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[quote] On 2009-10-01 22:45, Steve Brooks wrote: To [b]Eddie Garland[/b] and [b]Robert M[/b] I say Thank you! We are excited as well. To [b]ixnay66[/b] and the rest who think the prices are too high, I wish you only the best using the tried and true plastic versions (if you can even find them to purchase) that Tenyo has produced over the years. Both versions will produce a great illusion for your audience. After all, some folks use plastic cups, others use Paul Fox, Johnson, etc. :nod: For anyone who missed the article about [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]Tenyo Elite[/url] that appeared in MAGIC magazine or haven't been following our progress, I will attempt to give you a very brief explanation in what we have been going thru at [url=http://www.jpsmagic.com]JPS Magic Studios Ltd.[/url] in bringing the Elite line into the hands of magicians. :bwink: You must first understood manufacturing here in the United States and Canada (or most places for that matter) in order to have a better understanding in regards to the higher priced [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]Tenyo Elite[/url] line of tricks. [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]Tenyo Elite[/url] is being made under an exclusive license granted to [url=http://www.jpsmagic.com]JPS Magic Studios Ltd.[/url] from Tenyo of Japan. Tenyo of Japan has no financial involvement with the project whatsoever - none. Therefor the full burden of prototyping, manufacturing, packaging, promoting, etc rests soley on the shoulders of [url=http://www.jpsmagic.com]JPS Magic Studios[/url] of Canada. For the record, Tenyo of Japan has primarily provided their blessing for the Elite project and samples of their various Tenyo items. They have also been very helpful in our endeavor by providing advice, suggestions, historical information, etc. Now, because there are no actual blueprints or schematics of any kind available for the original plastic Tenyo tricks, each trick produced for the Elite line has been designed by [i]literally[/i] backwards engineering the original tricks (i.e, taking each trick apart piece by piece and figuring out how it works). In addition, making something out of plastic using an injection mold is one thing - making parts and tooling out of metals (Heavy gauge aluminum, brass, etc) is quite another. Add in custom laser etching and anodization and the prices really begin to soar. Did I mention the cool cases or bags which hold each Elte trick? Also, because we are not able to have thousands upon thousands made at any given time (i.e, we are having very small numbers ran) the manufacturing process alone is [i]extremely[/i] expensive. Even the cool [url=http://twitpic.com/fwg9n] black boxes[/url] which hold each [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]Tenyo Elite[/url] trick have been custom designed and manufactured for us. The [url=http://twitpic.com/fteso]Elite manuals[/url] themselves are not the simple single sheet instructions one is accustomed to finding in your typical tenyo box. Each Elite manual contains very good instructions and routines with photo illustrations printed on high gloss stock. Each instruction manual includes instructions written in both English and Japanese. Translation costs alone were enormous. Friends, these are not your fathers Tenyo tricks. While they are not indestructable, they should last you a lifetime if cared for properly. The difference in quality can best be appreciated by holding one in your hand. The only true analogy I can think of would be to compare a cheap plastic Bill Tube to a nice heavy brass model and even that example really does not do these pieces the justice they deserve. To sum it all up - no expense has been spared to insure that the Elite line is everything all of us had always wished the original Tenyo tricks could be. The three of us have spent the better part of three years and thousands of dollars in the developement of the [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]Tenyo Elite[/url] line of tricks - nothing has been rushed to market. We are proud of what we are doing and make no apologies. If prices on materials, manufacturing and other services would have been less then we would have not only passed the savings on to our customers but would be shipping these tricks to dealers. To keep the retail costs as reasonable as possible we are only selling these directly from [url=http://www.tenyoelite.com]our website[/url]. As it stands, you are getting a great product at the best price possible. If this places the Elite line out of the budgets of some, we certainly understand. Hope this helps explain things a little better. :bwink: [/quote]
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