Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Another fine week here in New England.
For the past 37 years, it has been our pleasure to serve your magical needs. From the very beginning, I brought you into my personal life. Our advertising always spoke of my family and my life, in, I hope, an entertaining way. With the advent of the email Newsletter, you have received a weekly dose of what was going on in my life. Bonnie, the kids, the dog, everything. I have always tried to keep you “in the loop.” I hope you feel that you know me very well.
Have we always made everyone happy? No. It would be impossible. When dealing with thousands of customers, there will be some small percentage we just can’t please. It’s part of life.
Recently, I have been told about some wild rumors going around about Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I suppose they started when I postponed this year’s Cape Cod Conclave. I hate rumors. Really. I don’t visit any of the cafes or forums, because, well, just because I don’t. A few close friends have called to say that there are rumors going around.
It is really odd that the folks who started the rumors have not contacted me directly to find out what, if anything, is going on. Of course, if they did, then the rumors would be horribly tainted with fact.
Without knowing exactly what the rumors are, I can tell you that Hank Lee’s Magic Factory is open for business, every day and the intention is to stay that way. We are taking orders, shipping orders and it’s just business as usual around here. If you call us, we will answer the phone. If you email us, we will answer your emails. If you place orders with us, we will ship them. Today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. I will be here, in my same old chair. I hope that this helps clear up any rumors that you may have heard or any that you may have started.
That having been said, let’s move on to this week’s excitement. It is one of my favorites!
BUY MORE GET MORE: Starting right now and running through Tuesday, April 3rd at midnight, we are having our famous Buy More Get More event.
Here is how it works:
For each order you place during the event, you will get a Promotional Gift Certificate which you can use towards a future purchase here at Hank Lee’s. The value of the coupon depends entirely on the size of your order. Here is the breakdown:
* Order between $25.00 and $100.00: Coupon is for 20% of the merchandise total. (Orders less than $25.00 get our sincere thanks, but sadly no coupon)
* Order between $100.00 and $300.00: Coupon is for 25% of the merchandise total.
* Order over $300.00: Coupon is for 30% of the merchandise total.
When you place your order online at www.magicfact.com, please put the secret phrase BUY MORE GET MORE in the Customer Notes Box of the online checkout. If you place your order by email or FAX, just include the secret phrase with your order. And, if you place your order by phone, toll free at 800 874 7400, please mention the secret phrase to get your coupon. The coupon will be sent along with your order and can be used whenever you wish, no expiration date. You will get a coupon for every order you place during the event. Just don’t lose the coupons, please. The Buy More Get More event includes every item we carry!
And now, this week’s Hotlist!
(1) YAYA - Jesse Feinberg:
Paul Harris presents Jesse Feinberg’s YAYA!
Jesse has transformed a simple household item into the world's teeniest invisible holdout. And it just happens to work really well with your normal Sharpie cap!
With your tiny YAYA in place you can take the cap off your Sharpie and make it instantly vanish and re-appear in your other hand, or poke the cap into one ear and pull it out the other. You can "snort" the cap up your nose then sneeze it back into your hand.
YAYA even makes a poker chip vanish, appear or transform!
YAYA also lets you perform the perfect Torn And Restored Signed Bill. Just borrow a bill, roll it into a ball, tear the ball in half, touch the two halves together for an instant full-view no-cover restoration! The signed bill is immediately handed back for examination.
Vanish and change objects!
Take a balled-up bill and toss it into your phone screen. It visibly transforms into just an image on the screen! Then pop the bill off the screen so the bill is back to normal. Empty hands. Ungimmicked, examinable phone. Borrowed bill. One teeny invisible YAYA!
Can be performed in just a T-shirt, or no shirt.
Most routines require no palming.
Each YAYA is good for about ten performances. You get enough YAYA's for about 1000 performances.
Inexpensive refills available.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(2) The Drift - Thomas Sike: I have just three words for this fine item: Watch the video!
This is an extremely visual time bending effect. Everything is examinable at the beginning and end. There is no set up, no threads, no magnets, no wires, no loops and no special weights. Instant reset. You can use a selected card (with no force) or borrowed objects.
Using a special gimmick never seen before in magic history, it is easy to do once you have mastered the secret.
With Drift the only limit is your imagination so sit back, take a deep breath and let the time Drift!
"So impactful and yet so simple -Cyril Takayama
"Great, fascinating effects with a secret that's so simple, it hurts." -R. Paul Wilson
"A brilliant new principle and performance that magic has been waiting for!" -Gregory Wilson
(3) Rabbit Rampage:
Farmyard Frolics is one of the true classics of kidshow magic. Rabbit Rampage is an updated and modified version of that classic effect, with a twist at the end.
Great fun in which Rodney the magic rabbit vanishes and appears in a funny, comical routine. After Rodney vanishes, you can't see the rabbit peeping out of the side and top of his Magic Hutch. The kids waste no time telling you where he is. The routine concludes with a surprise magical ending.
A great routine for today's kidshow entertainers. Modern and colorful, it keeps the children laughing and shouting. You will be amazed at how stunning this looks. Never before has a children's prop looked so good.
Effect: A folder is shown with a picture of Rodney Rabbit's Magic Hutch. Inside there is a picture of a giant Magic Hat. However the hat is completely empty and Rodney is nowhere to be seen
The children are asked if they know what a magic rabbit looks like?
The performer says he will show the children a magic rabbit, and proceeds to show the children a number of brightly colored cartoon animal pictures until they find the right one. As the animals are shown, the children are encouraged to make the various animal sounds. Finally a picture of Rodney Rabbit is shown. Would the children like to see Rodney Rabbit do a clever magic trick? Of course they would, so the Magic Rabbit is turned face down and placed on a stand and then covered with a brightly colored silk.
After a lot of fun Rodney Rabbit is made to disappear. Everyone thinks Rodney is in the Magic Hutch but he’s not there. Suddenly the children spot the cheeky Rabbit peeking out one side of the Magic Hutch and then the other side. Of course the children take no time in telling the performer this fact but every time the performer looks, Rodney hides back inside.
After much fun and laughter and another magic spell Rodney is eventually found in the Magic Hat, with a big cheer from the audience.
In the pack you will receive an attractive giant magic rabbit hutch and set of animal cards with the most beautifully illustrated characters you will ever see in any children's effect, all superbly made. The whole set comes in it's own special hard wearing PVC carry case for easy transportation.
This is an absolute must for any professional or amateur children's entertainer.
(4) Solitary - Cameron Francis: From the mind of Cameron Francis comes Solitary, a signed coin to impossible location that takes up almost no pocket space, is gimmick free and completely examinable.
Imagine this: You produce a sealed cardboard coin holder and have it examined. A quarter is then borrowed and signed on both sides by the spectator. Suddenly, the coin appears inside the sealed coin holder. The coin holder is held at the fingertips, clearly displaying that the coin is suspended inside. The coin holder is then ripped open and the spectator can remove the coin. Everything is examinable.
On this DVD, Cameron teaches several routines with coin holders involving appearances, penetrations and transpositions. The effects are all easy to do, highly visual and completely examinable.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(5) Silk To Ball - Automatic:
A silk instantly changes into a ball right before the spectators' eyes
Comes complete with very special ball, silk, instruction sheet and CDRom.
(6) Animate And Restore - Jesse Feinberg:
Paul Harris presents Jesse Feinberg’s Animate and Restore! The Torn and Restored Card just came to life!
Explain that you received a weird, rare, possibly illegal "Card Puzzle" in the mail. You open the envelope and pour out four torn card pieces onto your normal deck.
And now for the strangest thing you've ever seen:
Slowly, gradually, hauntingly, the pile of torn pieces comes to life!
Each piece starts to creep and twist and turn on top of the deck, as they gradually assemble themselves into the shape of a complete card!
And yes, the card is restored, examinable and can be given away.
Animate and Restore Gimmick is completely self-contained on the envelope.
Nothing attached to the body or deck
Perform any time you feel like it.
Normal deck is clean and completely unprepared.
Re-sets in seconds.
Easy to do. No palming.
Make your own gimmick to Animate and Restore pieces of business cards, game cards, Tarot cards or photos.
Complete with long lasting Tyvek envelope, gimmick and DVD.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Coming in stock very soon. Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping!
(7) Flight Of The Bubble Gum:
Sink your teeth into Flight of the Bubble Gum, the chewiest magic trick since Willy Wonka turned Violet violet!
Pop a piece of ordinary bubble gum into your mouth and chew. Blow a bubble, but the bubble isn't big enough for your liking.
So, you pop another piece of gum into your mouth and chew. This time when you blow a bubble, it gets bigger and bigger and bigger!
Take the giant bubble out of your mouth and hold it with a cloth. The bubble begins to dance on the cloth and then it floats up and down your arm. A complete Zombie-style routine ensues! I
In the end, a snowstorm of bubble gum confetti flies into the air and the bubble is gone!
Easy to do magic! Professional routine! Available in Bubble Gum color or white!
The perfect snowstorm for small venues! Zombie plus snowstorm, bubble gum flavor!
With Flight of the Bubble Gum, you get a specialized Zombie-style gimmick used to float the "bubble" and propel the snowstorm confetti, bubble gum colored balloons (color options available), a cover cloth, bubble gum colored snowstorm confetti loads, and instructions for every aspect of the trick!
Flight of the Bubble Gum is perfect for school shows, birthday parties and anywhere else you find fun-loving audiences. It's amazing magic followed by an enchanting bubble gum blizzard!
(8) SYNC - Jose Prager: Jose Prager's SYNC is a very easy, practically self working method to perform realistic looking mind reading effects. With this never before seen method you will be able to perform very direct and very clean mentalism like never before.
Here's how the effect looks in a typical performance: A spectator is asked to think of an image that can be drawn on the back of a business card or some other type of paper that is around. After the spectator draws their image you take the business card, resting it on your palm so you can allow them to replace the cap on the sharpie. It is important to note that you never see the writing side of the business card, you simply place the card on your palm and hand it back to the spectator. With no sleights, tears or switches you are easily able to divine the spectator’s thought.
With this specially made gimmick, included in the package, you will able to perform SYNC within minutes of watching the explanation.
The method is so easy and so clever that it is sure to make you smile and because the method is so deceptive, spectators will have no clue how you performed this miracle.
As an added bonus there are some magic related applications presented by Justin Miller that takes this idea to an entirely different level.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(9) Magic Badge - Jeff Lee:
A spectator chooses a card from a shuffled deck. You refer to your Smiley Face magic badge. As you pass your finger over the eyes of the Smiley Face, the eyes change into the chosen card. Great for walk-around and street performers.
(10) Machine Oracle – 2 DVD Set:
The perfect way for Mentalists and Psychic Entertainers to add readings to their offerings and maintain it as purely entertainment. A unique product that you can use with your favorite mentalism routines. It allows you to create as many decks, extra or special cards and more for your own use with nothing extra to buy!
The Machine Oracle is basically a work of fabulous fiction. The deck has a history, it has a theory behind it, but it is pure show business. Woven into the deck is an easy to remember set of meanings that you can use to give entertaining readings.
When you purchase this Machine Oracle, you will receive two DVDs. One explains how to do a reading with the deck, and how to use the features within.
The second DVD contains a series of files in various formats and resolutions. You can easily print this deck out on your own color laser printer (Or take it to your local quick print). If you need duplicates of a card, or extra pieces to create a given gimmick- you can do that easily, without the need to purchase multiple decks.
Also included is a pitch book, which explains the various cards and meanings. You can use the book as a giveaway, sale item or the like.
The back of the deck has been designed with a subtle one way feature that will allow you to use the deck as a one way pack, and because you can cut and trim the cards at will, you can make short cards, double face cards, and more.
So, you get the DVD and DVD ROM, artwork, personal reprint rights, all the variations of the art and sizes, several methods for doing easy to learn readings for entertainment, pitch book and more on one affordable package!
And that’s this week’s Ten Of The Finest New Tricks Anywhere Hotlist. Really good new stuff, that you should spend some time checking out!
As always, and especially right now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for finding the time to visit with us. Whether it’s online at www.magicfact.com (open 24 hours a day 7 days a week) or in person at 102 North Street (open somewhat less than 24 hours a day), we love your company!