Friday, October 10, 2008

Invest In Magic!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. And, what a week this has been. Let’s take a look outside the window.

The Red Sox win the ALDS and move on to the ALCS. I know all of you Angel fans thought that Varitek dropped the ball. But it was well after the tag was made, and he had control of the ball at that moment. Besides, wouldn’t a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series be so cool?

The Debates. Without making any kind of political comment, I found myself more confused after watching the debates than before. Who’s On First?

The Economy this week. Sheesh. I have always believed that your best investment is in magic! Especially magic from Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Right?

But here, Reb Tevya, here in our little village of magic, here things are good. Looking outside the window at the real world, I can only say how glad I am that I live in this little world of magic. For that, I sincerely thank all of you, our loyal friends and customers. And, that’s the truth.

There is news other than outside the window. There is Conclave news. We have just booked England’s John Archer for next year’s Conclave. It’s a for-sure. I am a big fan of John’s work, so it should be a lot of fun. And, it is looking like Gaetan Bloom may be signing on very soon. I would be very excited to have Gaetan with us next year. So, add that to David Williamson, John Carney, Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Martin Lewis, Mathieu Bich, Nathan Kranzo and David Merry and the 2009 Conclave is starting to look really good! You can check out all the info under the Conclave Button at And, you can even register right there!

Next week at this time, we will be heading to Gainesville Florida for parents’ weekend at the University of Florida. There are 75,000 students at the University. Add roughly 150,000 parents and I begin to worry that Gainesville may sink under the weight. I will let you know how that goes.

While you’re here, you will absolutely want to check out this website:
( If this doesn’t make you smile, well, it will!

That’s all I know, so let’s take a look at this week’s excitement.

DVD GIVEAWAY: We are literally up to our ears in new DVDs; we now carrying close to 1000 titles! That’s a lot of DVDs. So, what could be better than a DVD Giveaway! For the next seven days, from right now until Thursday, October 16th, at midnight, you have the opportunity to get DVDs for free! But, you have to get them the old fashioned way. You must earn them.
Here's the way it works. For every order of $100 or more, you get one free DVD (your choice of any single DVD that sells for $35.00 or less). If you spend $200 or more, you get two free DVDs (again, your choice). $300 or more gets you three free DVDs. And on it goes. The more you buy, the more you get for free! It's an incredible deal when you figure that the average price of a DVD is $35.00! In order to claim your free DVD, just put the name of the DVD in the Customer Notes Box at the bottom of the second page of the online checkout (after you fill in your name, address, etc.) at If you phone your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, just let the order-person know what free DVD(s) you want. If you FAX the order to us at 781 395 2034, same thing. Just let us know which ones you want.
Special Bonus: If your order is $200.00 or more, we will also include, in addition to your FREE DVDS, a VHS title of our choice. These are brand new in-the-box. Great material, just the older VHS format! How’s that for the best deal around?
Remember, the giveaway ends on Thursday, October 16th, at midnight!

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

Departure: Borrow a ring, and in the cleanest way vanish it at your fingertips - both hands are clearly empty. Reach into your back pocket and produce your keys. Their ring is on your keyring!
Introducing the world's most impossible and invisible ring flight. Departure is a pull-style flight built into a key fob that fits on your keychain.
Wherever you go, Departure goes. Built to withstand heavy use, Departure is a ring flight that can withstand shock, vibration, dropping and the closest scrutiny. It's whisper silent and mega powerful.
On the video instruction CD, Derek Roberts teaches his Shirt Vanish - a way cleverly vanish any ring right under spectators' noses. You'll also learn a stunning ring and key transpo, which climaxes with their ring appearing your keychain.
The carabineer clip (included) makes attaching the ring absolutely effortless. Plus, it looks much more at home on your keychain than an old-school jewelers' clasp.
Feel free to use your favorite ring flight routine with Departure - and if it makes you feel more confident, you can even wear a coat!
• Custom engineered Departure key fob
• Black anodized carabineer clip
• Video instruction CD teaches everything!
$50.00 (10.1474)

D’Lightning Bug: A small, twinkling red light takes on a life of its own. An amazing innovation in floating light magic.
So versatile! Use it with a sponge ball, as in the demo video, or with other magic props!
Create your own Light-Up Zombie effect using D’Lightning Bug and a handkerchief.
At any time during your act, make a bright light float in your hands, about your body, up your arm and all around. It seems like it has a life of its own, yet it's under your control at all times. Simple to perform. No threads or awkward body attachments.
$30.00 (60.1549)

Dice Matrix: From the brilliant mind of Turkish magician Kaya Elover comes Dice Matrix. It’s the classic Matrix effect done with dice instead of coins!
Show four dice and place them in an imaginary square, with one die at each corner of the square.
Lean a playing card against each of the dice. The front edge of each card touches the table, the back edge is elevated, because of the height of the dice.
The magic begins.
Lift two of the cards, exposing two single dice. Cover the two dice again, then lift the cards and there are now two dice at one corner and none at the other!
Do it again. Show the two dice at one corner, and one die at another corner. Cover them, then immediately lift the cards and there are now three dice in one corner!
One more time. Suddenly, there are four dice, all in one corner! And none in any of the other corners!
The effect is breathtaking. The method is truly diabolical. No sleight of hand is required. The special cards and dice do all the work for you. The gimmicks are absolutely perfect, invisible even from a few inches away!
You can perform Dice Matrix standing up or sitting down! Comes with full instructions, dice and cards.
This is an advance ad for Dice Matrix, which will not be in stock until early November. It sells for $39.95, but if you pre-order it now, it’s yours for $29.95! (10.1475)

Grillz - David Leon:
David brings you the newest, ultimate card to mouth effect. Street tested and proven!
A card is selected and put back into the deck; the deck is cut and shuffled. Their card ends up on top of the deck. Oooooh.
Have them sign the back of their card. Instruct them to put their card face up into the face up deck and then shuffle it while you are not looking.
When they look at you they see their card with their signature sticking out of your mouth! Second Oooooooh!
Then you slowly remove the card from your mouth, give it a little motion and turn the card around. The front of their card had completely disappeared! Ooooooh again!
Then, you slowly move the card away from your face and smile! Their card appears in bright gemstones imbedded in a set of custom silver teeth. Grillz.
You will get great reactions at every step of the routine!
* Easy routine anyone can do!
* Grillz are Safe, custom made and custom fit!
* Grillz are great for street magic, close up and stand up!
* Complete DVD instructions and routines!
* Blank face cards included!
David Leon’s “Card Grillz” are intended for decoration and entertainment purposes only. They are not intended for eating, sleeping or for the replacement of natural teeth or broken fillings. One size will fit most all teeth.
$45.00 (30.1379)

When Rattlesnakes Attack! - Tom Burgoon:
Tom Burgoon, one of the funniest people we know, has taken the "Rattle Snake Eggs" gag to the next level! Now inside of a beautiful DVD box!
Just wind it up and place it with your other DVD's or on the coffee table at home. You can also use it in a Card to Impossible Location routine. It will get a huge laugh! $10.00 (50.960)

Outflushed - Derek Dingle and Gary Plants:
While playing a hand of poker, the magician's cards change several times. Just when it looks like the magician is beaten, mysteriously, he finally ends up with an unbeatable hand, a Royal Flush In Spades.
Comes with 2 gimmicked poker cards and instruction manual. $15.00 (30.1377)

Visible Card Frame: Exciting new magic from Astor. A black frame with a metal band is shown perfectly empty.
Make a magic pass and a playing card visibly appears in the frame! Just as quickly it disappears!
The card once again appears in the frame, then changes instantly to a completely different card, which can be handed out!
The special apparatus does all the work. It’s completely mechanical and really easy to use.
The Visible Card Frame is a very well made utility prop that can make a card appear, disappear or change whenever you wish!
Combining the Visible Card Frame with an ordinary deck, some really astounding routines can be performed!
The Visible Card Frame is made of metal, chrome and black, and is very deceptive in appearance. A real quality piece. Comes with complete instructions. $30.00. (30.1378)

Magic With Rubberbands DVD: On this DVD, you will learn more than a dozen mini illusions that can be performed with rubberbands. These tricks require no complicated sleight of hand. Within minutes of watching the step-by-step instruction portion of the DVD, you’ll be able to perform magic with rubberbands anywhere and anytime.
This DVD will teach you how to:
• Link two rubberbands together
• Restore broken rubberbands
• Pull rubberbands through solid objects
• Vanish and appear rubberbands
• Multiply rubberbands
$19.95 (DVD00931)

Reel Magic Quarterly DVD – Issue 7 – Mac King:
Caught on Tape - Mac King
John Lovick has a hilarious conversation with the king of comedy magic, Mac King.
Simon Said It! - Simon Lovell
Simon gives us a guided tour of the IBM/SAM Dealer room, with unexpected results
Try This At Home - Garrett Thomas
A thorough explanation of Garrett’s pen through coin switch
Small Things, Big Difference - Jon Armstrong
Never, ever say “pick a card”
Tricks of the Trade - David Regal
Do-it-yourself the Regal way—how to build some gimmicks
Choice Cuts - Wayne Kawamoto
Wayne talks with Chris Priest about his latest DVDs
Bonus Tricks:
John Guastaferro - "Constellation"
Alan Rorrison - "Relentless"
Craig Petty - "Empowerment"
Craig Petty - "Flipper Muscle Pass"
Alex Giser - "Modified AG Spread Production"
Matt Richmond - "Cascade Control"
$9.95 (DVD00930)

And that’s all the new magic for this week. Some very cool stuff, to be sure. I hope you will find some of the new items absolutely irresistible. And, if not, then check out the Online Catalog, where for sure you will find a ton of irresistible items!
As always, I hope you will find some time to spend with us either online at or in person at our upbeat and cheery showroom at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we’d love to see you!
Hank Lee