On the home front, Bonnie, the wife and mother elf, has been deeply involved in a personal crusade to save four baby birds. Sometime in April, she hung a flowering plant outside our front door. Last week while she was going out to get the newspaper, she noticed that some birds had built a nest right in the middle of her plant. Inside the nest were four baby birds. But, the mommy and daddy bird were nowhere to be seen. Since it was Mother’s Day and Bonnie was feeling very motherly, she got on the phone to try and figure out what to do for the birdlings. The best advice she got was to place a bowl of bird seed near the nest, and see if either of the parental birds showed up for feeding. They did not. But, two days ago, when I went out to get the newspaper, there were both the mommy and daddy birds taking care of the birdybabies. I love a story with a happy ending. I have been trying to make all of my stories magic-relevant. Before closing this paragraph, I want to remind you to register for next year’s Conclave.
Also on the home front, Aron is winging his way to Italy right now. It has been an adventure getting him ready for his summer abroad. That Aron, he left with 30 pounds of personal items, mostly cigars,and 20 pounds of books. He is taking his summer projects quite seriously; at least that’s what he wants us to believe!
Next, we turn our attention to Lucas’ summer. It will all start next week when I drive to Oberlin, Ohio to pick him and his worldly goods up and bring them home. He will then have about a month to get ready for his Italian adventure. They’re all going away for the summer. Soon it will be just Bones and me. And the hammock.
While it may seem that all the news and excitement have come from the home front, such is not the case. All kinds of news stuff have arrived at the Magic Factory this week. Plus, this week’s excitement is a goodie!
It’s been six months since we last had any kind of sales event. While we are not chasing the tails of those dealers who have one or two different sales events a week (so confusing), we feel that one big sales event every now and then will keep things interesting! I will tell you, for sure, that, if you miss this sales event, it will be quite a long time before you see another one.
Quick ‘N’ Big 24 Hour Sales Event: For the next 24 hours, from the very moment you receive this email until Saturday morning at 7:00 EDT, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale at 30% off the retail price. All you need to do is enter the special code QUICKNBIG in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at www.magicfact.com and we will automatically deduct 30% 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 firstname.lastname@example.org make sure and mention the special code so you can save a huge 30%!
Now, here are the rules:
• The minimum order to use the 30% off discount is $30.00.
• The 30% 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 30% is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
• Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Joe Porper items, Colin Rose items, Mike Caveney Books, Johnson Products items, MagicSmith 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.
• Promotional Gift Certificates, Coupons and Reward Points may not be used as part of this sales event.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code QUICKNBIG 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. The sale positively ends Saturday morning at 7:00 AM, Eastern Time
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Tetanus: From Randi Rain and Bizarro, Tetanus is the 100% safe spike roulette effect. The one that everyone's been waiting for!
Some spike roulette routines claim to be 100% safe. But that’s only if you do them properly. Others claim to be 100% safe as long as nothing funny happens. Tetanus is the only one that is 100% safe all the time, every time, no matter what. Even if you mess up, no one will ever get hurt!
This is what all performers have been waiting for. From the minds of Randi Rain and Bizarro, the best, the most affordable, and truly 100% safe spike roulette.
The effect is classic. Four wooden bases and one solid, sharp spike. Place the spike in one of the bases, then cover all the bases with Styrofoam plastic cups. Turn your back and have a spectator mix the cups around.
Turn back to face the audience. Hold your hand over a cup and crush it. Do it again. And again. The last cup is removed from the base, and there is the solid, sharp spike!
The method will absolutely thrill you. I promise. It’s a method which has never been used before. And, it is the method which makes the effect so powerful, and so safe.
Comes complete with performance/explanation DVD and everything needed to perform, less the Styrofoam cups, which can be found at any super market.
(2) Comedy Cooking Spoons: This fabulous item is perfect for kid shows, family shows, all shows!
A unique and original set of comedy cooking spoons.
The spoons are 16 inches long, hand-turned of quality hardwood.
If you already do a Magic Baking Routine, this brand new set of props offers all kinds of audience participation and lots of quality added time.
If you don’t already do a Magic Baking Routine, it is the perfect routine to add to your show!
Spoon No 1 is completely normal and can be handled by a kid helping you with your cooking routine. This spoon is switched for Spoons No. 2 and 3.
Spoon No 2 has the bowl of the spoon connected to a spring. You can cause the bowl of this spoon to ‘wobble’ up and down in very comical manner. The kids will scream when they see this, but of course, you have no idea what is happening!
Spoon No. 3 features a completely detachable bowl. It looks so funny after the mixture has been made and you remove the spoon from the bowl! You are left holding only the handle! What happened to the bowl?
There are many ways in which to use this very funny set of spoons. Not only will they bring a lot of fun and laughter to your audience, but you will not want to bake a Birthday Cake without them!
Made by Colin Rose at Five of Hearts Magic. The set comes in a red corduroy bag, specially made to keep the spoons safe and protected. $129.95. (50.967)
(3) Zodiac Sensation: A great walk around effect which can be performed at any time. This is one of the most elegantly produced items in the Collectors' Workshop line.
A small brass box has been on the table or in the spectator's pocket throughout your act.
The spectator is asked to identify her Zodiac sign; we'll assume she says Gemini. The performer then names his; we'll assume it is Taurus.
For the first time, the performer removes the lid on the box. Inside is a silver dollar-size medallion with the 12 signs of the Zodiac emblazoned on it.
"Examine this closely," the performer tells the spectator as he places the medallion in her hand.
"Notice that a small gem has been permanently impressed in the medallion." A ruby is, in fact, mounted in the medallion at the performer’s sign (in this case, Taurus).
"Turn the medallion over," requests the performer.
Spectator does so, and finds another ruby impressed at the Gemini sign! (or whatever sign happens to be hers).
There is no force of any kind; no pre-show work, no confederates, etc. The outcome will always match the spectator's sign no matter what it is. Comes complete with beautiful Okito style brass box, medallion, instructions and patter.
(4) Hampton Falls – Tony Chris: A Macabre Mentalism/Bizarre Masterpiece
On June 18, 1969 in Hampton Falls, Massachusetts, eight high school students spent one terrifying night in an abandoned and purportedly haunted insane asylum. Not all of them survived...
Tony Chris tells their story through his captivating, macabre mental masterpiece, as eight photos of the students are displayed.
A spectator is asked to separate the photos into two groups. This is done in the fairest possible manner.
The spectator has a 100% free choice of each photo and to which group to place it in. Each choice is absolutely made by the spectator without any conditions whatsoever! It is that clean.
Once this has been done, the photos are turned over to reveal that the spectator has successfully separated the students who died that night from those who lived through the nightmare of the Hampton Falls haunting.
Includes the custom printed cards for Hampton Falls, a printed sheet with Tony's "word for word" dramatic, complete patter line for you to learn and an instructional DVD. Also includes access to the Universal Template information that allows you to customize the cards for any language in the world.
No Forcing - No Equivoque - No Multiple Outs
Packs flat and plays huge
Not The O.O.T.W. Principle
No rough and smooth
Only 8 cards are used
Spectator has a 100% free choice of which group to place the cards in.
Easy To Do
Includes Tony's bonus routine, One Soul.
Powerful magic that is perfect for the bizarrist and mentalist.
(5) Hook: Andrew Mayne presents an evil twist on a classic geek magic effect:
Phase 1: Demonstrate your ability to control pain by piercing a fish hook through your skin.
Phase 2: Display your uncanny ability to control your blood flow by moving the hook around without a single drop of blood.
Phase 3: Rip the fish hook from your flesh and appear to heal instantaneously in a supernatural manner.
All of this takes place while the spectator holds on to one end of the hook.
Hook is Andrew Mayne's devious update to the classic Needle Through Arm effect. Shove an unprepared fish hook through your arm while a spectator holds on to one end of it at all time. For a disturbing finale, you rip the fish hook straight out of your arm, completely unharmed.
Includes step-by-step instructions and special handling instructions.
(6) Annihilation Deck – Cameron Francis: The Annihilation Deck is one of those things that you will take everywhere. It requires no technical skill, yet packs a massive punch. And it's repeatable with a different selection each time, making it perfect for almost any situation. With this deck in your pocket you can unleash a brain-melting miracle at any point, and you can relax and concentrate on making your performance scintillating and memorable. The deck does all the hard work for you!
Show a deck of cards and explain that it contains two predictions. A card is freely chosen (really!) and hidden. Nobody sees the face of the card (you or spectator). Now, run through the deck and remove your two prediction cards, which you say will reveal the value and suit of the selection.
Let's say the two cards are the Five of Spades and the Queen of Diamonds. The selected card is turned face up. It is the Eight of Clubs - no relation to either prediction. The experiment appears to have failed, until the Five and the Queen are turned face down.
One has an Eight drawn on its back and the other has a Club drawn on its back!
Repeatable with any selected card!
No memory work!
No secret marks on the back of the cards!
No rough & smooth!
Free USPCC Red Deck enclosed. Watch the DVD to learn how to make your own Annihilation Deck!
DVD also features:
Do As I Do Predict
Red Hot Annihilation
(7) Challenge Magic DVD – Richard Osterlind: First released in 1990, this was a landmark video in many ways. In addition to being twice as long as most magic videos of the day, it was also much less expensive. It set the trend for reasonably-priced instructional videos for the magic and mentalism fraternities.
Now, after 20 years, Challenge Magic is being re-released in DVD format, digitally enhanced and chaptered for ease in navigation. Although much of this material was revisited by Richard in later releases, this recording still has a wonderful freshness and features a number of certain handlings that are unique and can be found nowhere else. Now you can own the special 20th Anniversary edition at a very special price.
Featured effects include:
Inside Out - A dollar bill turns itself inside out right at the tips of your fingers, 4 times!
Sweet And Low - This is Richard's classic routine that has been in the repertoires of top magicians for over 20 years! Here is the original recording that started it all and the original handling which is performed only here.
Viewed ESP Prediction - This is one of the few predictions in history where the audience can see it coming true! Larry Becker raved about this one!
Predict-Tac-Toe - Although Richard featured a later version of this effect on his Mind Mysteries series, this first version may be the strongest of any! Not only is the game itself predicted, but much more!
Miracle Flying Cards - See this famous routine performed right under the noses of the spectators in a close-up scenario! This recording is the only place you will see it done like this!
Out Of Hand - This was the first, and still the best, version of the 6 card repeat using a poker theme for the entire presentation!
Linking Finger Rings- See this routine actually performed for a real paying audience!
Coin In The Bottle - Many have questioned how effective Richard's version is. Now you can see it performed live at a Tannen's Jubilee. You will see some of the top magicians of all time, such as The Amazing Randi and Timothy Wenk, completely astounded by this!
Ultra Board - This is the only place you can see Richard's incredible one-on-one handling of the Ultra Board! This is possibly the most visible, direct and impressive prediction ever!
Glass Of Water Production - Again, this is something you can only see here! The classic routine is streamlined and the huge glass is produced from a bag ½ the size of a normal shopping bag!
Breakthrough Card System - For those who use the system, this explains Richard's shortcuts for working the math at an amazing speed.
Industrial Strength Link - This routine will make you want to run out and find a spring! Richard shows so many variations of his pet effect that it quickly moves from the realm of a puzzle to an amazing piece of magic!
Card Production - This card production looks sensational! It can be done, anytime and anywhere with a normal deck of cards!
Radar Deck - See the original routine where only one question is asked!
Stainless Steel Blindfold - This shows an entirely new way to perform a blindfold routine where the climax comes after the blindfold is removed!
(8) T’Ang Dynasty Tea Chest: Collectors' Workshop presents one of its most sought-after original treasures.
The T'Ang Dynasty in China ruled that land for almost three centuries.
It was a time of great prosperity and great cultural achievements. It is appropriate, therefore, that this fine item carry the name, and the soul, of an era that attracted diplomats and traders, scholars and poets. This, you see, is a piece of commercial magic that is poetry as well.
The performer borrows a finger ring, noting man's continuing fascination with jewelry in general, and rings in particular. Other societies valued particular commodities, as well.
So saying, performer inserts the ring in a small paper envelope, sealing it and leaving it in full view of the spectator.
"Ancient China," says the performer, "valued its wide and wonderful variety of teas. Today teas, like precious metals, have continued to command reverence throughout the world."
At this moment, the performer points to, but does not touch, a magnificent, small tea chest. Its exterior of exotic wood reflects well the hours of hand-rubbed attention paid by an artisan of the old school. Hanging from the front of the chest is a small string with a familiar tea bag tag.
"Decide for yourself which precious possession is the more compelling - tea or gold. Some believe they are interchangeable."
With these words and a snap of the fingers, the performer opens the envelope. It contains nothing but fragrant tea leaves. Gesturing to the tea chest, the performer approaches it, hand open and obviously empty, and shakes the chest slightly. There is a tell-tale rattle. The performer opens the chest, allowing spectator to see that it is chock full of tea bags. The performer grasps the tag on the outside of the box and lifts the attached bag from the chest. Inside the tea bag that was inside the box, is the spectator's ring!
The bag is immediately torn open and the ring - the same ring that was borrowed - is returned.
This is a fine, usable and, yes, poetic piece of magic. It plays well for parlor and close-up. The effect comes with full routine and presentation. It is a piece you will be proud to own; performing with it says a great deal about your own demands for quality and pure entertainment.
The Tea Chest is hand-crafted of select hardwood with brass fittings. The surface is imprinted with Chinese calligraphy and the seal of the Chinese Ministry of Trade. A truly elegant presentation to a wonderful Oriental mystery. Chest measures approx. 4" square.
(9) Magic By Phone – Deej Johnson - Now that everybody carries a cell phone, magic over the phone can be performed anytime, anywhere. Suddenly, the telephone, coupled with secret knowledge, have become one of the magician and mentalist's most powerful tools!
In Magic by Phone, Deej Johnson makes a careful study of how mysteries can be created over the phone and explains 25 original effects for the personal airwaves. Not just card tricks, but effects with a variety of items, including coins, numbers, Clue Cards, symbols, star signs, words and more. This book provides all the ideas and details you'll need to astound and impress from a distance!
Hardbound with Dustjacket. 58 pages. $39.95 (BK01708)
(10) I-Boss Thread Reel: From Sorcery Manufacturing, the folks who invented the Invisible Thread Reel, comes the new I-Boss Reel.
10 Mind Blowing Routines
50' of Superior Quality Invisible Thread - Either Kevlar or Wooly Nylon
Online Video Instruction and Refill Install Instructions
Amazing Retraction Distance for its small, slim, easy to hide design!
We are so happy to bring you this Amazing Device at this incredible price. This is the best quality you can buy anywhere for this low price.
You can do the Floating Ring.
You can do the Haunted Pack.
You can Float a Dollar Bill and walk away, showing your hands completely empty!
Do yourself a favor and find out why this is the best value of any levitation product you can buy anywhere!
And, that’s this week’s fabulous Hotlist. Great new magic combined with a now-legendary 24 Hour Quick N Big Sales Event. What could be better? Nothing.
As always, whether you come to visit us online at www.magicfact.com or in person at our newly vacuumed showroom at 102 North Street in Medford, we love the company!