Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, where we are keeping our shoulders to the wheel and our noses to the grindstone. I can personally attest to the fact that keeping one’s nose to the grindstone is extremely painful. But, we do it for you. Oh, yes we do.
This has been a most productive week here in Hank Lee Nation. The long-awaited (and I do mean long) Dice Illusion finally came in the door. We have shipped all of the back orders and have plenty left to fill any new orders. It’s a great trick, totally visual. There is a version on the market at some “other” dealers selling for $10.00 more. The only difference is that you get a two-sided mirror instead of a one-sided mirror. For $10.00 more? I don’t get it. Of course, the choice is yours. $25.00 or $35.00 for the same trick. You decide.

The even longer awaited Miller Miracle Wallets are also now in stock. Once again, we have filled all of the back orders and have enough left for any new orders. These are the most sought-after wallets on the market today. The wallet is a four-way switch wallet, but it is actually capable of eight “outs.” Each one is handmade and is really a work of art. If you have always wanted to get one, but hated the idea of waiting forever until they arrive, now is the time to act!

Steve-O, the I Remember Every Trick We Have Ever Carried Elf, reminded me of a trick we used to carry back in the good old days. It was a giant clear acrylic color-changing die, a Leopard Die, as it were. It was a really visual piece of magic. We decided that this would be a good one to bring back after all these years. So, we are actively working on making up a bunch of these. In fact, I have already put together a prototype, and it looks great. Keep your eyes on the Hotlist. We will have these ready in the next couple of weeks.

Are you still getting the weekly email Newsletter in Text-Only format? Why? The html version is so much better, with pictures and everything! TO get the html version, just drop me a note at and we will hook you up!

And, that’s all the news from here, so let’s take a look at this week’s excitement!

29 And Down Sales Event. Save and save. More today than tomorrow, and certainly more than the day after.
Here’s how it works: No matter what day, from right now until Tuesday, the 23rd of June at midnight, when you purchase from us at Hank Lee’s, you will save money. But, as you may have heard, the early bird gets the worm! Starting right now, Friday the 19th of June, you will save 29% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. On Saturday you will save 28%. On Sunday you will save 27%. And on it goes. We will reduce the discount by 1% each day until the 23rd of June. All you need to do is enter the special code 29ANDDOWN in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct the correct amount 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.
• Offers cannot be combined.
• 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 Products 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, Reward Points and Promotional Gift Certificates may not be used during this sales event..
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code 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! But, act quickly. It all ends on 23rd of June at midnight!

And now to this week’s Hotlist!

Pocket Technicolor Prediction – Martin Lewis: From the creative mind of Martin Lewis, the originator of Cardiographic and Sidewalk Shuffle, comes Pocket Technicolor Prediction, a comedy mindreading effect with a stunning climax!
First a lady, then a gentleman, are asked to choose one of three envelopes. The envelopes are red, green and yellow.
Let’s say the lady chooses red and the gentleman chooses green. That means you are left with yellow.
Opening up the envelope, the lady reads, “I predict that you will choose red.”
The gentleman reads, “I predict you will choose green.”
Of course, the audience thinks this is some kind of joke. Rest assured, it is not!
A spectator reads the contents of the yellow envelope, the one left for you. “The lady will choose red, the gentleman will choose green and yellow will be left with the magician.” A killer finish!
Pocket Technicolor Prediction plays the same as Martin’s full size version, but fits in your jacket pocket. It can be performed anywhere and anytime from stage to close It has built in laughs and a surprise finish.
This version uses Mike Porstmann’s Double Decker envelopes, gaffed envelopes that have a wide variety of magical uses.
In the accompanying Quicktime movie, Martin shows you how to construct the Double Deckers quickly and easily and in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, including a Poker size pay envelope and a most innocent looking drug store security lined style. He then goes over the Technicolor Prediction routine in both performance and handling, and also give many other ideas and routines for using these versatile envelopes.
The package includes pre-printed sheets to get you started quickly on making the envelopes, and Acrobat template files to allow you to print your own as required. You will need a computer with a color printer to take full advantage of these files.
A best seller during Martin’s recent US lecture tour. It comes complete with the sturdy acrylic board, envelopes and full instructions. Just $35.00 (40.684)

Clink – David Regal: Coins magically & visibly fall into a clear glass. Any glass.
Perform it close-up, on stage, at a party, a restaurant...anywhere.
Contains three utility gimmicks and DVD instruction. $39.95 (20.419)

To see a Quicktime Demo of Clink, go to this URL:

Around The Square: Devin Knight’s Around The Square is a real improvement on the original Squircle.
A double sheet of newspaper is shown on both sides. It is folded into quarters and a small 2" square is cut from a folded corner. The 2" square is unfolded showing it is actually a 4" inch square.
The double sheet of newspaper is partly unfolded. Instead of the expected rectangular shape, the audience sees a semicircle! The newspaper is completely unfolded revealing a cutout circle in the middle!
For an additional kicker, the small cutout square is waved in the air. The corners visibly turn round. The small piece is fully opened and seen to be a circle. This cutout circle perfectly matches the circular hole in the newspaper. Even the print on the cutout circle matches the rest of newspaper proving this was cut from that newspaper!
Bonus Mental Effect:
The performer has a participant select a card from an ESP deck. The participant retains the card, but he does not look at the symbol on it. The performer shows a sheet of newspaper and claims he will cut out a design that will match the symbol on the unknown card. The performer cuts out a square. The participant shows his selected ESP card; it is a circle. It appears the performer has failed.
The performer says, "That is exactly what I predicted, a circle." Before the participant can protest, the performer opens up the sheet of newspaper revealing a cutout circle. The performer's prediction is correct!
Suitable for both stage and close-up performances. Comes with sample newspaper, script with comedy patter, detailed photographed directions showing how to gimmick more newspapers and templates. $20.00 (60.1594)

Metamorphosis – Wayne Dobson: From J B Magic comes Metamorphosis. A super clean, super visual two coin transposition.
Two coins, 1 Chinese and 1 Half Dollar are examined by the spectator.
The Chinese coin is placed inside the spectators closed hand and the Half Dollar onto the back of their hand.
In the blink of an eye the two coins change places. Without any switches or funny business!
The two coins can instantly be examined.
Comes complete with all coins, a precision made gaff and a step by step instructional DVD that teaches you everything you need to know.
Easy to do, perfect for strolling, instant reset, learn in 10 minutes $49.95 (20.420)

Spellbound: The Wonder-Filled Life of Doug Henning – John Harrison: By 1974, magic had lost its mass appeal and there was no such thing as a celebrity magician—until a skinny, bucktoothed kid from Winnipeg became an overnight star in an unlikely Broadway musical called The Magic Show. Doug Henning, with his refreshingly modern approach to the art of illusion, permanently changed the face of magic and reintroduced an entire generation of audiences to grand illusion as a theatrical art.
John Harrison traces Doug’s stunning rise to fame from his humble beginnings in the Toronto coffeehouse circuit to his fantastic success as the world’s first celebrity magician in fifty years. Told with exacting detail and reverence for its subject, this is an engaging story about the making of a master illusionist and his unrelenting search for real magic.
From the highest rated magic television special in history, to three Broadway shows, to a decade of touring, John Harrison takes us on a backstage tour of Doug’s performing life and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the world of grand illusion. All of Doug’s astounding feats, like the Elephant Vanish, Water Torture Cell, Things that Go Bump in the Night and Walking Through a Brick Wall, are featured in this engaging biography of a man who believed he would one day be able to levitate without resorting to his illusionist’s bag of tricks.
As amazing as his onstage life, Doug Henning’s journey through the world of transcendental meditation and his brush with politics are told with equal intrigue.
The book is as exciting as Doug Henning’s miracles themselves, filled with captivating adventures, like Doug’s harrowing moments while submerged upside down in Houdini’s Water Torture Cell on live television, his several heart-stopping incidents with rampaging tigers, and his attempt to build an amusement park in Niagara Falls. The production of The Magic Show, Merlin and his eight television specials are told in copious detail.
From his first magic trick—making a quarter disappear—to his eventual retirement from the stage at the height of his career, the fantastic life and career of Doug Henning come vividly to life in this magical biography. It’s a book that truly has something for everyone. 440pages. Hardbound. $45.00 (BK01652)

"It’s about time that someone paid Doug Henning his due. John Harrison does a great job of telling the story of Doug Henning’s magic and the man behind that magic."
—David Copperfield

Permanent: If you use a Sharpie in your show, you're in the perfect position to start performing Permanent.
Show both sides of a Sharpie marker, and then rub some of the ink off the side. Transfer your powers to a spectator so that they can do it themselves! Then, in the blink of an eye, the writing jumps back onto the marker. The Sharpie can be examined and used in your next routine.
Visual magic with a prop you already use.
The ultimate in audience participation.
Resets in seconds.
Great for walk-around.
Bonus Effects:
Letter Carrier:
The magician pulls a printed letter from one side of the Sharpie to another.
Ambitious Card:
A signed card repeatedly jumps to the top of the deck.
Ball of Yarn:
A signed coin vanishes and ends up trapped in a ball of yarn.
Comes with custom-made Sharpie gimmick, two bonus gimmicks, and instructional DVD. $25.00 (10.1524)

Tight Squeeze – G. Sparks: From our friend G. Sparks, Tight Squeeze is a Universal Coin Gimmick with an easy fingertip release. Similar to a Kellar Coin Catcher, it’s a Spring Loaded Coin Release that holds 12 half dollar size coins.
On the DVD, you will learn how to secretly steal a coin from the gimmick, show your hands empty, then pick up any object such as a lemon, give it a squeeze and out drops the coin.
This can be done up to 12 times.
The gimmick can be attached to your body for body load steals. Or you can make the steal without anyone knowing, just by moving the gimmick from one place to another,
The gimmick is a normal looking, small 50ml bottle.
You will also learn how to mount the gimmick inside any bucket to make a Misers Dream Pail. $26.00 (60.1592)

Comet: A fabulous way to create effects with light!
You can use Comet along with the classic D’Lite. Make a light appear in different places: inside a flower; inside your shirt pocket; inside a cup or inside a bottle of soda. If you use D’Lite then Comet is a must.
You can use Comet for a mental routine with a light bulb or a flashlight. The bulb or flashlight will turn on and off at your command. Use it to find a selected card, use it as a lie detector, use it for a séance.
Comet can be used for close-up, for stage, for kidshows or for mental shows.
It is so versatile that it fits in every kind of show Its uses are limited only by your imagination.
The facts:
* Comet is a wireless remote controlled light.
* The light is so small that it can be placed in even the smallest places.
* The remote control works with a 9V battery and the remote controlled light comes with a rechargeable battery.
* After a single charge the light can be turned on for about 15-20 minutes.
* Comet works in a range of about 10 meters (30 feet).
* You will learn all the possible effects and how you can easily prepare a light bulb, a flashlight and much more.
* Does not need an assistant!
* Can be performed surrounded!
* The remote control is not controlled with your hand! Use your hands for performing!
What you get:
* Remote controlled light unit
* Remote control with integrated recharging system for the light
* 3 different colored lights in red, blue and white
* Illustrated instructions with tips, ideas and effects
Don’t leave home without Comet! $74.95 (60.1593)

ImpossiBill Braid Plus – Robert Neale: This is the new book and DVD combination from Robert Neale.
A dollar bill has been braided. Close examination reveals that it has been slit twice lengthwise in three bands that extend nearly to the ends of the bill. The braiding is real although the bands have never been separate. It looks impossible.
The bill can be borrowed, transformed into this impossible object, and returned to the owner in less than two minutes. The result is a distinctive memento. It is, as Michael Weber says, “A bill that cannot be spent.”
Comes with a companion DVD demonstrating the step-by-step procedure of how to create the braided bill. $25.00 (10.1525)

Corner Of Piccadilly – Paul Gordon: With minimal sleight-of-hand, four (regular) antique-looking cards are used with a 'Find The Lady/Monte' patter routine. You start with, say, three red spot cards and one black court card. After the great ‘Find The Lady’ routine, you end up with three black court cards and just one red spot card!
Can be performed strolling or at tables! You start and end clean - no fakes, either! Great kicker (surprise) ending! $26.00 (30.1431)

"Corner of Piccadilly is a very strong monte routine that uses un-gaffed cards. It’s kicker is truly astounding, and all can be examined. If ever there was a "worker", this is it." - David Regal (Genii Magazine)

And that’s this week’s Hotlist, great new stuff just in time for Fathers’ Day!
As always, we really appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedules to visit us, either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company