Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Another great week, weather-wise. It’s a big battle between Fall and Summer, and this week Fall is winning. I don’t know whether to wear shorts or long pants. The temperature keeps bobbing up and down. For the moment, I am staying with shorts. So, if you’d like to get a good look at my fabulous legs, you have another week or two to stop by the shop at 102 North Street in Medford.
I really love being in this crazy world of magic. I am very lucky. I would not trade my life with anyone, unless maybe they offered me a bale of thousand dollar bills. Just joking. In those times when personal tragedy struck, being right here is what helped me through. Talking with customers who are really friends. Playing with all the new toys. Telling all of you about the new toys. Getting a glimpse of your lives, and letting you get a glimpse of mine. Where else does this happen? Nowhere, sez me. And, I thank you!
There are a couple of new items about to hit the market. The first is Mickael Chatelain’s INK. It’s an incredibly visual effect where something you have written on the cellophane of a card case visibly changes into something else! Write the name of a selected card on the card case. But, it’s the wrong card. As you hold the deck in your outstretched hand, the name of the card visibly changes into the selected card. It looks amazing!
The other about to be released new one is Any Signed Card To Any Spectator’s Wallet. The title tells the whole story. A card is freely selected and signed by the spectator. They then reach into their pocket and take out their wallet. Inside their very own wallet they discover their signed card! A miracle, to be sure.
Both items will be available in the next month or so. We can’t even take a pre-order yet. But, keep your eye on the Hotlist. Both items will there soon.
And, that’s all the news for this week. Check out this week’s excitement, and the Hotlist offerings for this week.
DVD GIVEAWAY: One of our most popular excitements! Folks really love this one. What could be better than an old-fashioned DVD Giveaway! For the next five days, from right now until Tuesday, September 27th, at midnight, you have the opportunity to get DVDs for free! But, you have to get them the old fashioned way. You must earn them.
Here's the way it works: For every order of $100 or more, you get one free DVD (your choice of any single DVD that sells for $35.00 or less). If you spend $200 or more, you get two free DVDs (again, your choice). $300 or more gets you three free DVDs. And on it goes. The more you buy, the more you get for free! It's an incredible deal when you figure that the average price of a DVD is $35.00! In order to claim your free DVD, just put the name of the DVD in the Customer Notes Box at the bottom of the second page of the online checkout (after you fill in your name, address, etc.) at www.magicfact.com. If you phone your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, just let the order-person know what free DVD(s) you want. If you FAX the order to us at 781 395 2034, same thing. Just let us know which ones you want. Remember, the giveaway ends on Tuesday, September 27th, at midnight!
Now, let’s take a peek at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Essential Magic Conference 2011 DVD Set – 8 DVDs:
The second Essential Magic Conference on DVD!
The first Essential Magic Conference was rated epic by its members. The second, in 2011, was pure magic! Now you can have a front row seat at magic's most innovative event and join 33 of the world's greatest thinkers, creators and performers in magic on this exclusive 8 DVD Box Set.
16 hours of material on 8 DVDs, filmed in high quality video over 3 days. Every lecture and performance broadcast at EMC is included on the DVDS, together with our Discussion Panels, Q&As and Bonus Tricks from Max Maven and Peter Lamont.
Plus David Copperfield hosts an exclusive EMC tour of his magic museum in Las Vegas.
Also included are the complete chat logs, hundreds of pages of online chat from our members. Check what the registrants were talking about throughout the conference.
Sit back and enjoy 8 DVDs packed with material featuring one of the most incredible conference line-ups of 2011:
Akira Fujii, Ava Do, Apollo Robbins, Bruno Copin, David Copperfield, Chris Power, Christian Engblom, Dan Buck, Dave Buck, Dani DaOrtiz, David Berglas, David Britland, David Kaye, Eric Mead, Gaetan Bloom, JJ, Jonathan Bayme, Jordan Gomez, Lennart Green, Lu Chen, Luis De Matos, Marco Tempest, Marvin Berglas, Max Maven, Mike Caveney, Paul Daniels, Peter Lamont, Peter Wardell, René Lavand, Richard Wiseman, Rudy Coby, Stan Allen, Topas and William Kalush.
Extra bonus: PDF edition of Opus Magazine Volume 1.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(2) Imagination Coin Set – Johnny Wong: The latest coin set from Johnny Wong. And, it’s Johnny’s best one for 2011!
Anyone with this gimmick will be able to perform amazing and realistic magic using simple methods. If you are a fan of coin magic, this is one of the best coin gimmicks of the year. So, don’t miss it!
The DVD comes with a variety of demos that will guide you through the following routines:
* Illusion Cigarette & Coin Routine
* Two Coin Miracle
* Chinese Coin Through Glass
* Coin Skill Routine
* Quick Change Coins
* Two Different Coin Switches
Every routine is made more powerful and easier through the use of these precisely machined US Half Dollar Coins.
(3) Signature - Thomas Rembault: The Russian Roulette effect with your own money!
Pull your checkbook out of your pocket, and announce that you are about to make a substantial donation to one of the member of the audience.
As you are about to sign the check, present 3 pens and say that only one of them works, the other two are out of ink.
The spectator will have 2 chances out of 3. If he finds the pen that works, the check is for him to keep. If he is unable to find the right pen, then the check will be kept for the next show!
Unfortunately for the spectator, among the two pens that he chooses, both are out of ink. Take the third one on the spot and write a big “cancelled” on the check.
A very strong piece of close-up magic. Easy to do. The pens do all the work for you. No forcing of any kind.
(4) Mystical 13 – Howard Hamburg: A self-working miracle from Howard Hamburg.
A spectator places any two face-up spot cards on the table.
You remove a Joker from your deck and place it face up onto the table as well.
Mention that 7 is considered a lucky number among Americans, 8 is considered a lucky number by the Chinese, but 13 is your personal lucky number for certain cards in the deck.
The three cards are inserted into three different locations in the deck, chosen by the spectator. No forcing of any kind.
When the deck is spread face-down onto the table, the three face-up cards are removed, along with the face down cards next to them .
Turn the three face-down cards over to reveal that they are Aces!
You find the last Ace using a number freely chosen by the spectator!
When the spectator counts down to that number in the deck, the missing Ace is located!
Remind the spectators that 13 worked with certain cards, and it is obvious that the certain cards are Aces. Explain that 13 does not work with any other cards. To prove your point, the deck is ribbon spread face-up to reveal every card is blank!
Completely examinable at the end!
No sleight of hand, nothing to memorize, easy to do!
Comes with special deck of cards from US Playing Card..
(5) Signed & Sealed – Stephane Jardonnet: Never open a brand new deck by yourself. Have a spectator open it for you, and let him realize that the card he selected and signed is inside that brand new deck, that he can inspect and open himself.
A card is freely selected in a deck, and signed by a spectator. A second spectator holds a brand new deck, still under its original shrink cellophane wrap. The signed card vanishes from the deck, and appears inside the sealed deck, opened by the spectator himself.
The method is brand new and has never been published anywhere before. While several methods for this effect exist, none of them allow the spectator to hold and inspect the deck at any given time.
You will need some basic card technique skills to perform this trick. It is not for extreme beginners, however, it is fairly easy to perform.
*Comes complete with all the gimmicks to perform the trick, except for the brand new sealed deck, which you can purchase anywhere.
* Work with any type of decks. The demo is made with a Bicycle 808, but any other type of new deck will do.
* The card can be freely selected or forced, based on the type of effect you want to do.
* The principle can be applied to many other objects, such as a pack of cigarettes, or anything that is cellophane wrapped sealed.
Warning: This DVD may contain partial female nudity and has been rated PG-13 by the production. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Viewer discretion is advised
(6) Arm Amputator: What could be more fun in your adult or family show than the classic Arm Amputator? It’s just a little scary. It’s just a little funny. And, it’s great magic!
Ornately detailed and made of oak to last forever. This beautifully hand-stained piece has the right look for your show. The prop features a fixed blade with Quick-Set action!
Exceptional design, exceptional strength, exceptional material.
The lower hole holds a real carrot, which is cut in half as the blade passes by!
The stock is fixed to the base for easy transport.
A true collectors’ piece.
Beautifully crafted by Frontier Magic .
(7) Stamp Matrix – Claude Rix: Claude Rix presents a new type of matrix, with stamps!
Entirely self working, visual and original.
Show two standard Bicycle playing cards on both sides, and place 4 standard stamps on the 4 corners of your close up pad.
Place the two cards on two stamps, and the miracle happens: one stamp has vanished from under one card, only to reappear under the other playing card.
Repeat the effect two more times, without any suspicious moves of any kind, to reveal that all four stamps are now laying under one of the playing card, just as in any matrix type of effect.
* Self working
* Nothing to hide or palm
* Can be performed on a close up pad or any other surfaces.
* Comes complete with an instructional DVD in French, Italian and English
(8) Friends Of Roger Klause – Two DVD Set: A tribute to a master of magic, who was known to us as "The Leader of the Underground.” Roger Klause dedicated half a century to his art and affected magicians everywhere. He tirelessly promoted a level and manner of thinking that is unparalleled in magic. Friend and teacher to many, from the average convention attendee to the greatest thinkers of our time, Roger left his mark on all. Join us for a special remembrance of this national treasure: Roger Klause.
Roger Klause: One of the finest practitioners of magic in our history. He was teacher, performer, thinker. He had a unique genius for detailed and nuanced sleight-of-hand magic that baffled and amazed his peers. A true student of Vernon and an innovator in his own right, Roger dedicated himself to improving magic and helping other magicians at every opportunity.
This DVD is a special tribute to Roger, the first of two volumes, wherein several of Roger's friends and admirers share their routines and ideas, all to remember a man whose influence can never be measured and will never be forgotten.
Join Bob White, Ricky Smith, Richard Hatch, Brad Henderson, Brian O'Neill, Mark Tams, Earl South, Steve Lancaster, Dan Strange, Mike Squires, Jordan "Tiny" Burgess, and Jared Kopf as they pay homage to the definitive magician: Roger Klause.
Presenting Volume 2 of a special compilation devoted to the memory of Roger Klause. For five decades, Roger tirelessly pursued perfection in an art he considered infinite and beyond mastery. And yet, he was considered "The Master's Master
Join Lance Pierce as he presents routines and ideas, explained in the fullest detail possible, all imbued with "The Klause Touch". Each item it typical of the kind of thinking that dominated Roger's magic and made it as special as it was.
The Color-Changing Silks - a new method that will fool you and then thrill you
Soleil et Lune - Roger's routine for the Sun and Moon
Full Circle - a clear and economical routine with the $100 Bill Change
and Roger's Favorite Oil and Water
As a special bonus, watch exclusive footage of a young Roger when still a student and a 1982 performance - the legendary "Christmas Party" show!
(9) Red Button - Laurent Mikelfield: Take a small sharp knife out of your pocket, and cut a button from your shirt.
Pull a few other colored buttons from your pocket, and ask a spectator to pick a color.
Place the button that the spectator chose in a piece of Flash Paper.
Set the small package on fire, and the button is gone in a flash.
The colored button instantly re-appears on your shirt. It is sewn onto your shirt, and can be fully examined. There is nothing to hide!
And what’s even better, it takes less than 5 seconds to reset!
* Very easy to perform
* No sleight of hand, almost self working
* Examinable before and after
* The button is sewn on the shirt
* Instant reset
* Comes complete with gimmick and instructional DVD
(10) Make Believe DVD: In Make Believe, director J. Clay Tweel follows six teenagers who all share an extraordinary passion: the art of magic.
Armed with great skill and a dazzling array of illusions, these teenagers embark from the varied hometowns of Malibu, California; Chicago, Illinois; Cape Town, South Africa; Littleton, Colorado; and Kitayama, Japan to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they each hope to be named Teen World Champion by master magician Lance Burton.
The film's six subjects are remarkably assured and dedicated entertainers. Offstage, however, they face the diverse obstacles of adolescence: loneliness, high parental expectations, the pressures of impending stardom, abject poverty, and the deep desire to fit in.
With great humor, honesty, and heart, Make Believe reveals an enduring world that audiences know little about while it also explores a time of life no one ever forgets.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Coming in stock very soon. Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping
(11) The Movie: Old school magic at a really old school price!
A multiple change effect where:
Scene 1: Three black Jokers are shown face up in a packet.
Scene 2: The Jokers mysteriously turn face down one by one.
Scene 3: They reappear face up but their backs have changed to three different colors. (Green, Black and Blue)
Scene 4: Surprisingly, the black Joker faces turn to red before the finale
Scene 5: They come to the last card "THE END".
Easy to perform, one move, (no Elmsley Counts), special cards and a wallet.
And that’s this week’s Oh, So Very Hot Hotlist. Great new stuff. Magic you will use! And, really, that’s the most important part, right?
As always, I want to thank you for finding time to spend with us, whether it’s online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford (where you still have a chance to check out my legs)
Almost forgot to let you know how much we love your company!