Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. We always think that the magic we sell is h-o-t, HOT. But this week it is really HOT! The temperature has been over 90 degrees for the past 3 days, which I believe constitutes a heat wave. Even if it’s not an official heat wave, it is mighty HOT!
So, what better time for the air conditioning at Hank Lee’s World Headquarters to go on the blink? I believe this comes under the heading of Murphy’s Law Of Air Conditioning. The system will only fail on the absolute hottest of days. I can tell you right now, there is nothing worse than a bunch of sweaty elves pulling orders, packing orders and complaining about the heat. To be honest, I was right there with them in the complaining department. We were very lucky to get someone in to repair the system before we all melted. The good news: he got the system up and running. The bad news: we need a new compressor. All I can say is, “It’s always something, and usually something expensive!”
In the actual good news department, American Express is back! You can once again pay for your orders online using your Amex Card. I apologize if this caused anyone any inconvenience. It was certainly not intentional.
I know it is way in the future, but I do have a bit of Cape Cod Conclave News. We have already booked Rafael from Belgium for the 2012 event. And, we are talking with Bruce Bernstein and Docc Hilford as well. As I look into my crystal ball, I am seeing a full blown séance as part of the late night Saturday activity! If you are of the “I just can’t wait to register for the Conclave,” you can do it right now, online. Go to the front page at www.magicfact.com and press the Conclave poster!
And, that’s all the news from here. You will want to check out this week’s excitement!
BUY MORE GET MORE: Starting right now and running through Thursday, July 21st 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 20% 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 25% of the merchandise total.
* Order over $300.00: Coupon is for 30% of the merchandise total.
When you place your order online at www.magicfact.com, 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) LemoNegg – Jeremy Pei : A highly entertaining and logical presentation for the classic Bill in Lemon.
A spectator is invited up on stage, to join you on an imaginary trip to the supermarket. A bill is borrowed and signed (or its serial number written down for verification later). The bill is placed into a purse, which is handed to the spectator for safekeeping.
Explain that you have already made a prediction, of what you think the spectator will imagine buying. A sealed, brown grocery bag is displayed and you ask that the spectator turn away as you show the rest of the audience the predicted item. The item is seen by everyone to be an egg; it is placed back into the bag, the bag is resealed and then placed on a table where it remains in full view.
The spectator turns back and you take out a set of cards, which you explain shows various items that one can readily purchase from the supermarket. As the cards are shown to the audience one after the other, it is seen that all of the cards are actually “EGG” cards! The entire audience laughs along as you name different items as each card goes by, giving the spectator the impression that it is actually a fair choice. Tell the spectator to call out “stop” when they please. They do, their apparently “fair” selection is shown to them and they are asked to guess how much this item would cost at the supermarket.
They are then asked to announce the item that they have purchased, to which they reply, “LEMON.” To everyone’s surprise, they turn the card around and it shows a big yellow lemon! You immediately open the grocery bag, and out rolls a lemon! The bag is torn open and shown to be completely empty, to a round of applause.
Next, you ask that the spectator deduct the cost of the lemon as mentioned earlier, from the denomination of the bill in the purse, claiming that the exact change has somehow miraculously appeared in the purse. However, when the purse is opened, it is shown to be empty! You explain that this is because the lemon that they have chosen is actually worth $50 (or whatever bill they’ve loaned you).
Just as everyone thinks that this is one really expensive lemon, you suggest that it is actually the contents of the lemon that is worth that much. You proceed to cut open the lemon and inside is found the actual borrowed bill!
Based on the classic Mccombical Prediction plot, Jeremy Pei’s LemoNegg routine presents one of the most surprising twists for the Bill in Lemon plot. The magical appearance of the lemon added to the bill vanishing only after the lemon appears makes the revelation of the bill that much stronger.
LemoNegg has been tried and tested in front of live audiences over hundreds of performances, and is a powerful routine in Jeremy’s repertoire.
This is a complete seven minute stand-up comedy routine perfect for Emcees, Comedians, Stage and Parlor acts.
Here is what you receive with the LemoNegg routine:
• Custom Printed laminated LemoNegg Cards (The cards use a brand new principle, no Rough & Smooth)
• The Egg
• Grocery Bags
• The Purse
• The Special Gimmick
• Detailed Instructional DVD
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(2) Super Power 4 – Johnny Wong: The latest set of coins from Johnny Wong, is one of the most advanced and precise coin gimmicks, capable of creating a variety of effects!
If you liked Dream Coins and Super Triple Coins you will really enjoy Super Power 4!
This gimmicked coin set will allow you to perform:
Productions, Vanishes, Penetrations, 2 Fly, 3 Fly and more!
The instructional DVD include many amazing effects, such as
Unique Four Coin Production
Coin Thru Glass Table
Coin Thru Glass Cup
Super Power Illusion Routine
A Coin Skill Routine
1 to 4 Coins
Double Coin Thru Spectator’s Hand
This great new gimmick will certainly let everyone show his or her different talents and imagination.
Includes: Four US Half Dollars and instructional DVD.
(3) EZ Add A Number – Nathan Kranzo: The easiest Add A Number routine you will ever encounter.
Sacrificing none of the entertainment value. Funny, entertaining and strong stand-up mentalism!
A watch is set to a random time by an audience member.
Several people write down important years in their life.
The numbers are totaled by an audience member.
A comedy "sucker" prediction is revealed for a big laugh.
But then, they get a kick to the brain when the time on the watch watch being held by a spectator matches the exact total!
But wait, there is more. For the finale the exact total is revealed by giant numbers that have been placed below the chairs of three audience members in the front row. This makes for a final revelation that plays huge, leaving you on stage to get all the applause.
A closing effect that fits in your pocket!
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(4) HMMM – Rick Haslett: Oh, that clever Rick Haslett. The newest item in his “H” series, HMMM is a terrific effect using only the simplest of props: three playing cards and one rubber ball.
Place the ball on the table. Arrange the three playing cards so they are standing up and surrounding the ball.
Magic, magic, magic. Blow the little house of cards over and the ball has vanished! You can produce it from anywhere you would like!
This easy-to-do effect can be performed sitting or standing. No threads, switches or thumbtips. Only one ball and three cards are used. Both ball and cards can be examined before and after performing
(5) Avant-Cards – Tom Gagnon:Written by Wesley James, edited by Matthew Field, illustrated by Tom Gagnon. Over 20 years in the making, Tom Gagnon is proud to release this beautifully hardbound, oversized format book, Tom's first and only large collection of original close-up card magic. It includes over sixty tricks, techniques, and routines packed into over two hundred pages.
Gagnon Spread Pass, Versatile Spread Control, Han Ping Chien Bottom Deal, Gagnon Spread Control, Lateral Bottom Deal, and the Ribbon Spread Multiple Shift.
A must buy for anyone interested in cutting edge card magic.
214 pages. 63 items. 568 stunning illustrations.
Note: Ready for delivery by the end of July. Pre-order now!
(6) APV Glass – Mark Burger: Liquids have been incorporated in magic since time began, always with great success! The APV Glass could be the most innovative gimmick in liquid magic, ever.
Mark Burger has combined two unique substances that are often used in magic, and married them into a utility device that allows you to perform the impossible!
The APV Glass may be performed close-up, parlor and on stage.
Shipped complete with Mark’s bonus routine, "UP!" with photo-illustrated, step-by-step instructions. An empty glass is filled with a drink, then covered with a napkin and slowly inverted 180 degrees. Not only does the liquid not spill out, but when the inverted glass is uncovered, it’s in its original upright position, still filled with drink!
This can be repeated again and again with the uncovered glass always seen filled and “UP!”
This is just "one" of many effects that can be performed using this innovative and unique gimmick.
Comes with the clever gimmick that is custom-made specifically for magic. This is not something that was found or used in another industry that just so happens to work as a magic gimmick
Remember the following points:
It appears filled with liquid.
It penetrates the table filled with liquid.
It vanishes filled with liquid.
Sets up in seconds.
Perform in short sleeves.
Use any beverage.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(7) Just Joking – Bob Solari: A fine piece of “old school” magic from Bob Solari.
Four face up Kings are shown and turned face down on the table.
Explain that you can change the Kings into any four cards the spectator names.
Look at the spectators, smile and say “I was just joking!'”
Turn the four cards face up and they have all changed to Jokers!
The front and back of each card is clearly shown.
Easy to do, Quick reset.
(8) Troublewit – Bill Ragsdale: Audiences love Troublewit. It dates back to the early 1700’s in France and soon caught on in England. Some have found references to it in the 1600’s in Spain. Milbourne Christopher lists it as one of the 100 most important “tricks” to learn along with Cups and Balls and Linking Rings.
What is Troublewit? Glad you asked! It is a large piece of multi-colored paper folded into various shapes and designs to amuse audiences young, old and in-between.
Take a look at the photo of Bill Ragsdale with three of the many designs possible with Troublewit. He is showing a vase on the right, a party hat on his head (one of many hat designs), and an hourglass on the left.
Long unavailable, you can now own your own Troublewit, and add something different to your stand up or stage performances.
Bill Ragsdale hand folds each Troublewit from a 26” X 40” piece of nearly indestructible paper.
(9) The Newsletter Tricks – DVD and Book - Mathieu Bich:The first ever DVD/book by Mathieu Bich!
Get all 10 tricks of the Newsletter Trick project in one volume, as well as 5 new and never-before-published bonus effects and 2 hidden bonuses! You'll blow away both spectators and seasoned magicians
This DVD (for the demonstrations) / Book (for the explanations) will help you to learn to do these tricks the easiest way possible. The benefits of a DVD and the practicality of a book without the drawbacks of either one!
Most of the tricks require you to add a little extra something to your regular deck of cards: a piece of scotch tape, a double-backed card or a folded card, for example. These details will allow you to work wonders! The tricks are easy to set up. You'll find everything you need around the house.
Based on new concepts and new methods, learning these illusions will help increase your creativity
Among the effects, you'll find:
A card chosen that floats out of the deck as if magnetized by your fingers
A twisted card that pops back to the top of a deck placed on the table
A card that changes colors before your eyes as it passes through the deck
Matches that disappear from under one card to appear under another
A card chosen at random that turns into your real credit card
A new technique for doing an acrobatic double lift...
A card that levitates a few inches over the deck
An instant sandwich effect before your eyes
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(10) Multiplying Bottles - Pro Series Vol. 2 - Paul Romhany:
This long awaited book includes many variations of the Multiplying Bottles including Paul Romhany's classic Multiplying Bottle routine. The book comes from over twenty years of experience performing this classic effect.
Paul gives this classic effect new twists that will help enhance any act including sections on;
* How to produce liquid from any set of bottles.
* Various tables to use including a special table designed for Paul's current act.
* Step by step instructions, photos and diagrams (including: Paul's gimmick table which will enable you to produce more bottles and/or other objects).
* Many handling variations that you can add to your own Multiplying Bottle routine.
* A section on different types of bottles.
* A look at how to design tubes so they don't look out of place.
* How to make the glasses stand out on stage.
* How to get the bottles off stage without them falling over.
Plus much more.
For anyone who performs, or wants to add the Multiplying Bottles to their act this book is the ultimate source.
And, that’s this week’s You really Don’t Want To Know How Hot It Is Here Hotlist. Lots of great new stuff, no matter what your magical appetite demands!
As always, we thank you sincerely for taking the time 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!