Friday, March 07, 2008

March Madness

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee�s Magic Factory. We are now at the four week marker for this year�s Cape Cod Magic Conclave and this place is a beehive of activity. Registrations, badges, program books, posters, all in the works. The massive amount of magic that we bring every year is being pulled from the warehouse shelves and neatly packed, alphabetically I might add! We are getting ready, so ready. Of course, I hope you are getting ready, too. This year�s event looks to be a real blast, and I would really like you to join us. You can register for the Conclave online by just clicking the Conclave Button at What are you waiting for?

The new EXTRA is in the mail right now. I�ll bet that if you walk to your mailbox (the one outside your house) you will find the EXTRA just waiting for you. Of course, to get the EXTRA, you must be on our snail-mail list. If you are not, just drop me an email with your name and address and I will personally hook you up. If you just can�t wait for the new EXTRA to get there, you can find it�s electronic brother by clicking on the EXTRA Button at We sure do make it easy for you!

If this is Friday, it must be Ohio. Lucas and I are winging our way to Oberlin, OH for his last audition of this incredibly busy season. Oberlin College is the final stop on the tour. I�ll really miss spending every weekend in a different airport and hotel. Not.

While we are shoveling and freezing, Aron is off scuba diving this weekend. I�m trying to remember if I had any scuba diving weekends when I was in college. Now I remember. I didn�t. But, one time I took a bath and ducked my head under water and blew bubbles. Does that count?

OK. Enough. Let�s take a look at this week�s excitement.

25 Days Of Savings Sales Event. There are 25 days left in March (give or take). 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, today, Friday, you will save 25% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. On Saturday you will save 24%. On Sunday you will save 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, 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!

Hung, Drawn & Quartered: Brand new from JB Magic�s Elite Line!
" If you only tie your shoes with your shoelaces you are missing out�
Two coins are examined and then threaded onto a regular shoelace. The spectator holds the lace both above and below the coins. There is no way either coin can come off the lace.
Spectator selects either coin.
In the blink of an eye you visually remove the coin from the shoelace!
Pass the removed coin out for immediate examination. No switch of any kind. No covering. No putting anything behind your back.
Resets in two seconds!
Extremely high quality precision manufactured coin set. Every detail has been taken care of by the JB manufacturing coin expert.
Perfect for strolling, restaurants & parlor.
Comes with gimmick coins, matching regular coins, shoelace and step by step instructional DVD. $99.95 (20.383)

Magic With The iPhone DVD & CDRom: Introducing the very first DVD dedicated to the iPhone and iPod Touch! Enjoy an interactive ride into the magic of iPhone with your host, Nick Byrd. A full-length, full-feature DVD that makes learning iPhone magic easy
You'll discover new and unusual ways to use your iPhone and perform some of this world's most unique street magic!
iHotrod: Turn your iPhone into a Hotrod, with a twist! A spectator picks one of six colored dots from the screen. To prove you knew she was going to pick the yellow dot, all of the dots turn yellow and a note with today's date says, "You will choose yellow!"
iWallet: After showing off your virtual wallet, you're able to remove any one of the items inside, right out of the phone! You'll never leave home without it!
iATM: Same idea as the "iWallet," but you explain the newest iPhone feature is your own personal ATM. Show a picture of a twenty and magically pull one from the phone. No lines or transaction fees!
X-Ray: Go deep and demonstrate the new iPhone X-Ray feature with a quick x-ray of your own empty hand! Uh oh, it's not an exact match. There's something round in the image. Remove the phone from your hand and an actual coin appears!
iConic: Use the icons from your home screen to perform a cool prediction effect!
Lovely Assistant: A chosen card is lost in the deck. After many attempts, you're unable to locate the card so you ask your lovely assistant for help. She appears on the screen and reveals the chosen card, washing away any doubt of your powers!
Telecommunication: Why do all the work yourself? A random person from your phone's contact list finds the spectator's freely chosen card! The spectator makes the call, not you!
Card from iPhone: That's right, pull a chosen card right out of your phone!
Princess Card Trick: A classic, now better than ever and in your face on iPhone! The spectator just thinks of one of six cards. The iPhone goes to work and makes the spectator's card vanish!
Penny to Dime: A penny, displayed on the screen of your iPhone, magically changes into a dime! But wait, the penny you were holding under the phone also turns into a dime! An amazing effect that comes complete with a special gimmick.
Wallpaper Magic: Use your iPhone wallpaper to perform a trick. Now you're ready to perform whenever opportunity calls!
This amazing magic set for your iPhone includes a DVD with more than 70 minutes of professional quality video, a CD-ROM (PC and Mac Compatible) containing video and picture files ready to load on your iPhone or iPod Touch, plus the special penny gimmick for Penny to Dime! Works on both PCs and Macs!
Magic with the iPhone works with any iPhone or iPod Touch under regular default settings, and doesn't require third-party software. This product is not associated with iPhone, iPod, or iPod Touch, which are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
$19.95 (DVD00843)

Instant Card Restoration: Henry Evans presents a new effect from his Classics With a Twist line.
Imagine being able to perform one of the strongest card effects, a real classic in card magic, but with an original approach suitable for stand up magic.
A card is selected and, after you fail to correctly name the card, you tear it into pieces. Explain, "I must confess this has happened to me before," showing a transparent bag filled with pieces of cards.
After the laughter subsides, you give a spectator one piece to hold. The other pieces are put in the bag together with the dozens of other pieces.
Explaining that there is one possible solution, you take a transparent glass and put it in the bag, taking it out full of card pieces.
Cover the glass with a silk and, with a magic gesture, remove the silk and show that all of the pieces have vanished from the glass, except for one card! It is the restored card! Of course one piece is missing, the one which the spectator has been holding! In the end, both glass and bag can be examined.
Comes with: Special plastic transparent glass; Transparent bag; Silk; Two decks of Bicycle cards; A special fake. $64.95 (30.1310)

Impossible Penetration � Stage Size: Clarence Miller's Impossible Penetration is the kind of knock-your-socks-off-magic magicians dream about.
We are now pleased to present a stage-size model of Clarence�s brilliant invention!
Show the wooden chopper. The blade is made of solid wood with an arm-size hole drilled through it. The blade neatly fits into a set of stocks, also made of wood and spring hinged for easy of operation.
Remove the blade from the stocks and have everything examined. Next, show how the blade slides up and down in the stocks.
Ask a daring spectator to place their wrist into the hole in the stocks. Explain that no matter what happens, they are not to remove their wrist from the hole.
A mighty chop and the blade seemingly penetrates right through their wrist! But wait, there's more!
Remove the wooden stock, and there is the wooden blade hanging on their outstretched arm! A miracle. $94.50 (60.1512)

Color Changing Rose - Gerald le Guilloux: A rose visually changes color as your hand passes over it!
Your hand is shown empty after the effect.
* Easy to perform
* No magnets
* Visual effect designed for stage
* You finish clean
* Rose hand made in France
Please note that the roses are different colors and that the option of color choice is not available.
Comes complete with Color Changing Rose and full instructions.
Length Approximately 12 3/4" (32.25cm)
$75.00 (60.1513)

Healed and Sealed 2.0 DVD - Anders Moden: An empty and crushed can of soda magically restores and refills before the eyes of the spectators.
Impossible to improve? Here's the 2.0 version of Anders Modens ingenious Healed and Sealed Soda, the effect originally performed by David Blaine on "Vertigo".
Anders Moden shares his thoughts on the methods, the handlings and the presentations of his masterpiece. He will also guide you through various additional techniques that he has kept to himself. Until now.
Let's re-cap the effect:
* Pour the last drops out of an empty a soda can.
* Crush it � in front of the spectators - and show it around.
* Command the can to heal itself � the spectator will see and hear this happen.
* Wave your hand over the opening and the hole will seal itself!
* Now the can to magically fills up.
* Open the can with a pfzzt!
* Pour the soda in a glass.
* Hand everything out to the audience.
Anders Mod�n will take you through every step of the trick in detail. He will also show you:
* A clever "hands-off" method that actually works.
* A special close-up method.
* An ingenious transposition effect where the drink visibly and instantly moves from a full coke can to an empty orange can!
Additional material:
* Several presentation ideas
* Variations in set-up and handling
* Examples for stage, parlor etc.
* Tips, tricks and variations
* Bonus section and chapter menus for easy navigation
$19.95 (10.1096)

'"I think Healed and Sealed Soda is one of the best and most magical effects that people say is real magic when performed." - Cyril

"On my cruise ship I levitate my Daughter, cut my wife in two and make it snow, but when I perform Healed and Sealed Soda it brings the house down!" Shawn Farquhar

The Cocoon: A handmade masterpiece of magic by award winning magician, Steven Cambian. Change a cocoon into a beautiful butterfly right from the palm of your spectator's own hands. Comes complete with beautifully designed gimmick and instructions. $19.99 (10.1443)

McAbee Rings � Gold Edition: The McAbee Rings is considered one of the finest close up linking ring routines ever. Where else can you let the spectator�s link and unlink the rings, and allow the rings to be minutely examined at the end of the routine? The mystery is created by means of special rings. The bracelets are solid metal, with a heavy gold plating. They are not quite the same quality as our deluxe McAbee Rings, but they are really very nice.
The fully illustrated instructions guarantee that you will thoroughly understand every phase of the handling. The routine itself, when performed, runs about two minutes.
Comes with rings, fully illustrated instruction booklet and instructional DVD. $49.95 (10.1444)

10 Below Zero DVD - Andrew Normansell: One Magician, nine ice-cool effects!
Tequila Sunrise
The four queens are removed from a blue deck and one by one the backs change color to red, and then the whole deck turns red while held by the spectator!
Four Gone Conclusion
A selected card vanishes from the deck and then suddenly returns face up. As a kicker, the entire four-of-a-kind turn face up in sympathy!
Golden Triangle
A very unusual signed coin to impossible location that happens right under the spectators� noses. The method is absolutely ingenious!
Funky Little Number
A Magic Square is created, the sum of which is the same as a freely thought of number! Then, a prediction is produced from an envelope in your wallet. It accurately predicts how much loose change is in the spectator�s pocket.
King Con
A diabolical gem! A selected card is divined and then the four Kings are produced from a deck shuffled by the spectator. A miracle closely guarded by Andre for many years.
Reverse Osmosis
A modern rendition of Coins To Purse with a big twist.
A unique presentation of Darwin Ortiz�s Dream Card with a most unusual ending!
Signature Piece
As used by Andrew in walk-around presentations. A no-frills, no nonsense, 100% commercial presentation of Anniversary Waltz. No gimmicks used, and the cards are handed out at the end as a souvenir!
Rapid Transit
Andrew's streamlined handling of a classic that is bursting with subtle deceptions. Four signed cards to four different pockets with only one palm!
$34.95 (DVD00841)

Insults and Comebacks � Aldo Colombini: Aldo's new comedy book is now available. It contains hundreds of insults and comebacks for hecklers and every possible situation that may arise during a show. All one-liners are different from the previous books in this (now) famous comedy series. For magicians, comedians, MCs! $10.00 (BK01568)

The T&R Project DVD Set - Huron Low: A revolutionary collection of Torn and Restored card effects.The Torn and Restored plot has fascinated magicians for years, with countless methods and handlings with varying degrees of visual power, difficulty and practicality. Most Torn and Restored Card effects look exactly the same. Merely repeating what another magician has done will not create a unique, memorable experience for your audience. So how are you going to make your routine stand out from the rest?
Welcome to The T&R Project, a mind-blowing collection of 5 revolutionary torn and restored effects..
The Effects:
Disc One: Fire In the Hole
The is how the revolution began. This legendary effect created waves amidst the magic community years ago, and has never been released, until now.
A card is freely selected and signed twice on the back by a spectator. Details are then written on the face of the card, making the card truly unique. Any signature is selected and cleanly sliced out with a penknife.
A "time bomb" is introduced and placed over the hole. The bomb is lit and burst into flames, enveloping the hole in a swirl of fire, visually sealing the hole -- blasting the card back in time -- so it is now fully restored!
Disc Two: Four:
The angel on the back of the signed bicycle card is colored a solid black with permanent ink. With a gentle wave the ink on the angel visually fades away, morphing back into the original angel.
Angel Redux
The angel on the back of a signed, freely selected bicycle card is cleanly sliced out with a penknife, leaving a circular hole in the selection. With a gentle wave, the angel visually regenerates in full view, making the card whole once again.
A signed card is folded in half and has its middle ripped out. First the ripped out piece teleports from the magician's pocket back to the destroyed card, fully restoring it. Then the piece is ripped out again and placed in the magician's mouth. He spits it out at the torn area, visually restoring the card with absolutely no cover.
Making Ends Meet
The first "mismatch" style piece by piece ever. A signed card is cleanly ripped up, and mismatched at every phase of restoration, correcting itself as it goes along, until the end. There's even a phase where a wrongly restored piece steadily slides by its fibers over the correct side. For the finale, the last piece which the spectator has been holding onto the entire time suddenly changes in color, permanently mismatching it from the rest of the card.

The subtleties and psychology of every effect are discussed in depth, making every routine a pure work of art.
Alternate handlings for every effect are given to suit your performance style with multiple endings to choose from.
All the effects have multi-angled studio performances and tutorials and explain everything in painstaking detail.
All routines leave the spectator-signed card examinable after the effect, and the cards can be given out as souvenirs.
$79.00 (DVD00842)

Master Card Routines DVD - Chris Priest: The Millennium British Champion of Close up Magic" has now released his Master Card routines to the magic fraternity.
Ace Reception
A piece of theatre in itself. This is Chris's opening routine at pre-dinner drinks receptions, which quickly establishes the performer amongst the guests. It is a very interactive routine. The presentation begins with the deck being shuffled by the spectators, the performer then produces all four aces in a surprising way, the routine continues with the spectators making choices as to how the routine turns out. Highly engaging visual card magic that gets you noticed!
The routine starts as a mind reading feat. The thought-of card is revealed, signed and used to demonstrate a poker sleight. Chris uses this routine to get his business card into the spectator�s hand in an amazing, unforgettable way. If you are looking for more bookings, this is the routine to use. The handling of the Kennedy Box finish is worth the price of this DVD alone.
This DVD features Chris performing both routines for a real audience, so you can witness the reactions you will receive when you perform the routines. Everything is here, the performance, the presentation, with detailed instructions and psychology explained. A must for any aspiring close up worker! $29.95 (DVD00840)

"Solid Presentations with great interactive magic."
Nick Einhorn, The Magic Circle Centenery Close-Up Magician

And that�s this week�s Hotter Than Hot Hotlist! You just have to love this fine collection. And, if you don�t, go back and read it again, and again, until you do! And, don�t forget our 25 Days of Savings Sales Event which runs right through the end of March!
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, as you already know, we do love your company!
Hank Lee's Magic Factory