Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!

Happy Birthday to me; Happy Birthday to me. It’s my birthday, and I can’t even begin to thank everyone who remembered and sent me an email or called to wish me a Happy Birthday. I was so surprised that so many of you remembered. I wonder if my mentioning it last week had anything to do with it. No matter, I still want to thank you all for remembering. Actually, my birthday was the 17th, but in our family, we like to celebrate for a few days. Not such a bad idea, right?

Here at Hank Lee’s, we have had a most amazing holiday season. In fact, the season was so crazy that we needed to hire a new elf. Beav-O, the busy as a beaver elf. Beav-O says, “We can get all those orders out in plenty of time for the holidays. No problem. Work harder. Work longer. Work faster.” Which is exactly what he has been doing. The orders are literally flying out the door. And, you shold see how many empty cans from Red Bull are on Beav-O’s desk. Yikes. For those of you who get the weekly email Newsletter in html format, I have included a photo of Beav-O. For those who still get the text-only format, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the html version.

Now, to some serious business. Next Friday is Christmas. It comes this time every year. So, you need to know what you have to do to get your order in time for the big day.

* Order on Friday, December18th: Use Fedex 3 Day delivery to get the order to you by the 23rd, guaranteed.
* Order from Saturday, December19th until Monday, December 21st: Request Fedex Two Day Service to get the order to you by the 23rd, guaranteed.
* Order on Tuesday, December 22nd or Wednesday, December 23rd: Request Fedex Overnight Service to get your order to you by the 24th, guaranteed.

Bottom line, the earlier you order, the better. But, you can order until the 23rd of December and we can get your magic to you in time for Christmas. Just ask Beav-O. He knows we can do it! Beav-O also recommends that you use our Toll-Free Order Line at 800 874 7400 if you are really in a rush!

Now, I must return to the Order Department. Have a wonderful holiday, and I will see you on Christmas morning! Oh, here’s this week’s Excitement:

FREE SHIPPING: Our holiday gift to you! Until Thursday, the 24th of December at midnight, we are offering free ground shipping on any order over $30.00 to anywhere in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii! Just enter the special code SHIPMEFREE in the Discount Coupon Box at the bottom of the first page of the online checkout at We will happily pick up the ground shipping charges on your order. Of course, if you want your order sent Fedex Three Day (Express Saver), Second Day or Next Day, you will just have to pay the difference.
Note: Your email confirmation from our online system will still list the shipping as free, but we will charge the difference when we ship your order.
Overseas customers will save as well! We will pay one-half of the Air Post shipping charges on your orders until the 24th! Just remember to enter the special code SHIPMEFREE in the Discount Coupon Box, or let the person taking your phone order know when you place your order at 800 874 7400.

Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist

(1) The Chest: Magical moments come from amazing illusions. Yaniv Levy and Roi Yozevitch present The Chest, blending modern technology with magic. The Chest raises mentalism to the upper echelon of legendary status.
For one effect, the performer borrows up to 5 personal objects from different spectators and places them into The Chest. With the performer blindfolded or having his back turned, the spectators opens the box. They retrieve as many objects as they wish from The Chest and place them into different pockets. After the spectators complete the task, the performer is able to reveal which items the spectators picked out and in which pockets they placed them. The magician is 100% correct with every selection. And, remember, the objects are all borrowed!
The Chest is only bound by the magician's imagination. Versatile - many more routines are possible with this device. The Chest is an absolutely beautiful piece, designed to capture the spectators’ interest. Lightweight structure allows for a mobile piece of hardware. The electronics are cleverly hidden within The Chest so it looks totally innocent.
Measures 15" (L) x 8" (W) x 8 1/2" (D). (38cm x 20cm x 21cm)
Includes Instructional DVD and Manufacturer's Warranty. $900.00 (40.701)
(2) One-Hand Popover – Aaron Fisher: It's not there. It's there.
That's how quickly, amazingly, and impossibly a card pops out of the deck with Aaron Fisher's powerful new sleight, One-hand Popover. Based on J.K. Hartman's Popover, this new revelation is the basis for a wide variety of visually stunning card illusions, from Ace productions to transpositions to card stabs - all made more remarkable because you're holding the deck with just one hand.
First taught in The Paper Engine, Aaron's acclaimed book on advanced card technique, One-Hand Popover is now part of Aaron's Personal Training Series on DVD, where you can learn every nuance of this move - from exact finger placement to critical timing issues - as if its creator were sitting right across from you in your living room.
On the One-Hand Popover DVD, you'll find many never before seen, practical uses for this celebrated production. But that's not all. You'll also get:
All the technology that Aaron has developed with this dynamic move in the 10 years since he wrote The Paper Engine. New, different, and more powerful applications? You bet. The seamless direction of Wayne Houchin and Dana Hocking. When these directors collaborate with Aaron Fisher, you know you're getting the very finest teaching available in magic today, combined with the very best direction available in the magic instructional market. The result is a teaching tool unlike any other.
Even if you're scared of "advanced" sleight of hand, Aaron will guide you through every step of the learning process, ensuring that you'll not only learn the One-Hand Popover, you'll master it - and in far less time than you ever thought possible. One-Hand Popover. $30.00 (30.1462)

(3) Modern Marvel Vol. 1 – Mel Mellers: Join your host Mel Mellers and his crew as they travel the length and breadth of the UK to bring you seven brand new routines on this superb new DVD set. Over a year in the making, you'll watch Mel perform in various live shows and then return to the studio to explain everything that you need to know.
Along the way be amazed and above all amused, as Mel performs a 6 Card Repeat in a truly international way, a feat of number manipulation despite overriding distraction, a Plume routine that gets huge laughs, an underwater escape that has no water (!), a superb mindreading stunt in which he predicts a genuinely random set of numbers, manipulates his own eyeball, vanishes and reappears a borrowed watch and for his grand finale uses a flea and a feather (don't ask!).
As fans will know, Mel is a hilarious magician and all of these brilliant routines can be adapted to be used by all performers. As usual Mel takes an effect and turns it upside down with a unique and original twist!
International Six Cards Of Mystery
The 6 card repeat presented in a new and refreshing way.
Two audience members choose two random numbers. Mel then manipulates them in an amazing performance based around mathematics and a sense of overriding distraction!
Do As I Do Plumes
The ideal routine for adults and kids alike. Taking an old favorite, Mel dresses it up and takes it to a whole new level in this superb piece of comedy magic.
The No Water Underwater Escape
Houdini watch out! Mel Mellers attempts his most dangerous stunt yet, attempting to recreate Houdini's world famous Water Torture Escape... on a budget! Magic, laughs and comedy.
A super-fast comedy piece in which Mel removes his eye, manipulates it on the stage and puts it back into place in just a few seconds. The perfect opening!
Watch This
The watch routine that you will use! Borrow any watch, make it disappear and reappear where and when you want.
Feather Flea Finale
A Flea (Invisible to the human eye) lifts a large feather before his audience. No flea training required and works every time!
$34.95 (DVD01085)

(4) Prinkle Chip Can: You’ve just finished one of your best tricks, and offer some Potato Chips to the youngster who has just assisted you. A reward for being such a fine assistant.
The kid looks at you like you’re crazy! He knows for sure that if he opens the Potato Chip can, snakes will come flying out. He’s seen this way to many times to be suckered in.
So, you open the can, and much to everyone’s surprise, it is full of chips. You have a couple of chips then casually close the can.
Later, another assistant is offered the same reward from the same can. The second assistant is still a little hesitant, so you open the can yourself. The can is full of chips, some of which you eat, then return to performing.
A while goes by and you offer a third assistant a reward. He opens the same can and BAM! Snakes jump from the can! What a surprise! Everyone laughs and tries to figure out where on earth the snakes came from.
Only one can is used. No switch. The Prinkle Chip Can is designed to do the work for you. Snakes are included. You will love the method. And the chips!
Priced very low at $20.00 (50.966)

(5) Modosu: The most recent street-style effect from Sean Scott. It is a continuation in the organic line of effects, Ki & Bandarizumu.
You just have to love magic that involves picking trash up off the street, right?
A crushed can is found lying nearby and signed on top with a spectator's initials.
The performer tosses the object to the ground and suddenly stomps his foot down on top of it.
As the foot is lifted, the can is seen to visually morph into a restored & sealed beverage! The performer slowly lifts the can from the ground and displays the spectator's initials still on top of the can.
It is wiped clean (I should hope so) and given to the spectator to open and consume if desired. Modosu uses a specially designed & fabricated gimmick.
Instant repeat
Performer can show soles of shoes after the effect.
Includes gimmick to produce can, ready to use in 15 minutes.
Use your own shoes, no permanent or complicated alterations.
Effect can also be used to switch other items: cards, coins, etc.
Includes DVD covering all elements of effect, along with bonus ideas.
Minimal assembly required
$60.00 (60.1639)

(6) Magic Candy Book: Books can make children's wishes appear right before their eyes if they concentrate on the magic.

In this book, Mickey Mouse and pals bring the kids delicious candy!
Flip through the Mickey Mouse book, which depicts sweet candies spilling across the colorful pages.
Close the book and tell the children that books give them magical powers.
Books can make their wishes appear before them, if they concentrate.
As the children concentrate, real live candies begin to spill out from the book.
When you flip through the pages of the book a second time, the colorful candies have vanished from the pictures!
• This item is approved and authorized by Disney & Tenyo
•The original concept for the gimmick used in this effect comes from J.C. Doty

• The Magic Candy Book is a beautiful hard cover book; size: 7 1/2" x 10" (19cm x 25.5cm)
$37.50 (50.965)

(7) Modern Marvel Vol. 2 – Mel Mellers: Join your host Mel Mellers and his crew as they travel the length and width of the UK to bring you seven more routines on this superb new DVD set. Over a year in the making, you'll watch Mel perform in various live shows and then explain everything that you need to know in the studio.
Along the way watch as Mel wins $20.00 in his opening routine, tells the audience just what they're missing on TV, cuts an audience members hand off with hilarious results, reads 6 spectators drawings using his knowledge of body language, takes a short break to show you a Wee Little Trick, teaches the audience how to solve their own problems and finds a freely chosen card with hilarious results.
As fans will know, Mel is a hilarious magician and all of these brilliant routines can be adapted to be used by all performers. As usual Mel takes an effect and turns it upside down with a unique and original twist!
Bottle Opener
Mel's unique take on the Norm Nielsen Vanishing Bottle. Gambling his own money, Mel wins every time in this superb opening routine that's perfect as an introduction to your show.
You Could Be
Explaining just what they're missing by watching him, Mel takes the torn and restored newspaper plot to another place, giving it logic.
Hands Off
A hilarious ten minute comedy routine in which a spectator acts as his glamorous assistant, whilst Mel cuts off the other spectator's hand! Hilarious and so, so easy to do!
A group of spectators are brought onto the stage and asked to make a drawing of a tree. From these random drawings Mel is able to read into their personalities and tell each one which drawing was theirs.
A Wee Little Trick
Mel's unique and funny take on the Multum in Parvo routine. There have been many before this, but none quite this offbeat!
Solved Dissolved
Slydini's knotted silk routine, finally given a logical plot. Ten minutes of comedy from just two handkerchiefs. Brilliant stuff.
Pseudo Card Routine
A brilliantly simple effect using one spectator and a regular deck of cards. Comedy and ad-libs combine to make a superb routine that you WILL use.
$34.95 (DVD01086)

(8) Art of Astonishment DVD – Vol. 1: Wayne Houchin and Paul Harris - Forty years ago, learning magic was different. Black and white pictures of old men stared at you from the pages of bad reprints of classic books. And then Paul Harris started creating magic - and magic changed forever.
Cards stopped being just cards and became objects with personalities of their own. They linked, danced, and twisted themselves into the impossible. Paul introduced exciting plots and unconventional methods that inspired a generation of magicians.
Now, discover the magic that gave birth to astonishment. Paul Harris and Wayne Houchin explore the revolutionary thinking that is the foundation of one of the most popular magic book series of all time. The Art Of Astonishment is coming to DVD. $35.00 (DVD01084)

(9) Diminishing Sponge Balls: Diminishing Sponge Balls by Magic Ian, originated back in 1979 and received 4 stars in Genii magazine. Frank Garcia acknowledged that it was one of the few new sponge moves he had seen in years, and Goshman himself loved the effect.
The 23 minute Mini DVD has several routines, unique setups and suggestions for use with all of your sponge props plus easy to follow instruction.
Effect: The magicians shows a 3" sponge ball, and splits it visibly and without cover into two 2" sponges. Then, one of the 2" ball is split into two 1" balls, and finally, one of the 1" balls is split into two .5" balls. The last ball is transformed into a 3" ball. This effect can be combined into any sponge ball routine plus you can use it with the ball to bunny or ball to square effect.
Comes to you in a special limited custom run of dye-lot matched, super-soft Goshman sponges. $25.00 (10.237)

And that’s this week’s Only Seven Days To Go Until Christmas But We Can Still Get Your Order To You In Time Hotlist.
From all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, we want to wish you the Merriest Christmas. And, as always, we want to thank you for spending some of your valuable time with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love your company!