Friday, July 11, 2008

21 Days Of Savings!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, where life is nothing but good! It’s bright and sunny and really hot outside. But, I am here, inside, where it is comfortably air-conditioned, looking out the window. Not only that, but I am watching the Red Sox game in the upper left hand corner of the computer screen. Red Sox are leading 7-5 in the 7th inning. Bonnie has taken Bones the Dog and gone off to the Vineyard for a few weeks, leaving me in a state of blissful bachelorhood. I will travel down for the weekend, as usual.

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. We spent the holiday in Stowe Vermont with Bonnie’s family. We did all of the touristy things, including the all you can eat sample cheese buffet at the Cabot cheese store. Don’t ask.

Since it is still very early in July, we have decided to run one of our favorite sales events. Read on!

21 Days Of Savings Sales Event. There are 21 days left in July (give or take). In light of this, we present, for your entertainment pleasure: The 21 Days Of Savings!
Here’s how it works: No matter what day in July 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 TWENTYONEDAYS 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, MagicSmith, 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 and Reward Points will be deducted from the order total before the discount is applied.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code TWENTYONEDAYS 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!

Square Circle – Deluxe Mahogany: Not since the days of Milson-Worth have we seen such a high quality wood prop. It is a Square Circle, but it surely is not your grandfather’s Square Circle. This one looks beautiful in your show and fabulous when displayed as part of your collection.
The box stands about 15 inches tall, is made of solid mahogany and inlaid to make it look truly elegant. The gimmick cannot be seen, even from a couple of feet away.
The “circle” part of the Square Circle is also crafted from mahogany and beautifully inlaid. If you have never seen an inlaid wooden tube, you are in for a genuine treat.
The effect is classic. The box, base and tube are shown empty. The tube is placed into the box and a huge production follows! Silks, flowers, even a small bunny can be produced.
Made in the US by an expert craftsman. Limited supply. $329.95 (60.1532)

Con Ball Tray – Mikame: This extremely clever, self-contained gimmicked tray creates vanishes, appearances, transpositions and changes!. Another very high quality prop from Mikame Craft in Japan.
A tray, three cups (non-gaffed) and a ball are shown. The ball is placed in the center of the tray and covered with one of the cups. The remaining two cups are placed on each side of the hidden ball.
Now, in the classic three shell and pea game, the cups are moved around. The ball is under neither of the chosen cups, but under the cup the spectators think least likely!
This repeated as many times as you wish using the same or different spectators. No matter how hard they try the ball is never where they think.
Now for the kicker ending: a ball appears under each cup!
You can even perform instant changes from one object to another; many routines possible
The tray measures: 14" x 9"x 6" and does all the work! Comes complete. You provide the Styrofoam cups. $165.00 (60.1531)

Omnilope – Jay Sankey: An incredible switching device!
The ingenious Omnilope design combines the powerful visual element of a clear switch bag with the angle-proof practicality of traditional switch bags. Even better, Omnilope features a very ordinary-looking white paper envelope!
The combination of all these valuable qualities makes Omnilope an especially deceptive and marvelously versatile prop for both magicians and mentalists.
Learn an amazing variety of routines and ideas, including astonishing effects with magazine and newspaper clippings, raffle tickets, playing cards, billets, wine labels, fortune cookies and much more!
You will even learn inspired close-up, stand-up and stage work routines involving several selections as well as handling ideas that allow you to have the envelope examined before and after the apparently "free choices."
* Read minds! Predict events! Control choices!
* No sleight-of-hand, no 'fishing,' and no questions asked.
* Wonderfully easy to do!(The envelope does all the work for you!)
* The envelope resets automatically!
* Learn over 12 startling effects with with dollar bills, words, photographs, stamps, billets, receipts, phone numbers, playing cards and so much more!
* Includes 4 envelopes and a full-length instructional DVD!
$25.00 (10.1460)

Cork Stopper: The magician wraps a cork with a bill, and fixes it using a rubber band. The bill is rolled up like a tube, and the space inside is divided by the cork into the upper space and the lower space. The magician puts four coins into the upper space of the tube. The coins, one by one, are dropped to the table, penetrating the cork. For the last coin, the magician puts it into his pocket, but it appears from the tube. Everything is examinable after the effect. $28.00 (20.393)

Cash Vault: An outstanding effect from the creative mind of a young and extremely talented magician. Mark Southworth shares the secrets of Cash Vault, where a signed playing card is found trapped between two bank notes that have been on the table throughout the entire routine.
The DVD takes you through the mechanics of the routine in an easy to follow step-by-step manner. Mark also includes bonus handlings of the effect which are sure to astound you. The effect is extremely versatile and can be performed with bank notes, lottery tickets, restaurant coupons or even checks. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Sit back and enjoy the tried and tested effect that is Cash Vault!
* Instant reset
* Very easy to perform
* Gimmick supplied for red & blue Bicycle cards
Cash Vault comes complete with a custom made gimmick, DVD & bonus handlings. $40.00 (30.1349)

Mind Reading and Telepathy - Erik Jan Hanussen – Steinschneider:
You are about to enter the rather strange world of Erik Jan Hanussen, who was a figure of mystery and controversy in the strange twilight world that existed in Germany between the two great wars…
There is a great deal of introductory material – four introductions by various people who were connected in some way with this kind of performance, as well as Hanussen's own introductory and oft-times pseudo scientific, pseudo historical material. All of it will give you some insight into the way Hanussen thought as well as his own background and experiences. It is definitely worth reading, especially Banachek's, because he is quite experience in this field…
So what's all this fuss about Hanussen, anyway? Could he really read minds? That depends on whose definition you use. By his definition - yes. Was he really a telepath? Again, that depends on the definition you use. By his definition - yes.

…Hanussen was, without any doubt, a man who didn't want to be content with success alone. He wanted more; he wanted power, and this at all costs. Therefore, he was absolutely unscrupulous if it were necessary to be unscrupulous in order to obtain it. It clearly follows from the numerous biographies that concern themselves with the personality of Hanussen that he often crossed the borders of the morally justifiable on those occasions. In the end, his hunger for power also cost him his life. - Bill Palmer (Translator)

But now to the content of this rare book: rare, if only, as I learned form Jimmy Bix, because before connecting himself to the Nazi movement, Hanussen took care that all available copies were withdrawn from circulation. This also happened with his 300 page thick book - Die Weltseele…

…So, this book is a true treasure trove for everyone who wants to study Hanussen himself, and the material upon which his enormous fames was based – for whatever reason. - Ulf Bolling-Borodin (From the Foreword)
$52.50 (BK01587)

3-Dean Trilogy DVD Set - Dean Dill
After nearly two decades of entertaining with magic, Dean again shares some of the finest material in his repertoire. He's not only a superb close-up artist, but also a sought after teacher consultant and lecturer. He has taught such people as: David Copperfield and Johnny Carson, and has appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Dean now invites you to join him in his intimate world of coin magic volume set.
Volume 1 - Intimate Coin Miracles
This video contains some of the most refined and innovative coin magic in the world. Dean carefully explains each routine including his famous, X-plosion effect. Just one of these powerful routines is worth the price of the video, but we're sure you'll use more than just one. Includes: New Simple Matrix, Simple Matrix Backfire, Chink-A-Dink, No Extras, 4-2-2, Coins, Glas & Silk and X-plosion
Volume 2 - Intimate Close-up Miracles
A collection of some of Dean's finest close-up effects with cards, coins, dice, rope, and bills. The perfect companion to the Intimate Coin Miracles video. Includes: DO or Dice, Pennies From Heaven, Jamie’s Trick, Plastrik Card, Plastrik Coin, Doug’s Favorite & Beyond, Sweet & Dough and Hart’s Kink.
Volume 3 - Coin Magic 2000
Dean's back with 9 new tricks for the new millennium, including several innovations on his favorite routine to tinker with: Matrix. Includes: Call Shot, Trans-Mission-Impossible, Journey Matrix, Journey Matrix Backfire, Coins Through Table, Dinner Napkin, Roths-child, Peter Mal’s Brainstorm. $50.00 (DVD00900)

The Journey DVD - Lonnie Chevrie
A magical Journey with four silver coins. Your audience will be spellbound as they watch coins vanish, only to reappear moments later. Jaws will drop as the final coin seemingly vanishes from a spectator's own fingertips! This routine is strikingly visual, yet easy to perform. The requirements are simple: four coins and a matching gimmick that most magicians already own or can easily obtain from any magic dealer.
Funneled: Included on this DVD is Lonnie Chevrie's Funneled. There is only one word to describe this effect: stunning. Three coins are passed through the small end of a funnel in a very magical manner. This closely-guarded routine has been in Lonnie's repertoire for more than twenty-five years and is only now being released to the magic community. $19.95 (DVD00901)

"Lonnie Chevrie's The Journey is one of the cleanest, easy-to-follow four-coin routines that I have ever seen!"
-Pressley Guitar -Legendary Magician, and Creator of Fine Magic

And that’s this week’s Hotter Than Hotlist. Each item checked and reviewed by me, Hank Lee, and our band of Elfin Experts. Every item is a winner, with a capital W! As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at our delightfully air-conditioned showroom at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.