Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, And, what a week it has been!
I love technology as much as the next guy. But, when the same technology that makes our lives easier and more fun is used for evil rather than good, it is totally frustrating. Case in point: Email hackers. I know there is an official term for this, but sadly, being of the dinosaur generation, I do not know what it is. I do know that, this week, some creepier than creepy person somehow weaseled their way into our email address book and sent everyone on our list a spam-filled message that looked like it came from us, but had a questionable link to who-knows-where. Of course, it was not from us. And, I apologize for any problems this might have caused. Since Tuesday, we have had our crack team of techno-braniacs working on the situation and I am told that now all systems are “go.” You will, hopefully, never get that kind of mail from us. If, by chance you do, please let me know immediately. Why can’t those evil-minded folks just go off somewhere and play Pong or PacMan?
The wide, wide world of magic keeps on spinning. This week, Luis deMatos announced that this year’s Essential Magic Conference will be held the first week of July. It is an incredibly ambitious project, and well worth the registration fee. Of course, you can register for EMC 2011 with us. As last year, everyone who registers will get the 8 DVD EMC 2011 Set as part of the registration fee. Since the set costs $150.00, and registration is only $90.00, you actually come out $60.00 ahead and get to attend the conference. An excellent deal.
Speaking of magic conventions, sometimes I feel like the folks who produce the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The second the current parade is over, they are already working on the next year’s event. Same here, only no roses. We have already begin working on the 2012 Cape Cod Magic Conclave. Feelers are already going out to acts we would like to have with us next year, and the dates for the Conclave are already set. April 13th-15th, 2012. It’s never to early to register!
And, that’s all the news from here. Time to check out this week’s excitement.
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Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist
(1) Angry Sponges:Offer to explain the super-popular mobile device game Angry Birds, by pulling one of the birds straight out of your phone. You then produce a little green pig and explain how the birds fly through the air to try and kill the greedy little pigs. Suddenly the bird vanishes from one hand and appears right next to the pig.
Next you take a little blue bird out and put it into the spectator’s hand. With a magical tap of the finger, the blue bird splits into three fully examinable birds, right in the spectator's hand.
Finally, you introduce a big black bomb bird. When it is pushed into your hand it completely changes color, then changes into three stars indicating a perfect game.
Everyone will want to examine the little birds at the end which is totally fine! Everything is as examinable as it is charming.
You don't need a smart phone to perform this trick, it will appeal to everyone, but especially those who have played Angry Birds. And, who hasn’t?
Each set includes 9 hand-carved, hand-painted sponges. One Red Bird, One Green Pig, Three Blue Birds, One Black Bird that changes to Red, and Three Yellow Stars.
Instructional DVD teaches you the entire routine, plus alternate handlings and ideas for building the other birds featured in the game.
This is a Limited Edition Sponge Ball Set. There will only be 100 produced and each one will be numbered and signed by the creator and artist. $49.95 (10.1634)
(2) Losander’s Trinity Floating Table: 20 years ago Losander created his famous Floating Table. It is the best Floating Table you have ever seen. A solid table, which is used during the show to hold your props, begins to rise, starts floating and a volunteer can even examine the table while it floats. The usual statement Losander gets after showing this amazing table in front of magicians is, "That's the best levitation effect I've ever seen!"
Magicians like Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, Lance Burton, Salvano, Moretti, Marco Tempest, Chuck Jones and so many more have bought the original from Dirk Losander. All these people know how much effort and time it takes to create such a beautiful and amazing effect, and they all have one thing in common. They do not support copies in this business. Losander would appreciate if you, as am of honor and integrity would do the same. How do you know what is an original. There are only a few dealers in the USA who are selling the Losander Table. Hank Lee’s Magic Factory is one of them. And of course if it doesn't say Losander's Floating Table, then it's a copy!
It is a perfect levitation effect. It can be performed under any conditions, even surrounded.
Imagine a solid table which mysteriously begins to rise from the floor and then suddenly takes off! This table floats all over the place.
Losander is the inventor of the Losander's Floating Table™. He created this illusion with inspiration of Tommy Wonder's work and is approved by the Tommy Wonder estate!
Comes with case, DVD and Table Cloth and Anti Gravity Box.
Brand New: Trinity Table! The Trinity Table is very durable and perfect if you want to perform close-up magic before you float the table. You start totally uncovered and then float it at any time. With it 3 legs the table can even handle a very uneven ground.
(3) Essential Magic Conference 2011:The first Essential Magic Conference in 2010 was a watershed event in magic, the world's first digital conference for magicians. It achieved an epic rating from registrants in their online poll. And sensational reviews the world over. This July they promise to do it all over again. Three days of incredible online lectures from 33 of the world's finest magicians broadcast to you in high quality video.
Registration for the conference includes:
* Access to the lectures as they are broadcast live on the Internet.
* Access to the lectures as video on-demand following the broadcast.
* A complete set of DVDs mailed to you and containing video of all the lectures and bonus materials generated by the conference.
* Ability to participate in the conference by creating your own Member Page on the EMC website.
* Ability to join in Question and Answer sessions and online interviews with the speakers.
* Access to the unique chat facility that enables you to comment and talk throughout the conference with other members and speakers.
* Bonus materials, competitions and special offers.
It will take place on the 7th, 8th, 9th of July.
Speakers for EMC 2011 will be announced shortly. And the EMC has some very big surprises in store.
(4) Spectacular Production Tubes – Tommy James:Direct from Tommy James Read To Achieve Magic Show, it’s the Spectacular Production Tubes.
A modern production device that will mystify any audience! Display a two-fold screen which is beautifully decorated on one side with the other side lined in black velour and glimmering stars. Open the screen and place it on a table top behind a large decorated tube.
Reach into the large tube, remove a crystal clear tube, and show it completely empty. Replace the crystal tube into the larger tube, then remove the larger tube and show it absolutely empty
Replace the large tube and the production begins!
Produce silks, streamers, spring flowers, feather flower bouquets, doves, multiplying bottles, Rocky Raccoon or any items that fit into the load chamber.
This is a black-art effect that is extremely deceptive even at close range and in broad daylight.
The illusion is incredible and Tommy has been featuring this in his Read to Achieve Magic Show for years.
Comes complete with two-fold screen, decorated tube, crystal tube and load chamber.
The screen has been digitally printed on the outside. and when opened is 20” high by 24” wide. The outer tube is 17” high by 6” in diameter. The crystal tube is 17” high by 5” in diameter. The load chamber is 4” wide by 16” high and will comfortably hold eight sleeve bouquets for an astounding production. This outfit must be seen to be appreciated!
Note: No production items included. Table not included. Use any flat table top.
This is a non-discountable item.
(5) REF4M – Blake Vogt:From theory11, Blake Vogt’s new REF4M.
It starts with one card. It is freely selected. It is signed. It is never switched, and there are no duplicates.
Show your spectators the front and back. You have nothing to hide.
The card is torn once, twice, again. The pieces, now destroyed, are shown. The damage has been done. What was once one is now four.
Piece by piece, part by part, you press the edges together. As they touch, they restore. It looks like real magic. You are surrounded. There is nothing else in your hands.
Once complete, the card is shown front and back. Again, nothing to hide.
The card is torn again and the pieces are handed back to the spectator to keep. Forever.
Everything you need to know is taught on the 38 minutes instructional DVD.
(6) Gambler – Julien Labigne:Looking for an original mentalism routine that you can immediately add to your repertoire? Gambler is the one you need!
Gambler has been performed during Julien Labigne’s show, 4 secrets. Now it's time for you to also perform this miracle.
Introduce a box containing several gambling items: a die, 2 casino chips and a deck of 52 playing cards.
First, the spectator makes a choice between the 2 chips. 500 or 1,000. One he gives you, one he keeps for him.
Then, the spectator chooses a number on the die, any number. The die is perfectly genuine, and the spectator really chooses the number he wants.
Finally, you show all the cards and put them one by one face down on the table. The spectator stops you when he wants.
One choice out of 2. One choice out of 6. One choice out of 52.
That makes 624 possibilities to get the right combination. You reveal your prediction, and it perfectly matches all the decisions made by the spectator! Absolutely amazing!
What you get:
DVD - performance and explanation.
All props needed: a die, 2 chips, a real one dollar bill printed on the back, a matchbox from a casino.
A special deck of Bicycle cards specially designed for the routine.
Easy to do
No complicated gimmick, just a great principle that allows you to create a strong piece of mentalism, anytime anywhere!
(7) Max Grip Manipulation Wishing Coins – Alan Wong:Complete set of 8 Max Grip Manipulation Wishing Coins (4 for each hand) comes in a quality black zippered coin bag.
These are specially designed for coin manipulators.
The sharp saw teeth milled around the coin edges allow for maximum grip.
The coin practically bites into your hand, yet is safe to handle!
Super large size so that they are very easy to palm. Each coin is 45mm in diameter, made with steel alloy and nickel plated for a super shiny finish.
These coins will attach to any magnet.
Original radiating and reflective star pattern on these coins make them highly visible to be seen from any distance.
One side reads “One Magic Wish.” Around the edge on the star side reads “May Your Dream Come True.”
Original Wishing Coin designed by Alan Wong
"Alan Wong"s coins are some of the best coins for stand-up manipulation. The deep milled edges make a huge difference. Whether you are a beginner or pro, you will enjoy the look, sound and feel of these fine coins." - Jeff McBride, Creator of McBride's Magic and Mystery School
(8) Ball Thru Hand: Available again! This precision piece of magic defies logic. A beautiful brass plunger, a brass cup and a steel ball make up what is now a classic piece of magic.
Display a solid brass plunger and a solid steel ball. Drop the ball into a brass cup, which is resting atop the back of your hand.
The plunger is used to press the ball 'flat,' or so they think.
Remove the plunger and the ball has vanished, only to appear moments later as it falls out of your hand!
The effect on your audience is staggering. An impossible feat!
This is one of Viking's most beautiful brass offerings.
Collectors have been snatching them up for their beauty and future value.
Hand polished and fitted for beauty and precision.
Comes complete with brass plunger, cup, steel ball bearing and detailed instructions. Resets in 30 seconds.
Do not accept cheap imitations. Look for the Viking/Brema logo.
(9) Papercuts – Chris Hestne: An instructional DVD featuring 13 original card flourishes covering both basic and advanced techniques as well as several innovative new principles
This universal teaching method allows anyone with a basic knowledge of card handling to easily follow along as though they were receiving a private lesson from Chris.
Over 2 hours of bonus features including a 26-minute behind the scenes documentary, an interview with the crew about the art of flourishes, promotional trailers, hidden tutorials, bloopers, and more!
(10) Card Solutions Of Solomon – 3 DVD Set – David Solomon: David Solomon is one of the most respected and revered card magicians in magic today. With a compelling approach to handlings and method, plus a razor sharp attention to detail, Solomon's routines are performed by amateurs and experts all over the world.
This 3 DVD extravaganza explores the best and the brightest of his excellent repertoire. Featuring a mammoth twenty three effects, this set provides material that will excite everyone from beginners to advanced experts.
In addition to learning excellent routines, you will also gain a valuable insight into the creative thinking and problem solving techniques that David Solomon employs to such devastating effect. With crystal clear instruction honed over many years of lecturing all over the globe, this is a definitive guide to great card magic.
21 Card Trick
Finger Print Trick
Simplex Oil and Water
O'Hentry Jazz Aces
Solmar Aces Revisited
Just A Little Something Extra
Blank Jazz Aces
Blank Thought Revisited
Jokers Are Wild
Subtle Card Effects
Card In the Card Case
Marlo's Secret Kato
Pure Vice Versa
For The Card Expert
Clearly Up the Ladder
Half A Dream
Kissing Cousins Twice Removed
Time Warp Wallet
Solomon's Gypsy Curse
(11) Instant Folding Table:Available again in very limited quantity!
This is the popular Instant Folding Table. Made of stainless steel with a black velvet top, the table is 30 inches high and only 13 x 9 x 1/4 inch folded.
Produce it from a newspaper, your jacket or from a file folder. Get this while there are a few available! $275.00 (60.1745)
(12) Vernet Thimbles – Gold:King Midas would have loved these!
From Vernet, a set of eight special Gold Thimbles. With them you can perform vanishes, penetrations and, of course, productions. The Vernet Gold Thimbles are specially designed and consist of pairs of thimbles nested one inside the other. With this set you can perform special routines and moves and also the classic routines described in the great books.
Beautifully made in high quality plastic.
Perfect for close-up, parlor or stage.
Very visual and effective.
(13) Mind Mysteries Guide Book – Volume 6 – Richard Osterlind: After a two-year wait, Richard Osterlind's Mind Mysteries Guidebook 6 is ready, and filled with even more of the same kind of incredible information you have come to expect! These insights go so much farther into the workings of Richard's mind than the DVDs alone! This is gold!
* Learn what makes The Amazing Memory Demonstration play so well!
* Discover the true history of Clip Line Deluxe and why all the little details are so important!
* Find out how Richard manages to segue into a hypnotic suggestion test in Multiple Key Bending and turn this routine into one of the strongest demonstrations of telekinesis ever!
* Get insights and variations into the wonderful Steno ESP along with how and why Richard developed this great routine!
The book also contains the history and analysis of the other marvelous routines on Volume 6: Miracle Flying Cards, Spirit Writing on Card (along with controlling fire!), Coin Snatch, Original Inside Out and the hilarious Out of Hand!
Each chapter is like having a private lesson with Richard teaching you invaluable lessons in stagecraft! Professionals everywhere have lauded this series!
In addition to all the material from the DVD, you will also find another bonus section called, "A Various Collection of Oddities and Stunts Suitable and Unsuitable for Some and All..." These extra five chapters contain exceptionally weird and wonderful material!
You'll almost certainly find the latest volume in the Guide Book series to be a most worthy addition to this groundbreaking series.
121 pages.5.5" x 8.5." Perfect bound. Black and white photos .
And that’s this week’s Hotlist, a fantastic collection of great new magic, with y-o-u you in mind! I hope you enjoy reading about all of it, and that maybe, just, maybe find some stuff that you absolutely must have.
As always, my heartfelt thanks for coming to visit us, whether it’s online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way, we love the company.