Greetings from all of us here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. We’ve had an absolutely delightful week, with temperatures in the high 60s. Not so bad for November.
Today, Friday, is Veteran’s Day. I want to take a moment to thank every single veteran, whether they served in peace time or war time, for what they have done for our country. You folks are the best, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. And, if you are looking to hear some of the best war stories ever, come to next year’s Conclave on April 13th 2012, give my father-in-law Jonah a small glass of Bourbon, and ask him about World War II. He’s got a million stories, all with happy endings.
I am a big fan of change. Actually, I’m a bigger fan of paper money, but change is good, too. , So this week I am announcing a change in the way we handle our weekly email Newsletter and our weekly Excitements. After a great deal of research, I have come to the conclusion that, because the email Newsletter comes out on Friday, a lot of folks miss it on that day. Either they are not at the office, or they are not at home, or they have to stay after school, or they beep out earlier to try and make it a three-day weekend. For whatever reason, they do not see the weekly Excitement until the repeat of the Friday Newsletter on Monday. And, many times they miss the weekly event completely. So, starting next week, we will be announcing the week’s Excitement on one of the weekdays that are not Friday. And, we will be sending out the good old email Newsletter on Friday & Monday as always. It makes a lot of sense to us, and we shall see how it works out.
I should mention that Bonnie’s 39-Again Birthday is this Monday, the 14th. I think you should all send her a nice email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wish her a Happy Birthday and tell her how great she looks for 39!
Now, and for the last time on Friday, I think, check out this week’s Excitement!
BUY ONE GET ONE AT 60% OFF SALES EVENT: We have juiced up our Buy One Get One event by offering a gigantic 60% off the second item. That’s right, 60% off! Here's how it works. For the next 5 days, from right now, until Tuesday, November 15th at midnight, you can save like crazy. How does it work? Simple, really. For every item you buy, you get the second item at 60% off. That's right, a full 60% off. So, if you buy a Harbin Suspension for $575.00 and a Happie Amp for $268.00, you will get the Happie Amp for $107.20! What a deal! It even works with non-discountable items. Just make sure the non-discountable item is the higher priced of the pair. If you buy more than two items (and, we thank you), we will pair them up so you get the best deal!
The rules are also simple. We deduct the 60% from the lower priced of the two items. You can buy as many items as you want, we will do the math so you save the most! There are a few items that are not included in this promotion. Very few. If you order one of those items, we will let you know before we process your order.
Note: Since this is a somewhat complicated sale, the online system will not do the math. We will do it here before we process your order. Your email confirmation will show the full price for each item, but we will figure the discounts before you are charged, and reimburse your credit card.
In order to take advantage of this outrageous sale, you must put the words BUY ONE GET ONE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout at www.magicfact.com. If you are calling your order in to our toll free number at 800 874 7400, give the order person the special code. If you are FAXing your order to 781 395 2034 or emailing it to email@example.com, just remember to include the special code, BUY ONE GET ONE and you will get the biggest discount ever! So, hop to it and save some serious dough!
Now, let’s take a look at this week’s Hotlist!
(1) Snake Basket – Electronic – Remote Controlled: The classic Snake Basket routine, brought into the 21st Century by our friends at Frontier Magic.
A snake is removed a really nice basket and introduced to the audience. Surprisingly, the snake is an amateur magician! A card is chosen by one of the spectators and then returned to the deck. The deck is shuffled and then thrown into the woven basket, along with the snake.
This very clever snake is asked to find the selected card. In moments the snake rises from the basket with a card in its mouth. But, it is the wrong card!
Taking the card from the snakes mouth, you tell it to go back down and try again to find the chosen card.
The snake does as it is told, and descends into the basket. Once again, the snake looks for the card. You can tell he is really busy, as cards come flying out of the basket!
After all the commotion, the snake again rises out of the basket and this time with the selected card! After descending into the basket he rises up and down for bows and curtain calls! He even drinks a large glass of milk!
The unit comes complete with remote, Wonder Glass, Card Fountain and two Snakes!
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(2) Telethought Pad – Chris Kenworthey: Another brilliant mentalism effect from our friend Chris Kenworthey!
Ask a spectator to literally think of any word, any number, any design, or any thought. It is written on an innocent pad. Now, thanks to Telethought technology you instantly know their thought.
You and the spectator are looking at the gimmick at the same time, but they never know it. All of the volunteer's information is delivered ingeniously, imperceptibly, and effortlessly to the performer. Any book test, any design duplication, any Add-A-Number routine, any mental experiment - all are devilishly simple with this extraordinarily clever yet subtle new gimmick.
Here are the unprecedented test conditions of the Telethought Pad
* No impression devices
* Spectator's thoughts are never ripped out of pad
* Once thought is written in pad, pad is closed and never opened again during the rest of the routine.
* Real time mindreading (No pre-show work necessary)
* Delayed peek. Glimpse can be made anytime after thought is written
* Instant reset
To see a Telethought Pad is to want a Telethought Pad
Available in two sizes. Please specify.
Note: this is a non-discountable item.
Coming into stock very soon. Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping!
Pad Size: 2-15/16 x 4-1/4 inches - $34.95 (40.807)
Large Pad Size: 4-3/16 x 5-1/2 inches $49.95 (40.808)
(3) Brick Wall In a Bag Backdrop System: This backdrop looks like the stage at any improv theater, and it sets up and breaks down in a flash!
The printed fabric is attached to the frame with Velcro and is left on when collapsed. The Brick Wall pattern is ideal because it looks like a comedy club background. The backdrop says something without being boring or distracting.
The backdrop is 7-1/2’ tall and 10 feet wide. Comes with a heavy duty carry bag.
It is perfect for jugglers, hypnotists, ventriloquists, and of course, comedy magicians!
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(4) Naked: A very clever idea with a gimmick that works flawlessly to create a visual and impressive card change.
A card is freely selected and then signed by an spectator. The card is then lost in the deck. The magician tries to locate it and shows the card. Unfortunately the magician cannot seem to get it right. The magician puts the wrong card between his lips, he turns around completely and when back, the selected card pops up between the magician's lips. The spectator can keep the card as a souvenir.
No Reels - No Pulls - No threads - No Flaps
Easy to learn and perform, even for beginners.
This magic trick may be performed wearing any type of clothes or you may be even Naked.
No complicated sleight of hand needed
Use any Bicycle Poker sized deck
You will get a DVD with full instructions and 2 gimmicks made with Bicycle cards.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(5) Note Pad Surprise 2.0: If you liked the old Note Pad Surprise, you are going to love the Note Pad Surprise 2.0! Over the years, many customers have asked for a better "life like" looking mouth. It has been done! The Note Pad Surprise 2.0 has a great "V" shaped mouth and better handling!
Watch the new demo to see the new mouth in action!! Same great effect, still no switches and now a new "bendy" mouth!
Give away the same picture you actually draw and animate!
Imagine this, you take a simple 4" x 6" pad out of your pocket. You then draw a face on the page complete with eyes and mouth. Suddenly the eyes and mouth begin to move!
After you have startled and amazed your spectators, you then tear off the same page that you drew the face on and hand it out as a souvenir! No switches!
This effect is very easy to perform and comes complete with everything you need for at least 80 performances!
You can easily refill with any 4" x 6" pad.
A must for the close-up or restaurant worker! Can be done over and over, resets almost instantly! No tricky moves or switches!
(6) Maelstrom – Tom Stone: You are invited to collaborate in a creative experience with a day-and-night, seven-days-a-week professional, the inventive and always-thinking Tom Stone! You will need to bring with you...
* Playing Cards
* Multiplying Bottles
* Book Tests
* Billiard Balls
* Dancing Cane
* Silk to Egg
* Squirt Guns
And most important, your thinking cap! Tom will supply the tricks, routines, presentations and ideas—lots of them!
This book is your map to Tom's Realm, otherwise known as the Maelstrom. There is no firm land here. Things move and change with the tides of Tom Stone's mind. The compass is your only assurance that you will reach new lands of magical thought. Its four directions are Knowledge, Intelligence, Deception and Artistry. Unlike a normal journey, you will frequently be traveling in all four directions at once.
Maelstrom is a 277-page, densely illustrated hardcover book, full of the sort of magic that is seldom published. Material from a full-time professional who performs both close up and on stage. Having passed through the Vortex, get ready to enter Tom's Realm…Maelstrom!
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(7) More Power To You! – David Acer:
If you liked whatever your favorite book is, you'll love More Power To You!
The very best of David Acer.
29 ingenious routines from over 20 years of published work, all rewritten, revised, updated and upgraded. Plus 3 brand new miracles, including David's astonishing moving-hole effect, Wormhole
* Produce the sound of a cellphone ringing out of thin air before producing the cellphone itself!
* Punch a hole in your business card, then slide it off and place it on the side of a take-out coffee cup, causing coffee to suddenly begin streaming out!
* Magically link a borrowed finger ring onto a borrowed pair of glasses!
* Remove your watch and wave it counter-clockwise to reverse time until the watch vanishes from your fingertips and reappears on your wrist!
* Make an ungimmicked light-bulb from a string of Christmas lights flicker on in your hand, then go dark before you give it away as a souvenir!
* Instantly change places with someone you're standing beside on stage!
And so much more! Ingenious card magic, eye-popping coin magic, adequate mental magic, plus tricks with matches, bills, balloons. But, that’s not all! If you order in the next ten minutes, we'll also throw in two more tricks with notepads and bottle caps, plus a foreword by David Acer that will change the way you think about grammar! 190 pages in hardcover, written by David Acer, illustrated by Tony Dunn.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
You will have the opportunity to see David Acer live and in clothing at next year’s Cape Cod Magic Conclave!
(8) Twists And Turns DVD – Mel Mellers: Sit back, relax and enjoy a unique magical experience.
Welcome to the world of Mel Mellers, where he discusses bad music, awkward audience members, Davindaports Magic Shop, fashion mistakes and eight brand new routines.
There are two live shows featured, complete with all the usual gags and bits and pieces that make this a laugh out loud experience. Show one is a lecture performance featuring eight brand new routines (never before explained) used by Mel in his live work. As a bonus, show two is a performance before a live theatre audience using previous material from his other DVDs. This features new gags and stories that we know you'll just enjoy watching with family and friends. All the routines will cost little or no money to make and most will already be part of your magic collection.
Featured routines include:
The Linking Things - Mel's take on the Linking Rings, which, as expected is far from the usual Three Ring Routine used by most magicians. Funny and absurdly different!
The No Switch Switch Pad - A superb and cheap alternative to The Switch Pad. Make this yourself as it uses a regular un-gimmicked pad that will save you money!
The Davindaport Indian Rope Trick - A brilliant opener using the standard rigid rope plot. Five minutes of solid laughs and the perfect opener.
Knife-Throwing Act - Laugh out loud as Mel finds a chosen card impaled by a razor sharp knife! Cheap and easy to make. Again a solid laughter filled routine that you will use!
Newsforecast - A superb mind-reading routine that packs small and plays big! Very easy to do and best of all it requires no special props or gimmicks
Thumb Stuff - Mel discusses the special way in which he uses the Thumb Writer and how to give it a bigger impact. Brilliant stuff.
All that I Own - A great routine in which Mel gambles all that he owns on the choice of a key! The best just chance routine ever. Packed with laughs and great magic.
Silk Thru Microphone Stand - Mel's take on a classic trick. Complete with full routine and gags along the way, see how Mel makes this a standout closer to his show!
Stage Show (performance only) features new gags and bits and pieces that you will use and includes:
Mel's Signature Bank Note Routine
The Arm Chopper
(9) Linking Rings – Set of 3 – 22” Diameter: The biggest set of Linking Rings we have ever seen!
Big, Oversized, Huge, Gigantic. Call them whatever you want, there's no doubt these Linking Rings will impress you and your audience.
Crafted from hollow Stainless Steel. Each ring is 22 inches in diameter (57 cm). The rings are ½” (1.2 cm) thick.
Each ring weighs 10 ounces (370 grams)
Supplied with a lovely velvet carrying bag.
(10) 777 Block Penetration: A new twist on the classic Matchbox Penetration!
Bring out a matchbox and a long needle. Proceed to puncture the matchbox with the needle three times. Open the matchbox to reveal a solid brass block! How was the needle able to go through this box? Quite miraculous, really!
Easy to perform. The precision-made block does all the work.
Comes complete with 3.25" needle, matchbox, solid metal block and instruction sheet.
(11) Ultra Mini Magnetic Pan: This is the smallest pan that Ickle Pickle has ever made.
The beauty of it is that once you've released the load you can show the lid and there's nothing to see.
Here's hoping you enjoy this tiny new addition to the “Dove Pan” family!
Dimensions Approximately: 2-½” x 2-3/8" (6.35cm x 6cm)
(12) Super Chip & Coin – Johhnny Wong: Johnny Wong's Super Chip and Coin features a Half Dollar performing all sorts of stunts, and a chip that does an amazing job of fooling them all!
This Half Dollar passes through objects, visually. Tables, silks, your hand, even your spectator's hand!
Drop the Half Dollar in a glass and it becomes two quarters!
The coin makes it possible. The chip does all the work. Learn seven new coin tricks instantly!
• Fits easily in your pocket!
• Smooth, dependable operation!
• Quick reset for magicians on the go!
Adapt Super Chip and Coin to suit your needs at a moments notice or carefully plan your attack in advance. The versatile prop and powerful gimmick score an ingenious combo!
Super Chip and Coin by Johnny Wong includes his unique instructions, the amazing precision-made chip and the machined half dollar
And that’s this week’s Hotlist. Great magic. Great books. Great DVDs. All right here waiting for you. What’s that? You can’t find anything in this week’s selection that appeals to you? No problem. You can check out the other 7000 items we carry in our Online Catalog. Just go through the door at www.magicfact.com
As always, I thank you so very much for spending some of your valuable time with us. Whether it’s online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street, we love the company!