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I am just starting to get into collecting Tenyo magic tricks, and there are some really cool stuff out there.

* Since unopened items are more valuable, do people buy duplicates of all tricks?
* Are Japanese versions more valuable than the US versions?
* How does Tenyo decide when to discontinue an item? Is it based on sales?
* Is there a list of recommended shops in Tokyo to buy Tenyo? I will be visiting Japan this summer, so it would be nice to buy some stuff while I am there.
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I just got some info on your last question. When I'm in Tokyo, I always visit Yodobashi (big electronic chain with a toy section, where you will find the Tenyo stuff) and Tokyu Hands (like a department store), but Yodobashi has the better prices and selection. You will also find a magic store in Disneyland (NOT Disney SEA!!!), that sells a lot of Tenyo, and you will also find the Disney Specials there.
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Well from what I know ...

* Since unopened items are more valuable, do people buy duplicates of all tricks?
Some do, some don't. I do - I try to have one opened and one mint piece of the good tricks. Often I only have two opened versions (or only one version of the harder to find ones of course) wich is fine for me. Some Tenyo's, while good quality overall, tend to brake sooner or later (springs wair out, gimmick dislodges/brakes off, ...) and while this doesn't happen a lot, WHEN it happens it's always nice to have a spare. If you like a Tenyo trick and it is still available buy a second one if you can before the trick gets discontinued ... .

* Are Japanese versions more valuable than the US versions?
Not that I know of, sometimes even on the contrary (often English versions are discontinued while Japanese versions are still avialable).

*How does Tenyo decide when to discontinue an item? Is it based on sales?
This is mainly based on how many items are being sold in JAPAN - Tenyo focusses on Japan, and if the demand for an item over there is big enough they will do another production run. Also some items are more popular in Japan then in other countries, that is why we see tricks like Linking Rings or Thimbles still available in Japanese packaging. Take in mind magic is not Tenyo's main business, jigsaw puzzles are. Tenyo magic is available in supermarkets, airports, toystores - not really in magic shops. Tenyo's main target group are 'ordinary' people, NOT magicians or magic collectors Smile How many tricks are produced at one time and why a certain amount is produced is kind of a well kept secret it seems because no one really knows that here on the forum Smile

* Is there a list of recommended shops in Tokyo to buy Tenyo? I will be visiting Japan this summer, so it would be nice to buy some stuff while I am there.
I have no idea.
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I second everything, especially #4! Smile
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Opened vs. unopened.

"Investors" buy & hold unopened.
"User/collectors" buy/hold/use their tricks.

So Killer is a user/investor. He does both.
I am a user/collector. I use what I collect.

Although sometimes these can overlap, as when you find a deal.

Good Luck.
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On 2012-05-21 14:33, macdaddy wrote:
I am just starting to get into collecting Tenyo magic tricks, and there are some really cool stuff out there.

* Since unopened items are more valuable, do people buy duplicates of all tricks?
* Are Japanese versions more valuable than the US versions?
* How does Tenyo decide when to discontinue an item? Is it based on sales?
* Is there a list of recommended shops in Tokyo to buy Tenyo? I will be visiting Japan this summer, so it would be nice to buy some stuff while I am there.

1.)From what I have read here and found out from other collectors/magicians, some buy two of each trick they like. One to perform with, and one as a backup and or for collecting sake.

2.)Depends on who you speak to. I found that many times, the English version is more expensive. Possibly because less are manufactured, and if you live in the US, you may prefer it. Though I am not saying it is a hard fact or that it applies to everyone. I have found a few times, sellers who approached me with items they wanted to sell, pushed whatever items they wanted to dump as the rarer or more desirable of the two versions.

3.)I am guessing sales and profit factors in to that answer.

4.)As I have never been to Japan I do not know. As other members have stated, Tenyo is sold all over the place there.
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Thanks for all of the replies - very useful info! Are there many fake Tenyo items on the market? Is there an easy way to tell fake from real? Are there "authorized" online Tenyo dealers?
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Unfortunately, yes and yes.

Check other threads here about Tenyo, including, Four Nightmare Dx and Illusion Scale to start.
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There is a site listing fake magic tricks and crediting the original inventors.....can't remember where to find it though, but I remember one of the items there was Angelo's "Out Of Order". Since he's reading these threads he may be more able than me to link this site.

Additionally, why not add our finds from the thread that'sCool mentioned to that listing site?
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Hi Nicolino:

I believe you are refering to Tim Ellis's Magic Fakers site...

http://magicfakers.blogspot.com/2007/10/......ers.html
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Yes, this pretty much loks like what I was remembering....plus it really has OOO on it!
Thanks, John!
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Good Article on Tenyo Fakes on Killer Tweety Site http://www.tenyo.be
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... apparently the Grand Finale had an expiry date <g>.
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Be careful Talbot, it may be another illusion.

You don't want to be the sucker in the sucker trick again do you?

That was so funny and so perfect. Thanks again. HA HA HA

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......m=258&13
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... I can hear something but cannot see anything
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There IS a Tenyo counter in Tokyo DisneySEA in the Agrabah Marketplace. They have a smaller selection than the Tokyo Disneyland Magic Shop, however there is a demonstrator and they often have items that are exclusively made for and sold at DisneySEA. For example, there was an entire line of Tenyo tricks packaged specifically with the genie from Aladdin and sold only at DisneySEA.
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Good to know, thank you for that info.
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On 2012-05-22 12:18, J M Talbot wrote:
... apparently the Grand Finale had an expiry date <g>.


John, you probably meant "apparently the Grand Encore had an expiry date" Smile
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Simone,

I do not understand why you continue to make comments regarding me. I don't know you and you don't know me.

I have no problem with engaging people who have a problem with me, but since you are a girl I rather not get into it with you.

Maybe we can leave it at that.

AA
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AA,
I'm just a bit surprised that after your "big announcement", you didn't make your comeback under another name... Smile
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