Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. This week, I feel like I have a serious case of Red Sox-itis. If you are a baseball fan, you know that our beloved Red Sox have been injury plagued this season. Broken parts. Sprained parts. It’s been a tough season for injuries. So, what’s with me? Last Saturday night I was walking in the dark and stubbed my toe on the leg of a chair. The darned chair just jumped right out in front of me! As you might guess, it really hurt. A lot. I didn’t see any A-List stars, but I am quite sure I saw Kathy Griffin. Sunday morning, the toe was really black and blue. So, on Monday I had it X-Rayed. Turns out I had dislocated it. The docs popped it back in place. Ouch. Really, ouch. And taped it to the next toe and sent me home. So, now I am hobbling around a bit and in discomfort most of the time. Does this sound like a call for sympathy? Well, I guess.
The IBM and SAM Conventions are now history. For one reason or another, we were not able to attend either convention. But, I heard from reliable sources that both were really fun. Bummer. I always miss the fun. If you were at either convention and have an interesting story, email it to me. If your story is really good, we will post it in next week’s eMail Newsletter. I really will!
On the home front, the family is still away. It’s funny, when my kids go off to school, I get used to them not being here. But, not having them around in the summer is sad for me. Another call for sympathy? Nah. Bonnie and Bones are hiding out on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. And, you already know that the kids are “on the continent.” For some reason, the word “incontinent” just ran through my mind. But, that’s another story for a much later time. Anyhoo, Lucas comes home on the 22nd, and will be followed a week later by Aron. Yeah! I can’t wait to play with my boys.
Did you order one of the Realistic Rabbit Puppets yet? We are getting close to selling out our allotment, and once they are gone, that’s it. No more. So, check it out at the very top of the Hotlist at www.magicfact.com.
I do have a question for you all. We are thinking of switching the video demos over from Quicktime to Windows Media. Does it matter to anyone? I know that if you are a PC user, you have to download Quicktime, for free. And, the Quicktime Demos are much smaller than the WMV Demos, so load faster. I also know that far more people have PCs than Macs (why?). Anyway, if you have an opinion, please let me know.
This week’s Hotlist is weighted very heavily in the Mentalism department. Actually, it’s a good thing! So many people are now involved in mental magic that having this many great new items in one week is a treat!
And, that’s this week’s news. Time to check out this week’s excitement!
Buy Some, Get Some at 100% Off! I know it sounds crazy, but we have figured out a way to do this, again. For every order you place, we will send you some brand new, right off the shelf, magic equal in value to the merchandise you ordered. Whaaaaat? Crazy, right? Maybe not so crazy. Ask the folks who took advantage of this the last time around and got hundreds and hundreds of dollars in free magic! We have a truckload of great new stuff just arriving for this promotion.
Here’s how it works. If you buy $50.00 in merchandise, we will send along with your order another $50.00 in free merchandise. Same for $100.00 or $200.00 or $300.00 or more. However much you spend, we will match it with additional magic of the same value.
The magic we will send is really good stuff. There are some tricks and some DVDs, even some books. It is brand new, right from stock. Stuff you will like and use!
It all starts right now, the very second you get this email Newsletter. And it will run through Friday, July 23rd at midnight. Eight full days. All you need to do is put the special code BUY SOME in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout at www.magicfact.com so we know that you wish to participate in the promotion. If you call or FAX your order in to us, just mention the code BUY SOME.
There really aren’t many rules or restrictions. The only thing is, we cannot combine offers. So, Reward Points, Promotional Gift Certificates and Magic Of The Month Club pricing will not apply. Oh, and the minimum order for this promotion is $30.00. Makes sense, right?
Get your order in to us, and see what surprises await you!
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist.
(1) The Key – Andrew Mayne: Borrow a bill from a spectator. Stab a key on your key-ring through the bill and rip it out. Miraculously the bill is undamaged!
The Key is ready on your key-ring anytime you need it!
Includes 3 bonus effects:
* Key through Playing Card: Puncture and restore a selected card!
* Key through Jacket: A version of the classic knife through jacket effect that fits in your pocket.
* Key Biter: Bite the end off a key and then instantly make it reappear.
Includes everything needed to perform, plus a 20 minute instructional DVD with additional routines. $24.95 (10.1576)
(2) Stealthboard – Masonite: This is a dream clipboard! It's super thin, tough, reliable, looks so innocent and includes a large impression area and a sure-fire locking feature. Use any ballpoint pen or pencil for a stunningly clear impression through card stock or as many as three sheets of regular copier paper. The Stealthboard - Masonite comes complete with durable masonite board, stealth gimmick, 20 sheets of paper (you can get more easily), an ungimmicked ballpoint pen and full instructions. The regular size is perfect for close up or parlor.The large size is perfect for stage shows.
Comes in two sizes:
6”x9” $79.95 (40.739)
9”x12” $99.95 (40.739A)
Please specify which size you would like.
About The Stealth Series
Every Stealth product works flawlessly, has no electronics or complicated moving parts, and is built to last. Stealth products are powerful, virtually invisible and in the hands of a capable performer, extremely deadly. Used casually, the Stealthpad, Stealthboard and Stealthfolio will disappear from your audiences' consciousness. The technology is modern, simple and devious. There are no messy chemicals, carbons, wax, magnetic stylus, powders, developers or anything to replace. Stealthboards allow you to easily customize to either the Locking or Immediate Glimpse versions. The Locking version provides maximum security when handing the board to a spectator and you can access the information in less than ten seconds and reset immediately. The Immediate Glimpse version gives you real time access to information while you're performing. No turning your back or concealing the device behind a briefcase. Each product is expertly hand crafted of premium materials and built to last for years.
(3) Innovative Card Magic – Mariano Goni: Learn fresh tricks and techniques from Mariano Goñi, the mind behind the world famous "Melting Point" effect!
In this DVD you'll find 11 items, some from his professional repertoire. There is magic for everyone: card routines, quick visual effects, new sleights and color changes, and it comes with the necessary materials to configure your "Eagle" gimmick.
Raikiri Shoot: The selected card is ejected by itself during a cascade.
The Hurricane: A devilish method to make a card spin at high speed!
Sidewinder 2.0: A natural looking card control; can be used as color change.
Color Strike Mama: The red hot mama plot on steroids! A visual transposition.
The Lightning Change: A fast, center packet double color change. Has many uses.
The Harmony Stone: A multi-phase routine that gets better and better and ends with a surprise.
The Shotgun Change: A center packet change, one for four cards, eye popping.
The Evolution Change: Another great center packet color change, ending with a clean pack!
Color Triumph: Mariano's own routine for an easy to do color triumph with two selections.
Floored!: A street effect. A signed card lying on the floor, changes under spectator’s foot!
The Eagle: A closely guarded secret used by Mariano to fool knowledgeable magicians. Learn the identity of a selected card under impossible conditions. Guaranteed to fool anyone who does not know this secret.
(4) Stealthboard – Acrylic: The same great technology as the other Stealthboards but in a see-through acrylic low-profile clipboard. The 6" x 9" board has a foolproof locking feature, and it takes just a few seconds to view the impression and reset.
If you have an assistant, you can use several of these boards to collect information from dozens of audience members in just a few minutes. The board, which is ungimmicked, is made of a sturdy colored "neon" acrylic. When light passes through the surface or back, the edges seem to glow. Very cool!
Comes with an ungimmicked ballpoint pen and extra sheets of regular paper. Also, you get everything you need to customize your clipboard so that it is either a Locking or Immediate Glimpse version. $80.00 (40.736)
For full information on the Stealth Series, see above.
(5) Sin City – Luke Dancy: Luke Dancy has once again assembled a collection of his finest and most visual "not just card" magic.
A Misleading Situation
It's not just visual...it's a miracle. A pencil sharpens right in front of the spectator's eyes in your bare hand.
OMG!...another 4 Ace production.
Need help? Call 911.
Stuck on Daley
The best damn thing on this DVD.
Sandwich way did they go?
No gimmicks this time.
For the move monkeys...
To The Table - Better than it sounds!
Under Control - Subtlety meets sleight of hand.
Shadowpass - How would you describe something you can't see???
Cubed Up - For all the extra cool guys...just suck it up! $40.00 (DVD01173)
(6) Stealthpad: What could be more innocent than a legal-size pad, the kind you see in meetings, boardrooms and classrooms?
The Stealthpad contains enough sheets for 225 performances bound with an indestructible black plastic coil. The front and back covers are a premium quality plasticized black card stock and we dare you to find the Stealth gimmick - it's that invisible!
Hand out this pad to a spectator with complete confidence and use it for predictions, drawing duplications, mental epic, add-a-number and other mind-blowing classics. This is truly the "Swiss Army Knife" for mentalists and could be the only prop you need on stage. At 5 1/4" x 7 1/2", the Stealthpad is big enough for parlor but compact enough for close-up.
The Stealthpad comes complete with an ungimmicked ballpoint pen, plus detailed handling and care instructions.
You won't find a more elegantly deceptive, easy to use device anywhere. $89.95 (40.737)
For full information on the Stealth Series, see above.
(7) The Ultimate Chair Test - Luca Volpe: This manuscript contains Luca Volpe's best stage routine. Not just a simple chair prediction routine, this is a complete eight minute act that will leave your audience blown away!
A multi-phase routine with a crescendo of random sequence predictions!
Without going into all the details, this routine is so well conceived and well structured that you need to read the manuscript to believe it!
I will tell you that no special writers are involved, the envelopes have the numbers actually printed on them and it involves a method so bold that I am sure you will love it!!
Luca Volpe, for the majority of the time, has performed this as a stand-alone piece for TV appearances or corporate events because it is so strong that you can't do anything else after it!
So, if you want to 'kill' your audience with a strong multi-phase stage chair routine and get a standing ovation, this is the chance to get your hands on the manuscript!
You get not only the routine and the method but all of the script and bonus tips to enhance your performance!
The ultimate chair test includes a serial number revelation connected with a combination lock routine.
For the finale you are also able to predict what spectators will be wearing and more!
22 pages. Softcover. Supplement #1 included. $45.00 (40.740)
(8) Stealthfolio: An oversized impression surface (8" x 8") is built into a premium grade vinyl padfolio. The padfolio is 9 1/2" x 12 1/2". You'll swear it’s leather! But it's even better - lighter weight, washable and extremely durable. And there's more. A second stealth device, the Stealthcard, is attached to the pocket. This is cleverly disguised as a half index card. Clip a matching index card on top of the gimmick and you're ready to go. The half size index card is also perfect for billet work. A clear impression is taken through the index card. The Stealthcard offers a real-time "thumb peek" and you can reset the gimmick easily after the glimpse.
Comes complete with ungimmicked ballpoint pen and a pack of half index cards.
The Stealthfolio can also be used as your everyday notebook, so you're always ready to perform Q&A, drawing duplications and other mental miracles.
Includes complete use and care instructions. $129.95 (40.738)
For full information on the Stealth Series, see above
(9) Paul Daniels Master Class DVD: Paul Daniels is one of the best-known and wealthiest magicians in the world and on this DVD he shares his many secrets of making money with magic.
Having a good magic act alone is not enough to be successful. Early in his career, Paul Daniels realized that the 'business' aspect of show-business is actually the more important part.
Having already enjoyed phenomenal success in his own career, Paul decided to embark upon a special tour, offering other magicians the opportunity to learn from his wealth of experience in all aspects of the art. Thus, the Masterclass concept was born, and it has been incredibly well received all over the world, with some of the biggest names in magic attending as delegates.
This DVD features highlights from the seven-hour seminars presented throughout England and the United States. In addition to the priceless information on how to make more money from your shows and how to run your career as a business, Paul shares many anecdotes and stories that contain powerful lessons.
Subjects covered include: How to make more money from every show you do, dreams goals & ambitions, selling yourself, managing your money, business cards, getting a gig in a restaurant, creating an act, using your time wisely, using a theatrical director, standing out from the crowd, improving your existing tricks, opportunity knocks, getting on TV, and much more.
Although this DVD focuses on the magic business, understanding and applying these concepts can make you financially successful in any field. $34.95 (DVD00139)
(10) Super Mento Pad: One of the most effective and affordable "Add A Number" effects on the market.
What makes this pad superb is the fact that it is so innocent looking and the "gaff" is equally innocent. You can perform this effect with confidence!
The mentalist shows a prediction in an envelope or on a board and sets it aside.
He or she then passes out the notebook and requests that different spectators write down a three of four digit number on the page, directly under each number in a column. The forth and final spectator is asked to total up the columns.
When this person announces the total of the columns, the performer then reveals his prediction - and it matches the total called out by the final spectator! Sweet and simple!
Imported from Germany, it features a simple yet very effective gaff that works time after time. It has a very nice feel and secure weight.
Measurements are approx. 5.5-inches tall by 3.25-inches wide. Features include one free paper refill (after which pads are available in any office supply store). Pen is not included. $55.00 (40.741)
And, that’s this week’s Ouch My Toe Really Hurts Hotlist. Just short of a dozen great new items. I’m no mentalist, but I do get the feeling that you will find some wonderful new items that you just cannot be without.
In any case, I want to thank you for coming in out of the heat to visit us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love your company.