Friday, July 25, 2008

One Day Sales Event A Huge Success!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I hope you enjoyed our one day only, never to be repeated, Surprise Sale. It started yesterday and ended this morning and I can tell you that a lot of people took advantage of the savings. So many that, for a while, it slowed the Online Catalog down to a crawl. But, we fixed that, and lots of people got to place orders. The elves are having dreams about pulling and packing orders. They call them nightmares, but I know they’re just joking.

Now that Lucas is working as a barista at Starbucks, he brings me coffee every day after work. Because, we don’t drink enough coffee here during the day. Gotta maintain that buzz. But, we must also remember to stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of coffee and tea can actually cause dehydration. So, remember to drink a lot of water as well. And, that’s today’s medical moment.

Lucas showed me a couple of really funny websites, so I thought I would pass them along.;; The sites are really clever. So, when you’re not looking at, check out some of the above sites. A good laugh is good medicine. Whoa. Another medical moment.

There has been a lot of hoo-hah on the message boards lately about the item, Sweeney’s Revenge. One dealer went online to say that he was sending the ones he received back to the manufacturer because he just couldn’t sell them to his customers, the quality was so bad. We immediately contacted the manufacturer, because ours are en route to us, and I didn’t want to be in the same position. The manufacturer sent us a really nice email to say that the ones we were getting were completely different than the ones sent to any other dealer, and really excellent quality. We should have ours in a few days, and believe me, if they are not the quality that we expect, we will not ship them to our customers. But, I have faith that they will be very good. I will keep your informed.

I just want to take a moment to mention the line of solid mahogany inlaid props that we are now carrying. They are made for us by a local craftsman and are absolutely beautiful. Right now, we have the Square Circle, Card Star (in two sizes) and the TV Card Frame. These are absolutely gorgeous, and available in very limited quantity. Check them all out in the Hotlist.

This week, we have a lot of great new stuff for you. I am really happy to tell you that we will be carrying the theory11 line of fine magic, and are now one of their “official dealers.”

But, now, let’s take a look at this week’s excitement.

TRIPLE POINTS: The Hank Lee Rewards Program has been up and running for some time now, and people are collecting some serious points. As a reminder, for every retail dollar you spend with us at Hank Lee’s, you will get one Reward Point. Twenty Reward Points can be redeemed for one dollar in merchandise. Two hundred Reward Points gets you $10.00 in free merchandise. And on and on. The points are automatically added, and your point balance will appear on the invoice that comes with your order. There is no limit to the number of points you can collect. The points will not expire, so you can use them any time. All you need to do is tell us how many points you want to redeem when you place your next order (if you are ordering online, just put the number of points you would like to redeem in the Customer Notes Box and we will deduct the proper number of dollars from your order total). We think it’s a great idea. The perfect way to save for future orders! What could be better?
I’ll tell you what’s better. Triple Points! That’s right, for the next seven days, until July 31st at midnight, we are giving you Triple Points! So, for every retail dollar you spend, you will get three points. The points will add up so fast that you won’t believe it! And you can use them with your very next order or with an order you place a year from now. The points never expire. So, buy some magic and watch those points accumulate!

PS: The Twenty One Days Sales Event is still running. Just remember to put the code TWENTYONEDAYS in the Discount Coupon Box to claim your discount!

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

Mirage Coin Set – Craig Petty:
Craig Petty has been performing coin magic for a long time. Anyone that has seen his recent DVD release, Flipped Out, will know that his magic is clear, direct, commercial and above all strong. After years of holding back he is finally releasing Mirage.
A revolutionary new coin set which is ready to take the magic world by storm. It has been described as the Swiss Army Knife of coin gimmicks and allows you to perform many new routines which, until now, have been thought impossible. You receive everything you need to start performing immediately including the specially machined gimmicks and all the regular coins to match.
Although there are hundreds of routines possible with , we have selected 7 of the best which are performed and explained on the companion DVD. We have included routines which can be performed in all sorts of conditions from cocktail parties to stage and all points in between. In addition there is a sleight section which examines all the sleights which are needed. Best of all Craig Petty and master magician David Penn sit down and discuss the coin set in depth and look at all its applications.
Penaskin - A 5 phase routine where coins penetrate through the hand of the performer. Each penetration becomes more visual until the final phase which happens in the spectator's hand.
IRM - Craig's favorite effect for Trade Shows, this routine has it all. An international matrix with a reverse kicker. The best part? It’s really easy!
Wild Hanging Coins - The perfect stand up wild coin. Three silver coins are produced, one by one. They change into copper and then finally vanish into thin air. This one is pure eye candy.
Silver Switch - Copper and Silver on steroids. A multi phase copper/silver routine which happens in the spectator's hands. As a kicker finale both coins vanish into thin air.
Impossible Coins Across - Craig's commercial stand up coins across routine. Each phase gets more and more deceptive until all four coins have jumped from one hand to the other.
Mirage Box - A true reputation maker which has to be seen to be believed. Four coins jump into and out of a small brass box with each moment of magic becoming more impossible.
Hide and Seek Coins - A combination of coins across and a coin assembly with a Chinese coin, a copper coin and a silver coin. As a finale the coins are used to find a selected playing card from a pack of 52 cards. $189.00 (20.394)

TV Card Frame – Deluxe Mahogany: From the same craftsman who builds our Card Star and Deluxe Square Circle, comes the most beautiful TV Card Frame I have ever seen. It is made of solid mahogany with a decorative inlay. Just gorgeous. And mechanically perfect.
A mind boggling effect that will leave your audience spellbound. Two sheets of Plexiglas are freely shown, and may be examined. The sheets are bound together with rubber bands. The bound pieces are placed into the solid mahogany stand, corner wise. The plastic is supported away from everything, about an inch from the base of the stand, and the table.
Now, have a spectator select a card, tear off one corner, and retain that corner. The card is returned to the deck, which is shuffled.
The spectator takes the deck and hurls it at the two plastic pieces. When the cards have scattered and fallen to the floor, the chosen card is seen to be imprisoned between the clear plastic sheets! Of course, when the card is removed, the corner matches exactly!
Available in very limited numbers, this is a true collector’s item. $149.95 (60.1536)

TnR – Mathieu Bich: A restoration. A reparation. A transformation. Just when you think the effect is over, it hasn't even begun. A signature effect of International FISM winner Mathieu Bich for half a decade, this is a trick that defines visual magic. The restoration is a masterpiece of aesthetic perfection and technical fluidity. But what happens next will turn your mind inside out.
The effect starts off like any other torn and restored card effect. But as it progresses, it gets more and more insane. Each piece is shown so fairly before it is visibly, simply, beautifully restored. There's not a single funny move in the entire routine.
The motions are slow, methodical, logical, and smooth. If you were to take a card, rip it, and then restore it piece by piece-- this is exactly what it would look like. Taught and performed by Chris Kenner in Las Vegas.
85 minute DVD shot in High Definition with intricate instruction by Chris Kenner, creator of the legendary Torn Asunder card restoration.. $24.95 (30.1354)

Panic – Aaron Fisher: We all love Aaron Fisher, and we really love his magic!
The four Kings are shown and placed into your back pocket. The remainder of the deck is spread cleanly, and then it happens. The deck instantly vanishes in your hands, leaving only four cards. The cards are shown to be the Kings. And where's the rest of the pack? In your back pocket. No sleights. No funny moves.
This is what real magic would look like.
Panic has become Aaron Fisher’s favorite effect, and for good reason. Never before released until now, Panic has the power to leave your audience stunned, and leave their jaws on the floor hours after you've left. This is the trick people talk about. This is the trick that will make you a legend.
Aaron Fisher walks you through the trick step-by-step, in detail and with unparalleled instruction. Filmed on the streets of Las Vegas, you'll be able to see just how effective Panic is in front of real-world street audiences; complete strangers. Every question you have will be answered.
Shot in high definition and mastered to DVD. This is the reputation maker you've been looking for. $24.95 (30.1355)

Cardially Yours – Volume Two of Marlo’s Trilogy – Edward Marlo:
An anthology of card magic like no other. Between these covers you'll encounter classic works of legendary Chicago card magician, Edward Marlo including:
Early Marlo;
Pasteboard Presto;
Amazing, Isn't It?;
Marlo's Discoveries;
Oddity & Other Miracles;
Let's See the Deck;
Off the Top;
Marlo in Spades;
The Cardician
These seminal texts embody some of Marlo's finest and most influential creations. From self-working miracles requiring no sleight-of-hand, to knuckle-busting sleights, shuffles, moves and flourishes, this book contains a potpourri of prestidigitation with Marlo’s first love—playing cards. Magician-foolers share the pages with audience-tested, reputation-making tricks. Edited and photographed by Gabe Fajuri, with introduction by two of Marlo's most prolific students: Simon Aronson and David Solomon.
Cardially Yours is a collection of Edward Marlo's influential works on card magic. Made up of over one dozen important publications, it includes his reputation-making work, The Cardician. Composed of the sleights, moves, tricks, routines and flourishes that made Ed Marlo's reputation as a cardician par excellence, the miracle material in these pages is at once ageless, challenging and innovative $59.95 (BK01588)

"Can you imagine what it must have been like, to be sitting at Ed's table, and be dumbfounded as Ed produced a signed card from the tabled card case? I envy you to whom some of this material is truly new. Because here you don't have to choose between what’s new or what's good. In this volume, you get it all." —Simon Aronson

"This book dramatically and entertainingly reveals why Marlo was always 'ahead of his time,' providing strong card magic that ultimately proved to be timeless, applicable to all times, for all magicians." —Jon Racherbaumer

Remote Control PK Case: A mentalist's dream from our friend Rick Haslett!
This case will allow you to perform numerous PK effects with the press of a handheld remote control. You can also carry the PK effects right inside the case.
The case comes with a small pedestal that will ignite flash paper, flash cotton, flash bills etc. It will even pop a balloon.
The case will allow you, at your command, to perform many PK effects that you currently own such as the PK coin.
The case measures 15” x 10” x 4.”

Comes complete with the pedestal, PK Lumber and PK Marker. $375.00 (40.642)

Extreme Change Bag - Jim Pace and Lin Dong Bo:
East meets West, in a showdown for the ages. The change bag is engulfed in flames!
The Extreme Change Bag is a revolution in transformation effects, as you place anything into an empty bag, only to have it burst into flames and, for example, WHOOSH, your white silk becomes a dove. Anything you can do with your current change bag can be done with the Extreme Change Bag, with the exciting addition of fire! $85.00 (60.1535)

Digital Dissolve: A Half Dollar is placed into a spectator's closed hand. You rest a copper English penny on the back of that same hand. The copper coin visually changes into the Half Dollar. The coin is immediately shown on both sides. The spectator opens her hand to find the English penny. Both coins can be fully examined, immediately.
With precision-made coins created by Steve Dusheck and handcrafted by Jamie Schoolcraft, Digital Dissolve takes coin magic to the next level. A transposition worthy of the reactions it receives.
With the DVD set, you'll also receive the digital bonus manuscript by Steve Dusheck, creator of Copper/Silver Transpo, the original routine on which the Digital Dissolve handling is based.
BJ Bueno's handling of Steve Dusheck's original C/S Transpo is taught by Dan White. Dan has been performing the effect for years, and he gives detailed instruction on every nuance of the effect, complete with real world street performances to total strangers on the streets of Las Vegas.
$44.95 (20.395)

Max Maven - A Fabulous Monster - Donna Zuckerbrot:
Meet a living enigma. Max Maven is a man who seems to know what you are thinking, he is known for performing what seem to be miracles with no possible explanation. He's famous among magicians - he's probably invented more magic tricks than anyone in the history of a field filled with eccentric genius. Can Max actually read minds or is he creating illusions based on his mastery of certain psychological insights? This profile of Max Maven is built around his lifelong exploration of the twilight regions of human psychology and some of the lesser known regions of show business. We join Max in a performance that is clever, intriguing and very mysterious. $20.00 (DVD00906)

The Invisible Hand – 3 DVD Set - Michel:
Michel is a successful professional performer devoted to Hold Out work since 1976 and this DVD set is the result of those thirty years of work and research.
The Invisible Hand is an amazing device that allows you to perform miracle effects in close up, parlor or stage magic at any moment during your act. In this DVD set you will learn 29 astonishing effects.
Volume One: You'll see the history of the Hold Out and the background of the Invisible Hand. You'll see the legendary Kepplinger, an original Jack Miller Hold Out and other models. Furthermore, you'll find a detailed description of The Invisible Hand, setting, basic moves and advanced techniques and subtleties. Finally you'll watch and learn one of the most beautiful effects you can do with the Invisible Hand: "The Silk Story."
Volume Two: You'll learn in detail more than ten powerful parlor routines. These are professional and audience tested routines. Watch and learn an amazing and wonderful version of Rising Card, Cut and Restored Rope, Bending Spoon, Dancing Silk, Bill in Pen, Newspaper Test and many more.
Volume Three: Explains incredible stage and close up effects. Moreover, you'll find a unique version of the famous Vanishing Birdcage in which the magician takes off his coat in front of the audience after the vanishing!
Watch and Learn all the wonder effects:
Silk Story
Rising Card
The Invisible Ball routine
The Bill in the Pen
The Amazing Vanishing of Silk and Coin
The Newspaper Test
The Magic Bulb
Fire from Everywhere
Fire-Silk and Ball routine
Smoking your Thumb
Spoon Bending
Free Choice
The Gazing Watch
The Magnetic cue
Alternative Ending for Silk Story
My first Sucker Trick
Magnetic Pencil
Vanishing Pen
Flash Silk Vanish
Chop Cup – Final Load
The Vanishing Lighter
Knife Routine
Vanishing Pen
Vanishing Coin in Trousers
Vanishing Coin in the Tie
Magic Purse
The Hypnotized Silk
The Bill Neff Rope Routine
The Vanishing Bird Cage
$110.00 (DVD00907)

Hey Mr. DJ - Docc Hilford:
Mentalism you can dance to!
Music is a big part of the entertainment at weddings, bar mitzvahs and graduations. If a mentalist can incorporate the DJ in his program of mind reading, he's a rare commodity and worth more money.
Hey Mr DJ is a complete routine that enables the mentalist to know any songs that three different people at the party think.
The audience creates a list of current song titles without any input from the mentalist. Three randomly selected participants think of a song title from the list. They don't write their choices down and their choices are completely "free." Yet, the mentalist knows the song titles in their minds!
The greatest feature of this practical routine is that the final song title is seemingly telepathically projected to the DJ! Without any kind of prior arrangement, the DJ plays the song that comes into his mind and it’s the same song as the one picked by a spectator!
This is a finale trick that sends everyone to the dance floor to continue the party. What's more is that it can be performed completely impromptu. It can be presented in night clubs, karaoke bars and people's homes. Wherever there's music and people you can create a sensation!
Hey Mr. DJ has these important features:
You're always ready to perform - anywhere, any time.
No extra gimmicks are needed.
The spectators don't write anything.
ANY song titles can be used.
You don't need to be familiar with any of the chosen song titles.
The spectators' choices are "free."
Spectators can change their selections if they wish.
No pre-show work AT ALL.
Nothing is forced on the DJ.
DJ just looks at the list and chooses.
The DJ actually believes the song title is projected into his mind.
Great for all kinds of parties.
Easy to learn and do.
FREE bonus: The MP3 Pro-tech Routine
$20.00 (40.641)

Leading Reading - Luke Jermay:
The perfect companion to Emotional Intelligence. Further study on cold reading. Learn Luke's "Marked Personality" routine plus 7 stock readings!
The goal of what Luke Jermay calls "Leading Reading" is to transform a cold reading situation into a hot reading situation through the secret acquisition of surplus information mid-routine.
In this booklet Luke outlines his approach to cold reading, provides a routine that serves as the perfect example of Leading Reading and provides 7 stock readings for use on their own or with his Emotional Intelligence routine (sold separately).
28 pages - Saddle Stitched $13.00 (BK01589)

Baffle Bat:
Terry LaGerould’s Baffle Bat is the ultimate paddle mystery!
Spots magically appear, disappear, multiply, and jump from one end of the bat to the other!
The possibilities are endless!
Comes complete with Baffle Bat, spots and instruction sheet. $20.00 (10.1463)

And that’s all the wonderful new magic for this week. A lot of magic. More importantly, a lot of good magic!
As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at our funner than fun retail store at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we do love your company!
Hank Lee