Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. What a beautiful week this has been. The sun is finally shining, although I think it did rain for a couple of days earlier in the week. One of the real benefits of getting older. My memory is still great, it’s just short.
As I write this, Aron the Elder Son has just walked through the door. He has moved back from Maryland and coming home to roost. Ah, they always return to the scene of the crime. He will begin looking for a j-o-b immediately. If anyone has an entry level position for a genuine college grad-u-ate, let me know and I will send Aron in your direction. Once he gets a haircut that is. I am serious, by the way. Call me.
While most of you are preparing to fire up the grill and get the patio furniture cleaned up for the long Memorial Day Weekend, I am preparing to fly to Cleveland and fetch Lucas the Singing Son. He is going to pick me up at the airport and together we will drive home. I think I wrote about this last week. I did, didn’t I?
Here in Hank Lee Nation, I have been literally buried in paperwork this week. I can’t tell you what it’s for, as it is oh, so Top Secret. But, I can tell you that far too many trees have been cut down for this project. Perhaps when I am done, I will bind all the paper together and make a book out of it. But, I doubt it.
My pal Harry Anderson sent me a photo of Richard Nixon performing the Balducci Levitation. It really looks like he’s levitating. I do have to admit that this is one of the weirdest photos I have seen in a long time. And, I’ve seen some weird ones.
Well, that’s it for me this week. You will want to checkout this week’s excitement. We are dusting off one that we haven’t done for almost two years. And, it’s a good one! Read on…
BUY ONE GET ONE AT 60% OFF SALES EVENT: By far the most popular sales event we ever held was the Buy One Get One At Half Price Sale. When that event ran, we were inundated with orders. We have now juiced that sales event up by offering a gigantic 60% off the second item. That’s right, 60% off! Here's how it works. For the next 4 days, from right this very moment, until Monday, May 30th at midnight, you can save like crazy. How does it work? Simple, really. For every item you buy, you get the second item at 60% off. That's right, a full 60% off. So, if you buy a Harbin Suspension for $575.00 and a Sword Thru Neck for $199.95, you will get the Sword Thru Neck for $79.98! What a deal! It even works with non-discountable items. Just make sure the non-discountable item is the higher priced of the pair. If you buy more than two items (and, we thank you), we will pair them up so you get the best deal!
The rules are also simple. We deduct the 60% from the lower priced of the two items. You can buy as many items as you want, we will do the math and you will save a bundle. There are a few items that are not included in this promotion. Very few. If you order one of those items, we will let you know before we process your order.
Note: Since this is a somewhat complicated sale, the online system will not do the math. We will do it here before we process your order. Your email confirmation will show the full price for each item, but we will figure the discounts before you are charged, and reimburse your credit card.
Hint: You might want to phone your orders in for this event rather than use the online catalog. That way, we can do the match and charge you the correct amount the first time.
In order to take advantage of this outrageous sale, you must put the words BUY ONE GET ONE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout at www.magicfact.com. If you are calling your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, give the order person the special code. If you are FAXing your order to 781 395 2034 or emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org, just remember to include the special code, BUY ONE GET ONE and you will get the biggest discount ever! So, hop to it and save some serious dough!
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Bone Breaker – Peter Loughran: A bone-breaking illusion that you can do with an assistant or by yourself!
Introduce a menacing-looking cabinet on castors, and rotate the illusion 360 degrees.
Open the front and back doors; the audience can see clear through the cabinet.
Enter the cabinet and your legs can be seen filling the cabinet.
Close all the doors, locking yourself inside.
A large metal blade is introduced and is pushed through the cabinet front to back. It appears to slice through your legs just above the knees.
Open the front doors showing your legs are still inside.
Now, grab onto each of your legs and pull on them, ripping them away from the rest of your torso and out the sides of the cabinet! A shocking climax!
All is reversed and you magically turn back time and step out of the cabinet, unharmed.
About Bone Breaker:
+ Self contained
+ Perform it with an assistant or by yourself
+ No special lighting conditions required
+ Packs small, but plays big
+ Light weight and can be picked up and carried by one person
+ Collapses down to an approximate size of 16”x 30” x 12”
+ Bone Breaker will fit inside the trunk of just about any car
+ Dress the prop to match any type or color of pants
+ Finished in a rustic red with polished aluminum
+ Sets up in 1 minute, and then always ready to go
+ Perform it inches away from your spectators
+ The legs show a blood and bone effect at the severed joints (optional when dressing)
+ Super easy to do
+ Great for a serious or comedic routine
Comes complete with Bone Breaker illusion, Aluminum blade, and instructions.
Standard Bone Breaker $1750.00 (60.1750)
Will fit an average build performer, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs or less. If you are larger than this, please order the Custom Built Bone Breaker for $2000.00.
(2) Tool – David Stone: Much more than a gimmick, it’s a real tool that will allow you to perform more than 11 completely different and easy to do routines.
* Visually change the color of the cards backs without any sleight.
* Instantly and visually restore a signed and torn card.
* Magically produce your credit card or your business card.
* Ask your spectators to shuffle the cards and instantly produce the 4 Aces.
* Perform the "Substitution Trunk" in close-up situations, with cards.
* Show the most amazing version of the "Stabbed Card" routine ever.
* Make a signed card reappear in the card case without any suspect move.
* Visually change a coin into a banknote.
* Make all of the cards visually turn over except one: the chosen card.
* Let a spectator touch four cards at random that will indicate her birth year.
* Tear the top of a card case and visually restore it.
* Make some cards vanish from your hands without any sleights.
Eleven professional routines, tested on real audiences. These are the ones that made David Stone's reputation in close-up!
Easy to do! Immediately repeatable. The resets are ultra fast.
No palming and no complicated techniques.
The card cases are examinable and the gimmicks made for intensive use
Finale for Ambitious Card
Easy 4 Ace production
Amazing Card Vanish
Credit Card Into Bill
Visual printing (of a borrowed bill on the back of a signed card!)
DVD and two gimmicks (one for training, the other for the performance)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
"David Stone has just proved we can start thinking where others have stopped."
- Etienne Pradier
"Except with a thumb tip, I have never seen so many clever applications with only one gimmick!"
- Mickael Chatelain
(3) Clear Voyance: A large Plexiglas stand with four bulldog clips mounted on it is shown.
The stand is above suspicion, because you can see right through it.
Yet, the clever construction allows you to do a knockout one man telepathy routine.
Have four spectators select a word, a number, a color, an ESP symbol. They write their selections on a piece of paper, which they fold and then clip to the board. You never see the contents of the papers.
The board is then inserted in the frame.
You proceed to read their thoughts, one by one.
No fishing. This is straight-ahead mentalism. And, the stand and frame are completely examinable.
The stand does not look “phony” in any way, yet does all the work. It’s an attractive piece of workmanship you’ll be proud to own. Frame measures approx. 12" x 10".
(4) Liquid Forks: An item that magicians and mentalists have been demanding for years. Liquid Forks is the perfect accessory for anyone who performs any type of metal bending routine. Whether you perform routines by Banacheck, Streibler or even Osterlind this is for you!
The manufacturer has molded and custom created the perfect fork for use with any metal bending routine. Liquid Forks makes metal bending easier than ever before, so that even if you are new to the genre once you've learnt a routine you will be up and running in no time at all.
(5) Urban Illusions – J C Sum: A stunning collection of professional illusion designs from one of the most prolific illusion designers in the world! Besides being one of Asia's most successful illusionists, J C Sum represents a new generation of illusion thinkers.
The book explains 10 cutting-edge illusions that are modern in design, building methods and materials. There are no conceptual illusions, ideas or notions detailed in the book; only practical and prototyped illusions that can be built.
J C Sum and his onstage partner, 'Magic Babe' Ning, perform many of the illusions in their live shows and on TV across the world.
This book details the methods and detailed building plans for some of their best-known illusions such as "Crystal Metamorphosis" and "Revo-llusion".
This is a 110-page book with full illusion plans, descriptions, color photos and presentations of 10 original illusion designs including:
SEVEN BY HALF V.2.0
A multi-cut divided lady illusion reinvented & improved
A spectacular appearance illusion from a giant industrial fan
A transparent sub trunk designed for speed
A super-fast Dekolta Chair that can be performed anywhere
A new standard in instant surrounded appearances
A New-Age Metamorphosis Illusion
An innovative presentation through broken glass bottles
A simple but effective appearance of a VIP
A practical approach to passing through a steel plate
Walking through a giant industrial fan
BONUS: Purchasing this book will entitle you access to J C's secret 'Backstage' section that contains free illusion ideas and four illusion methods for car appearances! Many have said that these ideas alone are worth the price of the book!
110 pages. $90.00 (BK01784)
“Urban Illusions is a much-needed collection of modern illusions for today's audiences and J C provides an essential new voice in the area of illusion design." - Franz Harary
(6) Ringmaster – David Jay: The creator of Sleeve Star, David Jay is back!
For years David has been performing the most visual ring routines ever seen utilizing revolutionary techniques unheard of before. He has never taught any of these routines until now. On this DVD David goes into detail teaching everything he knows about finger ring manipulation.
Learn from the best how to be a Ring Master!
The Ringmaster Routine - This stunning three phase routine has been one of David's strongest routines for years. A finger ring jumps visually from hand to finger three times, with each phase becoming more impossible.
Ring Finger - The routine everyone is talking about. An incredibly visual sequence where a ring jumps from the finger of one hand to the finger of the other hand with no cover at all.
Smoke Ring - An impromptu miracle with a borrowed finger actually melting through the performer’s finger.
Ring Lock - Imagine performing the classic ring flight with an examined regular padlock that is held in full view while the spectator holds the key to the lock. No gimmicks, no reels - simply genius.
Ring Finish - The ultimate ending to any ring routine. This is one you will use.
Jay Holdout - Produce any amount of rings and vanish them again with one hand! The Jay Holdout allows you to perform incredible ring manipulations with ease.
Shrinking Pool Ball - learn how to make a pool ball visually shrink in mid air.
(7) Predict-A-Pendant: Based on Al Koran and Eric Lewis’ Loki’s Locket, originally produced by Bob Kline.
One effect: Borrow a bill from an audience member.
Tear a corner off the bill and hand the rest of the bill to a spectator.
Ask her to place it in the open pendant, which is hanging in a beautiful display case. She then closes the pendant.
Remove the pendant from the display case by pulling up the chain and then have a spectator hold it. You never touch the pendant.
The corner of the bill can be burned or vanished.
Now, a spectator sitting in the third seat of the third row or any place you desire will be asked to reach under his seat and remove a taped envelope. He is invited on stage with the envelope. Without your touching the envelope, the spectator is asked to open it and remove its contents. He will produce a twenty dollar bill with a corner missing.
The spectator holding the pendant is asked to open it. Inside she will find the matching corner!
Another effect: Ask three audience members to call out a single digit number, creating a three digit number. Write this three digit number down in a note pad. Have a fourth audience member hold the pad.
You lift the chain on the pendant, never touching the pendant itself. Have any audience member open the pendant and read your prediction inside, which exactly matches the random number called out!
There are hundreds of other routines that can be performed with this device. It is an incredibly devious switching device. The method will totally amaze you!
(8) Behind The Illusions DVD Set – J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’: In this groundbreaking DVD set, learn the design, performance and approach to modern stage illusions through one of the top illusion teams in the world.
If you ever wanted to learn how to approach illusion performing, designing and producing, this DVD is a must-have.
J C Sum & 'Magic Babe' Ning take you behind their illusions and share their experience & expertise by analyzing 10 cutting edge illusions in live performance.
This is not an illusion method explanation video, but J C & Ning offer a comprehensive overview to stage illusions that will be invaluable to stage magicians & illusionists of all levels.
The duo covers illusions of different sizes and scale to illustrate various learning points, highlight design elements and shed insight on illusion techniques, motivation and philosophy of performing illusions for today's audience.
As a bonus, for the first time ever, J C & Ning will share behind the scenes information on one of their live mega illusions, "The Aerial Exit".
Information shared in Behind the Illusions include:
* Illusion Performance Approaches & Tips
* Stage Movement & Blocking for Illusions
* Working With an Assistant/ Partner
* Making Illusions Unique Through Design and/ or Presentation
* Illusion Design Approach & Philosophy
* Illusion Building Tips
*Thoughts on Overly Performed Illusions
*Illusions – To Buy Or to Build?
* Choosing The Right Illusions
* Illusions with Multiple Uses
* Recycling Illusions
* Lighting Enhancement for Illusions
* Illusion Cloth Handling
* Casing Illusions - Managing space, weight, time and efficiency through illusion breakdown design.
* Resources for Illusionists
Illusions presented and used for teaching purposes:
Crystal Metamorphosis, Crystal Appearance, Smoke Chamber, Human Light Tunnel* / Shadow Vision*, Impassable*, Light & Space, Theatre of Shadows*, Modern Art*, Revo-llusion, 360 Sawing*
* While approaches to illusion design are discussed, the exact methods of proprietary illusions are not revealed. The viewer will need to have a working knowledge of basic methods and principles used. Full credits and references of all illusions are included in the DVD.
(9) Pocket Illusion: Display five special cards, each of the faces showing one part of your assistant in an illusion box. You see the parts of your attractive assistant's body: Her face, her midsection, her legs, her feet, etc.
The backs of the cards have a wooden design, so they look like an illusion box.
Openly mix the different parts of the assistant's body, but in a wink they magically show up in the correct order!
After this, all cards may be examined by the audience.
Now, take out five other cards depicting both the front and back of your lovely assistant. Mix up the parts of the body. Despite all of the mixing, the parts of her body will magically reassemble in the correct order from both the front and back views. $25.00 (10.1639)
(10) Vernet Multiplying Balls -Gold: Gold balls. Truly a Miser’s Dream! The folks at Vernet have produced a really beautiful set of Gold Multiplying Balls!
Made of ABS plastic, the set consists of three textured balls and a shell, surfaced with reflective material so they'll pick up and reflect the light in the room where they are being used. The textured surface makes the balls easy the handle without slipping. And don’t worry about dropping them. They are virtually unbreakable!
And that’s this week’s Buy One Get One At 60% Off Hotlist. A better Hotlist does not exist, anywhere.
As always, I thank each and every one of you for finding the time to spend with us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. If you were here, I would give you a hearty handshake and a big kiss on the keppe (look that up in your Funk & Wagnel’s)