Restoration
* Cagey
* Everywhere
* Dime-A-Cap
* Triumph Transpo
* Signed & Assembled
* Back In 10
* Hard Knocks
Disc 2 – Mem
* Assembled Reset
* Card-A-Que
* Appearing Sharpie
* Cheque This
* Bill Switch
* Last Laugh
* Yours & Yours
* Separation Anxiety
* Stuffed
Disc 3 – Omega
** ESCAPE? **
* Ring Flight
* Jumpy Collectors
* CF Switch
* Visiting Hour
* Do As Cam Does
* Hofzinser Takes A Dive
* Space Available
* Dupes
* International Cards Of Mystery
$99.00 (DVD00852)

Classic Carney DVD - John Carney: Eight exquisitely crafted routine from John's critically acclaimed book, Carneycopia. Included are a mysterious prediction; the penetration and vanish of a pack of cards in a napkin; an impromptu animated matchbox; a revolutionary display for changing the colors of cards; a chop cup routine with a bill and a coffee cup, climaxing with a lemon appearing around the bill; a visible Triumph effect and the impossible bare handed vanish and reproduction of two coins. Each routine is first shown being performed in a real-world situation. Here is your chance to see and learn the routines that brought John Carney top honors at FISM and several Magic Castle Magician of The Year awards. $34.95 (DVD00847)

Secrets of The Color Changing Knives DVD: World’s Greatest Magic By The World’s Greatest Magicians - The invention of the Color-Changing Knives is usually credited to illusion designer Walter Jeans and as the effect began to enter the literature of magic in the 1930’s, close-up magicians were immediately taken by the visual nature of the trick. Over the years, a good number of the world’s top close-up performers have presented the knives as a part of their professional repertoires and five of them are on this volume to show you their astounding versions.
Bill Malone begins with his routine – an amazing and inherently funny routine that he uses in his walk-around work for some of the world’s top corporate clients.
Johnny Thompson is next with a typically engaging routine while one of magic’s true poets, René Lavand, weaves a love story around the knives.
Steve Draun presents his version that has a surprise ending that instantly resets – perfect for walk-around engagements – and Daryl presents his routine with knives of his own invention that ends with an unbelievable finish that leaves the knives in an impossible condition that can be examined by the spectators.
Pocket knives are interesting personal objects and, while they’re not commonly carried as they were in Walter Jeans day, people are still aware that they don’t magically change color or size or appear and disappear at will. Thus, the Color-Changing Knives remain one of the most popular and intriguing effects at the disposal of a close-up magician and on this DVD, you’ll find some truly great routines, plus enough moves and ideas to construct an amazing routine of your own! $19.95 (DVD00851)

Red Hot Prediction: Spreading a blue deck face up between your hands, you ask your spectator to name any two cards she sees. Placing those cards on the table, you ask her to name any other card (by free choice). Say she names the Ten of Hearts.
You explain that the other day you removed two cards from a red deck and wrote on their backs. The first two selected cards are turned over to reveal a 10 drawn on the back of one card, and a Heart shape on the other!
Includes all the necessary Bicycle cards, plus detailed instructions. Perfect for the table-hopper! $14.95 (30.1315)

Secrets Of The Card Stab DVD: World’s Greatest Magic By The World’s Greatest Magicians - One of card magic’s most direct and dramatic tricks!
Since the early 1700’s, magicians have been dazzling their audiences by finding selected playing cards with knives. In the intervening years, legendary magicians such as Charles Bertram, Nate Leipzig, Karl Germain, Max Malini and countless others have used this effect to astound onlookers and forge reputations.
On this DVD, you’ll be treated to seven different interpretations of the Card Stab. Johnny Thompson begins with Max Malini’s legendary version as he stabs three selections from cards scattered across a table while blindfolded.
Michael Ammar contributes another legend’s take on the Card Stab – this time Nate Leipzig – as two cards are located by a knife thrust into the center of a pack of cards that’s been wrapped in a napkin.
In a similar vein, Frank Garcia enables a spectator to stab their own signed selection in a wrapped-up pack while also providing a lovely bonus card production from a card case.
Daryl finds a selected card by stabbing through a newspaper that covers cards that are spread across a tabletop while Jeff Sheridan expands on a Milbourne Christopher concept and stabs a card from a shuffled deck while it’s suspended in a bag fashioned from a paper napkin.
Steve Dacri demonstrates how to make the Card Stab play big as he stabs two selections right out of the air and Paul Potassy shows off the trick he used as an encore when he performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.
Milbourne Christopher once wrote in Hugard’s Magic Monthly, “Card-stabbing mysteries are effective on the largest stages, on night club floors when the magician is entirely surrounded and, paradoxically, close-up.” In this volume, you’ll find ample proof of Mr. Christopher’s assertions. $19.95 (DVD00853)

And that’s this week’s enormous Hotlist! Every week bigger and better. I hope you will find some stuff that you just can’t be without. Really I do.
As always I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.
Hank Lee