Friday, March 16, 2012

Hank Lee's 36 And Down Event! Don't miss out!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. What a beautiful week! After a Winter that really wasn’t, Spring is now here in full force. Temperatures this week passed the 70 degree mark. But, it’s still March and there may be a surprise or two from Mother Nature. We shall see.

This week, in addition to some great new tricks, we have some excellent new DVDs for you. They are all from Jeff Hobson’s Lecture Network Archives, and feature some of the greats in magic. Make sure you check these out!

Last week’s Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Sales Event was really fun. The elves dressed up like Leprechauns and taunted me with their so-called pots of gold. Of course, it was all in good fun. Lucky charms, indeed. Joking aside, it was a very busy week, thank to all of you, and we packed and shipped a ton of orders.

This week is the real St. Patrick’s Day, but we celebrated last week. So, what to do this week? I think if you read on, you will be pleasantly surprised. We are really pulling out all the stops!

36 And Down Sales Event. The early birds really love this sales event. And why not? Save and save. More today than tomorrow, and certainly more than the day after.
Here’s how it works: No matter what day, from right now until Tuesday, March 20th, at midnight, when you purchase from us at Hank Lee’s, you will save money. But, as you may have heard, the early bird gets the worm! Starting right now, you will save 36% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. We will hold that discount, 36%, until Friday, March 16th at midnight. We will reduce the discount by 2% each day after that until Tuesday, March 20th at midnight. All you need to do is enter the special code 36ANDDOWN in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct the correct amount 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 to mention the special code so you can save!

There are a few rules that apply, as with all things in life.
* The minimum order to use this discount is $35.00.
* The discount 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, the discount is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
* Offers cannot be combined.
* Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Mike Caveney Books, MagicSmith, theory11 products, Johnson Products 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.
* Coupons, Reward Points and Promotional Gift Certificates may not be used during this sales event..
* As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code 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. It all ends on the 20th of March at midnight!

And now to this week’s Hotlist!

(1) Birthday Wishes – Tommy James: A perfect routine for birthday party magic shows! Packs flat and plays big!
Invite the birthday kid and one of their friends to assist with some magic.
Display some jumbo playing cards, each depicting a big bold black letter.
After some verbal fun with the letters, you hand the cards to one of your helpers and instruct them to shuffle them, but not to mix them. Huh?
Next you bring out a small red ribbon, stating it is a big ribbon. The kids will be quick to tell you it is not big. You try to stretch it, but nothing happens.
Hand one of the ends to the other helper and instruct them to pull. All of a sudden the ribbon begins to stretch and stretch until it is seven feet long!
Next, you display a black gift bag with the word MAGIC on the front.
Show the bag undeniably empty, turning it upside down, placing it over the child’s head etc.
Have the assistants drop the red ribbon and the cards into the bag.
Retrieve the ends, asking each helper to hold one end.
Ask the audience to wiggle their fingers at the bag and say the magic words “Happy Birthday Sally!”
Instruct the helpers to walk in opposite directions. To the surprise of all, the ribbon appears with all the cards attached to it spelling out the message HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
What a perfect way to end the show with the birthday kid holding the special message, making it a great opportunity for photos!
Comes complete with everything you need to perform this wonderful effect. The bag measures 12” high by 10” wide with the words MAGIC printed on the front in silver lettering. The cards measure 6” high by 4” wide with big bold black letters. Quality satin ribbon and Tommy’s hilarious word for word routine.
$35.00 (60.1824)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(2) Falcon Flight DVD– John Calvert: Over 90 minutes of material.
One-hour film of Calvert's 1995 evening show.
30-minute Calvert interview.
Twenty classic Calvert effects performed.
Hosted by Jeff Hobson - From Hobson's Lecture Network Archives
Highlights include:
Opening: Dove-Catching, Bowl of Water Production, Two-Girl Appearance, Silk Streamer Production, Dove Vanish and Reproduction, Vanishing Water.
Calvert's Cigarette Production Routine (Partially obscured).
Nest of Boxes with Watches
Dancing Handkerchief
The Lazy Magician
Blindfolded Sharpshooting
Torn and Restored Magazine Page
Drum Production.
Floating Organ
Paper Balls Over Head
Doll House
Boudoir Surprise
Spirit Cabinet
$25.00 (DVD01328)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(3) Missing – Charlie Frye: Much more than just another gaffed card trick. It's an astonishing optical illusion, capable of dropping jaws and making heads shake in disbelief, combining many of the very best features of strong close-up magic.
It's simple, direct, extremely visual, and as much fun to perform as it is to watch. The icing on the cake is the fact that the moment of astonishment takes place in the spectator's hand.
The stage is set with the asking of a question: "Have you ever seen magicians make cards appear and disappear? Well, I've been practicing that myself, and I've gotten so good in fact, that I've only got one left."
Suiting actions to words, a card wallet is opened to reveal one solitary card.
This card is openly removed and can be casually tossed to the table, or held up on display.
Placing it between a spectator's palms, you now attempt to make the card vanish under impossible conditions. With no switch, and no funny moves you announce with confidence that you've succeeded...sort of.
When the spectator opens his or her hands they'll find that you can honestly claim: "The Seven has now vanished... as have all the clubs."
As a result of your magical efforts, the spectator will be left holding the strangest card ever seen: a card completely devoid of its pips and numbers, which have now inexplicably gone Missing. Markings that they would have sworn were there but a moment ago.
You're supplied with two cards with different identities, which have been designed with the utmost care and precision. Not only is this a fantastic close-up illusion, it's a fascinating optical illusion as well.
* Completely examinable
* Nothing to break
* No difficult handling
Comes complete with 2 gimmicked cards, card wallet and instruction sheet.
$25.00 (30.1675)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(4) Wings DVD– Amos Levkovitch: 75 minutes of expert dove magic secrets.
Insights on dove effects, training, and care.
Ingenious production techniques.
Live Amos dove performance
Hosted by Jeff Hobson  - From Hobson's Lecture Network Archives
Highlights include:
Amos' Dove Act
The Automatic-Opening Dove Holder
Shaping a Loop
Safely Loading a Dove
Sleeve Variations: Fire, Egg, Gloves
Altered Sleeves and Cuffs
Setting the Holder
Securing the Loop
Loop Steal
Releasing the Dove
Safely Loading the Dove
Throw Production
Training a Dove to Return
Pros and Cons of the Harness
Issues of Coloring a Bird
Safely Dying a Dove
The Giant Aviary
Types of Water and Feeders
The Best Dove Food
Perches: Size, Cleaning, Height
Use of Grit
Health Tips
The Pitfalls of Trimming
Washing Your Doves
Caring About Your Birds
The Infallible Match Pull:
Types of Matches
Striking Materials
Preparing the Clip
Maintaining Tension
Improved Grip
$30.00 (DVD01329)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(5) Detach – Rick Lax: Everything you know about balloon magic is about to be torn to pieces.
Rick Lax, creator of Vertigo, brings an impromptu balloon effect that transcends logic and expectation.
Show an ordinary balloon and blow it up. With a twist and a pop, the balloon visibly and audibly detaches into two pieces - one in each hand.
Slowly bring the pieces side by side, then fuse them into one, unaltered balloon - handed out for complete examination immediately.
A simple, powerful effect you can perform at a moment's notice.
Detach uses no special gimmicks and can be handed out for complete examination.
You start clean and end clean. There are no funny movements or awkward misdirection. It's as straightforward and natural as magic gets. Rick Lax takes you step by step, teaching you all the details and subtleties that make Detach look so brilliant and deceptive.
Bonus effect included! A quick, perfect opener for Detach.
Also included is an astoundingly simple balloon multiplication effect! Take a single balloon, blow it up, and produce a handful of balloons as it deflates. Rick's balloon multiplication is the perfect opener for Detach and the rest of your balloon magic. With Detach, you'll learn everything - all you need is a balloon and you've got a miracle ready to be performed at a moment's notice!
$16.95 (60.1825)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(6) Inside Comedy DVD – Kozak:
Over two hours of comedy magic insight.
Kozak’s insider secrets on all aspects of comedy.
Live Kozak comedy show footage.
Hosted by Jeff Hobson - From Hobson's Lecture Network Archives
Highlights Include:
The Comedy Market
Layout of Clubs and Angles
Show Structure and Billing
Warming Up the Audience
Magic and Comedy
Strong Openings
Audience Attention
Reconditioning Sequences
Meeting Expectations
Music and Energy
Pre-Show Tactics
Building a Fan Base
Club-Owner Priorities
The Promo Reel
Hack Material
Improving Your Comedy
Showcasing Your Act
Elements of Being Funny
Versatility and Writing
Lighting for Comedy
Music Cues
The Traveling Comedian
Backup Props
Structure of Material
Gathering Information
Act Observation
Increasing Income
Magicians’ Advantages
Extended Bookings
Promotional Secrets
$30.00 (DVD01332)
Note: This is a non-discountable item

(7) XPAND: A handmade mechanical card gimmick that allows you to perform a special effects miracle with a signed card. The effect starts out with a spectator selecting and signing a card. So far, nothing unusual. Then things get very weird and the spectator soon realizes that this is not the typical "pick a card" "find a card" trick. With their signed card in full view throughout, they witness something impossible. You visibly shrink their card. After you have changed the physical properties of their signed card, you restore the card to the original signed condition and hand it out for immediate examination.
That's just the start of what's possible with the XPAND gimmick. Originally released as a single effect with only one main application and only one instructional DVD. Now Paper Crane has teamed up with magician Justin Miller who has added over an hour of additional ideas including an application with the cut and restored card plot on a second bonus DVD.
$25.00 (30.1676)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(8) Peter Pit – Memories: Over 40 minutes of material.
Historic clips of Peter Pit on stage and TV.
1960s Vernon cups and balls footage.
Ten classic Peter Pit effects performed.
Peter's stand-up comedy routine .
Hosted by Jeff Hobson - From Hobson's Lecture Network Archives
Highlights include:
Peter Pit's Famous Dancing Cane Routine
Multiplying Bottles
Comedy Card Routine
Dai Vernon performing the Cups and Balls (Finale missing)
Modern Dancing Cane
Vanishing Cracker Gag
Pom-Pom Stick
Chase the Ace
Stand-Up Comedy Routine
More Water
Short-Change Bill Routine
Peter's Pit Sit
$25.00 (DVD01330)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

 (9) Insight And Illusion DVD – Tony Clark:  Over an Hour of Professional Material.
Stage effects and close-up miracles.
Insights into Slydini's teachings.
Powerful psychology and sleights
Ten fantastic effects explained.
Hosted by Jeff Hobson From Hobson's Lecture Network Archives
Effects and Topics include:
The Flying Knot
Anything from Tissue: Dove, Silks, Money Variants
Bottle Through Body
Stand-Up Bottle Through Table
Sound Misdirection
Insights on Slydini
Slydini Knife Swallowing
Timing and Misdirection
Tension and Relaxation
Moves on the Offbeat
Natural Body Motions
Ditching a Lapped Object
The Imp Pass and Reloading
Timing the Move
Tension and Attention
Multiple Coins Through Table
Revolve Vanish
Covering Noise
Slydini's coin preferences
The Wrong Way Coins
Justifying Your Position
Body Motion and Control
The Challenge Style
Knowing Your Character
The Matchbook Restoration
The Hinge Point
Setting Up in Front of the Audience
Coin Transposition
Coin Vanish and Reproduction
Slydini's Helicopter Card Simplified
$30.00 (DVD01331)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

 (10) Steampunk Deck: Bicycle is proud to present their Steampunk deck, designed with a machinery theme. Bronze gears and turbines are found throughout the deck. Includes one blank-face card, a Joker, and a Guarantee Joker.
$6.00 (30.1677)

And that’s this week’s Did He Say 36% Off Hotlist. Presenting some great new stuff, selected just for you!
As always, we thank you all so very much for taking the time to visit us. Whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, we do love the company!