Friday, July 01, 2011

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Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory, and a very happy Fourth of July weekend to everyone. A weekend to celebrate independence.
I am very proud to be an American. I think this is a pretty amazing country. I don’t know of too many places where a kid who starts with nothing can succeed beyond his or her wildest dreams. And, it happens all the time. Don’t be fooled. The streets here are not paved in gold. But, if you have a good idea and work harder than hard, you just might make it. Which is a lot better than working harder than hard and knowing that you have no chance in the world of succeeding. America, what a country!

It’s really nice to have my finger on the pulse of magic. Sometimes the pulse is a little hard to find, but not this week! We have some very preliminary information on the 2012 Tenyo line! Normally, we don’t find out anything until November, but this year, we hit upon some advance information. There are five new items in the line.
Psychokinetic Pencil: Magician shows a pencil and a bill. The bill is folded, and placed on the top of the pencil. Without touching the bill, the bill will slowly move and rotate on the pencil. The pencil is then placed into a shot glass. Without touching the pencil, the bill will still rotate and move.
Tower of Dice:  Magician shows a dice box. He opens the box and takes out 4 dice. The 4 dice are then stacked into a tower. The box then covers up the dice tower. The box is slowly lifted to reveal the number of dice has increased to a tower of 8. You can hand the box and dice to the spectator to examine
Pop Up Box: Magician hands an envelope to the spectator with a prediction inside. He then shows three cards each with a printed color circle. A spectator is asked to select one card. For example, the red one. Magician does not see which color has been selected. He opens the envelope and takes out a folded card. The card is opened to show a small pop up box inside. The box is popped open and the magician takes a ball from inside which matches the color chosen by the spectator.
The Third Eye - Lubor Fiedler: Place the third eye on your forehead and you will have visions and see the truth in a very strange way. Ask a spectator to select one card out of five. Each card has things that people may want such as fame, fortune, or love. The 5 cards are shuffled and placed on a card stand with the backs of the cards visible. Take out an eyeball known as "The Third Eye." This eye flashes a strong red light. Give the eye to the spectator and ask her to place it between her two eyes. When the spectator looks at the back of the cards with the third eye, she can find the selected card. It's an incredible effect, and his secret is diabolical.
Magical Carpet - Lubor Fiedler: Floating in the air has always been a magical dream. Tenyo has created a great magic trick that realizes this dream. In effect, using special 3D glasses you can experience magical levitation. A Magical Carpet is placed in the magician's hands and starts to float. The carpet floats from your hands onto a mat. The carpet continues to float on the mat. Slowly, you step on the carpet, and the carpet still floats. The mat can be moved underneath the carpet to show that it is not supporting the carpet. Illusion comes with two sets of 3D glasses for the spectators to experience the illusion.
Sounds like a pretty cool lineup. Of course, we will have more information later in the year, and then product in December as usual.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are in the process of making some changes in our credit card system. It will in no way affect the way you place orders online. There is only one small glitch. For the next 7 days or so, we will not be able to accept American Express. Just a short-term issue. So, please use MasterCard, Visa or Discover to place your credit card orders for the time being. If this is a problem, just let me know and we will figure out a way to work it out. Thanks in advance.

For the past few weeks, we have had a serious case of sale-a-tosis. It’s been fun, but I have to tell you that this weekend’s July Fourth Event will be the last full-blown sale for quite some time. So, if there is magic you have been thinking about, magic you have been dreaming about, now is the time to act! It will never be offered at a lower price, and that’s for sure!

Fourth Of July Sales Event: It’s time to celebrate Independence Day. Not just a day, but an entire weekend! So, for the next five days, from the very moment you receive this email until Tuesday, July 5th at midnight, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale at 30% off the retail price. All you need to do is enter the special code JULYFOURTH in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct 30% from your order total. If you are calling your order in to the Toll Free Order Line at 800 874 7400, FAXing your order to us at 781 395 2034 or emailing us your order to make sure and mention the special code so you can save a huge 30%!

Now, here are the rules:
• The minimum order to use the 30% off discount is $30.00.
• The 30% is deducted from the retail price of the item. No intermediate discounts (such as HankoGram pricing) may be applied. In the case of sets, such as DVDs and Videos, the 30% is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
• We cannot combine offers.
• Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Colin Rose items, Mike Caveney Books, Johnson Products items, MagicSmith items, Greater Magic Teach-In DVDs, One Of A Kind Collectors' Items and a few other items are not included in the sale.
• If you place an order for an item that is not on this list or not noted in our online catalog, but is excluded from the sale, we will let you know before processing your order.
• Promotional Gift Certificates, Coupons and Reward Points may not be used as part of this sales event.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code JULYFOURTH in the Discount Coupon Box and nowhere else. You may have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find the box, but it is there. If you are not sure how to do this, please phone your order in to our toll-free order line at 800 874 7400, and we will take care of you. We cannot offer discounts retroactively.

And that's it. It could not be easier. So, get your order together and save yourself some serious money! But, act quickly. The sale positively ends Tuesday at midnight, EDT. Enjoy!

Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist!

(1) Rattled – Dan Hauss: In stock for immediate shipment! You are going to absolutely love this! First there was Flow, Dan Hauss' ingenious best seller using an innocent bottle of water.
This time he's using just the cap!
Unscrew the plain white cap from your water bottle and put a coin under the cap. Take a step back from the table, so there's no way you can get near the cap or the coin.
Your friend now shakes the cap and definitely hears and feels the coin rattle inside.
Without you touching anything, she shakes the cap again and the rattling suddenly stops! Just stunning, empty silence.
She looks under the cap. The coin has vanished! The empty cap can be closely examined.
No coin, no rattle sound, nothing. Just an innocent plastic bottle cap, and you've been standing away from everything the entire time!
You can then place a glass under the table. "CLINK," and the coin drops through the table into the glass!
Or, the vanished coin appears under a second empty cap that's been held by someone else! Dan's ingenious gimmick does the work for you.
You have options!
* Entire rattle/vanish action is done by the spectator. You never touch the cap! Perform surrounded.
* Carry the cap in your pocket, or unscrew it from a water bottle.
* Resets in ten seconds  The Rattled re-set technology is a joy to behold.
* No switches! Very easy to do. No palming required.
* Includes Rattled Coin In Bottle and Rattled Ring on Finger
* Options to perform with signed coins and small objects.
* Includes 2 fully gimmicked caps. The second gimmicked cap is included so you can explore all the glorious two-cap Rattled combinations.
100% gimmicked. 100% examinable. Designed to astonish. built to Last.
$34.95 (10.1646)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(2) No Way Nest Of Boxes – Tommy James: From Tommy James, a super easy-to-load nest of boxes and bags that will blow your audience away! This is one of the strongest routines in Tommy’s birthday party act as well as his adult and corporate gigs.
Borrow a ring from a willing spectator. Ask for a different spectator to join you on stage. State you are going to play the famous “Ring Toss” game. Cover the ring with a handkerchief (supplied) and ask your volunteer to hold the ring through the handkerchief. Explain that when you count to three, you will whisk the cloth away and the ring will fly through the air and back onto the spectator’s finger in the audience. Instruct the spectator in the audience to hold up their finger.
Explain that sometimes the ring vaporizes in mid-air. If that happens, they will receive a gift in exchange for their ring. Sitting on your table is a gift bag. Reach in with your empty hand and pull out a decorative rigid gift box with a ribbon tied around it. Show it all around, top and bottom, close-up etc.
Return to the spectator holding the ring under the handkerchief. “One! Two! Three!” Whisk the cloth away. Pretend to follow the invisible ring through the air, but it doesn’t land on their finger. It must have vaporized!
“But don’t fear, I have a gift for you!” Untie the ribbon on the box and remove the lid.
Inside there is a second box. Remove it, untie the ribbon and remove the lid.
Inside is a third box with a ribbon tied around it.
Inside the third box is a gold bag sealed with a rubber band. Have the spectator open the bag.
Inside the gold bag is a purple bag sealed with a rubber band.
The spectator opens the second bag and inside the purple bag is a red bag. Inside the sealed red bag is the spectators borrowed finger ring! Wow!
The loading of the ring literally takes a split second. The outer box has been deviously gaffed. Once the ring is loaded, the outer box is completely sealed and the box can be shown on all sides including top and bottom. They will see nothing. You receive three high-end rigid cardboard gift boxes, three decorative bags, a ring vanishing hanky, gimmick, supply of rubber bands, tissue paper, full instructions and suggested routine.
No gift bag supplied. Use any gift bag, paper bag or department store bag. You can also use the nested bags in your close up routine without the boxes! All the details have been worked out for you allowing you to totally concentrate on presentation. This is a routine you will use and never leave out of your shows!
$85.00 (60.1760)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(3) Finding The Center – Antonio Zuccaro: A treatise on the world's most elusive sleight: the center deal. Often talked about and seldom attempted, this move has become the stuff of legends. Seemingly from nowhere, Italian author Antonio Zuccaro has emerged as one of the leading exponents of the sleight, and he has devoted his life to perfecting this one move. Now he is sharing the real work with you.
This is not just a book; it's a complete package. The first edition is limited to 750 copies and each one is signed and numbered by the author. Along with the book, you get access to a full, exceptionally produced download with performances of all the tricks from the book.
This booklet is 80 pages, perfect bound with over 130 crisp, professional photographs teaching Antonio's excellent center deal handling and several tricks utilizing the technique.
If you have aspirations to find the perfect center deal, Antonio's handling is the real deal.
$29.95 (BK01792)
Note: This is a non discountable item.

"Congratulations on developing an excellent move for gambling demonstrations." - Darwin Ortiz

"I've come to the conclusion that Zuccaro's method is the best and most practical of all the methods in existence." -Jack Carpenter

"A very fine, convincing center deal. A great contribution to an elite field of card manipulation." -Andrew Wimhurst

(4) The Elephant In The Room: The Elephant in the Room is a unique and clever take on the animated assistant.
A crate labeled ZOO contains an elephant that will, after some difficulty and a ton of laughs, find the spectator's chosen card!
The elephant's trunk rises and drops as it searches for the correct card.
In frustration the elephant shoots all of the cards out of his crate.
Finally, the elephant locates the selected card.
Add the Elephant in the Room to your repertoire and watch the laughs roll in.
* All electronic
* Remote controlled
* Card Fountain shoots the card way up
* Great looking trunk, and the crate's not bad either!
Take your audiences on a safari with Elephant in the Room.
$575.00 (60.1759)
Note: Available for shipping mid-July. Pre-order now and be among the first with this great new effect!

(5) The ID – Instant Deck – Alex Lourido & Tomas Medina: Have you ever wanted to produce a deck of cards at any time in your act? One moment, your hands are empty. The next, you’re holding a deck of cards.
Well, now you can.
The secret device that makes it possible is called The ID - Instant Deck.
* The perfect opening trick.
* Easy to do.
* Produce boxed or loose cards.
* Works with other items, too: wallets, phones, GPS systems, and much more.
* Switch decks undetectably.
* Performable close-up or on stage.
* Does not need to be an opening effect.
Over two years in the making, The ID is a precision device, factory made in the USA. Each one is supplied with DVD instructions featuring creators Tomas Medina and Alex Lourido teaching dozens of tips, handlings, and tactics that will make The ID an instant hit in your act.
$20.00 (30.1597)

"It is hard to imagine that you can make a deck appear out of thin air. Tomas and Alex have hit it out of the card park with this new clever device." – David Solomon

"Stunning, visual, practical ... I love it!" – Bill Abbott

(6) Winning Numbers – Pro Series Number 1 Paul Romhany:
The idea of predicting raffle ticket numbers, chosen at random by audience members, can be found in 13 Steps to Mentalism. However, the original method required an offstage assistant. For the past twenty years, Paul has been developing, and performing his version of this amazing effect, without the need for an offstage assistant.
This one person routine is easy to perform, and like all of Paul's work, is taken from real-world working situations. The method is highly practical, and so easy to perform, you can put this to your act immediately.
Paul explains three different versions of this routine that he has been performing on cruise ships, private functions and trade shows. Additional tips are included by Wayne Rogers and TC Tahoe, both of whom have now added Winning Numbers to their own repertoire.
Effect One: A prediction is handed out to an audience member at the beginning of the show. At anytime during the performance, a bowl of two hundred tickets are handed out, with three spectators each choosing their own ticket. The prediction is then read out, and the winning numbers match the ticket numbers chosen by the spectators.
Effect Two: A prediction with three raffle tickets inside is given to an audience member to hold. A bowl of raffle tickets is handed out and three different audience members each take one ticket. The three prediction tickets match the numbers of the three random tickets chosen by the spectators.
Effect Three: A large envelope is hanging on stage. A bowl of raffle tickets is passed through the audience with five people each taking one out, and looking at the numbers on their tickets. The envelope is opened by an audience member, and a large piece of paper with raffle ticket numbers is read out, they match the ticket numbers chosen by the five spectators.
Key points:
No assistants
No stooges
Practical methods for all working conditions
Perfect for stage, cabaret, corporate and private house parties
Easy to perform
Packs small, plays big
Uses everyday, common items
Extremely commercial and unique
29 pages. Perfect bound.
$20.00 (40.793)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(7) Seance CD - Bob Cassidy:
After two years of work, Bob Cassidy reveals his long awaited secrets to the mysteries of the séance.
It's taken a long time but Bob Cassidy, one of the most respected and influential mentalists of our time, is finally revealing his secrets to performing the séance
Within the pages of “Séance” you’ll discover:
* The 12-step outline for conducting a successful séance
* The first rule of all effective séances
* How you can do a séance without communicating with the dead!
* The three types of séances
* An overlooked classic in which participants can actually see forgotten memories as they look into a glass of wine
* The EVP Séance - Bob's powerful routine for making eerie voices appear on a recording made during the séance!
* The Five Candles - A novel presentation of the classic Living & Dead Test
* Bob's tips on the EMF Detector - An excellent resource used as a "Ghost Busting" tool for paranormal investigations
* How you can create ghostly orbs for spirit photography
* Table tilting tips and techniques
Added Bonus:
Bob has provided an elegant pdf edition of a incredible lost classic 1907 text on séances and mediums, Behind The Scenes With The Mediums, by David P. Abbott. This 173-page text covers the details of séances, reading sealed writings, spirit slates, billets, modern sorcery, mediumistic phenomena, materialization, vest turning, Anna Eva Faye-type performances, and much more.
Included in this special package:
The complete 2-hour MP3 recording of Bob's live Tele-event
The "Séance" E-Book/lecture notes
Event post lecture notes.
Special Bonus: David P. Abbott's Behind The Scenes With The Mediums E-book
$47.00 (CD0074)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(8) The Davenport Story - Volume 3: The Life and Times of a Magical Family, 1939-2010 by Fergus Roy
The previous volume of the Davenport family's story starts where it could have ended, at the onset of World War II. Conscription, bombings, crippling shortages and the real threat of invasion all conspired to end the family's dreams of continuing the business they loved. Luckily, Dame Fortune chose one man to pull the company through those testing years: Gilly Davenport.
This, the third volume in this century-long tale recounts how he overcame the horrors of the war, government bureaucracy and restrictions to ensure the businesses survived yet at the same time cared for the family
However, the story is not just about the business, it is also about what the family is passionate about - magic. Readers are taken through magic's stages of change to the present, and on the way, meet the leading players. As the family knew the stars who performed in Britain, they also knew their secrets. This book includes detailed information and descriptions of John Calvert's acclaimed debut in London in 1952 and Kio's show which baffled leading magicians.
Other secrets such as Sorcar's Cut & Restored Tongue and Gus Davenports never-before-seen close up show which amazed Jay Marshall are carefully recorded, some here for the first time.
536 pages. Hardbound with color dust cover and over 600 illustrations, including color plates. $150.00 (BK01793)

(9) Mes(s)merize - Stefan Olschewski: An impossible prediction effect!
A clear wine glass is seen on a table center stage, containing a black envelope with a prediction. The spectators are asked to concentrate on a single thought, write it down on a card and seal it in an opaque envelope. At your command, they all throw their envelopes onto the stage. A random spectator selects any one of the envelopes. No force.
Let's assume the thought inside reads "ICECREAM". She removes the prediction from the glass and opens it. She reads the prediction out loud: it matches the freely selected thought!
Now for the final kicker: The lady is asked to open up the crumpled paper ball that was used to randomly select her as a volunteer. It reads: "Tonight, a beautiful lady called Annie will think of ICECREAM!"
The spectator is randomly selected
No switch of the paper ball
No stooges
No secret assistants
No pre-show
No fumbling
No sleeving
No electronics
They can really write down any thought
The other envelopes all contain different words
Spectator opens and reads the prediction herself
Prediction and envelope, both are completely unprepared
Pages: 42 - Saddle Stitched
$30.00 (40.792)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

"Brilliant and clever indeed... this gentleman has forged a total masterpiece." - Larry Becker

"I think it's terrific prediction, and I love the final punch-finish. Clever and very practical." - Peter Duffie

"Brilliant, yet, simple, the only way to do it." - Marc Salem

(10) Oh No, Not Another Card Trick - Ed Solomon: Foreword by Robert Neale - This book is for card magicians with a sense of humor or storytelling magicians who think they would never do a card trick or the person who is a little bit of both
Ed Solomon, and his alter ego Denomolos don't do card tricks, or so they say. Of course, one would get the idea from this book that they are bored to tears by the normal, average card trick. On the other hand, that is what fills this book!
Herein you will learn over 20 card effects, most of them very easy to do, but all of them wrapped around interesting stories, premises and ideas that take them out of the realm of "Pick A Card." Along the way you will be treated to Ed's sometimes cantankerous, often dry and always amusing commentary on card workers he has had the opportunity to “enjoy.”
In truth, Ed wrote this book in good nature and fun and offers you some terrific storytelling magical presentations for effects with cards, Tarot cards and more. Most use methods you are already familiar with or are easily learned. And, because of the stories, they take on a life, power and effectiveness beyond that of the average card revelation.
If you have read Ed's other books, you know he is an expert at taking a simple premise or method and making it come to life.
Just over 100 pages, following the same format as Ed's recent books.
$34.95 (BK01794)

(11) Baby Jade Rings & Coins – Alan Wong: This set of classic Rings and Coins comes with two real Jade bracelets that make it a collector's item.
From a small velvet bag you bring out two small Jade rings and a red lucky envelope and carefully place them on top of the bag.
Explain that the Jade rings are traditional lucky charms for newborn babies in China, and newlywed couples give away "lucky money" on their wedding day with these lucky envelopes.
From the red envelope you drop out a shiny gold Chinese coin that represents luck and prosperity. Tell your spectator you want to send her good luck and prosperity by performing a ritual using these lucky items.
Place the rings over the coin with the red envelope in the middle. Then, make a wish to send it your friend. Slowly remove the envelope and the coin is gone!
Repeat the actions and show that the coin has magically reappeared under the ring - "because the blessing will always come back to you one day."
Each Baby Jade Rings & Coins set comes with 10 golden brass Chinese coins (for give away), two red envelopes (one as a spare) for the lucky money. The envelopes are embossed with the Chinese character "Double Happiness". The baby Jade rings ( about 2" diameter) are authentic Jade, and all the items are contained in a drawstring black velvet bag.
The whole trick's effectiveness lies in this bag, which acts as a black-art mat and performing surface, giving it a good reason to be there.
Many presentations themed around "Luck," "Prosperity," and "Blessings" can be created using these fine props. A separate smaller velvet bag is included to store and protect the jade rings when they are not in use.
Instructional DVD included. Very easy to perform and a great story telling piece. This elegant set of close-up magic can be carried in any close-up case or even in your pocket, always ready to perform.
$95.00 (10.1647)

(12) 20 Tips For Séance Workers – Thomas Baxter: Canada's Master of Psychological Mysteries shares some of the secrets he has gleaned in over 30 years of presenting theatrical séances in homes, nightclubs and theaters around the world.
Whether you're interested in creating a theatrical séance to entertain professionally, or are searching for some spooky events to enhance your current presentations for family and friends, this book will provide you with tips, tricks and complete routines that are sure to give your audiences chills and thrills.
Full of practical, amazing information from an author who has actually performed the feats detailed inside professionally, this is a unique peek behind the medium's cabinet! 52 pages. Softbound.
$25.00 (BK014794)

"No pipe dreams. No fantasies. No unproven theory. This is the meat and potatoes of what Tom did hundreds of times for money. This is the stuff that works. There are at least a dozen items that are easily, worth the small price of the book that can make all the difference in the world to someone wanting to do entertaining séances in a professional manner." - David Alexander

And that’s this week’s Fourth Of July Hotlist. A real firecracker of a list, if I do say so myself. I hope you are having a wonderful 4th, and I am very grateful that you find time to spend with us. Whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, we absolutely love your company1