Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday At Hank Lee's Magic Factory - A Fond Farewell And A Big Excitement

Greetings from all of us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory.
We here at Hank Lee’s all knew it was coming. Despite Herculean efforts by Steve and Aron and Don, the handwriting was on the wall. As Steve put it, “this is such a nuanced business; it is impossible for a person to learn every phase in a short time.” I want to personally thank all of them for trying so hard to make it work.
It’s been a long and wonderful road; nearly four decades in business.  But, we have made the difficult decision to close Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Sunday, October 28th will be our last day of operation.
I want to thank all of our customers and friends for their support over the past 37 years. There are no better people than you, anywhere.
I want to assure you that this closure is not forever. We will reorganize and we will be back.
If you have Gift Certificates or Reward Points, hold onto them. When we re-open, we will honor all of them.
If you have items on back order, be assured that we are working feverishly to get them out to you.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Friday without our weekly Excitement. So, for the last time, check it out.


40 And Out Event: As you might guess, our inventory is huge. Huger than huge. And, before Sunday at midnight, we want to pare it down a bit. So, from right now until Sunday, October 28th at midnight, we are having a 40% Off Sale. That’s right, 40%.
This is one mighty big discount. We are selling items at below our cost!
This is also a private sale in that it will only be offered to folks on our eNewsletter list. Not to the general public. But, if you have magic friends, you should let them know that Hank Lee’s Magic Factory is offering a 40% discount until Sunday at Midnight..

IMPORTANT NOTE – PLEASE READ: The sales event applies only to in-stock items. If you order something that is not in stock, you will be immediately refunded for that item. No special orders. No back-orders. You will be charged for the items that are in stock and not be charged for those that are not.

All you need to do is enter the special code 40ANDOUT in the Discount Coupon Box of the online checkout at and we will automatically deduct 40% 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 and mention the special code so you can save a huge 40%!

Now, here are the rules:
• The minimum order to use the 40% off discount is $35.00.
• The 40% 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 and Videos, the 40% is deducted from the retail price of each item and not from the set price.
• We cannot combine offers.
• Certain items, due to contractual restrictions, are not included in this sale. All Viking/CW items, Kennedy Enterprises items, Mike Caveney Books, Johnson Products items, MagicSmith 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 we process your order.
• Promotional Gift Certificates and Reward Points may not be used as part of this sales event.
• As the discount is automatically generated, you must put the special code 40ANDOUT in the Discount Coupon Box and nowhere else.
The Discount Coupon Box appears on the bottom of the page when you click on View Cart, before you start the checkout process
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. The sale positively ends Sunday, October 28th at midnight.

Now, let's take a look at this week's Hotlist!

(1) Tie Knot – Lee Ang-Hsuan: A fabulous new presentation of the Cut and Restored Rope. Lee adapts the techniques used in the Cut and Restored Rope for the handling of the tie, and makes it possible for performance both in close-up and on the stage, resulting in better and more interesting effects.
Every Tie Knot includes: Tie, Gimmick, Instructional DVD and Booklet.
Available in red or blue.
NOTE: DVD will not play in standard DVD players. It will play in computers with DVD drives.
$60.00 (60.1894)

With Tie Knot I have a visual routine around my neck that can be performed any time. It packs small and plays big - fantastic! - Timo Marc

When I saw Anson performing Tie Knot at TMA, I liked it immediately. It is a great way to perform a strong and visual routine with no magic prop. It is clearly designed by a professional magician to be performed in real life whether you are in front of 20 or 800 people. The quality of what you get also proves it. Tie Knot will go straight to my repertoire! - Boris Wild

(2) JumpINK – Rizki Nanda: Magically move permanent ink on a pack of gum!
Borrow a pack of gum from your spectator. You (or the spectator) draw a big bold X on one of the compartments.
You then take the pack of gum, and with no cover at all, cause that mark to visibly jump to another compartment.
One by one, it travels across the whole pack, to end up at the top.
Immediately give the pack back to your spectator, and they can examine it as long and as thoroughly as they wish; they will find nothing.
Key points to remember:
Use a borrowed pack of gum
Easy to do
No angle restrictions
Use any brand of blister-packaged gum
Gimmick is easy to construct (and we provide plenty of the necessary material)
Bonus handlings
Explained in great detail in multiple camera angles
$30.00 (10.1735)

(3) Triple Color Changing Floating Flower: Present a long stem red rose.
Remove the red flower and a pink rose instantly appears.
Again, the pink flower is removed to reveal a yellow rose!
The yellow flower is removed, only no flower appears.
Instead a black silk is produced from under the yellow rose.
The yellow flower is restored to the stem and with the silk in both of your hands, the rose levitates on the edge of the silk!
Comes complete with 3 roses (red, pink, yellow), one stem, 24" black silk, and instruction sheet.
$29.95 (60.1893)

(4) Thurston Portrait Lithograph:This extremely rare original lithograph is from my personal collection. As Bonnie says, “It's time for Mr. Thurston to find a new home.” And, so it is. A fabulous collector's piece.
Classic Thurston image with imps in one sheet size (27" X 41").  Full color stone lithography by Otis.
It is in near-perfect condition, beautifully framed and ready to hang in your home.

(5) Santa Appears – John Kaplan: Ever been faced with having to make someone - Santa, the CEO, a celebrity, guest of honor - magically appear?
John Kaplan has. On many occasions for the same client, which meant that it had to be done differently each time. Here you will find a half-dozen of John's favorite "appearance" illusions. Proven, practical, real-world methods by which you can make virtually anyone magically appear!
Six Spellbinding Stunts that'll enable you to make the "Guest of Honor" magically appear!
In a flash!
From an empty screen!
Via Special Delivery!
With a "storybook" ending!
Through a startling transformation!
From John's completely original and unique Triangle Illusion!
Disk Contains printable PDF files with:
Construction details
Complete descriptions
Photos of the actual props
Plus live performance video footage so you can see exactly how each of these illusions plays in front of an audience!
NOTE: The disk is a CD ROM and requires a computer for viewing its contents.
$35.00 (60.1874)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

(6) The Cooler – Christian Engblom:
Best. Deck Switch. Ever.

This will change the way you do card magic.
The Cooler is the most coveted and praised deck switcher ever. The testimonials speak for themselves: David Blaine, Paul Wilson, Rene Levand, Dani DaOrtiz, and on and on and on. They use it, love it, and swear by it.
The perfect deck switcher is the holy grail for card workers. It allows you to get into and out of memorized deck, gaffed work, stack work, or to change the back design. It is the "missing link" between otherwise incompatible card routines.
But deck switches are normally difficult. Many involve lapping or being seated. Others require a jacket with secret pockets sewn in. Some even involve bizarre contraptions that come from your sleeve. Because of this, most magicians just opt not to switch decks. A pity, really.
The Cooler fixes this. It happens in plain sight, is totally self-contained in the card box, and can be done standing, without a jacket or sleeves. You can customize this durable, precision-made plastic gimmick to any box of cards, and you can execute the switch in the hands or on the table. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
This is not a trick or a fleeting trend. It is a tool that will become an industry standard for years to come. A dozen top card men have been privy to prototypes of Christian's remarkable invention for the last five years. Finally, they are available for wide release.
The gimmick works with any Poker-sized deck (add your own box design/color to it)
Complete with DVD instruction by Christian Engblom and Dani DaOrtiz
Takes practice, but not incredibly difficult to do
$50.00 (30.1737)
Note: This is a non-discountable item.

"The most beautiful deck switch I have ever seen." - David Blaine

"Where can I get one?" - Rene Lavand

"If this damn thing were any Cooler, it would be frozen!" - Max Maven

"The best deck switch I have NEVER seen!" - Wayne Dobson

(7) Orient Express – Mark Mason: One of Mark's favorite professional routines.
It's Mark's brilliant handling for Copper/Silver/Brass, using no copper, no silver, just brass!
Orient Express uses three different colored Chinese coins.
The transpositions and exchanges are twice as strong and visual, as the colors change places and not the coins.
Easy, direct magic that's perfect for any audience. With Mark's handling, it's so simple to remember which coin is where, as they follow the colors and not the coins.
Comes complete with:
1 x Instructional DVD.
1 X Red Chinese Coin.
1 x Blue Chinese Coin.
1 x Black Chinese Coin.
1 x Expanded Chinese Black Reversible Shell.
1 x Red/Blue Copper/Silver Chinese Coin.
$100.00 (20.483)

(8) Peg Leg Pete: Tired of hobbling along on your same old magic tricks? Then it's time for Peg Leg Pete from Wonder Imagery!
Three pirates are shown guarding the treasure. One is due for a break so he waits back on the empty ship. Choose a first mate from the audience to serve as the third pirate guard. Before he can start his duty he must be tested to make sure he can keep track of the treasure: The cards are turned backs to the audience and mixed. Try as he may, your new recruit can't seem to find the treasure. Finally all the cards are revealed to show the treasure is GONE! Was it stolen by some other pesky pirate? Nope! Thankfully it's safe and sound back on the ship!
All cards are 8.5" x 11" and include beautiful original artwork. The ship folder is 9" x 12" and also has original artwork. All art is offset printed with a UV protective coating to keep your cards and folder vibrant for years to come!
Includes instructional DVD.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
$39.95 (60.1875)

(9) Fluorescent Light Dancing Cane – Color Changing Dancing Cane 3.0 – Jeff Lee: The Fluorescent Light Dancing Cane has finally appeared, and it is awesome!
A huge step forward in dancing Cane technology.
The Fluorescent Light Dancing Cane is super bright. Even in broad daylight, the cane shines like an old pair of pants! Know what I mean? It's just plain shiny!
The posseses a mysterious attraction that willmake your audience fall in love with it at first sight.
Advantages of Jeff Lee's Fluorescent Light Dancing Cane:
One-piece specially-designed PVC plastic construction
Functions like other Dancing Canes in that it floats and dances under your control
Includes thread and easy-packing carry case
What makes Version 3.0 so special?
Powerful microchip technology that regulates the level of illumination so the closing of your routine is as powerful as the beginning.
Instantaneous color change from one color to another (red/blue)!
Exceptionally well constructed. You will be thrilled even before your turn it .
Comes professionally packaged with a super-strong circular plastic storage tube.
This version also features a rechargeable battery and charger.
The design features an easy "on/off" button, so ignition is a breeze, and it will stay "on" without worry.
Dimensions Approximately: 33" x 1.25"
$695.00 (60.1892)

(10) Wonder Eye - Ryota: An eyeball-shaped walking toy finds your selected card!
There are a lot of magic effects that use a mini car or a walking toy to find a chosen card in various ways.
But with those, the spectator does not freely decide where to place the toy to search for the selected card. They do have that very option with Wonder Eye.
The magician takes a deck of cards out of its case and shows that each of cards are different.
He also takes the Wonder Eye out of his pocket and announces "Today my assistant will find your chosen card".
Let the spectator choose one card and look at it, also let the Wonder Eye see it, but not the magician.
The magician puts the card in the deck and shuffles.
He spreads the cards to make four rows on the table; sort of a 'card' carpet.
Let the spectator put the Wonder Eye on that carpet, with the following conditions:
* Wind the spring as much as they like
* Put it wherever they like, towards any direction
In other words, the spectator puts the walking eyeball on the carpet quite freely.
The Wonder Eye stops exactly on the chosen card!
* No magnets
* No threads
* No assistant
* No force
* No rough and smooth
* Quick reset
* The walking eyeball is examinable
* Perform surrounded
* Show that each of cards are different
Plus, two more Bonus Tricks!
Both are high-impact card magic.
Any Card at Any Number
Master Color Change
Includes Wonder Eye, red Bicycle deck and instructional DVD.
$75.00  (30.1738)
Available for Pre-Sale.
Order now and we will pay the shipping.

(11) Bob's Box – Bob Swadling: If you were to look up Bob Swadling in a dictionary, next to his name it would say “quality magic. “
This incredible piece of precision-made apparatus allows you to perform super-clean coin vanishes, productions and penetrations. Every Bob's Box has been CNC machined and then individually hand finished. You hold a true miracle at your fingertips.
Unlike any other coin boxes, these slim-line, black anodized units contain a deadly secret that is both devious & ingenious.
Everything fits into your pocket. It has a two second reset. This will leave any audience with their mouths wide open.
Every Bob's Box comes with:
1 X Custom made black anodized box
2 X Specially gimmicked half dollars.
1 X Set of custom-made cards.
1 X Velvet carrying bag.
1 X Instructional DVD.
Bob's No Move Routine - Bob performs and teaches every step of his No Moves coin box routine.
Coins or Cards - Mark Mason performs a killer commercial routine.
Commercial Coins Thru Table - Bob's anytime, anywhere, Coins thru Table.
What No Table - A strolling, in the hands version of Bob's No Moves routine.
Plus bonus ideas and handlings
$100.00 (20.484)

(12) Nine Of Diamonds:
A book of close up magic, this is collaboration among some of the finest magicians in Scotland. Some of the names will be familiar, while others may not, but all share a passion for close up magic and have bound some of their finest effects together in a beautiful hard backed book.
The book contains a variety of effects, with a special focus on playing cards.
Some think of The Nine of Diamonds as an unlucky card. Some know it as "The Curse of Scotland." [We at Hank Lee's always considered haggis to be "The Curse of Scotland"] Tarot readers believe it to be the card of bias. It is an image that is used in Coats of Arms which are centuries old.
And to this group of magicians, The Nine of Diamonds is one of the most beautiful cards in the deck.

Sleights and Techniques:
Reguritator Revelation - a novel card revelation
Touch Reverse - unpublished Jack Parker move for switching and reversing a selected card
Angled Afterburner - Jason Alford's fantastic control
Plate Clip Displacement - method to displace a card in a spread on top of a deck to any location in the pack
FIRP - Gary Goldberg's obscure method of reversing a card during a faro shuffle
Popout Pass Revelation - a classic pass variation where a card pops out from the side of the deck
Third Finger Crease Grip - method for replacing breaks held in a small packet
Fiend Stack - how much can you cram into a stacked deck?
Bart Harding Stack - details on the calculated deck of Bart Harding, courtesy of Alan Shaxon
Himber Vanish Variation - clean vanish of a coin

OK Show Me Something:
Jack's Departure from the Stage - convincing new approach to 'Point of Departure
Amass Aces - a beautifully choreographed collectors routine
Regurgitator - two cards "regurgitate" a selection
Radical Decency - two Jokers visually transform into two selected cardsStill Smiling -a new handling of a Roy Walton classic
Frankenstein's Bunny - four beautiful assistants help find a lost pet rabbit

Minus 52:
A Small Price to Pay - a coin trick with three perfect predictions
Quick n Dirty Three Fly - coins across routine based around a new sleight
Quick n Dirty Hanging Coins - you will swear trick coins are used, but not so
Zen Stack - hailed as the very best stack using Zenner (ESP) Cards

Some Assembly Required:
I Don't Trost You - a spectator deals herself four Aces from a deck shuffled by multiple spectators
Buckley's Angels - new take on an Arthur Buckley miracle that will blow your audience away
Another Flippin' Collectors - a technician's approach to the Collectors plot
Sesame Street - A version of "do as I do" that will leave a lasting memory in the spectators' minds
Lazy Man's Memory Test - astounding performance piece with a deck of cards
Two Faced Mother FIRPer - a magician fooler that will have them cursing you
Any Card at Any Number - amaze your fellow magicians, bore your friends!
Note: This item is non-discountable
$40.00 (BK01869)

(13) Dunninger Knows – Joseph Atmore:
Dunninger Knows provides a rare opportunity to learn about the incredible Brain Busters Dunninger performed as well as providing the information to incorporate them into your own act.
In 2001, Joseph Atmore authored Dunninger's Brain Busters which primarily covered Dunninger's radio work. In the ten years since publication, Atmore has collected a huge amount of TV scripts, researched the popular and magic press, conducted interviews with cast and crew and located film footage of his television work.
This new book covers all of his television series in chronological / airdate order, along with some of his guest appearances on other shows. The "in between series" years are also covered. There is quite a lot of behind the scenes history regarding Dunninger's four series and rare and unique photographs and documents are included to tell the story. While consulting on Uri Geller's show in Germany a few years ago, Atmore even tracked down a European television film Dunninger recorded in 1955.
Over 100 Brain Busters are examined by not only Atmore, but Banachek, Jan Bardi, Stuart Cumberland, Ken Dyne, Lee Earle, Mathias Fischedick, Nicolai Friedrich, Devin Knight, Looch, Drew McAdam, Colin Mcleod, Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Marc Paul. The foreword has been written by the International Man of Mystery David Berglas, who can truly understand Dunninger's impact on the world of mentalism. Methods are provided and in some cases, multiple methods are developed for the routines. In cases where a routine would need to be modernized for today (which actually is the rare exception), that information has been provided as well.
$70.00 (BK01870)
Note: This is a non-discountable item
Available for Pre-Sale
Order now and we will for pay for shipping!

"For the last 5 years, Joe has been a consultant on my international live television series, Phenomenon: The Next Uri Geller. Almost immediately when he joined the team, I learned about his fascination with Dunninger. We've had many conversations about Dunninger's impact on mentalism and his creativity and boldness. Dunninger Knows presents a scholarly look at his television work. I usually never read magic books but Dunninger always fascinated me, so I couldn't resist! After reading the routines in Joe's book, I now know why he was always trying to incorporate some of Dunninger's routines into my show!"
- Uri Geller

"This book is the result of years of passionate research, giving us an insight into the life and career of Dunninger. Most of these anecdotes would have been lost to our history without Joe Atmore's meticulous work. This is a rare opportunity to get inside the mind of Dunninger."
- David Berglas