Friday, August 12, 2011

Hank Lee's Magic Live Event, Conclaver's Week and More!

Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. All kinds of good news this week, so let’s get right to it!

First, the benevolent Commonwealth of Massachusetts has decided that this weekend, August 13th and 14th, should be a Tax Free Weekend. This means that no matter what you purchase from us, you will pay no tax. This has the greatest effect on Massachusetts residents, and those folks who drop by the Medford shop over the weekend. Bottom line, no one pays any Sales Tax this weekend. Not one penny!

Next, those of you who were with us at this year’s Cape Cod Magic Conclave, remember that Conclaver’s Week starts on Saturday the 13th and runs through Friday the 19th. One little change, and you are going to like this. Get out your Conclaver’s Week Certificate. Wherever it says 30, change it to 35! That’s right, we are giving you even more than usual as our way of saying “thanks” for being with us at the Conclave. You can use the Conclaver’s Certificate online. Just put the word CONCLAVER in the Discount coupon box. Remember, this is only for folks who were with us at this year’s Conclave.

This weekend is the Magic Live Convention in fabulous Las Vegas. Sadly, we will not be in attendance. Hopefully the next time around. Thing is, we do want to get involved in all the excitement that surrounds Magic Live. So, we are having a very special, very exciting Magic Live Event starting right now, today. You can read all about it in this week’s excitement!

One more little note. If you read the newspaper or watch the news, you know that there’s a pretty messy situation going on in the economic world. The US Dollar has dropped ion value against many of the world’s currencies. I suspect that this is a short-term situation. However, if you live in Europe or Asia, or anywhere but the US, now is the perfect time to get some magic from the US, meaning us, Hank Lee’s. Since you are paying with your currency and exchanging it for US Dollars when you place your order, the exchange rate means that you will automatically save, a lot. So, get your orders together and we’ll ship them right off to you, no matter where you live.

Now, let’s look at this week’s excitement!

MAGIC Live Event: For the next 5 days, from the very moment you receive this email until Tuesday, August 16th at midnight EDT, everything (well, almost everything) is on sale at 30% off the retail price. All you need to do is enter the special code MAGICLIVE 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 MAGICLIVE 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) Smoke & Mirrors Playing Cards V6: We’re extremely excited to announce the upcoming release of Smoke & Mirrors: v.6. Available in red, this new addition is sure to set a new trend among custom playing cards with an exciting new feature that Dan and Dave could not resist. No expense was spared with the printing of these cards and every detail was taken into consideration. Coming August 19th in limited quantity. Actually, very limited quantity.
Place your order now, as these are guaranteed to sell out. We will ship the decks the same day they arrive here from Dan and Dave.
$5.95 (30.1606)

(2) Wormhole – Al Nouira: Ali Nouira's Wormhole is a jaw dropping, self-working signed card to pocket!
Two freely selected and signed cards are lost in the deck. Really lost, you don't even control the cards. Offer to dead cut directly to their selections. You make one cut and show the top card. You missed.
But you know what, it’s not all that surprising? Why not? Because after cleanly showing your hands are empty you slowly reach into your back pockets and remove both signed cards!
And, Wormhole is really easy to do.
* No moves (no palms, forces, breaks - nothing). The special gimmicks do the work for you.
* Hands shown empty at all times.
* Regular deck - just add the gimmick and you're ready to rock.
* Resets instantly.
* No duplicate cards.
* Gimmicks easily customizable to any deck design.
* Includes hand made gimmick.
$30.00 (30.1605)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Coming in stock really soon. Pre-order now and we'll pay the shipping!

(3) Cremation – Rick Haslett: Rick Haslett has created an effect that is absolutely perfect for your Halloween shows. Actually, it’s perfect all year round, but especially at Halloween. It is totally spooky!
You may use your own assistant or a member of the audience.
The subject inserts her arm into the box.
Open the top door and make a magical gesture. The box is suddenly engulfed in flames. Real flames dance from the box.
Close the top door to extinguish the flames.
Open the front door to reveal that the arm turned into a skeleton arm. Just bones!
With no cover of any kind, a flash of fire comes from inside the box and the arm is visibly restored! It looks amazing!
Cremation can be done successfully on small stages or in clubs as well as on a large stage.
The prop is beautifully made. The effect is incredible.
Requires lighter fluid, flash cotton and batteries. The fire and flash are ignited electronically. No flint wheels or matches.
You must watch the video to fully appreciate this effect.
Note: Because this effect uses real fire, you must be over 18 years of age to purchase it.
Available for shipment on the 1st of September, in plenty of time for your Halloween shows. But, please pre-order early, as these will be available in limited numbers.
$353.00 (60.1770)

(4) Look Sharp – Wayne Goodman: Wayne’s Look Sharp concept is simple, but extremely ingenious. Imagine being able to turn a Sharpie Marker (something we all use) into a chosen playing card, even in your spectator’s own hands. Now, that’s a revelation!
The Look Sharp gimmick contains 2 revelations.  One is the full card revelation and the other a very sneaky revelation built into the design.
Look Sharp can be performed as a standalone piece or part of a longer routine. It makes a perfect ending for a multiple card selection routine. It can even be performed with a signed card! Ideal for any performing situation
Comes complete with two custom printed Look Sharp cards, a pdf file to make your own Look Sharp cards and an instructional DVD covering complete routines, bonus tips and handlings.
$32.00 (30.1607)
Note: Coming into stock very soon. Pre-order now and we’ll pay the shipping!

Look out for Look Sharp, It’s a simple, direct, commercial Routine with an ending that’s so original the reactions have to be seen to be believed! “ - Lee Smith

“Guaranteed to be be used by magicians world-wide. You would be mad not to own this!” - Peter Nardi

(5) Confabulation Deluxe – Alan Shaxon: Just acquired from a private collector, in brand-new condition! And, there is only one of these.
Alan Shaxon's brilliant cabaret effect!
Three members of the audience are picked at random. They remain in their seats. The first freely suggests the make of anautomobile, the second a color, while the third counts the loose change in his pocket. The choices are written on a sheet of paper, which is handed out to be verified later.
The performer removes a wallet form his inside jacket pocket, opens the zip and takes out a signed, sealed envelope.
Opening the envelope, the performer removes a letter from their local car dealership showing details of the new car they have ordered. The spectator reads it out loud. The details of the car match exactly the choices of the three members of the audience, including the deposit paid!
A truly professional prop and a real reputation maker!
A superbly made wallet in a classy, black leather 'Lizard' effect finish with a smart custom made leather notepad. Comes complete with a detailed explanation of the setup and handling.
If you are a performer, you'll just love the quality of this outstanding new version of one of the finest cabaret effects ever invented!
Remember, there is just one of these, and when it is gone, there are no more.

(6) Pack Flat Illusions for Kid & Family Shows – JC Sum:
Are you a kidshow or family entertainer looking for more stage props and illusions beyond the dependable classics such as the square circle, dove pan, tip over trunk, drawer box and Zig Zag Girl? Are you looking for a Harry Potter-themed illusion?
From one of Asia's top professional illusionists, author of three critically acclaimed illusion design books and creator of the best-selling "Behind the Illusions" DVD, comes a brand new book on contemporary illusions for kids and family magicians.
J C Sum has created eight practical illusions & illusionettes designed for working performers looking to add scale to their kids/ family show or provide a larger scale effect for a special show.
From making a birthday cake appear to changing giant cereal boxes into an aquarium full of live fish, the illusions, routines, presentations and designs are contemporary and relevant for today's audience.
All the illusions are detailed with fully illustrated building plans and dimensions. Designed for the working performer, the illusions are practical and pack small/ flat for easy transport.
Contents Include:
The Gift Box
A D.I.Y Illusion Box to Produce a Balloon Animal, Stuffed Toy or Doll
The Impossible Box
A Unique Design & Routine for a Production Box
Birthday Cake Table
Magically Produce a Birthday Cake Surrounded
Super Save Delivery
A Girl-Production Illusion that Costs Less than $100 to
The Fabulous Magic Machine
A Magical Scientific Contraption for Endless Possibilities
Cloak Of Invisibility
Magically Produce a Kid From a Wizard's Trunk
The Giant Cereal Mystery
A Multiple Color Changing Cereal Box to Fish Aquarium Illusion
Twisted Conclusion
A Complete Vanish Climax for the Head Twister
53 pages. $45.00 (BK01804)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

Are these illusions expensive and difficult to build?
While these are professional-grade illusions, they are not complex or difficult to build.
In the field of illusions, the illusions would be considered very affordable to build and relatively easy for an experienced builder.

Can the Illusions be Performed Surrounded?
Yes, all illusions can be performed surrounded but some illusions cannot be viewed from the top.

How different are these illusions from illusions detailed in J C's other books?
These illusions are designed specifically with the kids/ family audience in mind. So the plots, routines and presentations are geared for that audience and market. The illusions are also designed with the professional, semi-pro or part-time worker so they are relatively inexpensive and can be transported easily.

(7) No Way Bottle Production: Imagine this: You walk on stage in just your shirtsleeves. No jacket. No table. No chairs. Nothing. Show a red handkerchief and then a white one. Briefly cover your empty right hand and instantly produce a real wine bottle from nowhere. No way!
This is the best opening trick for the real professional. You can use it anywhere, anytime. Perfect for stage, parlor, even close up
Bob Read would love it!
100% audience tested
Comes with a special gimmick
Full explanations
Performed in different venues
Almost an hour
No silks included
$35.00 (60.1771)

(8) Sword Basket – Andrew Mayne: Andrew Mayne presents his revolutionary design for the Sword Basket illusion: Compact, lightweight and easy to build.
This booklet includes:
+ Precise measurements
+ Blueprints
+ Instructions on how to build Andrew's large stage swords
+ Download link for a 14-minute video explaining how to assemble and perform one of the world's most popular illusions.
Total cost to build is under $50.
16-Pages. 8.5 x 11 booklet
$20.00 (60.1769)

(9) Dream Coin set – Eisenhower Dollar: This great new coin set from Johnny Wong is perfectly named. It is truly a dream come true!
There are so many routines possible with this coin set, and we are positive you will "dream" up even more.
You will learn a fabulous Coin Assembly, a version of Three Fly that will make your audience's eyes pop, the Production of Four Coins and the Vanish and Re-Appearance of Three Coins.
Every routine is made more powerful and easier through the use of these precision-made US Eisenhower Dollar Coins.
$139.00 (20.465)

(10) Magnetic Flipper Coin – Eisenhower Dollar: Show two Eisenhower Dollar Coins, place them on the table and put a glass (brim upwards) on the coins. Incredibly one of the coins appears inside the glass.
In this package you will find a finely crafted gimmicked coin set produced by Tango Magic.
Tango Magic produces some of the highest quality gimmicked coins in the world. Tango stands behind their products to guarantee your success. As a bonus to thank you for your purchase, Tango has included in this package Tangopedia, a four-hour instructional DVD. This DVD includes basic instructions for more than 50 gimmick coin routines using a variety of our specialty coins such as Expanded Shell-Coins, Copper/Silver/Brass, Scotch and Soda, Pen Through Coin, Folding Coins, Okito Boxes, and more. From this DVD you will learn the basics of using your new Tango Magic products as well as gaining insight into the amazing of possibilities the Tango line of coins provides.
$44.00 (20.466)

And that’s this week’s, “I can’t believe how much we’ve got going on around this place” Hotlist. No matter how busy we are, we always have time to gather up the best of the newest magical goodies, just for you!
As always, I thank you for spending time with us, whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way we love the company.