Good morning. Good morning. I slept the whole night through. Good morning, good morning to you. Why the chipper mood? Well, I’ll tell you. One week ago today we unveiled the new front page at www.magicfact.com. And, we have been getting emails from all over the world from people, people just like you, telling us how much they like the new front page. It makes me feel good. And, it’s nice to know that the time and effort it took to create the new front page did not go unnoticed. Have you visited us at www.magicfact.com this week? If not, take a few seconds to do it. Make sure you have Flash Player installed in your browser. Chances are good you already do. The new front page is really fun to watch! Again my thanks to Mark Wing and Richard Robinson for making it happen.
On the home front, Aron the elder son, went for his first job interview this week. He will graduate from UF this year, and it’s never too early to start interviewing. Hopefully he will be employed by the time he graduates. Anyone out there have an opening for a History Major who is willing to start at the bottom and work his way up? No joke, here.
Meteors finally, after a longer than long wait, came in stock, and all of the back orders have been shipped. It is an absolutely brilliant effect. Even when you know what the setup is, it still looks like magic. If you are one of the people who had one on order, here is a word of advice. Watch the entire DVD. The first section just shows the setup with the practice wires, etc. You have to wait for the next section, which shows the actual, performance setup, which is pretty amazing.
PLATINUM CLUB: As promised, this week I will tell you about another way that you can save money here at Hank Lee’s. It is the now nearly-famous Platinum Club, an elite club designed for those customers who typically spend more than one thousand dollars in magic per year. It affords you the opportunity to get the very best price on your magic without the need to search around for “special sales.” The Platinum Club does require an investment on your part. But the return on your investment is immediate and guaranteed. In order to set up your Platinum Club account, you are required to send us a payment in the amount of one thousand dollars.
Immediately on receipt of your payment, we will issue a $1300.00 credit to your In House account here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. That is an immediate return of 30% on your initial payment.
Place your orders in the normal way: Online at www.magicfact.com (Platinum Club as the payment method), by phone, by FAX, by mail. Identify yourself as a Platinum Club Member and we will deduct the cost of your order from your deposit account. You will pay the normal price for the items you purchase, but since you have already received a $300.00 return on your initial deposit, you are effectively buying everything at a 30% Discount! There is no need to wait for special sales. Your 30% discount is good every day!
We are well aware that the Platinum Club is not for everyone. But, if you are buying magic on a regular basis and you want to get the best price every day without waiting for special sales, we think it’s the best way to go.
FREE SHIPPING EXTENDED AGAIN: Until Friday, the 12th of February 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 www.magicfact.com. 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 12th of February! 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) Card College Lightest – Roberto Giobbi : The final volume of Roberto Giobbi's acclaimed 'Light' trilogy. In it are taught 18 thoroughly astonishing tricks of professional quality, complete with performing psychology, presentations, valuable tips and insights, all of which contribute to making these sleightless effects into near miracles.
The tricks Giobbi has selected this time range from time-tested classics to little-known wonders by masters of the craft, including Larry Becker, Henry Christ, Aldo Colombini, Paul Curry, Alex Elmsley, Karl Fulves, Martin Gardner, Stewart James, Howard Adams, Richard Vollmer and more.
Also explained are simple methods for achieving false shuffles, deck switches and other techniques usually attainable only by demanding sleight-of-hand.
Roberto Giobbi is acknowledged worldwide as the finest living teacher of card magic. His Card College series is a best-seller in five languages, and Card College Lightest is the newest example of why he and his works are held in such high regard by magicians of all levels, from rank amateur to seasoned professional. If you have read his books, you will need no urging to buy Card College Lightest. If you have yet to encounter Roberto Giobbi, you will find Card College Lightest a delightful introduction.
Hardcover. 152 pages. $35.00 (BK01692)
(2) Devil’s Hank Revisited: Rick Haslett says, “What's the Devils Hank without fire? Of course he does!
The video demo. says it all
Devil’s Hank Revisited is made of soft and pliable material for easy folding during performance.
And, the flash at the end is really the exclamation point at the end of the sentence.
Comes in three designs, for street performers and those who perform in traditional venues. Navy Bandana, Red Bandana, Black Satin with woven design. Please specify which you prefer. The hank is 20” square.
The flash, which is built in to the hank, is battery operated and uses either Flash Paper or Flash Cotton.
Includes video CDROM instructions. $79.95 (60.1648)
Thanks to Rick Haslett for giving us the exclusive on this item, which means you will find it here, only here, and never there.
(3) Bill x Bill and Signature Transpo – Kris Mystery: Penetrate borrowed and signed bills and move the spectator’s signature at will.
Imagine being able to penetrate two borrowed and signed bills!
Cool, right, but what if you could also move the spectator's signature from one bill to another? Even vanish the signed bill in full view, without going near the spectator! Then, ask the spectator to open her own wallet and find her own signed bill! This is a killer!
With contributions from Will Tsai and new rising star G., this concept has opened up possibilities that were previously only dreams! $25.00 (10.1559)
(4) Undead: A supernaturally amazing mindreading effect with the celebrated Twilight book series.
Meld with any mind and see with the eyes of another as you bring your audiences the adventure and romance of the incredibly popular Twilight book series! Undead is an ungimmicked book test with a very natural, simple method. A spectator chooses one of the books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn), opens it to any page, and begins reading silently. With no further questions, you give the spectator a vivid reading of a major word he's reading.
You will know the word instantly and right in front of the volunteer's eyes.
No matter which book is chosen or where it's opened, you'll mind-meld with your volunteer and dramatically reveal the word and its imagery.
Easy to learn and perform, instantly repeatable, and the gimmicks even help you avoid awkward situations by letting you know immediately if the spectator has chosen a blank page or chapter opening!
Comes complete with full-color instructions and all necessary elements. Use any copy of the Twilight books...or borrow them!
• Use any edition of any or all of the Twilight series!
• The books are ungimmicked...you can borrow them!
• Perform with a single book or all four volumes.
• Works with paperback and hardbound editions.
• The cueing gimmicks are built into natural, everyday objects.
• Simple to learn and perform.
• No memorization, no counting, nothing written down
• Perfect for romantic audiences, teenagers, and vampires.
• You can repeat the effect immediately.
(5) Food For Thought – Devin Knight: Show a menu card from a restaurant listing various foods. Anyone is invited to come forward and secretly write the name of any food from the menu on a blank index card and drop it face down on a plate. No forces or restrictions.
Explain that the special of the day at the restaurant is two for the price of one. To get the special, you must order the same item as the spectator.
Secretly write your choice from the menu on another index card and drop it on another plate. Once this has been done you and the participant exchange plates and both show the audience the name of the food written on the index cards. Amazingly, you and the participant both chose the same food!
As a final Kicker the show that you predicted the food the participant would choose.!
No carbons used or secret impression devices of any kind. The person is only give one stiff card to write on. Baffling beyond words.
This effect fooled almost everyone who saw it at Devin's Lecture.
Complete with menu card and the needed gimmick. Comes with full directions and bonus effect where the performer shows he predicted the food that would be chosen. $20.00 (40.708)
"One of the effects I greatly enjoyed at the Las Vegas Mindvention was Devin Knight's "Food For Thought." Clever stuff. Good entertainment." - Larry Becker
(6) Tsunami Project – MagiKel: A concept that allows you to do four unique effects with a superb twist at the end. It's a 4 in 1 combo. In this DVD, you will learn how to build the special gimmick behind this wonderful concept. It takes about 15 minutes to build, and it will allow you to perform top notch visual magic with no sleight of hand! Plus, you can use the utility gimmick for countless effects.
Four Aces visually turn from face up to face down in a blink. When the cards are turned over once more, they are now four completely different cards.
Four Kings (blue back) visually turn from face down to face up in a blink. When the cards are turned over once more, they now have red backs.
Five random cards visually turns into Royal Flush.
A sleight-free 8 card packet strolling routine. Visual magic with a Twisted Card to Pocket Transpo climax. Extremely easy to do.
(7) Improved Deluxe Baby Gag – Devin Knight: Devin Knight has reworked the classic Baby Gag for today's audiences with new up to date topical gags and jokes. The routine also includes an optional kicker finish where an adult photo of the named person is removed from the envelope!
EFFECT: A complete comedy routine. The performer says he wants to try some quick psychic experiments. He begins with a comedy number prediction, proving he thought of the same number the participant did (???). Next, he asks anyone to name a famous person. As a gag he removes a baby picture from the envelope claiming this is the person when he was a baby. This is where the normal gag ends, but there is much more in Devin's routine.
What follows is a non-stop laugh-packed routine using new lines and gags. You get more than seven new and topical gags. Two new sight gags are done with the baby picture that will bring the house down with laughter.
AN OLD PROBLEM SOLVED: What happens if someone names, An Asian, a Hispanic or Native American? With this routine you are covered. If someone names Jackie Chan, you produce a photo that is funnier than the original Baby Gag.
BONUS ROUTINE: Includes a sure-fire method where audience members call out names of famous people (no stooges) and one of these names is chosen. After doing the Baby Gag routine, for a climax, an actual adult photo of the named person is removed from the envelope. This is done with no pre-show work, and the full secret is included in this release.
Fully audience tested, with every gag and line a proven laugh-getter. Real full color photos are used. The Baby Gag cards are supplied on a high quality plastic photo-card stock. Designed to withstand years of performances. If the card gets dirty, wipe it off with a damp cloth. This was designed with the professional performer in mind.
Comes complete with a special manila envelope used for the comedy number prediction, 8.5" x 11" plastic photo-cards in full-color, including a gag photo of the performer when he was child, plus a comedy picture of your kids. Includes the complete performance script detailing every gag and punch line, plus additional jokes you can use in the routine.
Without a doubt, this is the finest version of the Baby Gag that has ever been released. Suitable for Magicians, MCs and Comedians. $29.95 (60.1649)
(8) Award Winning Magic Of Martin Nash- 5 DVD Set: Martin A. Nash, "The Charming Cheat," was one of the top cardmen in the world. For years, he was one of the most popular performers in the Magic Castle's Close-Up showroom and his technical ability and routining were unsurpassed. On this five-volume set of videos, Martin tips the real work on many of his legendary routines.
Volume One: Kings Incognito • Palm Unseen • Soft Shuffles • The Pull Through Shuffle • In the Nick of Time • Limited Ambitions • Ovation
Volume Two: Down the Garden Path • A Problem with Fulves • The Fastest Card in the West • Peek Control Effect • Top Stock Controls • Jacks or Better-A complete 13 minute card act.
Volume Three: Blackjack Demonstration • Dunbury Delusion • The Computer Card Trick • Vernash Aces • Celestial Aces #2 • Mental Topper • Overkill • Incomplete Masterpiece • Poker Opener • Colors on the Match
Volume Four: Any Way You Want It • Tabled Faro Shuffle • Run • Ups (up to 7 hands) • Packet Switches • Beat the Cheat Poker • Infinity Control • The Slug • Weighted • 4 • Way
Volume Five: Omni Twist • Second Deals • Multiple Shifts • The Show-Off • Bottom Deals • Center Deals • False Shuffles
Set of five DVDs. $99.95 (DVD00339)
(9) De'vo's Secret Books: A three volume collection of De'vo's early underground material from the 1970s to current day. This first release contains four of De'vo's favorite early underground ideas. Some of this material has been kept in the underground for more than 20 years! For the first time since the underground "Motions" DVD, De'vo is releasing his Motions concept with the basic Motions (S.) routine! The focus of this book is the basics of Motions and could have been its own book, however De'vo decided to include three other items for you, including his legendary "Demon Claw".
Chapter #1 – The Secrets Of The Demon Claw - One of the most powerful and versatile card positions ever created! The full range of motions of the Demon Claw has challenged even the best manipulators for many years. The Demon Claw is the basic foundation for much of De'vo's underground material. Until now it has remained in De'vo's secret circles. The Demon Claw is taught from the very basics and in great detail.
Chapter #2 – The Piano Routine - De'vo's transformation routine. This is a great demonstration of "performing" versus "demonstrating". Learn the tools to create your very own Piano Routine and entertain your audiences.
Chapter #3 - Motions - Yes, this is what many of you have been waiting for! The re-release of De'vo's highly underground "Motions" concept. De'vo has included one of his very first "Motions" routines entitled the "S. Routine.” The S. routine is one of the most simple and celebrated Motions routines. It is taught very simply and in great detail. With the basic concepts, you will be able to create your own complete routines.
Chapter #4 – The Ring Infiniti - A wicked variation of De'vo's "De' Ring" material. Learn one of his earliest and favorite De' Ring variations and several variations.
Pages: 175 - Hardbound, Photo-illustrated $85.00 (BK01693)
And that’s this week’s Hotlist. I can’t tell if I’m more excited about this week’s new magic or Apple’s new iPad. I think the magic. Sorry Steve Jobs.
As always, we appreciate your taking time out form your busy schedule to come and play with us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company!