Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Another day, another dollar, as the saying goes. Which brings me to this week’s big news. I know it’s big, because they said so. And, I know it’s true because I read it in the newspaper. The story is that the recession, the longest one since World War II, officially ended in June of 2009! I’m not sure about you, but this came as a huge shock to me! No more recession. Back to work. Back to normal. Everything great. Everyone happy. Consumer confidence higher than ever. I sure am glad I read the newspaper. Otherwise, how would I know what’s going on?
Now that the recession is over, you probably won’t care any more about saving money. But, what the heck, I will tell you anyway. Just in case.
There are four ways to save money every day at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Make sure you take notes!
Magic Of The Month Club. A great way to save every day. Each month, we hand-pick 15 brand new items and list them in the MOMC. The items are on sale for 30 days. Then 15 more items are selected. Joining the MOMC is as easy as pie. If you click on the Magic Of The Month Club Button at www.magicfact.com, you will see just how easy it is. Once you join, make sure you are registered as a customer in the Online Catalog. You will then automatically get the special prices. There is no cost to you for joining. And, the savings are substantial. It’s a win-win, so hop to it!
Then, there’s Hank Lee’s Reward Program It’s really simple. You get one Reward Point for every retail dollar you spend. Twenty Reward Points can be redeemed for one dollar in merchandise. Two hundred Reward Points gets you $10.00 in free merchandise. And on and on.
The points are automatically added, and your point balance will appear on the invoice that comes with your order. There is no limit to the number of points you can collect. The points will not expire, so you can use them any time. All you need to do is tell us how many points you want to redeem when you place your next order (if you are ordering online, just put the number of points you would like to redeem in the Customer Notes Box and we will deduct the proper number of dollars from your order total).
It’s a great idea. The perfect way to save for future orders! Join the thousands of members of Hank Lee Nation who use their points to get magic they want, for free!
Magic1 is yet another great way to save here at Hank Lee’s. Every week, we pick one item and offer it at a 30% discount. The item changes weekly, so keep your eyes peeled! To check out this week’s Magic1, click on the Magic1 Button at www.magicfact.com, or go to the bottom of the first page of the Hotlist.
PLATINUM CLUB. 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.
And now, finally, this week’s excitement!
DVD GIVEAWAY: With so many great new DVDs hitting the market, what could be better than an old-fashioned DVD Giveaway! For the next seven days, from right now until Thursday, September 30th, at midnight, you have the opportunity to get DVDs for free! But, you have to get them the old fashioned way. You must earn them.
Here's the way it works. For every order of $100 or more, you get one free DVD (your choice of any single DVD that sells for $35.00 or less). If you spend $200 or more, you get two free DVDs (again, your choice). $300 or more gets you three free DVDs. And on it goes. The more you buy, the more you get for free! It's an incredible deal when you figure that the average price of a DVD is $35.00! In order to claim your free DVD, just put the name of the DVD in the Customer Notes Box at the bottom of the second page of the online checkout (after you fill in your name, address, etc.) at www.magicfact.com. If you phone your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, just let the order-person know what free DVD(s) you want. If you FAX the order to us at 781 395 2034, same thing. Just let us know which ones you want. Remember, the giveaway ends on Thursday, September 30th, at midnight!
Now, let’s take a peek at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Future Traffic: You'll be delighted by the clever gimmicks that are used to accomplish this effect. The attractive props are easy to see, but they can fit in your pocket, making this a versatile effect that can be performed up close or on stage.
A simple frame is shown, containing three square plaques, each a different color: Red, Yellow and Green.
The performer removes the plaques, mixes them, and returns them to the frame in a new arrangement. He keeps the backs toward the audience, so the order of the colors is unknown.
Three large plastic clips are brought out, also: red, yellow, and green.
Members of the audience are asked to decide where the clips should be placed along the edge of the frame.
Their choices are free and uninfluenced -- the arrangement of the clips is completely fair. Amazingly, when the frame is turned around it is seen that the positions of the clips and the plaques match up exactly!
• Packs flat, plays big!
• Easy to do
• No difficult techniques
Specially gimmicked plaques make it easy to do.
(2) Appearing Ladder From Anywhere: Walk out carrying a normal-looking briefcase, paper bag, tote bag, shopping bag or other suitable container. Set the container on your table. Open the container and proceed to produce a full-size eight foot ladder!!
It looks absolutely unbelievable! The ladder is three dimensional and uses the Appearing Pole technology, but in a completely different way. The mechanics of the ladder will astound you. It is truly brilliant!
Once the ladder is out of the container, it is almost strong enough to stand on!
The Appearing Ladder is self-contained in the container. You can perform it anywhere. No special tables. The container can be shown all around; everything is inside, so you have nothing to hide. You can have people on three sides and not worry about angles.
The Appearing Ladder is perfect for anyone who loves totally visual magic!
It's even great for lawyers! Open your briefcase, remove the ladder and explain to the judge that you want to take your case to a higher court! Hope the judge has a sense of humor.
Comes with the ladder, carry bag, black plastic divider gimmick that fits into any briefcase, plus lots of routining ideas. Supply your own briefcase or suitable container. $395.00 (60.760)
(3) LOKI: Like its namesake, the Norse God LOKI, this fantastic new prop has the potential for creating tons of mischief everywhere you go!
The LOKI is a lighter concealing a custom-manufactured N52 magnet, the strongest-rated magnet in the world. For its size, it is absolutely incredible. A magnet concealed inside a Zippo-style lighter, how much more natural can a gimmick be?
Your LOKI package comes complete with everything you need and includes the following:
The LOKI itself
A 36 page, full color booklet
A shimmed card (thickness of one card)
A set of key rings for the 21st Century Kinetic Rings effect.
The color booklet contains instruction on how to conceal the LOKI, four complete routines by Justin Miller, several original effects and handlings from Dee Christopher, plus more ideas and possible applications.
Just one example of what the LOKI can achieve:
Card and Bill Transpo by Justin Miller
A selected card and a bill transpose instantly and visually! A card is chosen and placed inside the card case. A borrowed bill is folded into quarters. Visually the bill changes into the spectator’s chosen card. You open the card case and the bill that you borrowed is now inside. Simple, powerful magic.
Put the power of the LOKI in your pocket today. $45.00 (10.1589)
(4) Sleeve Star –David Jay: For years sleeving has been a Holy Grail for many performers. David Jay is one of the world's greatest sleight of hand experts and has spent the last 20 years taking sleeving to a whole new level.
Sleeve Star is more than a trick. It's an incredible utility device that you can incorporate into your existing routines. Imagine closing your hand around a coin or a borrowed ring and then showing the object has vanished and is now in the other hand which has been behind your back since the start of the performance! That is just one effect possible with Sleeve Star.
Includes a DVD with in-depth teaching on the art of sleeving as well as instructions on how to install and operate the Sleeve Star so that you can make the most of its limitless potential. Five of David's favorite routines are also explained.
Coin Teleportation - When Greg Wilson first saw Sleeve Star he helped David routine this effect and it's a killer. A signed coin vanishes with one hand and is found moments later in the other hand, which had been held behind the performer's back from the beginning of the routine.
Anniversary Coins - Following an in the hands transposition, two borrowed signed coins fuse together as one, freezing the moment of magic perfectly.
Coins Across - Imagine being able to perform a coins across with just three signed coins, no gimmicks, no gaffs, no extras. This is the cleanest version of the plot you will ever see.
Coins To Pocket - Three signed coins travel from your hand into your pocket with no palming.
Signed Coin to Envelope - A signed coin vanishes and appears in a sealed envelope which has been on display from the beginning of the routine.
Please also note that this utility device can be used with jackets or shirts.
No sewing required. No strings, no pulls, no vacuums, no conveyer belts and no hidden female assistants.
Don't just sleeve. Be a Sleeve Star!
"I don't perform other people's material, but this I will do. I'm going to put one of these in every jacket I own!"
- Gregory Wilson
(5) Impossible Envelope – Paul Stockman: Direct from the professional repertoire of Paul Stockman, the Impossible Envelope is an innovative new prediction effect that can be used for stage or close up work.
Confabulation, multiple outs, publicity stunts and headline predictions are just a few of the effects possible with this unique take on the "prediction chest" plot. Paul's version is aimed at the working pro that wants to achieve the same with everyday looking objects.
With a load so quick and easy that it feels almost automatic, the Impossible Envelope will open up a wealth of possibilities for the creative modern performer; your mind will be filled with endless possibilities.
Please note that there is some construction required, but it is thoroughly explained on the tutorial DVD.
Ready to ship on October 18th. Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping anywhere in the world!
(6) Ransom – Chris Ballinger: The most commercial bill switch on the market, plus tons of bonus money magic tricks.
Borrow a one dollar bill and fold it up. Without any funny moves the bill instantly becomes a 1,000,000 dollar bill! Hand it out for examination, or even give it out as a souvenir. This revolutionary new method allows you to perform this classic effect without any complicated moves or monetary risk.
The bill is borrowed
Your hands are clearly seen empty
No thumb tip is used
Easy to learn and perform
Chris' ultra-visual coin change, used for impossible coin changes and borrowed coin bends.
One of the most visual bill switches in magic.
Chris Cross Coins:
Chris' take on the coins across plot. Four coins travel from hand to hand; each in a more impossible way than the last.
The torn corner of a bill is handed to a spectator and the rest is caused to penetrate a deck of cards and find a selection that has been buried within.
Instructional DVD covers everything in detail. Also includes Million Dollar Bill and rehearsal sheets, designed to make learning the routine as easy as possible. $24.95 (10.1588)
(7) Vectra Line DVD – Steve Fearson: Vectra Super Strong Invisible Line enables you to do things that simply cannot be done with any other thread.
This video will show you exactly what makes Vectra Line so special.
Here are just a few of the things you’ll see:
The amazing Full Deck Levitation, the demonstration that helped popularize the Vectra Line, is explained in depth.
Steve also details his incredible Floating Apple routine where an apple appears to float up to your mouth and you take a bite out of it!.
Cause an ordinary fork to suddenly jump out of an ordinary wine glass. And there's nothing attached to either one!
Then there is the rarely seen Anit-Gravity Hamster illusion! If you’ve ever seen a hamster levitate then you know that this trick alone is worth the price of the video.
The Stripping Secret
The Full Deck Demo
The Floating Apple
Spinning Floating Top
The Mouse Trap
Electronic Floating Cigarette
In addition you'll learn Steve's thread stripping secret; never struggle with invisible thread again! Lighting theory for thread work is also discussed in depth. Finally, Steve shares his advice on how you can make any levitation you perform look as real as possible! This info is invaluable to anyone serious about thread work and this alone is worth many times the price of the DVD.
Included in the package: Sample of Vectra Super Strong Invisible Line; Sample of Fearson’s Master Wax .
(8) E-Z Strip Invisible Thread – Steve Fearson: The original authentic John Haar E-Z Strip Invisible Thread is the most invisible thread we carry and as far as we know, the most invisible thread on the market.
Strong enough to hold a playing card, dollar bill or cigarette easily, yet nearly impossible to see! And like the name says, it's E-Z to strip.
What makes this thread so invisible is a secret that has been lost for nearly 2 decades. This thread has been off the market for well over 15 years and is finally available again through the diligent work of levitation guru Steve Fearson!
You will receive a 25 foot length of unstripped thread, which contains over 40 individual strands.
(9) More Himbering Ways: Numerous routines call for the use of a Himber Wallet but many performers prefer not to use the large style versions. After many customer requests Tony Curtis has produced this classic wallet, made from genuine high-grade leather, in a smaller size. The dimensions (closed) are a breast-pocket sized 5" x 3" (12.5cm x 7.5cm
Due to its size, you are able to easily open and close it using just one hand. This allows you to have something inserted then, in transit, as you move towards another person, secretly (yet openly) close and re-open it on the other side.
The wallet lays flat on the table and opens very smoothly. The small window compartment inside is also perfect for the visual switching of playing cards, notes, etc.
Each effect is explained thoroughly detailing materials required, set Up and performance.
The Voodoo Card
In Two Minds!
Card Warp Factor 2
The Glimpse 2
(10) Mysterio’s Encyclopedia of Magic & Conjuring – Gabe Fajuri: Here are illustrated step-by-step instructions for rope tricks, money magic, mind-reading effects, stage illusions, everyday magic, and plenty of all-new card tricks. Readers will learn how to bend spoons, stretch handkerchiefs, levitate glassware, make small children disappear, shuffle playing cards with aplomb, and much more—everything from simple street magic effects to epic on-stage illusions. A beautifully designed reference for magicians of all ages and abilities.
352 pages. Perfect Bound. $17.50 (BK01731)
(11) Tri-Sight – Devin Knight: Call attention to three face-down envelopes that are on a table in full view. Explain that these contain three predictions.
Have a playing card freely selected and signed while you look away; there is no force of any kind. The selected card is then lost in the deck.
Give the deck to the participant, who cuts the deck at random and deals three cards face down onto the table.
Show three more envelopes. Place the three dealt cards into these three envelopes, without looking at them. Neither you nor the participant knows the identity of the cards inside the envelopes.
Ask the participant to randomly assign a number from 1 to 3 for each envelope. These numbers are written on the faces of the envelopes. Finally, ask the participant to choose one of these envelopes to set aside for the grand finale.
Now for the incredible three-way climax. Turn over the packet of three prediction envelopes on the table. Each one also has a number from 1 to 3 written on its face. Pick up, say, the envelope that has the number 2 on it. Open it and show that it contains a single playing card. The participant's envelope that he marked with a 2 is also opened. Both cards are seen to match! The other two envelopes with matching numbers (we will assume number 1) are opened, and those two cards also match. This double prediction is strong by itself, but the grand finale is yet to come.
Assume the envelope marked with a 3 was placed aside for the grand finale. Hand your prediction envelope marked with a 3 to the participant to open. Inside, instead of playing card, is a written prediction
The prediction reads: "I predict the envelope set aside will contain your selected card."
The participant opens the envelope marked with the number he chose to set aside. Sure enough, inside is his signed selected card!
Extremely easy to do. No switches. No palming. Envelopes can be left for examination as there is nothing to find. A three-way prediction that will leave them stunned!
Complete with all needed envelopes, prediction cards and the special gimmick that makes it all work. Comes with detailed directions detailing every nuance that you expect from Devin Knight.
(12) Fully Loaded – Gareth Shoulder: The card to envelope has always been a favorite for all magicians. With this you will get 5 solid routines and extra ideas and tips. Gareth has taken this effect and kept it simple but still made it as magical as possible.
"Direct and simple in a world of over gimmicked magic. I love it." Alan Rorrison
"A great little trick, specially that the envelope is in view all the time, watch out for this guy, well done Gareth." - Wayne Fox
(13) Dupes - Gary Jones and Chris Congreave: These two have a sterling reputation as working magicians. The material they create and perform is the sort of stuff audiences love to see.
The entire DVD devoted to one of their favorite ideas - using duplicate cards to create perfect miracles. With a heap of insights and sneaky ideas to elevate this underused ruse, you will have your jaw pinned to the floor as you watch the genius ideas these two have laid down for you. Easy, performable, entertaining magic!
Grab one deck and a few extra duplicate cards and you have a veritable arsenal of magic at your fingertips. No more pockets bulging with decks only capable of unleashing one trick.
•Kicked Right Back
•The Big Transpo
•Pocket Interchange (3 versions)
•Lee Smith's Predicto-Pocket
And that’s this week’s Baker’s Dozen Hotlist. Thirteen fabulous items just waiting for you to check them out. I think you should do it right away!
As always, I want to personally thank you for spending some time with us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Boston. Either way, we love the company!