Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Sales Event!

Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. This has just been a wonderful week. Last weekend we visited Aron in Gainesville, and had a marvelous time. Every time I visit the University of Florida, I am amazed at just how big it is! Huge. It was great seeing Aron for a few days. We did all kinds of family stuff, including getting him a much needed haircut.
The day after we returned from Gainesville, Lucas flew in from Oberlin for a one week break. Oberlin schedules a break in mid-October. We’re not sure what the purpose is, but we are mighty glad that Lucas is home to visit. He was also in need of a serious haircut, which we took care of. It seems the only barbershops are here at home. Funny thing.

HOLIDAY EXTRA: There are those who like to get their holiday shopping started and finished early. While I am not one of those people, I do understand and we want to do everything to help you out! So, a preview of the Holiday EXTRA is online and waiting for you. You can get the new EXTRA in about a minute, by downloading it and printing it out. It looks great, and is in full color! The link for getting the Holiday EXTRA is:

Having been away for a few days, and then coming home to spend time with Lucas, there is not a whole lot of news to report this week. How does that saying go, “No news is good news.” So, let’s head right to this week’s excitement.

Halloween Savings Event: From right now until Thursday, the 30th of October at midnight, when you purchase from us at Hank Lee’s, you will save 25% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. All you need to do is enter the special code HALLOWEENSAVINGS 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!
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, Johnson Prodcts 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 HALLOWEENSAVINGS 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!

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

Lorayne: The Classic Collection 2 - Harry Lorayne:
This book has Re-Writes, Additions, Decisions, Revisions, Upgrading and Updating for Harry’s Reputation-Makers, Rim Shots and Afterthoughts.
Including lots of new ideas, thoughts, and concepts.
451 pages. Hardbound with dust jacket. $89.95 (BK01611)

Credit Card Decoder: Yuval Keren and Elian Agaian’s Credit Card Decoder is one of the most amazing predictions you will ever see!
Invite a spectator onstage and ask her to take out a credit card and place it inside an envelope such that you cannot see the card's numbers. The spectator seals the envelope and checks to make sure nothing can be seen through the envelope.
The spectator writes down the date and time (let's say 8:00 PM) on the envelope as you explain that it is indeed possible to travel through time, in this case, the future. While the spectator holds onto the envelope, you write down a possible memory from the future, emphasizing that you not only don’t know the spectator's card number, but what type of card was used.
The spectator opens the envelope and reads aloud the last four digits of her credit card. It matches your written prediction!
But, there’s lots more.
Explain that the prior evening, before you even met the spectator, you wrote a few things on a piece of paper, signed it, folded it, stapled it closed and placed it inside your shoe! Taking off the shoe, a note is clearly seen inside. Undoing the staples, you read what is written on the paper:
"If I could indeed travel forward in time, I would meet the right person at the right time of 8:00 PM and they would carry the numbers (here the first four numbers of the spectator's credit card are written down), thus proving the theory of time travel can indeed be accomplished!”
Important points:
* A random volunteer is chosen
* No pre-show work
* The performer never sees or even touches the credit card during performance
* The spectator herself places the credit card inside the envelope and seals and signs it
* The performer reveals the credit card information as the spectator holds onto the envelope containing the credit card
Comes complete with everything needed to perform along with a presentational and instructional DVD!
$299.95 (40.653)

Aces In Their Faces DVD – Bob Kohler: Finally a DVD that tips all of Bob's incredible work on one of the best selling card routines of all time, Aces In Their Faces.
Since it's initial release in 1997 Aces In Their Faces has become a classic. But the booklet only tipped part of Bob's working routine. This DVD reveals all four routines.
Aces In Their Faces is completely self working. No sleight of hand! It's so easy anyone of any age can easily do it immediately!
Aces In Their Minds takes it up a notch by adding diabolical equivoque. Even though the spectator makes all of the decisions the Aces fly to wherever the spectator decides!
Aces In Their Eyes is simply the most convincing vanish sequence ever devised for an Ace assembly. Eye-popping, yet easy to do!
Aces In Their Souls is the monster. It combines Aces In Their Minds with Aces In Their Eyes. It is stunning. Gasps are the rule, not the exception. A true showstopper!
* Instant Reset
* Skill Level From Self-Working To Advanced
Includes red Bicycle gaffs specially printed by the United States Playing Card Company! $24.95 (30.620)

Sandz – Jay Mattioli: You have seen the greats perform this one: Doug Henning, Jonathan Pendragon, Luis DeMatos. Now, you can as well! This piece of magic has been published in magic books and even sold in different variations. Yet, a set as complete as this has never been offered.
For the first time, the classic Hindu Sands is being offered to the magic fraternity as a beautifully detailed, complete package with absolutley everything you need to perform the effect. The effect is timeless and can be performed from close-up to the largest stage. Jay has done all the work for you, and is sharing his unique tips and years of experience.
Resting on a custom table are three martini glasses filled with 3 vibrant colors of sand and a small pedestal upon which rests a large bowl filled with clear water. Showing your hands empty, you place them in the water, swirling the water around, causing the clear water to turn black!
Then one by one, you pour each of the 3 colored sands into the water, swirling the water around each time. After all 3 sands are mixed in the bowl you reach back into the black water with your empty hand and pull out each individual colored sand, completely dry and separate from the other colors. Finally, with a swirl of your empty hands, the black water turns back to clear!
Here is what is included:
* A Detailed Instructional DVD: The DVD goes over all the bits of business.
* Custom Table: Specifically designed for this effect but can also be used as a regular side table throughout your show. Complete with Eureka Table Base, the best folding table base available.
* Martini Glasses and Bowl: Made of shatter-proof clear acrylic and the perfect size needed to perform this effect smoothly.
* Bowl Pedestal: Raises the height of the bowl so it is separate from the glasses. That way the bowl can be seen in the largest of auditoriums.
* Specially Treated Sand: Re-use over and over again.
* Special Chemicals: Enough for approx 20 performances. Additional chemicals available separately.
* Hand Towel: To dry your hands during and after the effect.
* Special Gimmicks: We can't tell you here what they are used for. That would spoil the surprise! $299.00 plus freight. (60.163)

Noted - Richard James: Visibly push two borrowed and signed bills right through each other.
Two bills are borrowed from a spectator, or from two different spectators. Both notes are signed. One note is rolled up. The other, with the signature face up, remains in full view.
Watch your spectators’ faces as you push the notes through each other! You can actually see the rolled up note pushing right through the other side.
Pull the note out and unroll it. Both signed notes are given back for complete examination!
Gimmick and full instructional DVD included.
Richard James is revealing the secrets of the magic that has celebrities and audiences mesmerized! $50.00 (10.1478)

Mikame Sponge Ball Box: Mikame Magic’s take on Clarence Miller’s Mini Production Box, and it’s a beauty
Display a small wooden cabinet, which can be seen completely empty through all three open sides. There is no possible place for concealment. Yet, upon your command a red sponge ball appears, instantly filling the entire interior of the mini cabinet!
Remove the lid and remove the ball, which can be used in another effect. No evidence of any secret compartment or gimmick can be found. Can also be used to produce a 12” silk. The small (2.5 by 2.75 inches) box is simply beautiful. $45.00 (10.1477)

Scratch And Grin - Andrew Gerard:
If you have ever wanted to predict a real scratch and win lotto ticket for your audience, now you can!
Andrew Gerard is giving you an amazingly simple and clever tool to add to your arsenal.
You can predict a scratch and win ticket held in a spectator's hand from across a room!
This method is 100% sure fire:
Ask a spectator to hold a lotto ticket between their hands. Hold your hands above and below theirs and try to "pick up" on the info...Grab a pen and paper and write your predictions down. Scratch the ticket and grin! Your predictions were right on.
* No Electronics
* No Nail Writers
* No Switches
* This uses REAL tickets you buy from the corner store!
Comes complete with 4 pages of instructions and enough gimmicks for at least 20 performances. $45.00 (40.652)

The Amazing Alexander - Justin S. Meitz:
Alex loves magic. Since he was a little tyke, his grandfather amazed him with card tricks, magic coloring books, floating fireballs, disappearing bottle-caps, and magic crystal balls - and now it’s time for Alex to go to his first magic show. He is excited! Maybe he will even be chosen to come up on stage. When he arrives, however, a pair of mysterious eyes seem to be watching him from back stage and he nervously changes his mind; but fate steps in and takes him on a magical adventure with twists and turns and white tigers and gleaming, razor sharp blades designed to cut the victim in half - not quite what Alex had in mind!
This is no ordinary picture book series. This is an extraordinary adventure that teaches the art and ethics of magic. Each book includes a wonderful magic trick that the reader can do! The new trick Alex learns in each book, the reader will also learn. There are instructions in a secret section of this book, where Alex learns – along with the reader - how to magically transform two one-dollar bills into a million-dollar bill.
Adults as well as youth will love this wonderful book, illustrated with original art, which combines an exciting childhood adventure with the joy of learning and performing truly mystifying magic. 32 pages. Hardbound. A great gift for those mini-magicians on your list! $18.00 (BK01612)

"This is an amazing story and a great object lesson!" - Lance Burton, Master Magician

"This wonderful book will inspire a whole new generation of kids to become magicians (and readers)!" - Mac King, Star of The Mac King Comedy Magic Show

Foil Coins - Alex Lourido: Wouldn't it be great to borrow a quarter, stretch it, and give the spectator the stretched coin to keep?
Imagine what a powerful, memorable souvenir this provides. This will have them talking about you for years to come as they look at the strange stretched coin.
Now it is possible to give away this souvenir with Foil Coins. If you own Alex Lourido's Silver Impression or saw a similar effect on national TV recently you know how strong this effect is. Foil Coins from Alex Lourido provides you with 8 specially designed and stretched US quarters to give away, for those very special occasions where you want to plant a long lasting memory.
Basic instructions are included though it is recommended that you already own Silver Impression. $59.95 (20.402)

Heirloom Monte: Theodore DeLand invented his original Three Card Monte effect way back in 1908. It introduced the mis-indexed card idea as a Three Card Monte method, and this same method is being used 100 years later! The main influence on Heirloom Monte, however, is Eddie Taytelbaum's 'Find The Ace'.
You will have a lot of fun with this vintage looking card set!
A direct Three Card Monte routine where the spectators simply cannot keep track of the Ace. In the final phase, the ace jumps inexplicably to your pocket!.
The cards are absolutely beautiful. $12.50 (30.1383)

Banding Around - Russell Leeds
Welcome to a brand new style of Rubber Band Magic.
On this DVD you will find a collection of revolutionary new plots and techniques. Within a very short space of time and with minimum practice, you will be Banding Around.
Join Russell Leeds as he teaches you the tricks and techniques behind the effects which have made him an underground sensation and one of the busiest performers in the UK.
Top coin worker Craig Petty and Russell sit down and discuss 14 routines in depth, ranging from penetrations and transpositions to color changes and even bands vanishing in a spectator’s hand.
Rubber Ring - Ring On Band on steroids. A 7 phase penetration routine that builds to a stunning climax
Impromptu Penetration - An impromptu miracle. The ultimate penetration routine with an elastic band penetrating a borrowed pen, strand by strand
Rubber Coins - The routine everyone is talking about. Bands change visibly to coins in an eye-popping flurry of magical moments.
Trans-purse-ition - The ultimate transposition. Bands and coins change places in a routine that will literally fry your spectator’s brain.
Empowerment – The spectator become magicians as they make bands vanish from inside their own hands. The best part - they won't even know how they did it.
Bands Through Table - This one is hardcore! 3 bands melt through a solid table with a kicker you have to see to believe.
Rubber Fly - Probably the most popular coin routine in the world can now be done with bands.
Pick Pocket - Two different colored bands change places in the spectator’s hand. This routine features a stunning color change with hundreds of applications.
Growing Band - Russell's opener at tables. Incredible visuals and a great routine combine to create a killer effect.
Linking Bands - Imagine performing the classic linking bands but then handing them out in their linked state.
Bands in Purse - The routine that started it all. Three bands travel to an empty purse the spectator is holding.
Invisiband - An underground classic finally released. An elastic band becomes invisible right under the spectators nose.
Bonus Routines
Rubber - Rubber - This one is a reputation maker. Elastic bands turn into rubber balls in the perfect lead-in to any three ball routine.
Band Through Glass - The perfect bar trick. An elastic band penetrates up through the bottom of a solid glass.
$30.00 (DVD00935)

"I just wanted to check in here and let everyone know I think this DVD is awesome. It has a lot of good material in it. If you like rubber band magic you should check this out!” - Joe Rindfleisch

Miracle Monte (With DVD) - Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen:
Andy Nyman is one of the co-writers and creators of the acclaimed Derren Brown TV specials and series. He is respected as a performer and teacher of mentalism and magic the world over.
Anthony Owen is the BAFTA award winning producer of The Quick Trick Show, Monkey Magic, The Real Hustle, Dirty Tricks, The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe, Marc Paul's Mind Games, Magick, In Search of the Indian Rope Trick, Thomas Solomon: Escape Artist and Derren Brown's specials and series. He has also created material for David Copperfield, Paul Daniels, Geoffrey Durham, John Lenahan, Dominic Wood and many others.
Together they have created Miracle Monte, considered by many to be the greatest version of the Three Card Trick with Four Cards. Every time the spectators will fail to find the playing card amongst the blank cards!
Now complete with DVD instructions and sixteen page instruction booklet. Plus you'll receive bonus instructions for Anthony Owen's Miracle Monte 2008 and all the necessary cards to perform that bonus routine. $25.00 (30.1384)

And, that’s this week’s Hotlist. Bigger, better and badder (only in the nicest possible sense) than ever! We have truly scoured the world to bring you this week’s magical wonders. And, the world is a cleaner place for it.
Have a look at this week’s offerings. Remember that we are having our big Halloween Savings Event through next Thursday at midnight, so you can buy and save at the same time!
As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at our very scary showroom at 102 North Street in Medford! Either way, we love the company.
Hank Lee