Friday, March 04, 2011

Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Despite the few inches of snow we got last week, it is definitely starting to feel like Spring may actually make an appearance this year. Normally when we get four inches of snow, everyone is grumbling because we need to shovel it. This year, when we get four inches of snow, everyone says, “Thank goodness!”

Do I need to remind you that the Cape Cod Conclave is just over a month away? Do I need to remind you that we have just added magical super star Bob Sheets to our already stellar lineup? Should I remind you that you can register right now by Clicking Here?

Nah. No need to remind you of all these things. You already know. So, go and do it! I would love to see you there.

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On the magic front, the new Lennart Green Master File DVD Sets arrived this week and have all been shipped out. Those of you who have been waiting are in for a real treat! And, make sure that you check the Essential Magic Conference DVD Set from the same producers. It’s an 8 DVD Set with just about everyone in magic on board.

And, that’s all the news from here. Time to check out this week’s excitement.

BUY MORE GET MORE: Starting right now and running through Thursday, March 10th at midnight, we are having a 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, 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!

And now, this week’s Hotlist!

(1) Essential Magic Conference DVD Set – 8 DVD Set: EMC2010 was a remarkable event and this is an incredible set of DVDs packed with great material!
The world's first internet conference for magic and magicians is now available in an 8 DVD set. Every moment was captured on hi-quality video and audio and is now available on a special EMC Boxed Set of DVDs.
Every lecture and performance given at EMC is here, together with our Discussion Panels, Q&As, Bonus Tricks from Max Maven and T. A. Waters and our Passion for Magic videos. That's 16 hours of magical material. Also included are the complete chat logs, hundreds of pages of online chat. Check out what our registrants were talking about throughout the conference. An outstanding source of knowledge and a real collector's item.
It's a never before seen amazing line-up. The 8 DVDs contain performances and lectures from some of the world's top magicians:
Anton Lopez, Apollo Robbins, Barry and Stuart, Carlos Vaquera, Cyril Takayama, Dani DaOrtiz, David Britland, De'Vo Vom Schattenreich, Eric Eswin, Eric Mead, Finn Jon, Gaetan Bloom, Gazzo, Gene Matsuura, Guy Hollingworth, Helder Guimarães, James Freedman, Jason England, Lennart Green, Luis de Matos, Marco Tempest, Max Maven, Miguel Angel Gea, Mike Caveney, Paul Kieve, Paulino Gil, Ponta The Smith, Richard McDougall, Richard Wiseman, Stan Allen, Ton Onosaka, Topas and William Kalush.
$150.00 (DVD01243)

(2) Shopaholic – Cosmo Solano: New from Cosmo Solano comes a unique and powerful effect using common coupons and a grocery store receipt!
15 different discount snack item coupons are shown, mixed and turned face down. Four are freely chosen by spectators (no forces). The coupons are kept face down and before anyone knows what they are you hand a grocery receipt to one of the spectators. The items listed on the receipt match the coupon items chosen!
Absolutely mind blowing magic with common objects!
Easy to do! No sleights necessary. Super easy system (included) does all the work!
What's Included:

Realistic coupons gimmicked in a diabolical way, Store receipt to match the free choices made, and the key to it all, an official "Q-singles TM" device which makes it all happen!
What is a Q-Singles Effect?

"Q-The Quantum Connection" is a revolutionary system and utility device being used by top professionals worldwide. A full "Q" set allows you instant access to a full deck of cards (or an equal amount of billets, etc.) and fits it your two front pants pockets!
is 1/4 of a full "Q" set and allows you the same instant access to one fourth the amount of billets or cards. The versatility with "Q" is endless! As a result, specialized effects called "Q-Singles" are now being developed for use with "Q" and utilize items and props that are not playing cards!
Modular and adaptable

Q-Singles are designed to work with other Q singles so as you're collection grows you can combine them to create a full set of Q or custom sets as you desire!
Also included is a lifetime membership to the Q-Network, a living breathing website with dozens of routines and tutorial videos on how to use Q and Q-Singles in an endless amount of ways!
$89.95 (40.777)

(3) Scared – Jamie Daws: Imagine that at any time, anywhere and under any conditions you could channel energy through your fingertips that would cause a deck of cards to mysteriously animate, slowly begin to shift and, as though of its own accord, cut directly to a selected card. Imagine no more - this is Scared!
Jamie Daws is back with Scared - an impromtpu haunted deck effect. A creation so devious, so ingenious and so practical, it's scary! And, this incredible animation of a deck of playing cards is super easy to do. In fact, it's almost self working.
Jamie has taken an age old principle and invented a super streamlined, hyper-practical method to make it happen. Now there's no need to carry extra gimmicks: no thread, no wires and no magnets. – The Scared DVD arms you with the ability to fashion a cunning gaff 'on the fly,' meaning you can cause any regular deck to eerily cut itself directly to a selected card at a moments notice.
On this DVD, you'll learn the basic principle and how to fashion an ordinary playing card into an incredible 'haunted deck' gimmick in less than five seconds! Then Jamie, together with Dave Forrest, will walk you through a variety of refinements of the original gaff and teach you everything you need to know about animating the deck including a number of exciting handling variations.
Plus, you'll learn no less than four complete routines using the Scared gaff in very clever ways that will ensure you get maximum impact out of the gimmick.
Scared Again - A spectral drawing on a Joker causes the deck to cut itself to a selection, then the drawing is discovered on the selected card!
Scared Blue - Two selections are made. The deck eerily cuts to one of them and the other changes from red to blue!
Scary Thoughts - A spectator jots down a card they have in mind. The paper is balled up and placed onto the deck, which then cuts itself directly at the card!
Triple Scared - The deck eerily cuts to a selected card. The second card reverses itself and the third card is written on its back!
$34.95 (30.1572)

(4) Human Xylophone – Keith Fields: A fantastic stage filling routine for any magic act! Loads of fun and audience participation! Perfect for family shows, street shows, school shows, birthday parties, church shows and more. Easy to do and it contains many object lessons about teamwork and being in tune with each other.
In effect, you show a set of “chimes” and get eight people from the audience to help. They each strike their chime with a wooden spoon. Lining the spectators up in the correct order and then tapping their shoulders to play a song will bring the house down.
Watch the video demo. It tells the whole story!
$120.00 (50.972)

I’m not a children’s performer, but I loved his Musical Tubes Routine. It’s not magic, but a wonderful, entertaining interlude that involves a stage full of people. I think it’s perfect for a corporate entertainer or trainer who wants to talk about Teamwork -Marc DeSouza

(5) Clone Cube: Show a cube to the audience, each side of which is a different color.
“I just learned a new game. The winner is the one who throws a red! The champion is the one who can throw a double red!”
Throw the cube, and two cubes roll apart on the table!
Take hold of one of the cubes and slap it on the table in front of a member of the audience saying “Why don't you try it? Here is a cube, have a throw!”
When you raise your hand from the cube, it is seen to have become completely flat.
There is no way that anyone can throw it now!
Everything can be immediately examined by the audience!
In another routine, show two cubes. Remove one, placing it into your left hand, and it vanishes. It reappears when you toss the other one into air!
$40.00 (10.1624)

(6) Hands Off – Patrick Redford:
Using his original effect, Auspicious Coincidence, as a jumping off point Patrick has taken his Any Card at Any Number to a whole new level.
Someone names any card; someone else any number. Choices are free, no force of any kind.
Ask if it would be impressive if the named card was found at the named number in the deck of cards you are holding holding. The audience of course agrees, but you admit it wouldn't be all that impressive as you’ve been holding the deck the entire time and could have done something sneaky.
What would be more impressive is if the named card was found at the named position in a deck of cards that you have not been near. Better yet, it's been in full view since before the effect began.
The closed box is tossed to an audience member who opens the box, removes the cards, and counts them one at a time face-up to find the named card at the exact named position. A miracle!
No Memorized Stack
No Crib Sheets
No Complicated Math
No Force
100% Accurate
Deck Examinable
Virtually Moveless
Ends Clean
Quick Reset
Easy to Do
There are three variations included in this special DVD release:
Close-up Hands Off - The Main Effect
Hands Off Stage - A Variation Suitable for Stage Performances
Fantasie Impromptu - An Impromptu Card at Named Number with an Interesting Plot.
$29.95 (30.1573)

(7) Psychic Hangman – Keith Fields: A new mind game where you first predict the number of letters in the chosen word, then you correctly call out the letters and tell where they go. A game you will win every time!
The plot is a simple one (so simple that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before!) A word is chosen and you play a game of Psychic Hangman – which means you pick the letters and tell them where they go and get it right! And no-one gets hung!
Nothing to memorize or learn as it is self contained and the clever script virtually eliminates any fishing or ‘no’ answers.
This routine quickly moves away from the book and becomes more of a word test than a book test and it gives you plenty of scope for jazzing as well.
When you play Psychic Hangman you will always win!
But here is the fun part: You are in control over how many letters you get wrong or right! You can let your volunteer get to the point of almost hanging you, then you turn on your psychic ability and get every letter correct. You also tell the spectator where to put the letters rather than letting them fill the letters in as in the normal game!
Extra ideas even let you predict the number of letters in the chosen word. And the book is small enough to fit neatly in your pocket for strolling!
An ingenious new routine, which makes a book test logical and fun to perform. $125.00 (40.778)

(8) Airborne Soup Can: A new and fun airborne routine, with a real Campbell’s soup can.
Start with a can of condensed soup and a bottle of water.
Pour the water from your bottle into the genuine soup can.
Let go of the can.
Magically, the water and can float in mid-air.
Great for kidshow performers, family performers, clowns. Anyone who likes soup!
Works with almost any water bottle.
Comes with gimmicked can and gimmicked bottle top.
Terrific, visual magic. $26.00 (60.1730)

(9) Retro-Gravity – Devin Knight: A self-levitation that Al Mann and Devin Knight created over 20 years ago. It has been kept under wraps all these years. Whispered about on the underground, and hinted that it would be released someday. That day is now.
allows you to levitate 2 to 4 inches in the air. It is a special gimmick you attach to your shoe and once done is completely invisible. Any time you wear your shoes, you are ready to levitate. Anywhere, anytime under any conditions! This means you can walk around in a restaurant, party or ou door festival and levitate over and over at will. No special pants, jackets or special clothing are required.
No bulky gimmicks to carry around!
No adding or removing anything. The bottom of your shoes can be shown before and after the levitation and they are seen to be normal. But, that is not all. The manual describes how to allow an assistant to pass something under both of your feet while you are floating.
Plus, advance techniques that allow you to rotate 180 degrees in the air while floating. Lift both feet while floating to show nothing under them. A technique that allows you to float up to 8 inches for a split second.
Other self-levitations are described in the book including:
Mat Levitation:
Stand on a mat and float up 4 inches.
Al Mann Newspaper Levi:
Stand on a newspaper, float up and someone pulls the paper out from under your feet.
A sneaky way to do the Balduci Levitation and never get caught.
You get the complete manual explaining how to do Retro-Gravity. A simple item found in any hardware store is invisibly attached to your shoes and allows you to do this levitation at anytime, with no thought or advance notice.
$39.95 (60.1729)

(10) Blizzard – Dean Dill:
Available again!
What would you say to a card trick that fooled Michael Weber, Mac King, Rudy Coby, Paul Harris, even Dai Vernon? The correct answer is: “I want that trick!”
Now, you can buy the trick that fooled them all! It’s Dean Dill’s Blizzard, and it’s absolutely amazing.
Bring out a deck of cards. Have a spectator name any card. No force of any kind. Let’s say it’s the Two of Clubs. Remove that card from the deck. Now, remove the other three twos and place them face down on the table.
Have the spectator shuffle the four cards face down and place them on the table. Now, ask him to pick out his selected card from the four face down cards.
When he turns over the four cards, three of them are blank. His selected card is the only one left printed.
Now, spread the rest of the deck face up. Every single card now has a blank face! Toss the deck on the table in a flurry of all-blank cards. It’s absolutely amazing.
The spectator’s jaw will drop. There is just no explanation. One minute the cards are all normal. The next minute they are all blank! It’s wild. And, it’s a wicked fooler.
No rough and smooth. No double sided cards. So easy to do, you won’t believe it.
You can leave the blank deck in the spectators’ hands. They will find nothing. Great magic. Complete with everything. $30.00 (30.1574)

And, that’s this week’s Hotter Than Hot Hotlist! Great new magic, perfect for you. And you. And you. And all of you!
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