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Topic: Trisector (is is the English version or not)
Message: Posted by: magringo (Apr 28, 2014 04:30AM)
Hi there.. I'm selling Trisector for a friend of mine who has had it for years and years. He's not expert on Tenyo and neither am I. The instructions are only in English and they've got a date on them of 1996. I'm assuming it's the real deal that this is the English version (and is collectable) rather than a much newer and still produced -- made and shipped from Japan... How can I tell? I want to be honest in selling this item on the Café and for my friend.

Thanks much
Message: Posted by: Killertweety (Apr 28, 2014 12:47PM)
If the bill in the apparatus is a USD it's the English version, if it's Japanese it's the Japanese version :) You'll also be able to see it on the packaging.

Most people don't really care that much if they buy the Japanese version (apart from having a nice English, older packaging if they are true collectors). You can change the Yen with any bill if it has the correct dimensions (more or less of course). The English instructions explain how to do that, I don't know if the Japanese do/did.

You can be pretty sure yours is the English version if is is years old, I can't imagine your friend buying a Japanese version back then, unless he bought in in Japan of course :)
Message: Posted by: magringo (Apr 28, 2014 03:27PM)
Hey thanks David!!!
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (May 1, 2014 12:42PM)
David is correct on all points: Tenyo still sells "Trisector" in Japan for about $15 and it is identical to all earlier versions. All you need to do is switch the fake portions of the bill, and the instructions explain how to disassemble the entire prop, which is fun if you're a real Tenyo nut. Earlier so-called "English" versions are no different, which is why "Trisector" has little collectible value. Lots of folks will send you a pdf of the English instructions if necessary.