Greetings from your friends at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory.
Before going any further, I want to remind you that this Sunday is Mother’s Day. The reminder is all part of the service here at Hank Lee’s. So, whether it’s your mother or your wife or your wife’s mother, here is what you, and I, must do: Go to the local pharmacy or greeting card store and get a nice card for one or all of the above. I tend to go with the humorous card. But, that’s just me. Then, go to the local florist and pick up some nice flowers. You will find that the price of a bouquet has magically tripled for the occasion. Finally, a box of chocolates to finish the job. Your efforts will be well rewarded, and you will not have to spend any time on the couch!
Here on the home front, this is a very different, and quite sad Mother’s Day. It has been eight month since Bonnie’s mother, Helen, passed away. And the first time she will be absent on Mother’s Day. Extra hugs will be in order.
From our Welcome Back department, this has been a very interesting week. For no reason in particular, we have been receiving orders from customers who have not ordered from us for twenty years or more. Aron was quick to point this out to me. As you might guess, I had no answer as to why this was happening, but suggested to Aron that there’s never a need to question when something good is happening. Right?
We have some great new items for you in this week’s Hotlist. I am especially pleased that Hank Lee’s is now offering the Flying Box. This illusion has garnered a ton of buzz online. The video on YouTube has a zillion views. Now, for a very reasonable price, you can add this fine illusion to your show. Check ‘er out.
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, May 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 Flying Box for $1300.00 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. Aron, a genuine college graduate elf, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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) Flying Box: This is the illusion that has generated a ton of online buzz!
A large cardboard box is shown. It is light and can be lifted off its base.
Suddenly your assistant pops out of the top of the box. The box can be easily lifted even when the assistant is inside. Box can be rotated while girl is shown inside.
Many different presentation possibilities.
An amazing illusion, lightweight and very effective!
Can be performed in almost any type of venue.
Comes with a light travel case about 100 x 100 x 35 cm (40” x 40” x 15”) and actual weight is about 30 kilos
$1300.00 plus freight. (60.1850)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(2) Rush – Chris Webb: Feel the Rush when you see this fast and visual change. Not only a change but a switch, vanish and back design change. One clever gimmick will add all of this to any deck of cards. Simple, Visual and Direct.
Chris Webb's Rush allows you to do incredibly visual card changes, switches or vanishes with minimal sleight of hand. The cleverly designed and hand crafted gimmick does almost all the work for you. All you have to do is enjoy your spectators’ amazement, and have fun with this neat tool.
Key points to remember:
* Starts clean
* Ends clean
* Easy to do
* Visual color change with no cover
* Hand crafted gimmick
* Multiple handlings and routines explained
(3) Lockdown – Rob Greenlee: Got gum?
In an instant a signed dime vanishes, only to appear in a sealed pack of gum. Another sweet trick from Rob Greenlee.
The effect is quick, visual, and you will be able to perform shortly after your DVD arrives. A special gimmick is included that fits on your key-chain
* Easy to perform, very visual
* Sets up in three seconds
* Ends clean
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Note: Due to the nature of the gimmick included, this effect should only be purchased by those over the age of 18.
(4) Phantom Knife – Richard Osterlind: A miracle from the past is now a reputation-maker that you can always have with you!
The Phantom Knife is Richard Osterlind's updated version of one of the most staggering effects in magic - Harrison's Knife Through Coat!
Richard has taken the basic secret and applied it to today's modern working conditions. He's also changed the apparatus itself, from an unusual, thin pocket knife to a modern Swiss-style knife that is commonly carried today. The apparatus is machined by hand to exacting tolerances and looks and works perfectly!
Basically, you borrow a shirt from someone who is wearing a loose fitting one over a bottom tee. (You can also use your own shirt or handkerchief.) The shirt is stretched out and held by two volunteers. You take out a dollar bill along with a small pocket knife. The bill is placed in the center of the shirt and the knife is lowered under it. Please note that you really do place the knife under the shirt!
The knife is now seen to penetrate the shirt and the bill. The blade is withdrawn, and there is no hole in the shirt! This is repeated a second time and the bill is actually lifted to show the blade penetrating the shirt! Again the knife is removed and there is no hole!
Finally, the knife blade is passed through the shirt once more but this time, the entire knife is passed through the shirt, again with absolutely no damage!
This is one of the most mind-boggling effects in all of magic,and you will be amazed at the incredible secret!
If you were blown away by Richard's performance of this effect on his best-selling DVD set, Live...Without a Net!, you can now add this amazing effect to your own repertoire! Simply drop the knife in your pocket (or attach it to your keychain) and you will be ready for an anytime, anyplace miracle that will make your reputation!
You'll get the specially-machined knife plus a photo-illustrated manual detailing every nuance of Richard's routine.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(5) Blackmail – Bobby Motta and Peter McKinnon: Bobby Motta is a full time working mentalist. He chooses his effects because they work; his living depends on it.
Blackmail is a utility item that allows you to predict anything. Don't switch anything, don't use duplicates and don't bother with a "get ready". The envelope is in full view at all times.
Easily predict cards, numbers, images and drawings. Starts clean, ends clean.
Blackmail is the one prop that Bobby Motta is guaranteed to have with him at all times.
* No Duplicates
* No Switches
* No Peeking
* No Center Tears
* Full Teaching from Bobby Motta & Peter McKinnon
* Everything you need to perform right away included in the kit.
Peter McKinnon and Bobby Motta have thrown out the rule book, meaning you can now predict anything - a thought-of card, a name, a number - even a drawing - all with your prediction sealed inside an envelope, before you even ask the spectator to think of it.
Note: this is a non-discountable item.
Whether you're new to mentalism, or a mind-reading expert, Blackmail is a fantastic utility device that will amplify your performances. It's powerful, easy to use and versitile. What more can you ask? ~Eric Jones
(6) Jumping Bow Tie: Guan Da Wu has taken some classic Pavel rope magic and turned it into a fabulous routine using neckties!
Starting with an untied black bow tie, you make the tie penetrate through your neck!
Then, you tie the tie into a bow. Magically, the black black bow attaches to the white tie.
Then, the black bow will totally become part of the white tie.
Finally, the black part not only becomes a scarf but the scarf changes back to a bow tie.
The bow tie will go perfectly with any of your favorite shirts.
Always ready to go, and resets in a few seconds.
Comes complete with special black tie, white tie, bow tie, scarf and instructional DVD.
(7) Doggy-Do – Andy Clockwise: If you like easy to perform magic that gets great reactions, Doggy-Do is the one for you.
From the creative mind of Andy Clockwise who brought you Cheque Mate comes an effect so easy to perform you'll be doing Doggy-Do immediately.
A length of beads openly displayed in your palm up hand instantly transforms themselves into the shape of a small dog.
All that you need to perform this marvel is included in this pack including an instructional DVD.
Instantly reset to perform again and again, and again.
(8) Drawn In - Oliver Meech: A story like no other, set in a ghoulish gallery. Part twisted tale. Part interactive magic trick. Your audience decides how the story develops. At the freaky finale, you reveal that their choices were predicted from the start. Drawn In takes a powerful classic, the Invisible Deck, in an eerie new direction. Imagine if Stephen King was presenting the Invisible Deck and you're almost there. Perform it in stage, parlor or close-up situations; formally or informally; to one person or hundreds. It's easy to do - the book even simplifies the handling of the deck. The instructions are cunningly concealed in the Acknowledgements section at the back. Use in conjunction with any Invisible Deck (not supplied).
Oliver Meech is a magician and writer of the critically-acclaimed magic books The Plot Thickens and Plot Twists. His work has been described as "a breath of fresh air" by MAGIC magazine and "wildly creative" by Genii Online. He lives in London with his wife and pet toad.
(9) Cheque Mate – Andy Clockwise: A UK style check book is flicked through showing just blank pages.
A quick snap of your fingers and now, as you flick through, every blank check is seen to have changed into money.
Features USA, UK & European bank notes.
A fantastic ice-breaker. So easy to do, it'll go straight into your jacket pocket, ready for your next performance.
And that’s this week’s Happy Mother’s Day Hotlist. Some great new items, most of which will not make great Mother’s Day gifts. Go with the flowers and candy for your mother, and get some of the great new magic for yourself!
As always, we are all so very pleased that you are taking the time to visit with us either online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street.
No matter which way, we love your company.
Aron, Bonnie and the Elves