Friday, June 06, 2008

Senior Week!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. This has been a week of excitement, for sure.
It all started last weekend, when Bonnie and I (hard to believe that we did something without either of the boys) flew to Baltimore for the weekend. The main thrust was a trip to Camden Yards and a chance to watch the Red Sox play the Orioles in an out of town game. Truth is, from the moment we got on the plane, it felt like we were in Red Sox Nation. Just about everyone on the plane was wearing a Red Sox item. A hat, a tee-shirt, a jacket. It was a fun flight, for sure. We went to the game Sunday afternoon, and it was a blast. Camden Yards is an absolutely beautiful park, totally designed for baseball watching. No obstructed views; you can see the action no matter where you are sitting. The place was full of Red Sox fans, having a plain old good time. The Red Sox won the game, which of course made the good time even better.
Graduation: This weekend is Lucas’ High School Graduation weekend. We are most definitely the proud parents. The Senior Prom is Friday night. The actual Graduation is Sunday, and then the school hosts an All-Night Party from 10:00 PM on Sunday until 6:00 AM on Monday. It’s such a good idea. The kids are not allowed to bring in any kind of alcohol or other contraband. And, once they are in, they cannot leave until the next morning. So, it is perfectly safe, very well chaperoned and a really fun time. Aron is flying in for the weekend on Thursday afternoon, so that just adds to the excitement.
Rewards Points: This may be the best thing we ever did for our customers. Every time you buy something, you get points. One point for every dollar spent. The points add up really quickly, and you can use them anytime you want to buy more magic from us at Hank Lee’s. It really is a terrific program. You read all about it at (
The Big EXTRA Experiment: The cost of printing has gone through the roof. The cost of postage has gone up again and is becoming prohibitive. So, I am trying an experiment with the June EXTRA. It is ready for you right now! Hold on, don’t go outside and check your mailbox. Because this time the EXTRA is being delivered electronically. It is in pdf form, which means that you can either download it and look at it on your computer, or you can print it out (in full color, yet!) and read it like our good old EXTRAs of the past. Let me know what you think. I would really like your input on this. Here’s the link to get the June EXTRA (just paste the link in your browser):
All of which brings us to this week’s excitement. What with Lucas graduating this week, we are having our second ever:
Senior Week Event. And, it is for four days only. For the next four days, from the very moment you receive this email until Monday June 9th 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 SENIORWEEK 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 and mention the special code so you can save a huge 25%!
• 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, Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Colin Rose items, Mike Caveney Books, JB Magic, Johnson Products items, MagicSmith items, 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 SENIORWEEK 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 Monday at midnight!

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

The Gecko - Jim Rosenbaum:
Imagine vanishing virtually any item a spectator removes from their pocket. The Gecko, a brilliant, virtually invisible device will allow you to do so with ease!
The Gecko is an ingenious, simple, and easy to use magic device. The hook up is almost instantaneous and the reset is just as fast. It is extremely light-weight and is so unobtrusive you can have it set up at all times ready for use. You might even forget that you are wearing it! It is appropriate for all skill levels from beginner to expert and is a must-have item for every performer. It can even be performed in short sleeves!
Jim Rosenbaum has invested countless hours and effort in developing and researching this magical device in order to ensure the overall quality and also in discovering all the things magicians will want to do with their Gecko. The Gecko provides you with thousands of possibilities for amazing instant miracles and is a definite must-have for bringing your magic to the next level.
Here are just a few of the effects you can master with The Gecko:
* Vanish coins!
* Vanish cell phones!
* Bent and restored bottle cap routines!
* Instant coin transformations
* Vanish business cards and credit cards!
* Use as a Hold-Out Device too!
The Gecko package includes 2 complete assemblies; one regular and one heavy-duty. It also comes with a spare "change out" gimmick and all necessary supplies. $59.95 (10.1455)

Seriously Silly Live DVD – David Kaye is Silly Billy:
For the first time on video you can learn Kidshow Magic from David Kaye, one on one, and watch him perform his magic show live in front of 300 children. It’s called Seriously Silly Live.
By watching this DVD you will learn powerful principles that you can apply to any trick in your show (or in your closet!) and create a wonderfully funny, entertaining, and interactive magic routine for children and family audiences.
With these six simple techniques you can turn any routine into a hilarious experience that children will remember for years.
As examples of these techniques you will also learn how to perform six incredible routines right out of David’s professional repertoire. Your audiences will be in stitches when you perform these routines, which David has perfected during thousands of performances. Watch him perform live in front of 300 children and then watch the detailed explanations. Nothing is held back!
Learn his famous Crystal Silk Tube routine as well as the mile-a-minute World’s Greatest Coloring Book Routine. Plus four more priceless routines, including a trick where the shyest 3-year old will get the biggest laugh of the show.
PLUS! Enjoy more than 20 minutes of hilarious bonus features including Street Magic with Silly Billy and The Masked Magician Returns.
David Kaye has appeared on the covers of MAGIC, Genii, M.U.M. and Funny Paper. For eight years he has written a column about performing magic for children in MAGIC Magazine. Of his book, Seriously Silly, Terry Herbert said, "This is one of the best books on entertaining children ever! I cannot recommend it too highly." This DVD is a companion to that book. $39.95 (DVD00880)

Mind Whisper: A mind-blower from Bob Solari!
Invite two volunteers on stage to assist you.
The volunteers are positioned on opposite sides of the stage. Ask the first volunteer to merely think of any card, but not to announce it, just think of it.
Ask the volunteer to quietly whisper the name of her thought-of card in your ear. Now introduce a deck of cards and remove them from the case.
Show the first volunteer that the cards are completely mixed.
Remove the thought-of card and ask the volunteer to place the card in her pocket. The only two people who know the identity of this card are you and the first volunteer. Not even the audience knows the card’s identity!
Replace the cards in the case and walk to the other side of the stage. Hand the second volunteer the closed case.
Ask her to clear her mind and concentrate.
Ask the second volunteer if she is getting an “image” of a card in her mind. “Yes,” she says!
Ask her to name the card out loud and ask the first volunteer to remove the card from her pocket at the same time and show it to the audience.
It is a perfect match!
This is mentalism at its finest! You will be able to perform this miracle 5 minutes after reading the simple instructions. The firs volunteer can think of any card, no restrictions, no force, no marked cards, no stacks, no stooges, no sleights. The second volunteer immediately knows the name of the thought-of card, no nail writers, no electronics, no codes! Complete with Bicycle® Brand cards. Priced so low at $24.95 (30.1345)

Tube - Jason Messina:
Here's just some of what's possible with the Tube system:
You meet someone at a party, and explain that you had a dream about them a month ago. You write something down on a piece of paper, fold it up and hand it over. It could be put in an envelope or hung from the ceiling. You never touch it again.
Explain that your dream had something to do with a book. Hand them the book and they turn to any page. The book is completely normal. No duplicate pages, no forcing of page numbers, no peeks. They begin reading from that page and you look stunned. You refuse to have them open the paper. It's just too strange!
The paper is finally opened and there is link to a YouTube video written down. You never touch the paper, nothing is switched, no double writing. When they go to your YouTube page there is one video, clearly uploaded a month ago. The video shows you sleeping in bed, then violently awaking and talking to the computer. You tell the camera that you just had a dream and start describing the scene from the book that your friend just read out loud.
The video really was uploaded a month ago to YouTube!
You could have someone think of a card and you reveal it on video. Again, you write down the YouTube link to your video beforehand and it's the only video there, uploaded well before the performance date.
Now you can duplicate drawings, predict future events, read minds and even travel in time with the greatest of ease.
Contents include:
History (How Jason came across this devious little principle)
Multiple Methods (There are different methods for different performing situations, each one described in exhaustive detail)
10 Effects (Ten different effects possible with the Tube system, explained in full detail with complete handlings)
Presentational Ploys (Ideas to get you started on creating your own brand of interactive miracles with the TUBE system)
Tips/Tricks/Additional Handlings (Everything you need to know to make this a reputation maker for you and some added ideas to spark your creativity)
QuickStart Guide (A guide to getting started immediately on using the Tube system, even if you've never used any sites like YouTube, The book will guide you through the entire process of setting up an account and uploading a video. It's a cinch!)
$35.00 (BK01583)

Die-Lirious - Terry LaGerould:
This dice routine was a feature in Terry's act while he was at Caesar's Tahoe. It is his take on the Sach routine using one inch dice. These are large dice, larger than casino dice. It contains the most unique climax ever for the Sach's routine. Included are seven unique die changes called Die-Ametricks that can be used with the routine or separately. $20.00 (10.1456)

Wounded - Robert Smith:
Stigmata is defined as marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ. Throughout history, accounts of this phenomenon have changed lives and inspired generations of people across the world.
Robert Smith has taken this powerful historical phenomenon and evolved it into a reality that your audience can witness themselves. Your audience will actually see the wounds appearing on your open clean palms!
Wounded is more than just a magic trick to impress or freak out your friends. It is like a bizarre dream coming to life right before your spectators’ own eyes.
With Wounded you will learn 3 bleeding palm effects. You will also learn 2 bonus effects: the Tears Of Blood and Smith's handling of the classic pulse stop effect. In addition to this, you will also receive the original ebook containing 3 more original methods and 2 additional effects! That's a total of ten ways to perform one of the most powerful effects ever! You will also receive the performance kit that allows you to immediately go out and perform these miracles.
$35.00 (40.637)

Card Warp Finale DVD - Paul Green:
Magic Castle 2007 Close-up Magician of the Year
"In 1973, with a nod of appreciation to Jeff Busby, Roy Walton introduced Card Warp to the magic world. It took the community by storm. I can still remember the first time I saw Card Warp performed. It took my breath away! I loved the trick, but was never satisfied with my ending. That has changed now!
When I shared my handling with Roy Walton in 2002, he told me it was one of his favorite version of his gem. I promised him that I would only teach this to other magicians directly. Roy Walton has finally allowed me to share my routine with you via DVD. Now you can have my Finale to show your audiences with certain gasps of amazement.
This is my complete interactive routine, designed for the Strolling Magic performer. It is audience-tested. Use the whole routine, or add my Finale to your own routine. Your audiences will love it!" – Paul Green
$20.00 (DVD00879)

And, that’s all the great new magic for this Senior Week! Some wonderful new items, which is really what we strive to bring you every week!
I hope you will find some time in your busy schedule to visit us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, where the red carpet is always rolled out for you, our favorite people!
Hank Lee