Greetiings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. What a week! What a week! It’s all true what they say about Black Friday events. We were running at top speed all week getting your orders processed, pulled, packed and out the door. The elves are just plain beat. Thank goodness it’s the weekend!
We have begun serious work on next year’s Cape Cod Magic Conclave. The dates are April 8th – 10th, 2011. And, we have already booked some amazing talent! Mark Kalin & Jinger, Joaquin Ayala, Chip Lowell, Tom Burgoon, Chris Randall, with more and more to come! You can register right now and get great seats. Check it out by Clicking Here.
Good news! The new Tenyo items have arrived in stock and all of the back orders have been shipped. If you pre-ordered any of the 2011 Tenyo line, you will have yours in just a few days. Far and away, 4-D is the biggest seller of the four items, with Ghost Flight a close second. At this point, we have some of all of the items in stock, so if you have not ordered yet, now is the right time!
New holiday magic doesn’t happen all that often. But, this year, we have two new items just perfect for your holiday shows. Silks to Santa Hat and Rudy Reindeer. Make sure you check both item out in this week’s Hotlist!
On the home front, the house is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Which makes it very hard for Bones the Dog to steal food unnoticed. Still, he does manage! While I do like the peace and quiet at home, there is certainly something to be said for the hustle and bustle of having the kids around. I guess one cannot have it both ways.
Don’t forget to either look at the Holiday EXTRA by clicking on the EXTRA Button at www.magicfact.com or by downloading it as a pdf by Clicking Here:
It’s full of great stuff, just for you.
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s excitement!
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Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist
(1) Timmy Toilet Paper Notebook: After years of honing and fine-tuning, Tom Burgoon’s laugh-filled signature routine has finally been released in complete detail.
Timmy Toilet Paper is packed with laughs and will fit easily into any show.
Comes complete with: United States performance rights; Inside information never before in print; DVD containing detailed performances; Numbered certificate of authenticity suitable for framing; Complete and detailed manuscript; Coupon for free mouth coils; Tom’s special bonus material; autographed 8 x 10 of Tom and Timmy!
Only a limited number of authorized notebooks will be released. Don’t miss this opportunity to own this one-of-a-kind comedy routine!
(2) Glass Breaking Table Pro: The performer places a drinking glass or light bulb on his performing table. He steps away from the table and begins concentrating on the object. Suddenly, the glass completely shatters!
Completely self-contained, this amazing gimmick can be set to activate from between 5 and 45 seconds after you walk away. Includes sturdy metal stand.
The glass shattering effect has a strong impact on any type of audience.
This is a true and complete mentalism act; it causes such an effect, one the audience will remember forever.
The glass may be covered with a colorless bell-type cover or a plastic bag. It's a fully mechanical system
Powerful extra-thin design
Adjustable timer start
The table and base have been tailor-made.
Manufacturing and performance features have been enhanced from oler models.
Just a few seconds are needed to have this magnificent effect ready to work.
Table height with base included: 34 inches (85cm- can be adjusted)
Table top: 16" x 12" (40cm x 30cm)
Aluminum front thickness: 0.7 inches (1.8 cm).
Glass breaking Table Pro includes a carry protection bag
(3) Silks To Santa Hat: “Who's got a beard that's long and white?
Santa's got a beard that's long and white.
Who comes around on a special night?
Santa comes around on a special night.
Special night, beard that's white,
Must be Santa must be Santa,
Must be Santa, Santa Claus.”
It is Santa! At least, his hat.
Show a red silk and a white silk and tuck them into your fist, allowing a little bit to still show.
Shake your hand and the silks instantly change into Santa’s Hat!
It looks so very cool, and it’s so easy to do.
A great new item for your holiday shows.
(4) Red Mirror DVD - Helder Guimaraes: Learn premier card magic from a master, and gain invaluable insight into the art.
Red Mirror is a look inside the mind of a world-class performer and FISM champion who many consider the most important magician of his generation.
Helder Guimarães is a studied practitioner of both magic and theatre with an experienced understanding of the arts. Offered on this volume is a collection of ten original card routines, but more importantly, his creative process and thinking behind each.
Featured is Helder's signature card act, a formal routine developed and refined through years of performing. This act includes the following routines:
* 4 For Four
* Helder Skelter
* The Sculpture
* An Invisible Thread
* Aberto Court
* Cardesian Coordinate
Over 3.5 hours featuring a live performance at The Magic Castle, an interview, studio performances and explanations shot with multiple HD cameras for superior picture quality and coverage, effect commentary, bad English and more!
Each routine has been broken down into its own segment and includes a separate studio performance and explanation. Helder then provides commentary after each effect, in which he discusses its development and offers ideas for you to take it further.
Besides the many sleights Helder utilizes to achieve his effects, the Ascanio Spread, Stuart Gordon Double Turnover, and Elmsley Count have their own special segments and detailed instruction is offered on their technique.
In this one-on-one interview, Helder discusses his background in magic and theatre, why he specializes in card magic, his thinking process, how he constructs routines, practices, and so on.
Excerpts from Helder's 2010 Los Angeles lecture includes discussions about magic and a performance of an impossible Cards Across routine that will leave you in wonder.
A reference of both sleights and effects is included as an aid for further study.
In this section of the DVD you will discover a fun bonus effect, credits and if you’re lucky a couple more routines that have been hidden. Yes, these are the Easter Eggs you've heard about. Happy hunting!
(5) Insight – Peter Eggink: Two Jokers with holes in the center are shown and placed in full view on the table.
Next, a spectator freely selects a card and signs her initials on its back.
The card is then openly placed in the middle of the pack and shuffled thoroughly. You will attempt to find the spectator’s card by searching through the faces.
Although it's not the spectator's selection, you explain that you are being drawn to an indifferent random card for some reason.
This indifferent card is sandwiched in-between the two Jokers and can be clearly seen through the hole.
Now get ready for a truly magical moment!
With a little wave, the card visually changes into the spectator’s signed card!
The appearance of the spectator’s signature through the hole is eye candy of the highest caliber. It looks like trick photography!
Finally, the card is removed from in-between the Jokers to show that the card has indeed changed into the spectator’s freely chosen card!
Insight uses a brand new concept that will make you smile. Comes complete with a full training DVD, hand built gimmick on Bicycle stock and everything else you’ll need to perform this stunning effect. Use your own deck of Bicycle cards.
The full training DVD will guide you step by step on how to perform the routine, sleights and techniques. Includes a great handling by David Regal.
* Easy to do!
* Highly visual
* Instant reset
* No force is used
* Fully examinable
(6) Rudy Reindeer: A fun-tastic Christmas routine with Rudy the Flying Reindeer!
"He flies invisibly through the air!"
"He goes down chimneys and through doors by magic!"
The performer shows a colorful cardboard plaque of Rudy Reindeer. Rudy couldn't fly like all of the other reindeer, so Santa gave him a magic cape -- and a special job. Rudy flies from house to house scouting out which houses have chimneys and which ones have doors, so Santa will know ahead of time where he needs to use his magic key.
To demonstrate Rudy going down a chimney, the performer slides him into an envelope printed with a chimney design. One volunteer holds Rudy in the chimney envelope while another helper holds an empty envelope with a printed door design.
The audience shouts the magic words, and the plaque is pulled out of the chimney envelope, Rudy is gone! A cut out area where he used to be is all that remains.
When the door envelope is opened -- oops! Rudy is not there! His little green silk cape tumbles out, but no reindeer. The cape disappears, but Rudy is nowhere to be seen. Finally, after a frenzied search and lots of enthusiastic "advice" from the audience, Rudy Reindeer is found to be clinging to the second helper's back! "He made it to the next house -- he just went around back!
Rudy Reindeer is lots of fun all the way to the hilarious finish. Kids love him! Be the first on your block to own this fabulous flying reindeer.
Beautiful artwork by Gina "Cha Cha" Wollrabe. Printed on sturdy boards with a high-gloss protective coating. Made to last!
Special thanks to the Ina Sisters (Gina Wollrabe and Tina Hernandez) for their creative teamwork in writing the Rudy Reindeer routine!
(7) Token Cube: Ask a member of the audience to select one of the three tokens on the table, each of which is a different color.
Place the selected token into your pocket and hold the rest in your closed fist. In a few seconds, the token appears alongside the other two in your hand.
In the same mysterious way, both the other tokens in turn travel from the your pocket to your closed fist.
Now for the real trick! The three different colored tokens combine to become a colored cube! The cube can immediately be examined by the audience! $45.00 (10.1610)
(8) T2X: T2x is the world's smallest atomic light. This amazing bulb mysteriously turns on when it finds a selected playing card. You can use any deck, and spectators can examine the bulb to their heart’s content but will discover nothing.
T2x is designed to look like a real mini bulb, not a toy or magic prop. It's completely self-powered and self-contained and you don't have to wear a ring or palm a coin to activate it.
T2x comes complete with the custom designed T2x mini bulb, accessories and Video CD instruction (plays on all computers).
(9) BUG Writer: The great British magician Eric Mason changed the world of mentalism with his invention of the Boon Writer, "the greatest smallest gimmick in mentalism."
Some performers may find it difficult to write well with the Boon Writer for different reasons: they may find it a little bit unstable, or they feel they need a stronger grip.
The Bug Writer from Vernet was specially designed to adhere firmly to the fleshy pad of the thumb. Its special design and sticky surface allow you to master the use of this wonderful gimmick and still keep it absolutely invisible for the audience.
Available with pencil lead or grease marker. Please specify
(10) Horus – Luca Volpe & Titanas: This book contains some of Luca Volpe’s best kept secrets from his professional repertoire. Mixing a blend of clever thinking and easy to do methods, creating stunning effects. Each routine is audience tested and contains everything you need to perform the effects, from the script to plenty of bonus tips.
No complicated props to build or expensive items to buy, just pure mentalism that is suitable for stage and intimate performances.
Also included is a special graphic design which allows you to perform one of the effects that Luca Volpe has never revealed, until now!
The Horus Eye - A randomly chosen spectator is able to visualize an image, symbol or word that is sealed inside an envelope.
Hallucination ACAAN - Any card at any number with a hallucination plot.
Double Control: Luca’s personal twist to the E.S.P. chair test routine.
P.D.R: An incredible Psychometry Drawing Routine that plays big, with a clever method!
Peek Envelope: A utility device that you can build for less that 50 cent and is incredibly versatile!
Impossible Prediction: Luca’s limited release manuscript is now here! You can predict what a randomly chosen spectator will be wearing and how much money he will have in his pocket!
40 pages. Saddle Stitched. Black and white photographs
(11) Insider – Jay Sankey – Gimmicks & DVD: Insider is the next step in the evolution of 'impossible location' effects featuring a whole new world of extraordinary magic and mentalism with a wonderfully ordinary object: a window envelope.
With the brilliant Insider gimmicks you can cause playing cards, written predictions, dollar bills, business cards, photographs, paper napkins, baseball cards, book pages, letters, file cards and even a signed playing card to visually appear, vanish and transform inside a legitimately sealed envelope!
The sealed envelope can even be trapped inside a clear plastic baggie. The incredibly visual magic still happens.
The spectator even opens the envelope and removes the object.
Give away the envelope as a killer souvenir or use the same envelope again and again for many performances.
Includes 10 specially-designed envelopes (3.5 inches x 5.5 inches) and innovative gimmicks
A myth made real. A freely selected and signed playing card visually appears inside a legitimately sealed envelope! Hand out the envelope as an impossible souvenir with the signed card still inside!
An astounding 3-phase mentalism routine involving a correct prediction and a torn corner, with the prediction suddenly vanishing and visually appearing inside the sealed envelope!
The 'jewel in the Insider crown.' Any small object (selected card, borrowed bill, etc) visually appears inside the sealed envelope while the envelope is trapped inside an ordinary clear plastic baggie!
After closely examining the envelope, a spectator licks the flap and seals it shut. The spectator then sticks an ordinary postage stamp any where they want on the back of the sealed envelope. The stamp then mysteriously melts into the sealed envelope (the audience sees it happen through the window) and the envelope is immediately handed out for close examination. Truly surreal.
A card is selected from the pack. A moment later, the three other 'mates' to the selected card visually appear, trapped inside the sealed envelope.
Out of all the countries in the world, one country is chosen by a spectator in an especially fair fashion. With just a wave of his hand, the magician causes a bank note from the same country to appear inside the sealed envelope in eye-bursting fashion.
The spectator selects a card and the magician holds it up for the spectator to see. Then while the spectator concentrates on the image of the magician holding up the card, a color photograph of that exact same image 'magically arrives' inside the sealed envelope.
Jay shares the secrets to using Insider at your next children's party, complete with a great gift for the birthday boy or girl!
After a corner is torn from a business card, and held by a spectator for safekeeping, the torn card is found inside a sealed pay envelope that impossibly appears inside the window envelope!
This exceptional combination of mentalism and magic makes for a perfect 'closer.' A selected page from a magazine or paperback novel mysteriously disappears from the book and visually appears inside the sealed envelope. Both the book and the envelope can be examined by a forensic scientist.
* Super portable. The envelopes are small enough to fit in the back pocket of your jeans.
* Requires only basic sleight-of-hand.
* Can be performed in the nude. No awkward 'slides,' rubber cement on envelopes, or secret tears are involved.
* No refills required. (Close the flap of the envelope with a paperclip or sticker instead of licking it.)
* Plus: Jay shares his 'Marked Bill Convincer for the first time ever.
And that, my fellow magi, is this week’s Hard To Top This One Hotlist. The very best of the new stuff that has crossed my desk this week. Every item designed to fool the spectators and thrill the performer! What more could you ask for?
Well, you could ask us to ship it to you for free, and we would say, “OK!”
As always, and especially in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we thank you for find the time to spend with us whether it’s online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love your company.