Friday, April 06, 2012

Thank You All So Very Much!

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I try to be a little funny every week. This week, I don’t feel funny. I feel sad. I feel embarrassed. I feel, and there is no better way to put this, stupid.

This has been quite the week. While it has been a terrible week for me, I know that it has also been a miserable week for my family, for my friends, for my employees and for you, my customers. In the special message I sent out last week, I apologized from the bottom of my heart to all. It was a totally sincere apology. I cannot say more than that.

What completely surprised me was the number of supportive and positive emails I received from so many of you. In the hundreds, and that’s no kidding. Not that I deserved it, but it was a ray of sunshine on an otherwise bleak week.

I wish I had a time machine. And I wish I could turn it back. I truly wish that this had not happened. And, that is the truth. While I continue to get supportive emails from customers and friends, people on the forums are ripping me to shreds. I completely understand. My actions were so very wrong. I have no excuse. I have no rationale. But, I fully plan to atone for my actions and to accept whatever punishment is set forth. In that I am sincere.

That having been said, there is a very large crisis of confidence right now, right here. A few folks suggested that perhaps it is time for me to step down from my position at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. While the idea is painful, I believe it is the correct course of action. So, as of today, I will remove myself from the everyday activities at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. I will be out of the daily loop. I will hand those responsibilities over to my employees, who will do a very good job for you. In addition, my family is coming on board to help. Aron will be answering the phones, processing orders and getting them out the door to you. He is a great person. Bonnie will be paying the bills, handling all charges and keeping the boat afloat. She’s a fine wife. I will continue to help on the magic side: writing the ads, doing the weekly email Newsletter, etc. It will be a new, and far better Hank Lee’s Magic Factory.

I sincerely hope that this will help to re-build the confidence you have had in Hank Lee’s for all these years. Removing myself and turning the operation over to people who are impeccably honest and above reproach is the right thing to do. I hope you agree.

One other comment that I received was that Hank Lee’s should do something special for our longtime loyal customers. To say thank you for everything. So, here goes!

Thank You One And All Sales Event: This is the something special for our longtime friends and customers. Save and save. More today than tomorrow.
Here’s how it works: From right now until Tuesday, April 10th, 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! For the next 24 hours, you will save 40% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. Read it again. 40%. We are giving it away at our cost. Until Saturday morning, April 7th, at 8:00 AM.
After that, we will reduce the discount to 35% (still an amazing discount), and hold it until the end of the sale, Tuesday, April 10th at midnight.
All you need to do is enter the special code THANKYOUALL 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 10th of April at midnight!

And now to this week’s Hotlist!

(1) Comeback Bee – Tommy James: A routine that is guaranteed to stir the kids into a buzzing frenzy!
Display the backs of five cards each with a picture of a magic hat.
Ask the children, “What do magicians pull out of hats?” Of course they respond, “Rabbits!”
Turn the cards around and state that you have five different colored rabbits. A blue rabbit, yellow, red, green and . . . Oh no!
The children discover there is a big bee on one of the cards, and they are quick to let you know!
You see the bee, place it aside, grab a fly swatter (not included) and give it a few whacks! The kids go bananas!
You now show four different colored rabbits. State that you will make one rabbit disappear when you say “Abra” and the kids shout “Cadabra!”
But when you count the rabbits again another bee appears! Place the bee aside, grab the fly swatter and give it a few whacks. The children are in stitches!
You show three different colored rabbits. You attempt to make one disappear, but another bee appears! Grab the swatter . . . Whack, Whack, Whack!
This happens two more times until all the rabbits have turned into bees.
You turn around to discard all the bees and, there is another bee hanging on your back! The children are in a frenzy!
This is a high-energy trick with lots of excitement that really gets the crowd buzzing! The cards measure 5-1/2” high by 4-1/4” wide, printed in vibrant colors on 16pt card stock with a protective gloss finish.
Complete with detailed written instructions with lots of photos as well as a private link to an instructional video to help make the learning process clear.
Fly swatter not included.
$35.00 (60.1829)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(2) Appearing Dove Cage From Tray: Your assistant carries on a large tray full of props. The tray measures 17.5 inches by 15.5 inches and is 1.5 inches deep.
One by one, you perform all of the effects on the tray.
Once you have performed all of the tricks, you cover the empty tray with a silk.
When you remove the silk, there stands a big cage with two very realistic artificial doves inside! It looks impossible! The tray is so thin! Beautifully made.
$369.95 (60.1832)

(3) Super Latex Beer Bottle: Another great prop from our friends at Twister Magic.
This is the Rolls Royce of latex beer bottles
Precisely made out of two pieces that fit to perfection and are totally sealed for liquid, a perfect new material that will allow you to perform multiple effects; the limit is your imagination!
Load anything inside of the bottle and make it appear at any time.
A brown beer bottle that looks 100% real!
Comes with a "Budweird" label or affix your own label of a local/popular brand!
You can even show it a few inches away from your spectators.
Super Latex is an incredible new material ready to revolutionize the world of magic.
So real, you will not believe your eyes.
Advantages of the new Super Latex material:
* They look so real!
* They have a natural brilliance!
* They compress to one-tenth of their original size!
$65.00 (60.1830)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(4) Tootsie Pops: Bring out a brown paper bag. You know, the kind you carry your lunch in.
Reach into the hag and produce a red Tootsie Pop.
Put the Tootsie Pop back into the back and recite the magic incantation. Now, reach into the bag and, the Tootsie Pop has changed to yellow! Amazing.
Put the Tootsie Pop back in the bag. Again with the magic words. Reach into the bag, and the Tootsie Pop has changed to green.
By now, they're on to you; you've got a whole bunch of lollipops in the bag.
Anyway, put the green Tootsie Pop into the bag. The magic words. And it changes to blue!
Put the blue lollipop into your pocket, along with one other. The kids will demand that you show them the inside of the bag. They know there are more lollipops there.
So, you do. You show them that the bag is absolutely empty. You can even tear it up! Great kids magic, at a ridiculously low price.
$15.00  (60.1831)

(5) Mentalism For Young Minds – Volume Two – Paul Romhany: Volume Two is larger and has more routines, tricks and advice than Volume One. Over 55 routines direct from professional performers’ repertoires. Everything from walkaround to stand-up shows. Many with props you can make yourself, or have in your cupboard.
This completes the two-volume set for performers who want to add some mentalism to their show. Anybody who has purchased the first volume will tell you that mentalism can and is being performed by magicians and mentalists for younger minds around the world.
Contributors include:
Bill Abbott, Greg Arce, Danny Archer, Christopher Berry, Reg Blackwood, Greg Britt, Ken Dyne, Martin Duffy, Andrew Gerard, Jim Gerrish, David Ginn, David Harris, Barry Harvey, Michel Hout, Matthew Johnson, Cris Johnson, Jim Kleefeld, David D. LaRue, Anthony Lindan, Larry Lipman, Isaac Louie, Endre Løvås, Lon Mandrake, Nick Morton, Kyle Peron, Ken Ring, Wayne Rogers, Paul Romhany, Dal Sanders, Professor Spellbinder, TC Tahoe, Christopher Taylor, Richard Webster
$45.00 (BK01845)
Note: Coming in stock very soon. Pre-order now and be one of the first to receive this fine book!

"When Paul asked me to contribute to Volume Two, I jumped at the chance. So here we are with another volume chock full of advice, tips, scripts, routines and tricks to entertain children and families with. Use them well.” - Bill Abbott

(6) Inflated Odds – Darryl Rose: A hilarious new comedy routine.
A prediction envelope is shown.
A colored balloon is freely chosen and placed into a special balloon zapper.
The spectator spins the zapper chamber and the balloon is put to the magician’s ear. It does not burst.
This continues until the magician predicts that it will go off and then, the spectator fires the zapper and the balloon explodes!
The envelope is opened and inside not only does the prediction name the color of the balloon, but also when the balloon will burst!
Routines for Adults, Teen & Kids. Comes complete with Balloon Zapper, Envelope & Balloons.
$65.00 (60.1833)

"A kooky prop with a simple plot makes 'Inflated Odds' a unique and entertaining effect for your show!" - Angelo Carbone

"A sure fire winner! It's in my show" - Christian Lee

(7) Inevitable – Brian Caswell: In this effect, the behavior of a spectator is predicted not once, but three times.
Your spectator examines a blank faced deck of cards. On six of the cards you have drawn symbols - two cards with a circle, two with a square and two with a cross.
She observes you position three different symbols cards at various locations within the pack of blank cards. The deck is then turned face down and she is asked to position the matching three symbol cards face down at various places in the deck. She is given complete freedom as to where she places her three cards.
This completed, you explain that you are not going to pick up the deck and do any kind sleight of hand with it, because this is not a trick. We like to think our actions are under our control, or at least maybe just random. But actually our behavior is curiously predictable.
You simply turn the deck face up and spread the cards across the table. Each time she placed a symbol right next to one of yours. But not only that, astonishingly, each of the pairs match precisely.
This version of the card matching effect has a number of points to recommend it. Three matches make a big effect, the ESP symbols give a strong mentalism feel, you are completely clean at the end, there is no telltale evidence that the effect was anything other than entirely genuine, there are no gaffs of any type, it's easy to do, and the only requirements are a blank deck and a marker pen to draw on the symbols.
Comes complete with an instructional DVD and custom printed ESP cards. Add your own deck of blank faced cards!
$24.00 (40.828)

(8) Dove Cage Cube – New Model! Another fantastic item from the folks at Tora Magic.
Sitting on your table is a cube-shaped birdcage. The cage sits atop a beautifully decorated box which is only slightly larger than the cage.
Magically produce two doves and place them inside the cage, using the door at the top.
Next put the cage inside the box. The cage just fits into the box, no room to spare.
Pick up the box and turn it several times. Return the box to the table and re-open the door.
The audience will be amazed to see that the birdcage has been changed into two live rabbits or even a monkey (or monkey puppet). Of course, the box is shown absolutely empty.
Beautifully made. You can even do it in a living room and they will be fooled.
$255.00 (60.1051)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(9) Reverse Topit: From Jean-Pierre Crispon, the designer of the New Topit comes the Reverse Topit.
Creating new magical approaches, Jean-Pierre Crispon's Reverse Topit will totally please you!
There are different kinds of Topits. Jean-Pierre Crispon's Reverse Topit is unique because you can use it with your jacket closed, so you can considerably reduce the angle problems and the flashes when you get rid of objects inside the Topit.
Includes instruction sheet.
$39.00 (70.1022)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(10) Reverse Topit DVD – Jean-Pierre Crispon: As you know a Topit is a gimmick which allows you to vanish objects.
Jean-Pierre Crispon explores the Classic Topit, then ventures into the Reverse Topit and the Closed Topit, two new areas with an incredible potential.
Jean-Pierre Crispon gives you more than fifteen sleights and eight routines with various objects such as coins, cards, balls, ropes, spoon.
$33.00 (DVD01337)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

And that’s this week’s Happy Passover and Happy Easter Hotlist.
As always, I want to personally thank you for finding the time to spend with us. Whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford. Either way we love the company!