I know it seems early to send you this letter, but I have been exceptionally good this year and honestly believe that the list I am enclosing is both fair and…
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Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Despite the fact that we are in the “dog-days” of summer, we are already thinking about the big holidays! Truth be told, we are always thinking of the big holidays. It’s our favorite time of year. Which is why we have already advertised the Growing Christmas Hat. It is a very cool new version of the classic Bongo Hat, with a holiday theme. Check it out; it’s a great addition to your holiday shows.
From the I Have A Secret But, I Have Sworn An Oath Of Silence Department, I have an important announcement, but I am not allowed to make it, or to tell you anything about it. I can tell you that you would be very wise to check the Hotlist at www.magicfact.com at or about 11:00 PM EDT on Saturday night August 7th. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Here on the home front, Aron The Elder Son has returned from his sojourn on the European continent. He arrived home early Monday evening, dragged his tired body into the car and was whisked right home. Between the time zone changes and the long flight, he was beat. In fact, on Tuesday he fell asleep at about 7:30 PM and didn’t get up until 6:30 Wednesday morning. Talk about beauty rest!
Honestly, that’s all I have to report. It’s summer. And, while the living is easy, the news is a little slow.
However, by keeping the blather short, you can get to this week’s excitement so much faster!
BUY MORE GET MORE EXTENDED: We love nothing more than filling out Promotional Gift Certificates. Especially ones with your name on them! Which is why we are extending this event! Starting right now and running through Thursday, August 12th at midnight, we are continuing the Buy More Get More event. Here is how it works. For each order you place during the event, you will get a Promotional Gift Certificate which you can use towards any future purchase here at Hank Lee’s. The value of the coupon depends entirely on the size of your order. Here is the breakdown:
• Order between $25.00 and $100.00: Coupon is for 15% of the merchandise total. (Orders less than $25.00 get our sincere thanks, but sadly no coupon)
• Order between $100.00 and $300.00: Coupon is for 20% of the merchandise total.
• Order over $300.00: Coupon is for 25% of the merchandise total.
When you place your order online at www.magicfact.com, please put the secret phrase BUY MORE GET MORE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout. If you place your order by email or FAX, just include the secret phrase with your order. And, if you place your order by phone, toll free at 800 874 7400, please mention the secret phrase to get your coupon. The coupon will be sent along with your order and can be used whenever you wish, no expiration date. You will get a coupon for every order you place during the event. Just don’t lose the coupons, please. The Buy More Get More event includes every item we carry! This is your chance to, really save for the future.
And now, this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Thought Wave - Gary Jones & Mark Bendell:
Gary Jones is very well known for creating 100% commercial routines, which play as well to a lay audience as they do to magicians.
With Thought Wave, Gary and Mark have taken a principle and given it a new lease on life with an incredible mind reading card routine.
Start by writing a prediction (sight unseen) on a business card, Post- It Note, etc. The card is folded and placed in full view on the table.
A small card which contains 52 different symbols is examined by your spectator who merely thinks of one of the symbols.
You now write something on another card and once again fold it and place it in full view.
At this point you have committed to two predictions without your spectator giving you any information.
Ask your spectator to draw his symbol on the outside of the first piece of paper.
The second prediction is now placed onto the spectator’s hand and they name aloud the first playing card that comes in to their mind (absolutely no force). They now write their thought of card on your second prediction.
Draw attention to a deck of cards, which has been on the table since the start of the effect. The cards are removed and shown to have images on the back of each one. Remove their freely chosen card and the card with the freely chosen image on its back.
Your spectator now opens your first prediction (the one they have drawn their image on) and it reads the 5 of clubs. When they turn over the card it is in fact the 5 of clubs!
State that the second prediction was even harder as the spectator could name any card. When they open prediction number 2 they see you have drawn a clock. They turn over their freely named card only to reveal a clock on the back!
This really is a 100% commercial routine that has been well thought out and packs a very big punch!
No memory work. Instant reset. No switching of predictions in any way. No sleight Of hand. Totally self working
Comes Complete With Special Deck, Plastic Symbol Card and full instructional DVD which includes both Gary Jones's and Peter Nardi's handlings of the effect. $32.00 (30.1510)
(2) Teach By Magic: Attention teachers! This book is a fine new teacher resource with ideas in all subjects designed to capture your students' attention and to help them understand principles through the use of magic tricks. You can incorporate these tricks into your lesson plans as incentives, ice breakers, attention getters, or to illustrate principles.
Your students are sure to find more joy in learning, and you will have fun as well. All the tricks are simple enough that anyone can do them. None of the tricks requires any special magic props.
100 Pages. Softbound, 8.5" x 11."
(3) Stone Frixion Fire DVD – Jeff Stone: Jeff devotes extensive time to explaining the uses of Frixion pens and all the little touches needed to wield these powerful, yet innocent-looking tools!
From simple revelations to quirky little effects you'd never have imagined, Jeff pulls out all the stops.
Plus, more bonus material than you can shake a fire extinguisher at! Tired of doing the same old stuff? Heat up your performances with Stone Frixion Fire today!
When the Frixion pen first came to his attention, Jeff came up with a ton of killer ideas for the pen. Heat sensitive ink, what a beautiful tool for the magi.
The DVD is packed with a ton of killer material. Plus you get the eBook For free with the DVD. Plus you get access to a secret website with even more ideas!
The effects on the DVD fall into every skill level and just about every genre of close up magic you can imagine. There is truly something for everyone.
Included with the DVD:
Free access to a Secret Site with even more bonus material
Free copy of the original ebook that started it all
45 minutes of bonus footage
Brief history of Frixion Magic
17 effects and ideas:
Burnin' Time - "Unburn" a book of matches with no switches
You Won't Believe Your Eyes - A classic from Norman Ashworth brought into the 21st century
Rubik's Cubin’ - Solve a Rubik's cube drawing with fire and magic!
The Evanesence Effect(s) - Cause a drawing to vanish and become a physical object
Money to Burn - create real money in a flash of fire
Cornered - Fuse a torn playing card with fire!
Droppin' The Bomb - Create a real mini-Rubik's cube in a flash of fire
Bacteria - Trained bacteria? Yep...
(4) Astrosense: Allows a completely hands-off approach to the astrology mind reading theme. Astrosense allows you to have one, two, three or more spectators each select a sign under test conditions.
This set of cards is for use with Probe. It includes 12 cards depicting different astrological signs of the zodiac: Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius, Virgo, Aries, Cancer.
if you don’t already have Probe, you can get it right here at Hank Lee’s!
(5) Sealed Milk Glass: This mechanical wonder consists of a 12 ounce clear plastic tumbler with imitation milk sealed inside. It never has to be emptied or filled! The class is large enough to be seen even on a big stage!
Toss it in your case. It’s always ready to go.
Still, it works just like the Milk Pitcher. Apparently pour milk from the glass into a paper cone and show that the milk is gone from the glass, leaving only a small amount at the bottom. Still, the milk has vanished from the paper cone!
Actually, no milk ever leaves the glass. It just appears to! This is an outstanding item, made to professional standards. Imported from Germany. $49.95 (60.140)
(6) Phoenix Deck: Traditionally cut and printed by the United States Playing Card Company. Perfect for Faro and Riffle Shuffles. Faces are identical to Bicycle Poker size with 3 Extra designer Aces for stage or special effects. Especially designed for high visibility.
The faces are specially printed to make the deck one-way You will love this!
And, for the advanced workers, the new deck order is perfect for going into the Tamariz Stack.
Available in red or blue backs.
(7) Gemstones DVD – Jeff Stone: Full of incredibly visual and practical magic. These are indeed rare gems, and they are well within the reach of every performer.
No pipe dreams here. Even experienced magicians will be fooled by some of the material on this DVD. Everything from coins to keys to rolls of film, candy, office supplies and more. You will be shocked when you see how visual and how surprising some of this material is.
Learn the S.S. Vanish and you'll have a utility at your disposal that will allow you to completely and cleanly vanish and/or switch any small item that you can fit in your hand.
You'll see how Jeff uses classic moves in unique and different ways that will catch even the most well-studied magicians off guard. You'll witness one of the cleanest vanishes of a playing card or dollar bill imaginable. Plus you'll have access to a special bonus website full of extras and additional effects.
"I've been a big Jeff Stone fan for a while now. Not only is he a good friend, he creates powerful, direct and -most of all- commercial close-up magic. I also really respect Jeff as a teacher. He really knows what he's talking about. 'Gemstones' is the perfect opportunity to get to know Jeff and learn how his very clever mind ticks! - Jay Sankey
(8) Bicycle 809 Mandolin Back Deck: Standard Bicycle playing card deck with a brand new look from United States Playing Card Company!
Design: Paul Harris directed the development of the new 809 Bicycle back with USPCC. Paul worked with three world-class artists (including Garrett Thomas) to create a soothing traditional looking back that's instantly trusted as part of the Bicycle family. And yes, this classic looking deck even features the trademarked Bicycle Ace of Spades, Joker and the traditional box.
Quality: Richard Turner worked directly with USPCC manufacturing to ensure the new Bicycle 809 Mandolin has a superior cut and quality. These are exquisitely crafted decks! Once you feel these cards you will never want to put them down.
(9) Symbolsense: Allows a completely hands-off approach to the symbol reading theme. Symbolsense allows you to have one, two, three or more spectators each select a symbol under test conditions.
This set of cards is for use with Probe. It includes ten cards depicting different symbols: sailboat, happy face, happy fish, tree, house, stick figure, sun, cat, sunflower, and car.
If you don’t already have Probe, you can get it from us at Hank Lee’s!
(10) Run Silent, Run Deep - Ben Harris: The sequel to the remarkable Silent Running. Starts with an in depth breakdown of the Silent Running procedure by Steve Shufton. Here are the professional nuances allowing everyone to effectively deliver the goods. Then, it delivers the performance material. Routines with cards, invisible dice, diaries, cell phones and more. Writing on cards, cards to pocket, transpositions, vanishing thoughts and more! From close-up to stage, you will find some amazing material within these pages.
Banachek was certainly right on the money when he said: “Silent Running is so much more than just an effect. It is a powerful subtlety that is a must have for your mentalism tool box!”
This book is the proof of the pudding. Over 200 pages of exciting material from around the world. Contributors include: Steve Shufton, Jamie Badman, Colin Miller, Richard Busch, Ben Harris, Claude Imperiale, Isaac Louie, Jason Messina, Ran Pink, Christopher Taylor, Hiro Sakai, B. Smith, Tommy, Marc Paul and more.
208 pages. Perfect Bound. $49.95. (BK01723)
And that’s this week’s Hotlist. A fine collection of totally delicious magic! Just for you. I can’t even begin to tell you what a pleasure it is gathering all this great new magic every week. I love it.
As always, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out to visit us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at our very magical studio at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.