Greetings from everyone here at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. It has been a fun, fun, fun week at the Magic Factory. Steve has been in California this week, doing some shows and hob-knobbing with magic’s elite at the Magic Castle. So, while he was off having all kinds of fun, we were a little shorthanded. But, as always, we soldiered (or is that elved?) on.
I don’t need to remind you that Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. And, we have a ton of magic, just perfect for your Halloween shows. All you need to do is take a quick and easy trip to our Halloween Shop.
While Halloween is right around the corner, the big Holidays are not that far away either. We have recently added some new Christmas items to the Hotlist, so while you’re in the mode, check out the full Hotlist.
You will notice that the top item in this week’s Hotlist is from my personal poster collection. It is an absolutely beautiful stone lithograph. The Thurston Portrait would look so fine in your home or office. And, there is only one. And, there will be no more, of course.
On the home front, last week was Lucas the Singing Son’s 23rd birthday. The three of us took a road trip to visit him in New Jersey. The five hour drive ended up taking over eight hours because I zigged when I should have zagged and ended up driving through Manhattan. On a Friday evening. Yikes. We had a most wonderful weekend. We laughed. We cried. And Lucas blew out the candles. Who could ask for more?
That having been said, it’s time to check out this week’s Excitement.
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, October 16th 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 Super Chameleon Power for $105.00, you will get the Super Chameleon Power for $42.00! 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 your order is shipped, 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 email@example.com, 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) 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.
(2) 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:
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.
Note: This is a non-discountable item.
(3) 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
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
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) 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"
(7) 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.
Available for Pre-Sale.
Order now and we will pay the shipping.
(8) 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
(9) 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
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
(10) 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.
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
And, that’s this week’s Look Out Because The Holidays Are Coming Hotlist. Great new items that we know you will enjoy.
As always, we thank you so much for visiting with us at Hank Lee’s Magic Factory. Whether you visit online at www.magicfact.com or in person at 102 North Street in Medford, we love the company!
Steve, Aron, Don and Bonnie