FANTASTICA

The material used in this effect has previously been used in numerous other tricks. However, in each of those cases, the material was turned at a right angle, making it easy for spectators with knowledge of this material's characteristics to guess the secret. "Fantastica" uses a previously unused handling that produces the same effect with straight-line motion. It is constructed in such a way that it is not possible to easily guess the secret, even if you recognize that this material is present. The intriguing twist on this idea is that it is not constructed using the size of a full card, but rather by attempting to partition the card in half.

Created by: Michiaki Kishimoto (1993)

METAL MATRIMONY

The material used in this trick is usually built into the backlight of LCD screens, so the average person has never seen this material before. As we explored the unusual properties of this material, we hit upon this effect. The effect was completed by adding coins, which are everyday objects that are beyond suspicion.

Created by: Hiroshi Kondo (1990)

CRYSTAL PYRAMID

Most mental magic is not visual in nature. Tomoyuki Shimomura searched for a way to make mental magic visible, and finally came across a spirit box-type effect. In this type of routine, a curtain is closed in front of a large wooden box. As soon as the interior of the box is out of sight, spirits appear inside the box and perform several mischievous acts, such as placing a ball inside of a cup. Various conditions were imposed on this trick, such as "able to be performed close-up, with a coin," and "the gimmick must be built-in, and must be operated with a single touch." After working out the construction principles involved, we decided to perform this trick with a lid that is shaped like a pyramid. This decision also introduced the intriguing presentation used today.

Created by: Tomoyuki Shimomura (1994)

OH NO!

The good old guillotine trick has been chopping through fingers for ages. With OH NO!, we strove to create a shocking effect, in which the performer not only cuts through his finger, but also separates the severed finger from his hand. But how could we actually remove a finger, which logically can't be removed from your hand? This trick was born once we discovered the secret principle involved. Before deciding to use a pair of scissors, we originally conceived of using a sword that slid through the base horizontally to cut through the performer's finger, and we proceeded to the trial manufacturing stage with this format. However, it took quite a bit of structural tinkering to be able to show the single blade as normal. One day, we were struck with the idea of using a pair of scissors in place of the sword. We realized that scissors actually help to make the effect much more natural. With this change, the current form of this unique effect was born.

Created by Tooru Suzuki (1994)

ZONE INFINITY

Atsushi Fukano really loves coin magic. When a coin that closely matched the size of an American half dollar was first minted in Japan, he decided to develop new products that use those coins. In 1990 he created MIRA-MENTAL, and this trick was his second entry into the marketplace under the same theme. Everyone agrees that this trick is a masterpiece that satisfies many of the elements that Tenyo creators are always striving for. Naturally, it has become one of our best selling items. The elements this trick incorporates are: 1) it uses everyday items, 2) it can be carried in your pocket, 3) nothing is added, and nothing is taken away, 4) it is easy enough for anyone to perform, and (5) it will even fool magicians.

Created by: Atsushi Fukano (1994)