Monday, April 07, 2008

At The Conclave

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. This week we are coming to you live from the 20th Cape Cod Magic Conclave. The official opening is in just a couple of hours and things are looking pretty, pretty, pretty exciting! The hotel looks great. As always our pal Joel Bright has done a wonderful job with the “pipe and drape” to make the lecture hall look like a million bucks. And, the dealers’ room is jam packed with all kinds of new and exciting items. We are definitely ready to go.
The acts are here. The dealers are here. The lecturers and close-up guys are here. I hope that you are here as well.
But, just in case you couldn’t be here this year, we’ve got a little consolation prize for you. This week’s excitement should make you feel a little better!

PRIVATE SALE - For the next seven days, from the very moment you receive this email until Thursday, April 10th 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 PRIVATESALE 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, Johnson Products 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 PRIVATESALE 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.

Nailed It - John T. Sheets: A large steel nail measuring 6 inches long and 1/4 of an inch thick is examined by a spectator. The performer then holds the nail at its center by the tips of the forefinger and thumb. The performer concentrates, and the nail begins to soften, then bend to almost 90 degrees! This is shown from all angles, it really is bent! Concentrating again, the nail slowly begins to straighten out.
Once straight, the nail is immediately handed out for examination. No switches! The examined nail is the one that bends and straightens!
The speed, angle, and start-stop action of the bend is under the control of the performer at all times. No reset. No pulls, No magnets, No chemicals, No heating or cooling. No covers, and no sleeves or jacket needed.
This device is an absolute beauty! The nail is micro machined from high quality stainless steel.
The set includes the precision stainless steel gaffed nail, plus, as an added bonus, a matching extra un-gaffed straight nail, and a matching un-gaffed bent nail, both also made of stainless steel. The set also includes an instructional DVD.
An asset to the act of any professional performer, magician, metal bender, or psychic entertainer. $150.00 (40.622)

Free Lunch – T.C. Tahoe and Paul Romhany: Most performers realize the importance of handing out their business cards, but just as important is getting the business card of your audience members.
Remember, everyone is a potential client. TC Tahoe and Paul Romhany introduce Free Lunch, an ingenious new mentalism routine that is fast becoming the hottest item amongst professional magicians in the know.
This can be performed two different ways, one for stage and the other for walk-around. Both versions are included with this set.
Performer brings out a small fish bowl, containing about thirty business cards. He reads off a few of the names on the cards showing the cards to the people in the front couple of rows. He talks about how restaurants have bowls like this and each week they draw a card out and somebody wins a free lunch. Of course the performer can't give away a free lunch, but might have pickles and jam somewhere.
The performer then drops the cards back in the bowl and shakes them up, mixing them. A spectator is then asked to take out any card while the performer turns his head. Without seeing which card was chosen, the performer is then able to mentally determine information on the card such as phone number, name and even the zip code!
At the end of your show the bowl can be placed out for clients to drop their own cards in the bowl, building up your client list! TC Tahoe uses this on cruise ships to promote and sell his magic DVD.
This is the perfect routine if you want to collect business cards from potential clients in any close-up or walk-around situation and hand out your own. These cards have been prepared enabling you to include the spectators’ cards in the pile.
Again, spectator chooses a card and without seeing it you know exactly what the name on the card is, the phone number and a surprise climax that will knock their socks off! You use your own business card to write on and let them take it away with them.
Free Lunch Set includes:
• Full instructions with routines for the Stage and Walk-around Versions by TC Tahoe and additional ideas by Paul Romhany
• Thirty professionally printed business cards for the Stage Version and 20 cards for the Walk-around version.
• Fish bowl
• CD ROM with PDF and JPG files so you can create your own special business cards to make this more personal for you. $125.00 (40.623)
Flipped Out DVD - Craig Petty:
On volume one of this DVD coin series, we will venture into Craig's world of the Flipper Coin and some of the fantastic effects he has created over the years. All in all, Craig has selected 9 of the very best coin routines to teach on this DVD. From transpositions to disappearances, you will learn how to maximize your coin magic to the full with this superb little prop.
Revolutionary techniques taught to you by a master of coin magic will see you perform a variety of effects that are literally out of this world. All that's left to do is sit back and start learning.
* Cartoon Coins
* Flipping Wild
* Empowerment
* Flipped Across
* Flipped Out
* Full House Assembly
* Coincussed
* Flesh Pockets
$30.00 (DVD00862)

Point Blank: A clever young guy by the name of Jordan Cotler visited Michael Ammar and shared with him this fun card trick. The effect is the best kind: Simple and straight-forward.
Any spectator names any card, and every other card instantly turns blank. It immediately resets for a repeat performance!
It's a special deck that can be handled in a totally normal way.
Simple procedures that produce maximum impact! $19.95 (30.1312)

Card Press (Wood, Viennese Style) - Martin Lewis: From the cafes of Old Vienna to the Mississippi Riverboats, Card Presses were a common sight. This mahogany reproduction holds two decks and is modeled after one found in Magic Christian's most comprehensive collection.
In an age when cards were expensive and a deck of cards might easily last a lifetime, the Card Press was an invaluable aid in keeping them in good condition. Nowadays it makes an eye catching conversation piece and a unique decoration for your den or office. Also a great way to introduce your favorite card effect.
This copy of an antique Viennese Card Press is perfect for the magicians desk accessory or for the magic room.
$65.00 (70.961)

Malini Egg Bag DVD - Bob White:
"When it comes to performing magic's classic Egg Bag, Bob White is the master. In this video Bob teaches the techniques, management and psychology to effectively perform the Malini Egg Bag. He reveals information that has previously been shared with only a select few. If you are considering a routine with the Egg Bag, or if it's in your current repertoire, Bob's approach to this classic of magic will be invaluable to you. Bob certainly helped me, and he can help you as well."
- Eric DeCamps

"I was astounded the first time I saw Bob White perform his unique and astonishing version of the Egg Bag. This is the Real Work from a modern master, who — like John Thompson and Harry Riser — carries the magical torch of the Egg Bag directly from its origins, from Max Malini to Charlie Miller to Bob, and now to us. I have but one complaint: I am thrilled to have Bob's work; I just hate sharing it with everyone else!"
- Jamy Ian Swiss

"Ignore the fact that Bob White is an ornery Texas cuss, when he picks up that Egg Bag, he creates exquisite magic that will take your breath away."
- Max Maven

"Bob White reveals his most cherished secret in magic! His entire underground Egg Bag routine—explained with all its subtleties and touches — is taught in complete detail. On this video you will learn the Real Work from the master himself. This Egg Bag routine is the best I have ever seen. I predict Bob's handling will once again start an Egg Bag revolution among performers everywhere. Thanks Bob for making this video on a true classic of magic!"
- Bill Malone
$49.95 (DVD00861)

Lottery Card - Peter Eggink:
You will win 100% of the time with this clever new card routine from Peter Eggink.
A spectator is asked to participate in a little "gambling test" to see if he or she has a "Hot Hand" or a sixth sense for winning.
Show a deck of cards, and the spectator is asked to select a card. Let's assume the spectator chooses the Queen of Clubs.
You continue and explain that you had predicted the spectator's selection long ago. The prediction is the card itself! OK, not that impressive. But wait!
Take a coin (which can be borrowed) and start to scratch off the top layer of the back of the spectator's card to reveal the text: "Congratulations, you chose the Queen of Clubs"!!
Finally, the card is visually and magically restored to its original condition!
* Easy to do!
* Instant reset!
* Perfect for walk-around!
Comes complete with 2 special gaffs on Bicycle stock and instructions. $19.95 (30.1322)
And that’s all the hot stuff for this week. Not bad for a short week, what with us all being at the Conclave and all. I sincerely hope that you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford (just don’t stop by between the 4th and 6th f April because we will be closed for the Conclave!).
Either way, you know we love the company.
Hank Lee