Friday, September 25, 2009

First News - Conclave 2010

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I hope your week was as much fun as ours. We seem to be in the midst of an Indian Summer, which means that it should be getting chillier every day, but instead, we have temps in the 80s. Very confusing.

I spent a good deal of the week emailing and speaking with acts for next year’s Cape Cod Magic Conclave. And, it is starting to shape up very nicely. At this point, I have some “definites” whose names I can mention. Chuck Fayne will be with us, and Chuck says that this will be his last trip to America. If you have never seen Chuck work, you are in for a treat. Harry Anderson will be here, and will be doing the late-night Saturday show. The same show that he was doing in New Orleans before the Katrina mess. Seeing Harry is worth the price of admission, as they say. The Buck Twins, Dan & Dave, will be here. They will be doing a lecture and then a separate workshop. Britain’s Marc Oberon has signed on, fresh from his recent FISM win. And, Charlie Frye & Company will be here. If you saw them the last time they were at the Conclave, you know how spectacular they are. More acts are in the pipeline but I cannot mention them as they are not definite yet. As you can see, next year’s Conclave is really starting to look good! Now is the perfect time to register. You can do it online, of course by clicking on the Conclave Button at It’s never too soon to sign up!

We are anxiously awaiting the release of Peter Loughran’s Frozen Glow. We have read Peter’s description and watched the demo video. We absolutely cannot figure out how it works. Peter has stumped the magical braniacs here at Hank Lee’s, which is a rare feat indeed. The effect is scheduled to release at the end of this month, and we are quite excited about it. Have you pre-ordered yours? I hope so. If not, go to the online catalog and check it out. It’s a fooler for sure.

There’s not too much to report from the home front, which I guess is good. The old adage that no news is good news seems to apply here. We made it through the family dinners last weekend intact, which is always good news. I experimented with baking “Nothings,” a traditional cookie that seems to require an oven built before 1930. Two batches. Two failures. They’re supposed to be tall and air-filled. Mine were flat and doughy. Where did I go wrong?

And that’s all the news from here. Time to check out this week’s excitement!

BUY ONE GET ONE AT 60% OFF SALES EVENT: A repeat of last week’s excitement. It seems that you all really like this one, so I figured, “Why not do it again?” So, I did. Check it out. When you buy one item, you get a gigantic 60% off the second item. That’s right, 60% off! Here's how it works. For the next 6 days, from right this very moment, until Wednesday, September 30th at midnight, you can save like crazy. How does it work? Simple, really. For every item you buy, you get the second item at 60% off. That's right, a full 60% 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 $79.98! What a deal!!

The rules are also simple. We deduct the 60% 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. 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.

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, and reimburse your credit card.

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 take a look at this week’s Hotlist!

Hand Out 500: Steve Haynes' Hand Out 500 starts off like all the other wonderful versions of Pat Page's easy money; you display four or five single dollar bills, then in a flash, the ones visibly change into hundreds.
The Big Handout Happiness is that you can now immediately hand out all of the hundreds for examination!
If you've performed other versions, you've probably heard that little voice in your head saying "Boy, it sure would be sweet to hand out all the hundreds at the end and not have to deal with hanging onto that thick gaffed bill."
With Haynes' Hand Out 500, that little voice is joyously silent as you naturally and cleanly hand out all the hundreds to your spectator! No palming, no pulls, no complicated moves. The audience simply sees you change the ones into hundreds and place them onto the spectator's hand. All of the hundreds are completely normal... so there's nothing to find but pure astonishment!
Even without the glorious hand-out ending, Steve's radically new gimmick would still make this the bill change of choice.
Hand Out 500 is actually easier and safer to handle than previous versions. There are no bad angles. You never have to worry about your audience seeing any extra thickness!
And for the final big hunk of Haynes' Hand-Out Happiness: Because of the unique construction of the gimmick, you save hundreds of dollars in gaffed bills. It's a whole new approach to easy money.
The first real game changer for bill changers!
BONUS EFFECT: An ingenious signed card to wallet using an altered Hand Out 500 gimmick.
DVD includes special materials for making the gimmick with your own bills of any denomination in any currency! $34.95 (10.1539)

Jumbo Card Fountain – Marcelo Contento: Another of Marcelo Contento's masterpieces.
The impressive 'explosion' of jumbo cards is not to be believed. At your command you can cause a deck of jumbo cards to shoot high into the air making a wonderful and spectacular display.
This unit can be housed in your Square Circle, table, illusion or what have you. Use in a dramatic card stab, a visible production and revelation of a card from a torrent of shooting cards. The impact is tremendous.
Only the finest professional material has been used. The mechanism and system is beyond reproach and as always, guaranteed for one full year!
This is in limited production so avoid delays and order now. Comes complete, ready to work.
Includes remote control at no additional cost!
Will work with standard poker sized cards as well as Jumbo. $495.00 (60.1090)

Time Sensitive: New from Jay Sankey, this is an absolutely amazing mental telepathy effect that never misses. You make a drawing of a clock face on the back of your business card. Explain that you have drawn minute hand pointing to one of the minute markers. There is no hour hand. The spectator names any minute. You turn the business card around, and the hand is pointing to the freely named minute!
No sleight-of-hand required.
Instantly resents.
Use your own business cards and an ordinary marker.
Perform close-up for one person or during a stand-up show in from of a larger audience.
No nail writers or secret writing devices of any kind.
Both hands are empty during the entire performance.
No stooges or any pre-show work
$20.00 (40.691)

Triple Impact 2.0: Matt Ellison's Triple Impact will totally blow your spectators away, with an impossible triple prediction that is so clean your spectators will question their own free will!
Imagine the following.
A spectator freely selects 3 cards from a red deck and places them into 3 separate pockets of his choice. With no fishing or funny moves you reach into your top pocket and remove a blue backed prediction card. The spectator removes the red backed card, which he freely placed into his top pocket. They match! Same card. Same pocket!
Now, remove a card from your right-hand pocket. The spectator does the same. They match! Same card. Same pocket. Remember, you remove your prediction first, so it is in full view. The tension is building as you reach into your left-hand pocket and remove a card. Show the card. Of course, it matches the spectator's card. Same card. Same pocket!
The audience will truly believe that the future is in your control.
This is a self-working masterpiece in mental magic.
* No Sleight Of Hand.
* Easy To Do.
* Only one prediction card is in each pocket. Your pockets may be freely shown empty after each prediction card is removed.
* Nothing added or taken away from the pockets or the deck at any time.
* No Palming.
* No Rough and Smooth.
* The predictions are in your pocket before you start.
* Easily reset and extremely practical.
This is one effect you will be asked to perform time and time again! In the midst of the many card tricks available today, Triple Impact is something you will use for many years to come. Comes with instructional DVD $23.00 (30.952)

iChange Project – Peter Nardi: A complete sell-out at MAGIC Live 2009
This effect is without doubt one of the most direct and cleanest cards in pocket transposition effects ever created.
Four Aces and four Kings are shown and the four Aces placed into four different pockets about your person. Each card really is fairly placed into the pocket and nothing is stolen back out.
The four Kings are now fanned to display the faces, and the backs may also be shown if you wish. With no sudden moves, the cards are turned face up again and spread wide to show the four Aces!
Without any false moves, the first card is removed from the first pocket to show it is now a King! Then the second, third and fourth cards are each removed to show that all four Kings have changed places with each of the four Aces!
The cards are now placed on your spectator's outstretched palm and she is asked to place her other hand on top. Your spectator is now asked to name Kings or Aces and in this case, we assume she chooses Aces. She now spreads her hands apart to show that the Aces have totally vanished and just the four Kings remain in her hands!
You reach back into each pocket, totally empty hands each time, and one by one, remove the four Aces from the four separate pockets once again!
All cards can be examined and you end totally clean!
As well as the iChange cards, specially printed by the USPCC, you also receive a detailed instructional DVD that takes you through every stage of the handling of the effect.
As well as the interchange routine, the DVD also covers additional ideas, routines and handling tips that use the iChange gimmicks.
Peter Nardi's Interchange comes complete with instructional DVD and the four custom-printed iChange gimmicks in red-backed Bicycle brand playing cards. $40.00 (30.1446)

Zebra Wonder Tube: A new construction which outshines all other production tubes! This tube is made to produce large quantities of silks, to make silks vanish and to transform them. Show the tube from both sides, the spectators can even see through it. Then start with a production of silks, large feather flowers, sponge eggs, other sponge items, streamers, spring bouquets and much more.
The possibilities are endless: use the tube to transform single silks into a large Blendo or change white silks into multi colored ones!
The tube has two different secret compartments for lots and lots of loads! Zebra Wonder Tube can even be used to produce glasses and bottles!
What an extraordinary design! This is a very classy prop. Each Zebra Wonder Tube is produced by a master craftsman in Germany. $119.95 (60.1616)

Royal Redo: The spectator shuffles a deck, from which you remove a set of five cards. The spectator thinks of one (they don't even need to name it) and you instantly show that you knew exactly which card was selected!
No sleights, no moves, no pumping…just pure magic.
The Royal Redo is Bill Wisch's new design and approach to a classic of magic. You'll receive the custom printed card set printed by US Playing Card on Bicycle card stock as well as a detailed instructional DVD that covers every aspect of the classic plus much more.
You'll also learn how Bill uses this set as the heart of his incredible Simple Focus Routine. This routine just may convince your audience that you really can read minds!
You'll divine multiple cards in a variety of ways…including a card merely looked at in a completely fanned deck! Bill tips methods and techniques found nowhere else. These ideas alone are well worth the price of admission.
The Royal Redo will easily become a favorite with you and your audiences! $19.95 (30.1447)

"....100% practical for the real world. It is instantly repeatable for the same audience and it even fools them more the second, and third time, they see it. If you want my honest, condensed opinion of Bill Wisch's Royal Redo, it's perfect magic!"
Steve Dusheck

Salvano Multiplying Billiard Balls DVD:
Contents include:
First Routine
Second Routine
Color Changes
Shell handling: productions
Shell handling: steals
Complete explanation of two routines
$34.95 (DVD01047)

Salvano Stage Card Magic DVD –
His personal techniques and his new back and front hip-technique!
Contents include:
Stage Act Card Routine
Explanation of the routine
Back and front secret techniques
Hip - Technique routine
Explanation of the hip - technique routine
34.95 (DVD01048)

And that’s this week’s Time To Register For Conclave 2010 Hotlist! Lots of great magic, just waiting for you right behind the curtain!
As always, we appreciate your taking time out from your busy schedules to spend some time with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford.
Hank Lee