Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Finally, I am back home for a while. I like to travel as much as the next guy. But, in the past month, it’s been a little out of control.
Last Sunday, I traveled all the way to beautiful Sacramento, California to visit one of the largest magic distributors, Murphy’s Magic Supplies. And, what an interesting experience it was. Lorie Slebodnick our Sales Rep and Michelle Quinn, Murphy’s Sales Manager picked me at the airport in Sacramento. Then, it was off for a whirlwind tour of the city. About fifteen minutes into the tour my brain had already fried. It was over 90 degrees outside and I had forgotten a hat. As you know, there is little protection on top of my head, so there was definitely some cranial cooking. We all had a nice lunch in Sacramento in, and this is key, an air conditioned restaurant. Then, a little more touring and it was off to the always deluxe Holiday Inn for a well-deserved rest. I think I fell asleep at 8:00!
The next morning, we got going bright and early. A full tour of the Murphy’s facility, the chance to meet the staff and some very productive meetings. If you keep your eyes open over the next few weeks, you should see some web site changes which are a direct result of those meetings. I have to tell you that the Murphy warehouse is just plain big. They carry a ton of magic, and by a ton, I mean more than a ton!
I was at Murphy’s for two full days, and I even took notes at some of the meetings. At my age, I can’t leave anything to memory. Like remembering to take my camera so I could bring back some photos. Forgot that one, sorry.
Anyway, I had a grand time and want to especially thanks Lorie, who went way beyond the call of duty to make my trip easy-peasey.
Now that you know what’s going on here, it’s time to take a look at this week’s excitement.
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Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist
(1) Laws Of Attraction – Shoot Ogawa: This is one of Shoot Ogawa's most unique effects. Shoot will teach you to "magnetize" silverware, salt shakers, any metal object with detailed step by step instructions.
You will even be able to "magnetize" plastic, paper and many other objects!
Paper Bills & Spoons
Deck of Cards & Metal
Video Cassette Tape & Silverwares
Batteries, Wallet & Credit Card
Plastic Objects & Metal Glass
Explanation of List of Techniques
How to Practice
Theory (Three different elements)
Psychology behind tricks
(2) The Vault – 2 DVD Set - Docc Hilford: The name Docc Hilford is famous when it comes to real world mentalism. On this two DVD set, Docc takes you into The Vault where he reveals for the first time six of his cherished routines. This is the act Docc uses to this day. Everything can be carried on you at all times
The Ball & Tube
Docc breathes life into an old classic
A demonstration of rapid calculation; beat your spectators even though they are using a calculator
A masterclass in using a pendulum and a mini showpiece that astonishes with multiple climaxes and incredible divinations
Docc’s superb handling and adaption of Larry Becker’s HG Wells themed coin teleportation
Any book, any page and any word with two wonderful climaxes and plenty of audience participation
Not for the faint hearted, this is as real as it gets. Docc shows just how dark he can be with this showpiece. It will make them think you are for real
A thorough and extensive interview with the man himself. Every aspect and years of experience in a fun and thought provoking interview
(3) Unshop – Devin Knight: A comedy mental effect based on a new term, Unshop, which means to return something at the checkout counter because you bought too much and cannot afford it.
Invite a male participant to take an imaginary shopping trip. Tell him to imagine he has gone to a store and is going to buy a new outfit. His new outfit will consist of a sport coat, shirt, necktie, pants, socks, shoes and even a pair of boxer shorts. Tell him that when he gets to the checkout-counter, he discovers he does not have enough money with him and has to return something to the shelf. The participant then decides on an article of clothing to Unshop and is given the chance to change his mind. He does not tell you yet the article he returned. Show a large envelope and explain that inside is a prediction showing the returned article of clothing. Pull out a large barcode and explain that this is the barcode for the article (an old gag, but with a new kicker ending). Show the envelope to be otherwise empty. Then, ask the participant which article of clothing he returned.
Assume the participant says, "Pants."
Exclaim that you were correct, insisting that this is the barcode for a pair of pants. Finally, turn the barcode around and show a comical photo of a man wearing a sports coat, shirt, necktie, socks, shoes and boxer shorts...however, he is missing the pants!
A very commercial effect that breathes new life into the old barcode gag.
Comes with everything you need to perform the effect, including a high-quality barcode and special photo printed on 8.5" x 11" plastic stock so it will withstand many years of use. Complete with the detailed and illustrated instructions you have come to expect from Devin Knight.
(4) Ultimate Newspaper Tear: Victor Jamnitzky presents a new, updated method for the classic newspaper tear.
Ask the spectators for a page from a newspaper, and have them mark the page. Tear the newspaper page into pieces and instantly restore the marked page!
Taught in detail by Marko Makaj, this DVD teaches several methods for the trick, perfect for adapting to various performing situations.
Makaj's clear and concise instruction makes this classic effect easy to learn.
Also included is Astor's Miracle Paper Tear, a method for tearing and restoring a borrowed, marked newspaper.
(5) Ring In Walnut – John Shryock: A borrowed ring ends up in a walnut!
The walnut is in an egg!
The egg is in a lemon!
After almost 15 years of performance, for the first time on DVD, John Shryock releases his signature routine. A true reputation maker. Nothing is held back. All of the tips and tricks from thousands of performances are explained in full detail.
"I used some of John Shryock's ideas in the Ring In Walnut routine that I presented on the David Letterman show. His loading procedure is really quite brilliant, and served as the "missing link" for a routine I'd been working on for several years." - STEVE COHEN, The Millionaires' Magician
"If you take the time to learn and perform this effect properly, you will have one of the strongest effects in the art of magic!"
- JEFF McBRIDE, creator of McBride's Magic & Mystery School
(6) Consignment – James Howell: For years magicians have been making signed cards appear in envelopes. Consignment has taken a giant leap forward with this effect! The ingenious gimmick means that the envelope can be out on the table before the card is even selected. This is definitely out of the box thinking.
The magician introduces a small envelope that is left in full view on the table. Next, a card is selected and signed by the spectator. The card is then lost in the deck and the deck is slipped back into the box and placed in the magician's pocket. The magician then draws attention to the envelope on the table. The envelope is opened and the signed card is found inside! It's that direct!
Points to remember:
Any card can be signed.
The envelope is in full view throughout.
It all happens right under the spectator's nose and they don't suspect a thing.
Consignment comes with gimmicks and an instructional DVD shot in full HD.
"That is very, very nice indeed!" - Marc Spellman
"The cleanest card to envelope I have ever seen. Fooled me badly! And the method is almost as fun as the effect!" - Cameron Francis
(7) 3VE Triple Vectra Elastic Thread: 3VE is made from the most elastic fiber known to man and is pressure-dyed black with a true matte finish for the ultimate in invisibility.
3VE is comparable in strength to Steve Fearson's original Vectra™ Line Invisible Thread, but it can stretch to almost 6 times it's original length! This amazing property allows you to perform miracles of levitation and telekinesis not possible with a normal or "static" line.
It is suitable for use with any routines you may already be performing that use invisible elastic thread.
The only difference you'll find is that 3VE Triple Vectra™ Elastic is stronger and more invisible than any elastic thread we've used. And, its elasticity will simply amaze you. As far as other elastic threads are concerned we can guarantee you this:
There is nothing stronger, more invisible, or more elastic than 3VE on the market today.
The amazing elastic properties of 3VE Triple Vectra™ Elastic open the door to a whole new realm of possibilities. And your 3VE purchase includes an elastics tutorial video featuring Steve Fearson. You will never look at invisible elastic the same way again!
The included strand can be easily separated into 3 even more invisible yet surprisingly strong fibers.
This enables you to use different thicknesses for different applications. Use a single fiber when invisibility is key, use 2 or 3 for applications requiring a stronger line.
You will receive a 50 foot triple strand length, giving you a total of 150 feet of ultra-invisible and surprisingly strong 3VE Triple Vectra™ Elastic Thread. Stretched out, that's nearly 1000 feet! Think of it as striking gold!
It comes conveniently wrapped on a card which can fit comfortably in any pocket or wallet.
You'll also receive access to access a bonus online tutorial video featuring Steve Fearson. In the video, Steve shares his methods for handling and tying elastic as well as demonstrating some extreme stuff you probably never imagined elastic could do! The high-quality video is over 20 minutes long and it's free! $15.00 (70.1001)
(8) Z.A.P. Wallet – Diamond Jim: This thin, sleek, normal looking, pocket-sized, affordable, leather business card wallet will “zap” you the information needed for your favorite mind-reading routine.
With the wallet you'll receive Diamond Jim's thinking and some subtleties for handling the Z.A.P. Wallet.
This is a great little secret weapon to have in your arsenal, and you'll find it functional for everyday use since it holds business cards plus a packet trick or two.
The Z.A.P. Wallet is something you will use! Available in Black or Brown. $15.00 (40.432)
(9) Rise And Shine – Dan Hauss: Two spectators freely select cards from a normal deck, sign them and place them back in the deck. You place the cards in your shirt pocket, close your eyes and concentrate.
Slowly the first signed card rises out of your pocket from within the deck. The rise happens with your hands nowhere near your pocket and in full view of your audience at all times.
If that wasn't shocking enough, the second signed card eerily rises out.
This can all be accomplished with a borrowed deck and uses no threads, no magnets, no weights or electronics. The rise is completely under your control.
As an added bonus, the secret behind Rise and Shine allows you to rise many other items, such as, credit cards, business cards, licenses, pens, packs of gum and more. $10.00 (30.1497)
(10 Word Sight – Devin Knight: Imagine revealing two freely thought-of words from across the room using an ungimmicked dictionary! Imagine doing this 15 feet away and never touching the dictionary during the presentation.
Devin Knight's Word Sight allows you to reveal two words, sight unseen, that are freely chosen from word lists containing hundreds of words. There are no duplicate words in the lists. No special dictionary or certain edition is required. The four page re-stickable word lists can be placed inside the covers of any dictionary, even a borrowed one
Each of two spectators thinks of a word on the lists, looks up the meaning, and concentrates on the word. You pick up a notepad and without saying anything, you write two words, tear-off the paper and place it writing down on the table. You never touch the paper again. The participants reveal the words they are thinking of, one of them picks up the paper, and there written in bold letters are the same two words.
This can also be done using only one participant who thinks of two words and you reveal them both without asking any questions.
There are no forces, limitations, dual reality, or pre-show work of any kind. The spectators have free choices of hundreds of words! There are no verbal clues; you use only your eyes. The participants never write anything. The spectators tell you nothing!
Nothing is used but the dictionary with the word lists pasted to the inside covers and a notepad for writing the two thought-of words. The thought-of words can be revealed even if the borrowed dictionary is a cheap one that does not have the words in it.
No secret writing of any kind
No fishing of any kind
This effect can be adapted to work with any dictionary in any language. The directions give full details on how to use a dictionary from your own country that is not in English.
Comes with the needed re-stickable Enrich Your Word Power lists that can be stuck to to the inside covers of any dictionary. Complete with full directions, performance script, and information on how to adapt the effect to any language using any dictionary from any country. $39.00 (40.730)
And, that’s this week’s Boy Am I Glad To Be Home Hotlist! A fine selection of magical goodies, some flown in from the far Left Coast, just for you!
As always, we thank you for taking time out from your busy schedules to visit with us, either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way we love the company!