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esther_scheffer
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Hmmmm wiki says:
Fushigi Yűgi: The Mysterious Play (ふしぎ遊戯, Fushigi Yūgi) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase.
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fushigi_Y%C3%BBgi
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According to - http://japanese.about.com/od/wordoftheday/p/word295.htm - it means wonder, mystery or miracle.

Although I don't speak Japanese so it could mean something completely different.
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I speak fluent Japanese, and the literal translation of Fushigi is "GIVE ME YOUR MONEY FOOL"
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I got the definition from a buddy of mine who is a professor and used to teach English in Japan.
I asked him after rocking a Wiki, where all I got was this stupid ball, and the Manga "fushigi Yugi"
www.pokie-poke.com
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I think it would be more upsetting if it WERE as easy as they make it look, if it were gaffed in some way. The sideshow guys, the real sword swallowers and glass eaters etc.. do not like the tricks that emulate their actual stunts. I think juggling is like that. There's no 'trick' to it, it's just as difficult as it appears, no deception, just practice. This marketing reminds me of the way they marketed a lot of 'toys' (yo-yo's etc) back in the 60's and 70's, making them look cool without any indication of the hours and hours of practice required to learn the cool moves you see in the commercial.
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Hi,

Here are a few links to get the mood in which some juggling communities over the internet feel :

Ministry of manipulation :
http://www.ministryofmanipulation.com/bl......ty-ball/

Streetjuggling :
http://streetjuggling.com/

Contactjuggling.org :
http://www.contactjuggling.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7708
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Take a look at this objectively;
1-Marketed as a new concept - So What? What if they added "buy the ancient art fujitso"? Problem solved?
2- Making it look easy - How about those who sell infomercial guitar lessons and piano lessons. " BUT WAIT,,, our system is so easy we will have you playing your favorite tunes in just minutes." Yeah right. What if they said, hey cj is really great, but it's so hard that 98% of everyone who buys it will fail miserably.
3- Why should we even care? Like Pokie said; "they now will know how hard it is and will have a better appreciation for what we do." It's great for all the professionals out there. The more exposure for your art, the better.
4 -Truth is it's a non-event. 1- Either nobody is going to buy these fujiamas, and the commercial will be yanked, or 2- It's a big hit, and the art gets exposure, more people will go to see cj's.
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Edshern
There is a fundimental difference between magicians and jugglers. At a magic convention there are many tricks for sale, and at a jugglers convention all trick are free. There are props for sale at juggling conventions, but everything else is free. At a juggling meeting all lessons are free too. There are no snake oil salesmen in juggling, which is why ALL real jugglers are against this kind of fraud. We buy our props from reputable dealers, and learn our art from those who are better than us, always for free. We make our money from paying jobs, not from husteling other jugglers.
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edshern
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Al,
Look, I don't agree with what fujiwhatchamacallit is doing, but,,,, they are unimportant. They are selling a ball that won't even bounce. For 20 bucks some kid will get a dvd and a prop that will wind up in the junk drawer, but some other kid will learn something about a real art form. We all have bought tricks and dvd's that looked easy, but were way harder than we expected. Even the yoyo was made to look easy, and I never could 'walk the dog'. Our own complaining puts these guys in the news. You know, I guess my only point here is to follow my fathers advise, and "choose your battles carefully"
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