Friday, August 28, 2009

Back To School Excitement!

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Busy, busy, busy. That’s us this week. Really, only two busies, not three. I tossed in the extra busy just for dramatic effect. But, considering how hot it has been and how everyone, even the elves, tend to slow down a little in the heat, it’s OK that it was only a two-busy week.

This week we received some very exciting product news. Paul Harris is about to release his new Little Man effect. The effect is very straightforward. You bring out a box of Play Dough style modeling clay. You and a spectator work together to create a little clay man. Suddenly, the clay man begins to walk across the table. He walks and turns and walks and turns. It looks absolutely amazing. Whenever you wish, you pick up the little clay man and squish him right down. Take the clay, roll it into a ball, and put it away. And then, you bow to thunderous applause. Little Man will be available very soon, and of course, we will have it for you! Keep your eyes on the Hotlist!

Our good friends Fran Flynn and John Chumsae stopped by the warehouse last week. When I walked outside, there was Fran’s Magic-Mobile. All decked out and looking very cool. I have enclosed a picture for your entertainment. Notice that Fran has attached a business card holder on the outside of his car so people walking by can take one of his cards. A great idea, for sure. And, the holder has a latching top so the cards don’t go spilling all over the highway when he is driving. As I was taking the picture of Fran’s car, I had a fun idea. I should ask all of you who have really cool Magic Mobiles to send us photos (by email, of course). We will sort through the photos and pick the best one, publish it in the email Newsletter and give you a fitting prize. This could be an ongoing campaign, or it could just be a once. All depends on you folks. The more photos, the longer we run the campaign and the more prizes we can give out. Get those photos in for your chance to win!

On the home front® (and this is just for you Richard), Aron returned to Gainesville to start his senior year at UF on Monday. He’s in a great new apartment and looking forward to a fabulous year. Lucas leaves today, Friday, for his Sophomore year at Oberlin. We will be flying out with Lucas to help him set up his room and because we love the little town of Oberlin so much. Things are almost back to normal at home. By next week, it will be so quiet you’ll be able to hear a pin drop!

Now to this week’s excitement.

Back To School! 29 And Down Sales Event. This has turned out to be one of our most popular sales events. The early birds really love it! 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 Wednesday, the 2nd of September 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, you will save 29% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. We will hold that discount, 29%, until Friday the 28th of August at midnight. We will reduce the discount by 1% each day after that until the 2nd of September at midnight. 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 $30.00.
• 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, and nowhere else. 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 the 2nd of September at midnight!

And now to this week’s Hotlist!

E-Case – Mark Mason: Silent but deadly.
The hit of the MAGIC Live dealers’ room.
This electronic hand built unit, allows you to create the perfect signed card to card case.
The E-Case utilizes a brand new method, that's hip, cool and up to date.
Take a trip with Mark Mason, as the training DVD takes you step by step through every detail. You will love the creative method, the ease, the ingenious device that simply slides inside any regular card case. The E-Case gives you all the tools required to perform this classic of magic.
Points to remember:
• You never go near the card case before the card is revealed.
• Any card case.
• Any signed card.
• No slits, slots or loading of any kind.
• Brand new revolutionary gimmick
• Instant reset.
$150.00 (30.1441)

"That's just great." - David Blaine

"I like to stand and watch the gimmick." - Bill Malone

"Shut my mouth." - Eugene Berger

"Please let me review this." - David Regal

Flash Restoration: Joe Porper, known the world over for his unequalled craftsmanship, offers a no sleight of hand Torn, Burnt and Restored paper. The Flash Restoration.
It’s all in the hat pin! Just tear a piece of cigarette paper into four pieces. Nothing is concealed in your hands. Impale the pieces on the hat pin, ignite the torn pieces and, in a flash, they are restored to their original condition! Simplified handling by Dean Dill. $49.00 (10.1534)
Note: Since this effect uses real fire, you must be at least 18 years of age to purchase it.

Cash Box: Brand new from Jesse Feinberg. A dollar bill suddenly changes into a regular deck of playing cards!
Cleanly show a couple of bills. At any time you can produce a full poker-size deck of cards for your next card effect.
No set-up
Instant reset
Super visual production of a pack of cards!
Real dollar bill and gimmicks included.
Supply your own deck of Bicycle cards.
$25.00 (30.1440)
Customize Your Smart Ass – Bill Abbott: The bullet-proof card force that has captured the imaginations of both performers and audiences alike, is now in a format that puts you in the creative driver's seat. Customize Your Smart Ass, now gives you the power to force literally anything! Any object, location, name, product, person, animal, etc. There is no limit. Make the selection of anything you can write on blank card stock entertaining, and so impossible that it seems you could have no control over the final outcome.
Imagine promoting a product, a service or establishment. A birthday child selects the very gift of their dreams, out of dozens to choose from. A gentleman selects the one name, out of dozens, that is his one true love. The Baby Gag has a real finish without the need for pre-show work and with a force that is as entertaining as it is impossible. The popular vacation prediction with no double-writing and a really large finale that everyone in the room can read.
Included is a handmade 40 card bridge-size blank Smart Ass deck, wallet for the cards and a book full of ideas and routines, ready to use. Or get creative and originate your own routine using the most impossible forcing deck, customized to suit you.
Book Contents Include:
Introduction by Bill Abbott
· Contents
Custom Preparation
· Custom Set-Up
· Markers To Use
· "How To" Smart Ass
· The Smart Ass Force
Custom Ideas
· Trade Show Promo
· The Restaurant Decision
· Birthday Surprise
· Anniversary Love Connection
Custom Routines
· The Smartest Celebrity Baby
· Needle in a Haystack
· McCombical Beans
· The Game Redux (from Bill Abbott Performs For Kids DVD)
· The All-Inclusive Vacation Prediction Pages: 14 - Saddle Stitched
$39.95 (BK01665)

Thought-Full Telepathy – Chuck Hickok: If you perform a telepathy routine, this 64 page booklet is a must! It contains proven methods and strategies for making any telepathy demonstration more believable, amazing, and entertaining.
Using just one gaffed book, you learn how to quickly reveal the thoughts of seven people in your audience. You receive Chuck’s complete script in addition to a full description of each of the three easy-to-learn methods he uses. But, it is the 15 page section on presentational concepts that will appeal to the serious mentalist - offering many practical tips and ideas you can use immediately.
This routine uses a common mentalism tool - a flashback book - that is not included. $34.95 (40.686)

Quarter Sorter: A true blast from the past! Al Cohen’s Quarter Sorter routine combined with Joe Porper’s machining skill. What a combination!
Two beautifully machined brass cups are placed on the table and can be examined. Three quarters are borrowed (you can use your own if you wish) and are dropped into either one of the cups by a spectator.
The coins are poured into your hand and travel back into the cups. This is repeated several times with the coins traveling back and forth.
As a finale, both cups are raised. Under one is a stack of coins and under the other a solid ball.
Comes with everything except the coins. $79.00 (20.430)

Frozen Glow –Peter Loughran: Borrow a deck of cards and ask a spectator to select any card from the deck (no force, free choice). You don’t even have to touch the deck.
Introduce a small square green Plexiglas lens (a light filter) and ask the spectator to examine it.
Tell the spectator that you have the ability to actually freeze time, however for only for a split second. Explain that some theorize if time stood still even for a moment that certain properties of light in the spectrum could be altered leaving an impression behind...forever!
Offer to demonstrate your unique ability to harness the power of this phenomenon by using their freely chosen playing card and the un-gimmicked green Plexiglas lens.
Hand the spectator a marker and ask the spectator to sign their name on both sides of the playing card so there will be absolutely no mistaking their card for a different one, and they will be able to recognize the card at all times as it remains in full view during the illusion. With the card signed on both sides it will be impossible for you to switch it for a different card.
Hold the card flat with either the face or the back showing. Hold the green lens over top of their playing card and signature. Light will pass through the lens and cast a green shadow or glow over the top of their card and their signature. The lens can be moved around above the card showing the green glow moves with the lens.
Ask the spectator to say “Stop” at any time and you will attempt to freeze time. If it works, the light will actually be captured onto their card. Move the lens above the card in small motions showing the green glow is still moving with the lens, but never let the lens touch the card.
The spectator says “Stop!” and the lens is pulled away, but the green glow is left behind on part of the card and on top of their signature. The card can then be handed out for examination and left for the spectator to keep!
• Can be used with any card in the deck and with any brand or deck of cards.
• The cards can be borrowed.
• Can be instantly repeated.
• There is no card force, it is a free choice.
• There is no switch of any kind.
• Easy to do and requires no sleight of hand.
• The performer's hands are shown empty at all times.
• The card can be examined before and after the effect.
• The Lens is fully examinable and never touches the card.
• Can even be done with business cards.
• The light can be captured in any position on the card.
$29.99 (30.1442)

Butterfly Blizzard – Jeff McBride & Alan Wong: Paper butterflies come to life, dance and float at your command, finally bursting into a rainbow snowstorm of color and majesty! You receive all props necessary to perform this lyrical effect, just as Jeff has performed it in his stage act for the past 15 years.
• Exotic Asian Fan
• 1 Dozen Special Invisible Thread
• Very Special Invisible Thread
• Professional Quality Training DVD
Jeff McBride shares the secrets he has used for over 15 years in his own performances of the Enchanted Butterfly piece, as well as many ideas and touches you can use to create your own amazing performance with the Enchanted Butterflies. Magic's foremost teacher, McBride always shares more than just the simple technique for accomplishing an effect. He includes tips on presentation, rehearsal, care of the props and much more. It's almost like having a personal session with Jeff McBride. $48.50 (60.1612)

The Classic Green Collection – Six DVD Set - Lennart Green: Lennart Green is one of a kind. He does things with a deck of cards that you will not believe. He is in constant demand all over the world with his amazing card magic and sense of humor. He was featured on NBC's World's Greatest Magic and makes television appearances all over the world. He is a FISM World Champion and was a featured performer at the prestigious TED Conference.
On this six-volume set of DVDs you will experience all of the wild magic that made Lennart Green a world-class magician and entertainer. You will also learn how to perform his greatest routines and the dozens of original techniques he has created to devastate his audiences.
One of the highlights of a Lennart Green performance is when he constantly separates the cards into red/back order and even new deck order. On these DVDs he shows you the many methods he uses to accomplish that. You will also learn about his passion for false shuffles and false cuts while learning the many methods he uses.
Classic Green Collection Volume #1: The FISM Act, Appearing Glass Of Liquid, False Shuffles, False Cuts, Flourish Z-Cuts, Float Pass, Center Windmill, Lateral Center Steal, Lateral Palm, Top Shot, Center Shot, Thumb Shot, Multiplying Cards, Angle Separation, Additional Comments, and much more. Running time: Approximately 110 minutes.
Classic Green Collection Volume #2: The Poker Deal, The Temple Of Shiva, Deceptive Perception, The One-Two Separation, False Angle Riffle Shuffle, The Swedes Deal and much more. Running time: Approximately 75 minutes.
Classic Green Collection Volume #3: Fractal Harmony, 2nd Birthday Gift, Impromptu Royal Flush, One In Fifty-Two Bet, and much more. Running time: Approximately 80 minutes.
Classic Green Collection Volume #4: Introduction To False Shuffles, Cavalcade Of False Shuffles, Mirror Shuffles, Mirror Cross Shuffle, Never-Mind Shuffle, False Angle Shuffle, Real Green Shuffle, Slug False Shuffle, Sawing Shuffle, Joker False Shuffle, False Rosetta Shuffle, and much more. Running time: Approximately 70 minutes.
Classic Green Collection Volume #5: Windmill Arc Move, Card Steals & Controls, Side/Center Steals, Multiple Card Controls, The Samurai Move, Max Milton Top Change, The Drop Pass, Russian Cut, 3-Heap Gambler’s Cut, Index Swing Cut, Crab Cut, 6-Heap Fancy Cut, Flip-Over Cuts, Bricklayer’s Cut, Explosion (Calculator) Cut, The Rope & Nut, and much more. Running time: Approximately 65 minutes.
Classic Green Collection Volume #6: Laser Deal, Lateral Steal Color Separation, Flexible Deck, Lateral Vanishing Deck/Color Separation, Selection Transposition, 5-Q, R.S.F Royal Flush Routine, Snap Deal, Angle Separation Variation, Drop Cull Separation, 5-Q Separation, Estimation Deals, Xirtam, and much more. Running time: Approximately 110 minutes.
If you love card magic, or even just like it, you can’t go wrong with this set of DVDs. You get to see a self-styled master teach you his rich repertoire.
$119.95 (DVD01037)

And that is this week’s Hotlist. The very best in magic for the very best in magic customers (that’s you!). I hope you enjoy reading about all these great new items, and I hope you truly enjoy this week’s savings event.
As always, we appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedules to spend some time with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.