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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tenyo 2012, The third eye ・ テンヨー2012年、ザ・サードアイ

This weekend I tried using the Tenyo "The third eye" props in the magic bar. Someone selects (while looking at the faces) a card from a set of five (with things like "love", "money", "fame", written on them) and no one except this person knows what card is selected. The card is returned, the cards are shuffled a little, and I place the cards on a stand.

先週末にテンヨーの新作品の「ザ・サードアイ」をマジックバーで使ってみた。お客さん1人が見て、5枚の中から1枚選ぶ。他の人誰も知らない1枚。カードを返して、5枚を軽く混ぜる。僕がその5枚をスタンドにたてる。

There is also a plastic eye, that when turned on blinks with a red light. I explain that this is a "magicians eye", and anyone putting this eye on their forehead can see what a magician would see. So anyone doing that can see which card is the selected card, only by watching the backs of the cards. Of course, no one else can see that, though anyone can see it if the receive the eye (and then the person who originally had the eye will no longer see it).

プラスチック製の目もある。赤色で光る。「マジシャンの目なんだ」と説明する。これを自分の目の間に付けるとマジシャンに見えるものが見えてくる。プラスチックの目を頭に付けると裏から見ても誰でも選んだカードがどれだって分かる。勿論、同時に他の人誰でも分からない。他の人でも、その目を使うと分かる。前に目を持っていた人はもう見えなくなる。

People found this fairly fascinating, and it works well as a fun way to kill some time. It is not a very exciting magic trick and no one is surprised by finding one selected card among five, though everyone is amazed at the properties of the magician's eye.

お客さんが基本的にこれが不思議だと思った。面白い時間つぶしになった。衝撃はないけど。5枚の中の1枚をあてることで、驚く人がいないって感じ。そのマジシャンの目が凄い不思議に思われるけど。

So my impression after using it two nights (though I did not use it with very many of our customers) is that is is a quite fun prop to use, and people like it. There is very little "wow"-factor but it is a nice piece. Possibly there are more interesting presentations you can use it for too.

2日間使ってから(そんなに沢山は使っていなかったけど)の印象は、面白い物だ。お客さんもそう思う。ビックリはあまりしないマジックだが面白い時間つぶしにはなる。他のもっと面白い見せ方があるかもしれないけど。

The properties of this (the physics behind it) are quite fascinating to me as a magician too.

物理的な原因も、マジックのやり方を知っていても結構凄いと思う。

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