Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. It’s the First of April, and you know what that means, right? It means that there is just one week left before this year’s Cape Cod Magic Conclave. Just seven short days. Are you coming? Have you registered? If the answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second question is no, you’d better get a move on! You already know how to register. Just go Click Here.
In addition to the seven-day warning for the Conclave, April 1st is also April Fool’s Day. Only once did I try to pull an April Fool’s joke as part of this eMail Newsletter. No one thought it was as funny as I did. So, I vowed, no more April Fool’s jokes here. However, one never knows what might happen at home, now does one?
Speaking of April Fool’s Day jokes, it looks like the weatherman has a good one planned for us. Despite the fact that it is now April, we are in for some more snow! It is hard to believe after the winter that we went through, but it’s on the way. Time to get the boots and shovels out one more time. Yech.
The magic has just been pouring in the door this week. Several items that folks have been waiting patiently for have finally arrived. Infinity Wallet, F1 Wallet, Chop, Love Cards and even another delivery of Paul Harris’ Little Man. At this point, we have filled all of the back orders and can start taking new orders for Little Man. So, order one right now and you will get yours very soon!
I can’t even begin to tell you what this place looks like this week. Totally Conclave Central. We are almost 100% ready to go. Just a little more packing, a little more paper work and we will be all set. I don’t want to let it get ahead of me this week, so I will sign off and get to work.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s excitement!
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Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist
(1) Victorian Card Star – Remote Control: Dave Powell’s Victorian Card Star is based on Professor Hoffman’s version as described in his book Modern Magic, written in 1876.
The performer, coming forward with a pack of cards, allows 6 to be chosen.
His assistant brings out an attractive stand, and rests it on a table.
The cards are gathered and shuffled into the pack. As the cards are sprung forward from the performer’s hand, each selected card is seen to attach itself to the six points of the star.
The Victorian Card Star is made of solid hardwoods: Walnut, Maple and Oak.
It measures 18 inches wide and 29 inches tall and disassembles into three sections for packing.
Dave has tried to stay true to Professor Hoffman’s design, except, of course, updating it with a wireless remote control. You can activate the remote yourself whenever you spring the cards at the star. No assistant is necessary and you never have to touch the star!
This is a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered pieces. Once they are gone, there will be no more!
(2) Postcards – Hernan Macagno: The incredible production of a deck of cards, destined to become a classic effect!
Show an envelope that contains an empty and flat Bicycle card box.
Take out the flat box and show it very clearly.
Fold the box and the cards appear inside the box!
A great opening effect for your close up, parlor or stage act.
Very easy to do.
Extremely visual. Watch the demo video and you will be amazed!
Easy and quick set-up.
English - Spanish version DVD
Gimmick included. Supply your own regular deck of Bicycle Cards.
(3) Open Prediction Project – Thomas Baxter: In 1949 magician Paul Curry proposed an effect with playing cards that seemed impossible. Despite the best efforts of the top minds of his day, the effect became known as The Curry Unsolved Card Problem.
For almost 60 years mentalists and magicians have wracked their brains trying to find the perfect solution for Curry's challenge, now known as The Open Prediction.
The Open Prediction Project is the largest collection of its kind in existence. It is a compilation of 51 unique and creative solutions to the Open Prediction problem. Performers such as Marc Paul, Michael Weber, Barrie Richardson, Patrick Redford, Mick Ayres and Hector Chadwick have offered their solutions for this 296 page hard-cover book; and these are just a few in a long list of creative and innovative contributors from around the globe.
In addition, The Open Prediction Project contains a detailed history of the evolution of the Open Prediction effect; commentary on the individuals who made this effect the legend that it has become; and a comprehensive appendix, listing variations of the Open Prediction that been published in the past.
Written and Edited by Thomas Baxter, author of The Nail Writer Anthology.
296 pages. Hardcover
(4) Double Secured Gaffed Strait Jacket – Paul Albertson: Traditional straight jacket escapes use either a real straight jacket and years of professional practice, or use a gaffed jacket with professional acting. We are proud to present Paul Albertson's idea on the new double secured gaffed straight jacket that makes the jacket look real and you only need to focus on the presentation of the escape.
Here are the special features of this jacket:
Extra heavy-weight canvas
Strapped in with six real leather belts and plated buckles
You can put a volunteer in jacket
You can display the jacket inside-out
Includes instructional DVD with professional escape artist Paul Albertson teaching you multiple ways to escape. Learn the whole routine, the timing, the presentation ideas and all the professional tips from a full time professional Escape Guy!
Perform it anywhere! Make this performance a publicity and media event! A complete stage act that fits in a carry-on bag!
(5) Zenith Rising Sharpie – Steve Fearson: The principle is as old as the hills. The prop is as modern as it gets.
A Sharpie marker, placed on your palm slowly rises until it's standing on end! It stands there, defying gravity for a moment and then slowly descends!
Based on a time tested and proven principle dating back to the Indian Fakirs, Steve Fearson has redesigned the Zenith Pencil gimmick and integrated it into a Sharpie.
The gimmick is virtually invisible. The pen can be used as a normal pen, you'll almost forget the gimmick is there. But it is there. When you need it.
* No Threads
* No Wires
* No Magnets
* No Moving Parts
* No Lighting Restrictions
* Nothing to reset or replace.
These are just a few of the things that make Zenith one of the most practical levitation/suspension effects you can perform.
The effect also lends itself to some risque' humor should you decide to go that route. Use it as a lie detector. Or a hottie detector. With a little imagination you can get a lot of mileage out of this nifty prop.
This effect can be combined with G-Sharp, the Balancing Sharpie to create a truly baffling routine. $25.00 (10.1628)
(6) The Invisible Pass DVD – Chris Dugdale: An incredible step by step guide to one of the most invisible pass techniques ever created!
Full instructional DVD with bonus tips and handlings.
"The best invisible pass I've never seen” - Jerry Sadowitz - The Crimp
"Many magicians perform the pass badly, clumsily or only with insane misdirection. Chris Dugdale's handling of the pass is flawless. Flaw-LESS; literally you cannot see it, even when the HD camera filming his fingers is 5 inches away during a straight on shot (at hand level NOT from above). He is someone you want to learn this sleight from, not just because he is so damned good at it, but also because he is an excellent teacher.” - Daniel Alexander
(7) Flat Model Money Maker Deluxe: Show a blank piece of paper front and back. It really is blank. Place the blank paper on the Flat Model Money Maker, run the attached roller over the blank sheet and it visibly changes into a real dollar bill! Great visual magic. This money maker is very deceptively made and the illusion created is perfect. The spectators can examine both the blank sheet of paper and then the dollar bill, but no matter how close they look they'll have no idea how you can make money by magic.
This is the original German model. Superbly made in metal with a chrome finish, and a protective rubber base.
Takes 10 seconds to set up, looks like a quality prop and is 100% surefire.
Can be used with any bank note that will fit in the bed.
Every magician is asked to 'make' money. With the Flat Model Money Maker you really can.
(8) Personal FX – Wayne Dobson & JB Magic: Three business cards are removed from a small leather holder.
The cards are laid out in a row.
Spectator puts their phone on any of the three business cards.
Next, they place their keys on either of the two remaining business cards.
The last card goes back inside the wallet.
With no funny business of any kind, the spectator flips over the business cards. The cards have written on their backs: PHONE, KEYS and WALLET. Each item is in exactly the right place.
This is so easy to do, A brilliant way to hand out your business card.
Comes with DVD with full routine and bonus ideas along with Wayne's brilliant leather wallet.
(9) Classic Force DVD – Phil Jay: A classic sleight taught by a master in this incredible step by step DVD!
Phil teaches his inner thoughts. Everything is covered.
Classic Force - preparation/execution and what you must do after the card is taken.
Classic Force behind the back.
An amazing technique for speed gauging - never disclosed before this DVD.
Plus live performance segments of Phil using the classic force at an event.
“Phil mixes the teaching with lots of live footage so you can see it actually happening, rather than all in a studio. I was so happy with this DVD, 10 out of 10 because the effect is so useable and strong and Phil teaches it brilliantly."
"Having seen Paul Green live, and seen Paul Daniels do it behind his back I thought I had seen the best of the best when it came to the classic force, but Phil Jay takes the classic force to a new level with never before seen techniques and applications that blew my mind with their simplicity and fiendishness. There is possibly no stronger, commercial, adaptable sleight with cards than the classic force. There is no better teacher and practitioner of the classic force than Phil Jay." - Daniel Alexander
And that’s this week’s Seven Days Until The Conclave Hotlist. Great new magic. Exactly what you expect from us every week!
As always, I thank you for taking time out from your busy schedules to spend some with us, either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.