Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. What a week! It feels like Spring outside, with temperatures hitting 60 degrees. But, I will not be fooled by a few nice days. I know there’s plenty of winter left.

This week is one of those “perfect storm” kind of weeks, in that three major events happen over a three day period. First, today is Friday the 13th. So, keep away from black cats, don’t walk under ladders, spend some time looking for four leaf clovers and generally try to stay lucky. The latest incarnation of the Friday The 13th movie comes out today. If you want to feel extra-special lucky, save the ten bucks and don’t go to see the movie.

Second, Saturday is Valentine’s Day. No luck involved here. Just skill. Go to the Hallmark store. Get a couple of really nice cards. Myself, I prefer the funny cards. But, if you like mushy cards, go for it. Then, a stop at the candy store for a heart filled with chocolates. And, if you have waited this long, you don’t have time to order flowers online, so zip over to the florist and get a nice bouquet to celebrate the day. It’s easy as 1-2-3. Cards, Candy and Flowers. If you do all three, life will be perfect. If not, you will be sleeping on the couch. And, I can tell you from personal experience, the couch is just not all that comfortable. So, get moving and have everything ready for Saturday morning.

Third and final event is Presidents’ Day. A Monday holiday. The day celebrates all presidents. The ones you liked and the ones you didn’t like. The ones you remember and the ones you forgot. All of them. The banks are closed, the post office is closed, schools are closed. But, here at Hank Lee’s we celebrate Presidents’ Day by being open. I have tried to tell the elves that all presidents get the day off, but they just don’t fall for it. Which means I will be working hard as ever on Monday!

And, now for this week’s excitement!

BUY ONE GET ONE AT HALF PRICE EVENT: By far the most popular sale we ever held was the Buy One Get One At Half Price Sale. When that event ran, we were inundated with orders. It's been quite a while, so we decided to do it again. Here's how it works. For the next 7 days, from right this very moment, until Thursday, February 19th at midnight, you can save like crazy. How does it work? Simple, really. For every item you buy, you get the second item at half price. That's right, a full 50% off. So, if you buy a Harbin Suspension for $549.00 and a Sword Thru Neck for $199.95, you will get the Sword Thru Neck for $99.98! What a deal!!

The rules are also simple. We deduct the 50% from the lower priced of the two items. You can buy as many items as you want, we will do the math and you will save a bundle! We will try and pair the items for you to maximize your savings. There are a few items that are not included in this promotion. Very few. If you order one of those items, we will let you know before we process your order. If you are paying by PayPal, you will be charged the full price of each item, but when we process your order, we will calculate the discount and refund it to your account. For this particular sale, you might be better off using a credit card rather than PayPal. But, it will work either way.

Note: Since this is a somewhat complicated sale, the online system will not do the math. We will do it here before we process your order. Your email confirmation will show the full price for each item, but we will figure the discounts before you are charged.

In order to take advantage of this outrageous sale, you must put the words BUY ONE GET ONE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout at If you are calling your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, give the order person the special code. If you are FAXing your order to 781 395 2034 or emailing it to, just remember to include the special code, BUY ONE GET ONE and you will get the biggest discount ever! So, hop to it and save some serious dough!

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

Quantum Bender 2.0 - John Sheets:
Even better than the original Quantum Bender! Improved overall design, quality and ease of use.
A spectator writes her initials on a borrowed coin. The performer holds the coin at his fingertips. His other hand makes a slow twisting motion around the coin, and the coin begins to visibly bend. The signed, bent coin drops into the spectator's open hand for a complete examination.
It is her original coin.
It is bent.
Definitely bent!
The ultimate reputation-maker for the magician, illusionist, mentalist or psychic entertainer.
Expertly and precisely crafted from the highest quality stainless steel for a lifetime of use. State of the art and Patent Pending.
Quantum Bender 2.0 bends pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and many foreign coins.
The work is done and you are clean long before the effect even appears to begin!
A world-class reputation-maker. Perform anywhere, anytime, even surrounded! No coin switches! Their signed coin appears to visibly bend! No jacket required. No sleeves required. No special clothes required. No pulls. No reset! No problems. Designed for use in real world situations. Leaves the spectator with a lucky souvenir they will keep forever. The Quantum Bender blends in perfectly with what you already use in your act!
Top professionals agree that this is the best coin bending device ever!
Quantum Bender 2.0 comes complete with the special Quantum Bender, Performance Rights Certificate with gold authenticity seal, Registration Card, Complete Routine, and Printed Instructions. Now includes a bonus instructional DVD!
$500.00 (40.667)

"The Quantum Bender makes us maladjusted social misfit magic geeks look like powerful superheroes. Cape not included"
- Gregory Wilson

"John's bender is sick! Let me explain. It bends borrowed coins in real time, using a device we all carry anyway. This tool is worth thousands of dollars to the professional performer."
- Nathan Kranzo

Cobra Sharpie 2.0 – Mozique:
After months of testing and research Mozique has finally released the Cobra Sharpie 2.0 to the magic and mentalism fraternity.
Here are some of the routines possible with this amazing device:
• Matchbox Monte - The magician is able to identify which of three matchboxes contains the spectator’s finger ring.
• Cobra Cards - Tips on using shimmed playing cards with the pen as a means to locate a spectator's card.
• Cobra Pen Influence - A full routine utilizing miniature playing cards and coins but with a kicker finale. The magician is able to identify the location of a silver coin which has been hidden underneath one of four playing cards. Having successfully identified the correct card several times the magician then shows the spectators how easily influenced they are with a mind-blowing finale.
• Lie Detector - The classic coin in hand routine using the magician’s and a spectator's finger ring!
• Cup Detective / Russian Roulette - A full range of tips on the classic object under cups routine. The manual gives tips on how to make your own magnet ball and includes handling tips on using the Cobra with such marketed effects such as 'Spike' and the 'Scorpion'.
Hidden inside the Cobra Sharpie 2.0 is an extremely powerful utility tool with the following features:
• Electronically detect neodynium magnets at a range of 1 - 6 inches
• User changeable batteries
• Discreet vibration unit
• Easy to use
• DVD instructions with routines, maintenance guide and handling tips
The Cobra Sharpie 2.0 is being used by some of the world’s best magicians and mentalists . $180.00 (40.668)
"And who would ever suspect a pen?"
- Gregory Wilson

"Mozique has created a brilliant system that is psychologically invisible. I use it both in close up and on stage. The possibilities are huge."
- Marc Spelmann

Porper Dual Action Salt Pour: The Salt Pour has, over the years, become one of the real classics of magic. Looking back, it all started with Fred Kaps, who would have been amazed by the new Joe Porper-Paul Wilson Dual Action Salt Pour Gimmick.
The truth is, anyone who performs the Salt Pour will be amazed by this new gimmick. It has Joe Porper written all over it!
The gimmick is beautifully machined, and it pours from either end! It starts and stops on your command. The tiny “mechanical valves” make it all possible. The valves are designed so that salt can never get inside and clog them; truly designed for a lifetime of performance.
If you love the effect, you are really going to love this new gimmick. $250.00 (60.1578)

Bunny Box – Frontier:
A slate is shown and a rabbit is sketched on it. A helper holds the box while the picture is inserted into a slot. The helper opens the front door of the box to show the picture.
The box is closed and the performer takes a peek thru the top door to see if anything has happened. The box is opened by the helper to show that a rabbit has appeared from nowhere.
Made for producing a live dwarf rabbit.
Hand finished.
Quality solid wood.
Built to last a lifetime of shows.
$190.00 (60.1577)

Kaps Wallet: The ultimate wallet for the Card To Wallet effect! Hand-made by master craftsmen from the world’s finest leathers, this wallet is designed to emulate the same style and quality as the finest prestige wallets in the world. Lined and finely stitched, there are two flaps, plus slots for credit cards.
If you have been searching for a Fred Kaps style wallet, search no more. This is the finest model on the market today! Size 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches (14 x 10.5 cm). $55.00 (10.1499)

Cellular Mitosis 2 - Docc Hilford
The final book in a series of thirty is perhaps Docc Hilford's greatest yet. His swan song will leave audiences in awe. A complete routine that stands as a full stage act or can be played casually on the street. It is what Real Time Mentalism is all about.
In 2006, Docc released Cellular Mitosis. It caused quite a buzz among professionals. Now the second stage of Cellular Mitosis emerges.
A man thinks of any word, date, or number. He concentrates and waits until needed. A woman thinks of a friend's phone number. The mentalist tries to dial the number on his phone. He creates a true drama by revealing each numeral, stumbling, recovering and finally succeeding, to cheers! Years of actual performance has created a script that guarantees a strong audience reaction.
The friend is called and the mentalist asks for the friend by name. Although a clever billet maneuver may explain how the mentalist knows the friend's name, there is no explanation to his knowing ten different digits in the friend's phone number. Something much too large to memorize in a glance.
So far this is good, solid mind reading, but it is just the beginning. The mentalist lets the two friends chat on the phone, then gives the phone to the man. At that point, the friend immediately reveals the man’s thoughts! That's right. A chosen friend reads a random mind. All three people are completely unknown to the mentalist! The illusion is perfect. Absolutely chilling!
At no time is the friend told what to say. She is completely baffled by the trick. Everyone present is fooled, including all the participants.
The routine has four clear climaxes. And everything can be done with any phone. Each word is scripted. The entire performance is transcribed, including the comedy bits of business. You get everything! There's even an additional effect wherein the mentalist hypnotizes the friend over the phone!
Docc has generously included two original billet handing techniques that you will use separately.
Anyone who uses the original Cellular Mitosis will rush to gain a new insight. CM2 puts you miles about the rest.
There is one caveat: Everything in this description is true and it is written as the audience sees the effect. The important thing to know is that this effect is so strong it closes any show! $45.00 (BK01633)

Barely Chewed: From Chastain Criswell comes Barely Chewed, an easy and stunning chewing gum routine.
Take out a pack of gum that contains only one stick. Being a nice guy, you offer to share. Remove the stick of gum from the pack and start to unwrap it. The stick of gum vanishes from the wrapper and appears in your mouth!
Once you have chewed the gum for a few seconds, you remove the gum from your mouth and place it in the empty wrapper. Offer to share the barely chewed piece of gum. Ugh. Gross.
Remembering your manners, you realize that you can’t offer barely chewed gum. With a wave of your hand the chewed gum and crumpled wrapper change into a brand new, fully wrapped stick of gum. The wrapped gum and package are then handed out for inspection, and sharing! $10.00 (10.1500)

Four Cornered Hank: Take one of the oldest of the old school items and zooooom it into the 21st Century. What do you get? You get the Four Cornered Hank!
No matter what you want to vanish: A coin; A ring; A folded playing card; A folded dollar bill, you can do it with this wonderful utility device!
Borrowed items placed under the solid color 20x20 inch cloth will vanish while held by the spectator. Hundreds of applications are possible.
Each corner contains a concealed item. Coin, ring, folded dollar bill or folded playing card. Complete with special instructions by Andy Dallas. $20.00 (70.911)

Jet Cigarette: With this neat gadget you can fire a cigarette about 4-1/2 feet from the cigarette pack!
The device is small. And, it works with any brand of cigarettes. Great for a comic routine. But, startling enough to he used even in a sophisticated act. I'll bet you can even figure a way to use this one in your kid-shows. It looks just plain funny! And, Jet Cigarette won't hurt your health! Cool stuff. $8.00

And that’s this week’s more than exciting Hotlist. I have read it over myself, and I know that you will find some stuff that you just can’t live without. But, if you feel you need more, just check out the Online Catalog at There’s about 6000 items more!
Now, it’s time for me to take my own advice and get the Valentine’s Day show on the road! As always I personally appreciate your taking time out from your busy lives to visit us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way we love the company!