Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. A fun week has been had by all!
First off, I would like to take a moment to congratulate Mark and Nani Wilson on the 50th Anniversary of the Magic Land of Allakazam. For so many of us, it was the first peek we had into the world of magic. Those of us who were privileged to grow up with the Magic Land of Allakazam on our TV Sets owe a huge “Thank You” to Mark and Nani. And, let’s not forget Bev Bergeron as Rebo The Clown!
Several weeks ago, I prematurely announced the Streaming Video department here at Hank Lee’s. My bad. I thought it would be up and running. I thought the programming to get it rolling would be a walk in the park. Wrong. It has taken over a month to add the Streaming Video to our online catalog. By the time you get this email, it should be running perfectly. I tested it myself earlier in the week, and it looks so cool!
Here’s the way Streaming Video works. We have set up a Category in the Online Catalog at www.magicfact.com. The Streaming Video category is between Stage Magic and Street Magic in the Categories on the left side of the page. When you click on the button, you will be taken to our Streaming Videos page. At this point there about 135 DVD titles, but more will be coming all the time. You choose the DVDs you want, go through the ordering process, and you are then able to watch the DVDs right on your computer. PC or MAC. You can watch the DVDs as many times as you want, fast forward, rewind, etc. And, you will have your very own Streaming Video “locker,” where your videos will be kept, forever. So, you can watch them any time you want. This is so cutting edge!
In order to purchase the Streaming Videos, you must be a registered in our Online Catalog. It’s easy as pie to do. Just click on the Register Button and fill out the info. What could be simpler?
Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about all those Halloween shows, coming up in just a couple of weeks. We have our Halloween Magic Shop up online and waiting for you! Go to the front page at www.magicfact.com and click on the pumpkin with my face carved into it. You will be taken to a fabulous collection of Halloween Magic. And, really, now is the time to think about what you’d like to add to your show!
And, that’s all the news from here. Now, check out this week’s excitement!
DVD GIVEAWAY EXTENDED: 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, October 7th, 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, October 7th, at midnight!
Now, let’s take a peek at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Maric Glass: Imagine making a coin visibly penetrate a glass instantly.
Or maybe you want to do the world's most visible glass through table?
These super-visual effects are accomplished without the use of threads, magnets, thumb tips or gimmicked coins.
The only thing you will need is the Maric Glass.
Easy to learn and perform, even for beginners.
No complicated sleight of hand needed.
You can perform with borrowed items.
There are no angle restrictions, even in surrounded situations.
This outstanding device will never raise suspicion, and even a TV camera cannot catch the secret.
Your audience will never think the glass itself is doing the work. It looks like real magic!
Every glass is made precisely to the specifications of Mr. Maric. The Maric Glass comes with an exclusive carry case and an instruction DVD containing 6 different effects including performances and detailed explanations.
Who is Mr. Maric?
It's no doubt that Mr. Maric is one of the most famous magicians in Japan. He has established a whole new magic genre "Cho-Majutsu" meaning Supernatural Illusions. In recent years these Super Natural illusions have created a big magic boom in Japan.
(2) Ring Grinder Deluxe: Another beautiful piece from Dave Powell. Crafted from the finest hardwood with antique solid pewter hardware, each one is signed, numbered and limited to 50 pieces.
Dave’s clever design allows for the spectator to handle the prop throughout the routine. It is so much funnier when "they" grind up the ring and dump the pieces out the front door!
The effect is classic. Ask to borrow a ring from a spectator and upon receiving it explain that it must be cleaned before performing the magic. Produce your ring-cleaning machine and delicately place the ring into the box. Hand the box to the spectator and, when they start to turn the handle, a terrible grinding noise comes from inside of the box! Apparently they turned the wrong lever, which turns the ring into its most basic powdered form! They open the box and tilt it towards the floor. Sure enough, the remnants of what was the ring pour out of the box.
As a consolation, you reach into your jacket and remove an envelope. Of course when the spectator opens up the envelope they are much relieved to find their ring in perfect condition!
Great magic. Beautifully crafted. A “must-have” piece. $199.95
(3) Memento – David Regal: Memento is not just one effect, but a world filled with possibilities!
A card is freely selected from a deck and returned. The magician points to a card box that has been in view from the start. Inside is found a clear crystal block that showcases a playing card. The card has the words "My Favorite Card" written across its face. The card is an exact match for the selection!
Another effect possible with Memento:
A spectator signs a card and returns it to the deck. The magician reaches into his pocket and instantly removes a crystal clear block that contains the signed card.
Beautiful and baffling
Any card can be selected
A different card every time
Easy to do, with solid impact
Includes a beveled, crystal clear block manufactured exclusively for Memento, special gimmicks, additional supplies and an instructional DVD.
(4) Kartis Visible Bill Change: The Kartis Visible Bill Change is one of the most ingenious and visible methods to turn a blank piece of paper into a bill. Imagine showing both sides of a blank piece of paper held dangling down from your finger tips. Only one hand is used. The paper visibly, with no cover, changes to a bill which is immediately shown on both sides. If you could do real magic it would look exactly like the Kartis Visible Bill Change.
You receive a detailed DVD and the gimmicks to perform the effect.
The Kartis Visible Bill Change is an effect you will always carry with you.
Truly one of the most visible and stunning bill changes you will ever see.
(5) Mish Mash Card – Harry Anderson: Know what I like about Harry Anderson’s tricks? They’re not just tricks. They’re complete performance routines. You can buy them and learn them and add them to your act and be proud to perform them. Such is the case with Harry’s Mish-Mash Card.
Bring out the over-sized Mish-Mash Card. Ask a spectator to think of one of the many cards shown on the Mish-Mash Card. Free choice. Just think of one.
Display a large manila envelope. Explain that you have a prediction card inside the envelope. Just one card. Ask the audience if they would be amazed if Her Card were inside the envelope. Sure they would! Bring the card out. There, in big letters are the words HER CARD. (If you do it with a guy, the card will say HIS CARD). A big laugh!
Ask the spectator to name her card. Flip open the prediction card to reveal her selected card!! A great finish!
Mish-Mash Card plays big. You can use it in a living room or a Las Vegas showroom. It fits in the bottom of your suitcase. And, it gives you five minutes of solid entertainment. It’s easy to do. It will fool them. It comes with all the patter (both Harry Anderson’s and Martin Lewis’). Very well made. The Mish-Mash Card is money well spent. $80.00 (60.653)
(6) Cash Appearing Box: An obviously empty chest suddenly fills with real money. It’s the kind of magic audiences love!
A single dollar bill is tossed into the box and immediately is visibly transformed into a full chest of bills.
The box can be shown empty before the bills are produced.
Perfect for trade shows; the perfect ending to any money routine!
Comes complete with specially made carry-case.
(7) Evogram – Jay Crowe: Evogram is the evolution of the traditional Wiregram.
Show a piece of wire and visually transform it into your spectator’s thought of ESP symbol or card!
Evogram is available in the 5 ESP symbols: star, circle, square, cross, and wave. But there's more! Evogram is also available in 7 of diamonds and 8 of hearts playing cards. Please specify which ones you want.
Evogram is guaranteed to be 5 times more resistant than previous versions, and it's engineered to last for hundreds of performances.
The thickness, look and high quality finish of the wire have been improved.
It seems impromptu and impossible to the spectators
Packs small and plays visually big
Carry it always in your wallet
Angle proof, easy, and performance stress free!
Comes complete with the selected shape, and full color instructions. Designed for the active professional.
$14.95 (10.1593) (http://www.hanklee.org/xcart/product.php?productid=10315&cat=0&page=1)
(8) Miracles Of My Friends II – Burton Sperber: In 1982 Burton Sperber published Miracles of My Friends in a limited numbered edition. Hailed as a classic anthology of mentalism, it has long been out of print. Sadly, many of Sperber's friends from that volume are no longer with us. Fortunately, he keeps making new friends, and Miracles of My Friends II is finally available!
Edited by Leo Behnke, Foreword by Peter Reveen, Preface by Burton Sperber, Contributions by Larry Becker, Leo, David Ben, Robin DeWitt, Paul, Ed Fowler, Richard Ganstwig, Paul Green, Scott Grossberg, Todd Karr, Nick Lewin, Max Maven, Jheff Poncher, Burton Sperber, Jack Tillar, Chris Woodward, and Rob Zabrecky. Also includes a reprint of the late Bascom Jones, Jr's 19 Rules of Mentalism plus the five key building blocks that all mental performers should master.
Limited to just 1,000 copies, this is likely to go out of print quickly and attain the sought-after status of the first volume. Don't be disappointed! Order now! 124 pages, clothbound with actual Magic Castle playing cards on the front cover.
(9) Slim DVD – Craig Petty: A collection of routines which all use a small packet of cards taken from a regular deck. There are no gimmicks, no gaffs and no set up. All you need is a pack of cards and you are good to go. Next time you really want to blow away your audience make sure you get Slim.
Back Off Apollo
The strongest All Backs routine you will ever see, using just a small packet of cards and a full deck kicker. This routine is definitely the Oscar winner of the DVD!
An underground sensation which Craig has finally released. An ultra-convincing triumph routine with a shuffled deck that ends with a surprise production of four of a kind.
Mr T's Knock Out
A four phase sandwich routine that ends with the kicker of the entire deck appearing between the two face up cards.
An impromptu version of Wild Card with a signed card and a double change. This is one you will do!
The perfect blend of magic and mentalism just using four Jacks and a selected card.
Micky's Mish Mash
This routine combines a wonderful presentation with some great visuals. A great routine to add to any commercial card magic repertoire.
This routine opens with a super visual production of four of a kind and two selections. You then go into a four for two transposition with a kicker that nobody will ever see coming.
Special Bonus - Sun Bed Matrix
Imagine punching four holes in a playing card and then moving them around a la Coin Matrix. This is a bonus because it does require a DF card but it is the cleanest and most practical version of the plot you will ever see. And, the card is signed!
(10) Check-Mate – Ron Fetzer: From the brilliant mind of Ren Fetzer comes this little gem!
A spectator freely selects a card from a shuffled deck.
Next the spectator is given a "post-it" sticker to place on the selected card and then asked to sign it. The signed card is then mixed back into the deck.
The magician removes a drive-up deposit envelope from his checkbook. A note reading “Your Interest Is Enclosed” is removed from the envelope. Looking inside the envelope the spectator finds their signed card. Everything can be examined.
Here is an updated version of card to wallet using an ordinary checkbook.
Supplied with everything needed including special gimmick that will fit right into your checkbook. $45.00 (30.1535)
And that’s this week’s Hot List. Read it once. Read it twice. I think you will agree that it is filled with great new magic! Honestly, I hope you will be inspired to buy some of it. Or all of it. Wouldn’t that be nice?
As always, I 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!