Friday, September 09, 2011

Hank Lee's Big Book Event!

Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee's Magic Factory. There is nothing I like more than writing this email Newsletter every week. I like to be funny and clever, sometimes witty. I love to play with words.
This week, I don't feel like being any of those things. On Monday of this week my mother-in-law, Helen Miller, passed away. In three days that can only be described as a horror story, she went from healthy and vibrant to gone. Three days.
Many of you knew Helen. She and Jonah, my father in law, worked here at Hank Lee's for many years. She was the sweet voice on the telephone. She worked at the Registration Booth at every single Cape Cod Conclave.
For me, she was so much more than a mother in law. She was my second mother.
I am so very sad.
But, life goes on, and we have a nice excitement for you this week.
Please read on.

There is so much magical knowledge contained in books. Far more than you can shake a stick at. I can tell you right now, you need more books!
So, starting right now and ending on Wednesday the 14th of September at midnight, you can save 30% on every single book that we carry, except those published by Mike Caveney's Magic Words or marked Non-Discountable in the item description.. All you need to do is enter the special code SAVEONBOOKS in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct the 30%. If you place your order by phone, toll free at 800 874 7400, just mention the special code, SAVEONBOOKS, and we will deduct the 30%. You can also place your order by FAX at 781 395 2034 or by email at No matter how you place your order, just mention the special code and save 30% on all the books!

Now, it's time to check out this week's Hotlist.

(1) INK – Mickael Chatelain & Paul Harris: A flawless piece of astonishment art featuring an exquisite method that's as heart
stopping as the effect.
Using a normal Sharpie Marker, write a prediction on the clear cellophane of the card case.
Tragically, it's the wrong card.
Everyone stares at the INK on the cellophane. For a moment nothing happens. Then, like some
kind of weird dream, the INK begins to slowly creep and glide along the cellophane. The animated INK gradually re-shapes itself into the correct card!
You actually see the black ink stretch and get longer in some areas, and shrink and contract in others as it visibly morphs into the correct prediction.
A spectator can then immediately rub their fingers over the transformed INK to erase the writing, once again leaving the clear unmarked cellophane.
Right after that, you can hand out the case for examination. It's just a normal case!
No special inks or chemicals. Easily adapts to other numbers, letters or images.
Use as your
normal card case for other effects.
Resets in 10 seconds.
Works with red Bicycle Rider Back and Mandolin Back decks.
$49.95 (30.1613)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Coming into stock really soon! Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping!

(2) Mirage – Alex Geiser: With a slow wave, a coin vanishes. There are no strings, wire or magnets, and your hands never touch. It is slow. Delicate. Natural.
No setup. Just one coin.
Mirage has been one of Alex's signature coin vanishes that he's kept to himself for many years. He's now ready to let you in on the secret.
Mirage isn't just a coin vanish. You can vanish virtually any small object with just the wave of your hand. If you wanted a vanish to look like real magic, this is it. Learn multiple, practical methods of restoring the object back to reality.
Taught in 61 minutes of detailed instruction, Mirage is an underground move that until now, was only seen in back rooms at conventions and private gatherings. Today, Mirage is yours.
As a special bonus, Alex also teaches the Lynel Vanish, a coin vanish from the very tip of your finger. $19.95 (20.469)
Note: This is a non-discountable item

(3) Comeback Spider – Tommy James: Based on a Trevor Lewis effect. It's the Homing Card effect for your Halloween shows!
Display the backs of five cards, each with a picture of a spider web. Explain that there are no spiders on the webs, because if there's one thing you hate, it's spiders!
Turn the cards around and tell the kids you have pictures of five different Jack-o-Lanterns.
As you spread the cards, the kids see a big furry spider and are quick to let you know. Finally, you see the spider, act startled and put the spider aside.
Spread the cards again showing four Jack-o-Lanterns. Tell the children one of the Jack-o-Lanterns will disappear when you say "Happy" and they shout "Halloween!"
Once again, a spider appears!
This happens three more times until the kids are in a frenzy.
You finally pick up all the cards and turn around to put them away. Now, there's a spider hanging on your back! The kids go wild!
Cards measure 5 1/2" by 4 1/4". Printed on quality stock with a beautiful protective finish. Full permission given by Trevor Lewis for his handling.
A guaranteed hit for your Halloween shows!
$35.00 (50.973)

(4) Sure Shot – Scott Alexander: Ever wanted to produce a real old-school shot glass full of liquid, under impossible conditions?
Scott Alexander has the answer. Sure Shot provides a safe and secure seal on a standard shot glass (included) that releases instantly and reliably.
This is the perfect shot glass and rubber cover combination.
Unlike other covers that can easily dislodge, this one holds from within, and really grabs and seals the liquid inside.
Plus, it is a real-world shot glass that doesn't look like a gimmicked or fancy glass. It's a real man's whiskey glass.
The cover is made from hearty black, industrial flex rubber. Once the cover is in place, you can manipulate the filled shot glass in an egg bag, carry it in your pocket indefinitely, even spin the glass up in the air and catch it. It really holds its seal until you pull the release. Then, it comes off effortlessly.
If you are looking for a killer surprise ending for your egg bag, or already do a shot glass production from your pocket or paper bag but are looking for a better method, kick back a Sure Shot!
$50.00 (60.1778)

(5) Coinmagic Symposium DVD - Vol. 1: On November 26th and 27th, 2010 the first European Coin Magic Symposium brought 16 magicians from all over the world to Milan for 2 days of non-stop coin magic.
Contents include:
Performance and Explanations by:
Akira Fujii - Grown Up Coin
Giacomo Bertini - Cylinder and Coins
Curtis Kam - Be Like Water- (Performance Only)
Jean Emmanuel Franzis - Coins No Purse No Glass
Shigeo Futagawa - Inflaction and Deflaction
Miguel Angel Gea - Esencia del Vaso
Ginjiro - Cylinder and Chips
Eric Jones - Flash Dance
Joke - Fire Three Fly
Mario Raso - Mirage
Performance and Explanation of the Top 3 finishers of CMS 2010 Competition:
First Place: Hidekazu Kimoto - Fisher's Wild Coins
Second Place: Tony Polli - Frame and Coins
Third Place: Marco Pantaleo - Coins, Cap and Pen
Special Performance: Yoshihiko Mutobe - Fancy Frame
Atmosphere of Private Sessions
$35.00 (DVD01283)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(6) Happy Halloween Banner – Tommy James: Just in time for your Halloween shows, it's Tommy James' new Happy Halloween Silk Banner. A large 36" long by 8" wide. Designed to be used in a vanishing cane. You can also produce it from your favorite production item and hang it on your backdrop for a great display!
100% pure silk.
$30.00 (60.1777)
Ready to ship on October 8th, in plenty of time for you Halloween shows. Pre-order now!

(7) Ultimate Wild Card – Jean-Pierre Vallarino: The basic effect remains the same, but Jean-Pierre has revisited and updated one of the truly classic packet effects: The Wild Card.
This will become one of your favorite effects to perform.
One by one, 8 identical cards transform into another 8 cards.
* Both side of the cards are shown all the time, therefore reinforcing the illusion.
* Each transformation uses different techniques. It is beautifully choreographed!
* You can leave the cards for examination.
* Requires only basic card technique.
Comes complete with an instructional DVD and the cards in Bicycle 808 format.
$25.00 (30.1614)

"Perfect!" -Jeff Mc Bride

"C'est magnifique!" -Norbert Ferre

"Ultimate Wild Card is one of my most advanced routines. I like to perform it on TV, because it is very visual, and can be performed while talking or with a musical background." - Jean-Pierre Vallarino

(8) Expert At The Card Table DVD Set - Artifice, Ruse, and Subterfuge - Starring Allan Ackerman:
Plus an introductory film characterization of S.W. Erdnase "The Prologue," narrated by Ernest Borgnine.
Based on the classic 1902 book of Magic/Sleights and Tricks. The entire contents of the book is performed and taught by Ackerman on this 10 disc DVD production. Includes many bonus features such as interviews with Richard Hatch and Bart Whaley on the Mystery of Erdnase. Plus a special interview with Martin Gardner.
The DVD set also comes with a CD (disc 11) with many PDF files including:
• The entire original "Expert at the Card Table" (1944 Enlarged Edition)
• "The Gardner-Smith Correspondence"
• "The Murderous Card Shark" by Martin Gardner and John Conrad.
• "Was Erdnase Abdul Aziz Khan" By Martin Gardner.
• Plus newspaper articles.
$99.95 (DVD01282)

(9) Professional Illusion Building For The Home Craftsman – Dick Gustafson: This is not a book of illusion ideas, but rather a book strictly about building and painting your own illusions written by master craftsman, Dick Gustafson.
You will not find a better reference book on the types of woods, tools, paints, plexiglas and glues to use in illusion building. Techniques for constructing legs, bases, traps, knock-down illusions and crates are discussed in detail along with many closely kept secrets for drilling and paint stencil implementation. Lists of suppliers from plans to woods to hardware are included as well as builder information.
You won't find this information specifically dealing with illusion fabrication in any other publication. If you want to build your own illusions, have them built, or gain knowledge of how illusions are built, then this one-of-a-kind book is for you!
49 pages. 8.5" x 11" - Black and white drawings.
$20.00 (BK01811)

And that's this week's Hotlist. A very nice selection of truly superior magic!
As always, and especially this week, I thank you for finding the time to spend with us either online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford.
And, you already know how much we love the company!