|Bento Box, Star Sign,|
Miracle Blindfold, Fortune Sticks
I have been waiting to post this because two of the tricks (the Dowsing Rod and Guillotine trick) didn't have a release date yet ... untill now. Thanks to Yasuo Amano from the Hey Presto! Blog and Funstuffonly's Tenyoforum we now know the release date for both is december 11th. Besides the 4 official T-numbered tricks, Tenyo will release (or already has released) new tricks in their 'mental magic series', as they did last year.
Regular T-number line
- Bento Box/Mental Bento: a mentalism routine with a cleverly mechanical gimmicked bento box. The gimmick indicates which food items are secretly chosen, enabling you to accurately divine the spectator's choices. Demo see here. The types of food in the box are just stickers, so you'll be able to adjust it/them and use this for other routines. By the way (sorry if I'm stating the obvious, I didn't know what 'Bento Box' meant), a bento box is a (originally Japanese) lunch box divided into parts which each hold a type of food. Here's an interesting link with more info on the subject.
|Smart Guillotine, Miracle|
- Smart Guillotine: act as if you 'slice' a bill (or finger) in two with a black, plastic card, but it remains unharmed. Demo here.
- Miracle Dowsing Rod: a coin is placed in one of four black envelopes. The rods react (from what I can see: 'open') when they are held near the envelope with the coin. Demo here.
- Miracle Blindfold: a gimmicked blindfold which allows you a 'peek' at chosen cards, colors, objects, ... . Demo here. I'm not really impressed by this trick (I don't know why but blindfolds always scream 'peeking' to me ...), but I have read that this one is very clever ... .
- Fortune Sticks: a re-release of the classic Fortune Sticks, with bigger symbols printed on them. Demo here. From what I know now, besides the bigger symbols (which is a nice touch), there is nothing new compared to the original version. I frankly don't quite understand why Tenyo re-released this ... the older version is still available (although you'll have to put some effort in finding one) and there's an Elite version made from metal. I suspect this trick was and still is very popular in Japan.
I haven't ordered any of the tricks yet but my favourites so far are the Bento Box and especially the Smart Guillotine which really looks like classic 'gimmickery' Tenyo ... fingers crossed!