Friday, June 05, 2009

The Battle Of The Compu-Beast!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. This has been a week to remember, as once again I have donned my pocket protector, my glasses with the white tape holding them together, my slide rule and my Buck Rogers Decoder Ring and gone into battle with the Compu-Beast. It was not pleasant. The Compu-Beast played its darling little chime, then displayed the big apple and the spinning wheel. And that was all. It would not start, no matter what I tried. Reset the PRAM. Reset everything. Nothing. I could start it up from the System CD, but it would not recognize the internal hard drive. Which of course contains a ton of important data. Turn it off. Start it up. Turn I t off. Start it up. Hard smack on the backside (of the machine). Chimes. Spinning wheel. Nothing else. So, last night I neatly arranged seom votive candles around the Compu-Beast, lit them and carefullyplaced a nice glass of wine in front of the monster. This morning, the wine was gone and, when I pushed the On button, the Compu-Beast came to life. Go figure. Actually, go back-up. Which of course I did.
On a happy note, the new Summer EXTRA is online, just one short click away! And it is chock-full of great new stuff! As you probably know, we no longer send our quarterly EXTRAs by snail mail. The cost of printing and postage have become astronomical, not to mention the negative effect all that paper creates on the environment. You can get the new EXTRA in pdf form by going to this address:
You can read the EXTRA on your computer screen, or you can print one out at home, and it’s in full color!

Hank Lee’s is famous again! If you check page 94 of the June issue of MAGIC Magazine, you will see a very nice write-up on the shop, accompanied by some lovely color photos. If you don’t subscribe to MAGIC, you can get a copy from us. No surprise there, eh?

I was speaking to my old friend David Merry earlier in the week, specifically about a very funny sight gag that he uses in his act. It is the Senior Map, a self-folding map that looks really cool. David made a few of them up by hand to sell at his lectures. But, we wanted them for you, our favorite customers. After a bit of verbal arm-twisting, we made a deal with David and will have them available in just a few weeks.

That’s all the news from these parts, so it must be time to check out this week’s excitement!

QUADRUPLE POINTS: The Hank Lee Rewards Program has been up and running for some time now, and people are collecting some serious points and getting all kinds of free stuff using those 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?
BETTER! I’ll tell you what’s better. Quadruple Points! That’s right, from the minute you get this email Newsletter until Thursday the 11th of June at midnight, we are giving you Quadruple Points! So, for every retail dollar you spend, you will get four 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!

Now, let’s take a gander at this week’s Hotlist.

Barehand Bills Production: Juan Pablo, the creator of Roped, Iguana, No Gravity and many other brillant effects, has done it again! This DVD contains a new way to produce up to 6 real bills from your bare hands plus other bills tricks, combining his famous bill change with this new technique.
Produced in English, Spanish and Japanese! Includes Gimmicks.
The Effects:
* Produce up to 6 bills, one by one from your bare hands. During the bill production, a white paper appears, and suddenly it changes into a real bill.
* Combine the bill production with the amazing Juan Pablo Bill Change. A signed borrowed bill vanishes and then another bill changes into the signed one.
* Tear and restore a borrowed bill using the bill production technique.
* A borrowed and signed bill vanishes and then re-appears anywhere.
* The most visual and original bill duplication.

Juan Pablo's thinking is brilliant. His bill production and change are wonderful to behold! It’s visual, commercial and ingenious. I highly recommend it! - John Carney

Jumbo Whole Thing – Daryl: Two hole cards and
two whole cards
magically transform into...
a spot card,
a card with a whole bunch of spots,
a card with a spot that covers the whole card,
and a spot card with a hole!
For a surprise finish, the final card is turned around to reveal the word "HOLE" written across the whole card!
The snappy patter makes this hilarious whole routine make sense.
No gimmicks, everything can be examined and the entire routine is instantly reset.
Comes complete with: four specially printed and die cut 4.5" x 7" cards, heavy vinyl protection case, complete script, and a performance and explanation DVD. $19.95 (30.1430)

Infinity V2 Invisible Elastic Thread: This 300' spool contains the finest invisible elastic thread available on the market. The thread is solution dyed black (no fading possible), matte finish (already dulled), and has incredible elasticity!
The perfect thread for any kind of stage or close-up levitation or animation. Available now in an easily dispensable container! $29.95 (70.971)

Bee Stingers: The US Playing Card Company introduced the world to Bee® Stingers through exclusive distribution to casinos internationally. Today, we offer them to you for the first time in history, with premium Aristocrat stock.

Stinger borders were originally developed as a countermeasure against card cheating. The faded white borders made it nearly impossible to spot misalignments that generally make up sorted decks. They also happen to look really, really cool. These are brand new; sealed in cellophane.
Stingers are printed with black backs on the finest Aristocrat stock, to ensure incredible durability, fanning capability, and snap. $4.95 (30.1424)

iUtility – Magic With Your iPhone: A third installment of iPhone Magic! We taught you magic for your iPhone, now it is time to learn magic with your iPhone! Perform easy to do amazing tricks with your iPhone.
iPhone magic is a fun and unique way to break the ice. Perform these tricks for your friends and family at a moment’s notice! You always have your phone, so you will always have a trick in your pocket. From appearances to vanishes, you’ll find it all inside. You don’t have to be a magician to learn, perform, and enjoy “iUtility” the ultimate utility gimmick.
Your host, Sam Rubman, will teach and explain over twelve amazing tricks and tips with your iPhone, including:
Vanishing iPhone: Vanish your iPhone with no setup or special gimmicks.
Make an Appearance: Make your iPhone appear anytime without preparation.
Hottest Phone on the Market: Make your iPhone so hot it leaves a blister!
iVoodoo: Turn your iPhone into your own personal voodoo doll.
iShiner: Force a chosen card through an iPhone.
iPression: Use your iPhone to read someone's mind.
iSwitch: use your phone to switch out any item.
iThru: A spectator's card passes through your iPhone. $19.95 (DVD01010)

Reel Magic Quarterly Episode 11 – Chris Kenner:
* @!%*#&*&#!: Chris Kenner - John Lovick talks with Chris about bad magic, Criss Angel, and the need for a real magic critic
* Jon Armstrong - Small Things, Big Difference: put the surprise back in your card tricks
* Garrett Thomas - Try This At Home: the “method” behind the magic, courtesy of Bob Fitch
* David Kaye a.k.a Silly Billy - Kid Show FUNdamentals: some tips on the thumbtip
* Simon Lovell - Simon Said It! He hates the way you dress onstage
* David Regal - Tricks of the Trade: tricks with an interesting twist
* EXCLUSIVE! The Magic Castle Library: a REEL MAGIC tour of the Magic Castle Library
Bonus Tricks:
* Juan Tamariz “The Secret of Magic” - from Lessons in Magic Vol. 2.
* Lance Delong “World Famous 2 Coin Trick”
* Jon Armstrong “What If?” - from ArmStrong Card Magic Vol. 1.
Move Monkeys:
* Blake Douglass - Hofsinzer Spread Force variation
* Dennis Goodlut - Bi-Polar Color Change
* Craig Petty - Chinese Coin Change
$9.95 (DVD01011)

And that’s this week’s, Boy I Sure Hope the Compu-Best Doesn’t Crash Again Hotlist. The best magic. The hottest magic. The crashiest computer!
As always, we really appreciate your taking time to visit with us whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, as seen on page 94 of this month’s MAGIC Magazine!
Until next week,