Friday, June 01, 2012

Hank Lee's Magic Factory Really Big Sales Event! Don't Miss Out!

Greetings from your friends at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory.

Bonnie and I are now the proud parents of two college graduates. One from the University of Florida and, just this week, one from Oberlin College. The twelve hour drive from Boston to Oberlin was uneventful. Just long. Twelve hours in a car is a long time, no matter how you slice it. We left at five in the morning last Friday and arrived in Oberlin around 5 PM. The next two days were filled with wonderful events aimed at graduating seniors and their families. For us, it was a little weird because Lucas was not with us yet. He was driving in from St. Louis Sunday night and would not arrive until early Monday morning. That’s showbiz! Graduation was on Monday morning. Lucas arrived in time, put on his mortarboard and walked across the stage, picking up his brand new diploma. Hugs and kisses all around. Then, just a few short hours later, he loaded up his car and headed back to St. Louis. He had to be back for rehearsal on Tuesday morning. We loaded up the car and headed back to Boston. This time we did it in two hops, staying one night in Rochester, NY. It was all good, but honestly, our time with Lucas was much too short! He will be back home at the end of this month, so we’ll spend a ton of time with him then.
Oh, and here's a photo of the happy grad!

In the not so great news department, both Bonnie and I returned from Oberlin really sick. We ended up in the doctor’s office on Wednesday morning. Turns out we both have bronchitis and sinusitis and are now on serious antibiotics. We should both start feeling better in a couple of days, but for right now, we both feel pretty junky.

But, never fear, despite the way we feel health-wise, we’ve got a great Excitement for you this week! Hope you’ll take some time to check it out!

Not So Quick, But REALLY BIG Sales Event Again! The event starts today, Friday June 1st, and runs until next Tuesday, the 5th of June at midnight. This is one mighty big sales event. Almost too big to believe.
From right now until Tuesday, June 5th, 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 38% on your entire order, subject to the rules below. That’s right, 38%!
We will reduce the discount by 1% each day after that until Tuesday, June 5th at midnight. All you need to do is enter the special code REALLYBIG 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 5th of June at midnight!

Now, let’s take a peek at this week’s Hotlist.

(1) Childsplay - Chris Congreave:Welcome to the brilliant new trick from Chris Congreave. This really is a worker’s dream with a genuine emotional hook. Childsplay comes with a full instructional DVD, Bicycle Cards and all photographs supplied on a PDF for you to print out. This is magic you will feature in all your shows.
Featured on the DVD are five different versions for presenting Childplay:
The Basic Routine: Using no gaffs and just your pockets, this routine packs a punch!
The Wallet Routine: Childsplay using the revelations from a wallet. If you own any type of card in wallet, this routine will work for you!
Lee Smith's iPhone Childsplay: Using your iPhone to display your photograph, makes this an even more personal effect to your audience. Can be combined with the above two routines.
Business Card Fooler: Using your business card as part of the predictions, this will make sure your contact details are kept by your audience. Brilliant stuff!
The Magic Picture Frame: The go-to routine for Chris Congreave and Gary Jones!
$40.00 (30.1698)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(2) Six Shooter - Richard Osterling:A book of six brand-new killer effects from Richard Osterlind. Each routine is guaranteed to hit your audience with a blast! There are no misfires here!
Hands Off is an incredible card effect where you never touch the deck. Picture this. An audience member cuts the deck and looks at the top card. He then inserts it into the deck. You, the mentalist, standing across the room, announce the card's exact location in the deck! The spectator counts down to the number and, just before he turns it over, you also name the card! Both the card and the number are correct! All this from across the room!
3SP is a complete three-phase act using two ordinary and ungimmicked decks of ESP cards. In the first effect, you place a prediction card from your deck down on the table. The spectator deals down from his deck and stops whenever he wants. Your prediction card matches the card he stopped on! In the second phase the first spectator chooses a card fairly. Another person names a number from 1 to 25 and counts down in your deck to that number. Again, both cards match! Finally, you put three cards down on the table and the spectator puts the other deck in his pocket. He draws out three cards one at a time and lays them down. All three cards match your prediction cards! This is a whole act in itself, but each effect is strong enough to do on its own.
Wanted: Dead or Alive is Richard's new streamlined version of Annemann's Dead or Alive effect. Five business cards are given out. One person writes the name of someone who has passed on, the other four write living names. The cards are mixed up by the spectators and placed in a small white envelope. One by one you remove the face down cards and announce them to be living names. Each time you are correct. Finally, you announce you are holding the dead name and hand it, still face down, to the person who wrote the name. You are correct, but, to finish, you then tell the person the name on the card!
Poor Man's Book Test is anything but poor. You can be walking down the middle of the street and have someone hand you their book. You give them a free choice of a page and they remember the first word on the page. You concentrate and name the word! It's that clean and the book is given back unaltered.
Almost Real Prediction is a classic Jack London effect. Richard shows how to take the original handling and make it a masterpiece. The stagecraft and subtleties taught in this lesson will help you out in countless other routines. In this one trick Richard shows why the classics in Mentalism are still the best!
Perfected Add-a-Number is an incredibly direct way of handling this age old mystery. You show a large envelope and place it aside. Picking up a pad, you have three or four people call out three-digit numbers. These are fairly recorded on the pad in plain sight of everyone. The numbers are added and a total obtained. The pad is placed aside and the envelope picked up. The prediction is removed. It is unfolded one fold at a time and reads, with each fold, "I predict / the total / will be / 4781!" The number, of course, is the right one! Again, all the numbers used are the actual ones called out by the audience. They can see the numbers the entire time and later will verify they were their choices. And remember, the prediction is folded and the final number is shown when the last fold is opened! This is only one way to use the clever gimmick which can be adapted for all types of prediction effects!
Every effect in this book is a winner and everything, although requiring good presentation, is easy to do!
67 pages. 5.5" x 8.5." Softcover. Black and white photos.
$40.00 (BK01852)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(3) Essence – 4 DVD Set – Miguel Angel Gea: Miguel Angel Gea is one of Spain's finest close-up magicians, the winner of many awards including the Ascanio Prize and the National Grand Prix of Magic in Spain. On these four DVDs he explains his prize-winning magic including magic inspired by Spain's legendary coin worker Joaquin Navajas. Also included are Gea's outstanding Sleeving techniques, his jaw-dropping Catapulta move, eye-popping Coin Through Glass, one-hand Matrix, Essence, competition act and much more. Plus, for the first time ever, an English language version of his awesome Spelling Routine.
$150.00 (DVD01346)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
Coming in stock very soon. Pre-order now and we will pay the shipping!

(4) Jam Chop Cup – Colin Rose: The very latest from Colin Rose’s Five of Hearts Magic. Another absolutely gorgeous piece of woodworking.
The Chop Cup is one of the most popular performance routines for Close Up and Walk Around Magic.
This brand new issue from Colin Rose combines the Chop Cup as we know it with a classic principle not quite so well known, which, despite being very old offers a new and surprising end to the routine. This clever combination offers the opportunity to produce a solid Pool Ball at the end of your performance, with no gimmick or clever handling. A real kicker ending to your usual routine. Your audience will never see this coming!
A solid Pool Ball may be loaded into the cup and, despite it being very heavy, the cup can be lifted to show nothing on the table. Yet, on command, your spectator may lift the cup and experience firsthand the real surprise of finding that a solid ball has appeared from nowhere!
Comes complete with:
Hand turned wooden Chop Cup.
A set of handmade crochet balls & a matched color Pool Ball
Professional routine by Colin Rose.
This is one you really enjoy owning as well as performing.
$124.95 (10.1704)

(5) Hole – Mickael Chatelain: One of Mickael Chatelain’s pet effects, and it is a real fooler!
The spectator examines a red card that has a 1" hole through its center. Aside from the hole, the card is perfectly ordinary.
Take out a few self-stick labels and invite the spectator to choose and sign one of them.
Take the top card of the deck and place the red card with the hole on top of it.
Using the label, hinge the two cards together at the bottom edge.
Invite a spectator to verify that your "construction" is solid by pulling on it.
Now you explain to your spectator that nothing can pass through the joined cards without tearing the label. The proof: invite your spectator to take a card from the deck, sign it, and place it between your two attached cards. His card is still visible through the hole in the red card but, as the spectator will note, the label prevents all passage.
Now for the magic! Slowly place the spectator's card between your two cards. Show both sides, leaving no doubt that the spectator's card is trapped. Yet, slowly the spectator's card passes through the label as if it weren't there. Immediately show that your "construction" is as solid as it was at the beginning!
A truly curious experiment made all the more so as your spectator can examine the cards and the label! An unsolvable mystery!
The principle for Hole is really different.
The spectator can hold the cards without being any the wiser.
The illusion is totally convincing and the spectator can actually feel the card slowly pass through the label.
The gimmick is delivered with an explanatory DVD that will reveal the secret of this incredible experiment.
You will also learn a version that you can make at home in less than 5 minutes!
$40.00 (30.1696)

(6) The Real Secrets Of The Chinese Linking Rings - Pete Biro: Countless magicians have achieved success by incorporating the Linking Rings into their acts. One example would be Viktor Voitko, who took this classic in a completely different direction, and the rest is history. Viktor and others have proven, "there can be something new with a 2,000-year-old trick."
This book has it all, everything you would ever want to know about the Linking Rings. Never before has there been a work that encompasses so much about the Linking Rings. From its rich history to entertaining routines to the showcasing of famous magicians who have built their reputations using this effect.
There is even a chapter on "linking things" (that will serve as a mental spring board for magicians that want to create their reputation using this effect in novel and unique ways).
Here is a list of some of the world class contributors featured in this exciting book:
George Blake
Jay Marshall
Terry Seabrooke
Trevor Lewis
Robert Harbin
Al Baker
George Armstrong
Al Koran
Ken Brooke
Paul Daniels
John Northern Hilliard
Richard Himber
Fred Kaps
Karrell Fox
Viktor Voitko
At 242 pages, with 400 illustrations, this hardbound book is phenomenally priced! Foreword by David Regal.
$50.00 (BK01851)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(7) Torn, Twisted And Restored – Stephen Leathwaite: A signed card is clearly torn into two pieces. With both pieces signed, one of them is inverted and the card is then visually restored in an impossible twisted state. All this happens while the spectator is holding the card. Quite simply it is Torn, Twisted and Restored!
The spectator is left with an incredible souvenir that they will keep and talk about forever. The effect can be straight and to the point or you can use an 'Anniversary Waltz' style presentation. This is an incredible version of the torn and restored plot that you will look forward to performing in any conditions.
* Instantly Examinable
* No Angle Problems
* Incredible Souvenir
* Highly Visual
* Instructional DVD
* Easy to do
Bonus Handlings & Tips: Stephen's stunning In Your Hands two piece restoration is also fully described on the DVD as well as insider knowledge on how to perform this incredible effect with different spectators signing both separate pieces prior to restoration.
$40.00 (30.1697)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(8) Sake-Maric Tokkuri: Mr. Maric has created a highly visual trick you can perform for all ages in multiple ways!
That's Sake-Maric Tokkuri.
Mr. Maric teaches you a comical transposition and a table penetration in the instruction sheet, and you can watch the video to get other performance ideas.
You can also perform a body penetration and a Do as I Do effect.
When you receive Sake-Maric Tokkuri, many performance ideas will come to your mind.
Highly visual effects
Very easy to perform
Gimmick made from high quality material. It looks exactly like a real sake bottle
You will love this Tokkuri-sake bottle!
Comes with a real sake bottle, a Maric Tokkuri gimmick and an instruction sheet.
$45.00 (60.1854)
Coming in stock very soon. Pre-order now and we’ll pay the shipping!

(9) Lethal Weapons – Stephen Leathwaite: This is Lethal Weapons, a collection of hard hitting routines from the amazing Stephen Leathwaite. Running at nearly two and a half hours, this DVD features seven routines that hit hard and pack a punch!
Stephen's amazing vanishing lighter routine. Borrow a lighter, light a cigarette with it and now watch your audience freak out as you visibly take their lighter and crush it, giving it to them to hold! Comes with pdf files to use with any color lighter.
Kindred Spirits
The easy to do, hands off, Do As I Do routine.
Snap & Revert
Make a spectator’s signed card appear on top of yours in a split second...visibly! Then take both cards and fuse them together in the spectator’s own hands! Brilliantly simple. Simply brilliant!
A dream of strange coincidences...
A super clean and visual sandwich routine!
Flip Flop
The advanced version of Snap that you'll love to perform.
Triplets of Fate
The spectator stops the magician at three cards and places them into their pockets. Any pockets. Any order. The magician now tells the spectator he has three cards in his pockets, placed there before the show. The magician removes his cards first, one at a time and each card not only matches the spectator’s, but they are also in the same pocket positions! A reputation making routine.
Tool Box Section
Featuring in-depth instruction on the Heli-Palm, Flip Flop Control, One-Handed Deal, The Clock cut and Transformer Control.
$30.00 (DVD01347)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(10) The Vanishing – Shin Lim:
An incredible effect, and already a best seller!
Preface: This utility device will allow you to do miracles when it comes to vanishing an object or making it travel from one place to another. It is light to carry and can fit in your wallet. It's not bulky, and no necessary clothing requirements are needed. You can even use this gimmick naked if you wanted to.
Chapter 1: The magician borrows a small object, a coin, ring, etc. There are no switches, and the exact same coin is used the entire time. With a slow wave over the coin, it effortlessly vanishes. No funny movements, no sudden sleights. The coin is completely gone. The spectator can feel your hands to make sure there's nothing there; because there is nothing! At this point, you can either choose to end or continue, and make the coin reappear again on your hand or in theirs. You then hand out their coin for examination and leave them with a signed coin they'll never forget.
Chapter 2: The magician borrows a Tic Tax box and a Tic Tac. There are no switches whatsoever, and there are no alterations to the box or the Tic Tac. You cleanly place the Tic Tac inside the box. And with no sudden movements, the Tic Tac visually melts through the bottom, landing on your spectator's outstretched hand. They can then immediately examine the Tic Tac and the box.
Chapter 3: The magician proceeds to use an ordinary coffee cup, and asks the spectator for a dollar bill (or anything that can be crumpled up into a ball). He cleanly places the cup over the ball. With no movements whatsoever, he snaps his fingers and the ball is gone. He then proceeds with his regular Cups and Balls routine.
$29.95 (10.1703)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(11) Flying Box: If you have been looking for a one-person illusion that packs a huge punch, look no further!
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.

And, that’s this week’s Back From The Big Graduation Hotlist. It was fun, we can tell you that. But, nowhere as much fun as the new magic we present here every week!
As always, we want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out from your busy schedules to visit with us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Whether it’s online at or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, we do love your company!
Aron, Bonnie and the Elves