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Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 10:18 am

We'll start taking orders for the Tenyo book later today. It will go online at the website sometime this weekend.

Here's the info!

After two years of intensive work, we’re pleased to announce that Tenyo-ism will be available for shipping this coming June/July. The layout of almost 1,400 pages is complete and we are now in the final round of proofreading, with every detail being checked by Hiroshi Kondo and Tomoyuki Shimomura, both of whom worked in Tenyo’s Creative Division for many decades.

The books contain an entry on every trick which Tenyo has marketed outside Japan, as well as most of the tricks sold only in Japan, since 1964.

With an introduction by David Copperfield and a new essay by musician Alan Parsons, the book is divided into four main sections:

1. An overview of the history of Tenyo Shokyokusai and the origin of the Tenyo Magic Lab; and it’s growth under his son Akira Yamada into the Tenyo Company Ltd.

2. An item-by-item chronological review of virtually every Tenyo effect released since 1965, including many items sold only in Japan, such as the Plus One series and the Magician’s Selection series. Many prototypes for effects are discussed, including the original handlings for numerous Tenyo effects. There are also an enormous number of new handlings for many familiar Tenyo tricks not only by the Tenyo staff, but also by Dr. Sawa. Tom Stone, R. Paul Wilson, Dick Koornwinder, Tomas Blomberg, Dan Harlan, Michael Weber, Sebastian Clergue, Akira Fujii, Kazuyuki Hase, Angelo Carbone, Lubor Fiedler, Mark Setteducati, Shinya Ooike, Simon Corneille, Steve Vil, Yasuo Amano, Brad Henderson, Tomoaki “Billy” Masuda, Atsushi Yoshida, Kenji Shimizu, and Tenyo demonstrators Kazumasa Shimizu and Jindai Nishikawa.

3. A sampler of Tenyo’s older magic sets and tricks from the 1930s through the early 1960s, as well as many of their marketed parlor magic props.

4. An entire book-within-a-book of other magic invented by the members of Tenyo’s Creative Division, past and present: Takuya Yoshizawa, Hideo Kato, Shigeru Sugawara, Hiroshi Kondo, Tomoyuki Shimomura, Toru Suzuki, Kenichi Komiya, Takayuki Kumazawa, Takahisa Inaba, and So Sato.

Each set will consist of:
* Two 700-page books bound in fine cloth in a slipcase
* Three DVDs with all of the official Tenyo demonstration videos plus many new effects
* The props for three Tenyo tricks not sold outside Japan.

This is our own version of Kickstarter: the books are all color and must be printed in China for the best quality. It’s expensive, and as a thank you to those who preorder now and assist in the task of helping get this book published, you will have a unique opportunity to have your name included on a special page at the back of the book as a thank you for your support in advance of publication.

The price is $250
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We cannot accept foreign checks that are not payable to a United States bank.
The set of books weighs 16 pounds.
For postage please add: U.S. and Canada: $50
Europe and the UK: $65
Asia and Australia: $100
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Bill Mullins » February 6th, 2015, 10:45 am

Alan Parsons ? !!!

What's the story behind that? Is he a Tenyo fan? How did you come to get an essay from him? And what's in the future for prog rock?

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby PickaCard » February 6th, 2015, 11:35 am

Can I PayPal you now or do I have to wait for the link?

It's so cool to be able to have my name printed in this book! Will it also appear in the special edition?

Thank you.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 11:38 am

Yes, you can PayPal now. Please remember to add postage.
The names will appear in both the regular and deluxe edition.
Thanks.

Yes, Alan Parsons was a huge Tenyo fan and used to write their catalogues! He also wrote the English instructions for Dynamic Coins.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby PickaCard » February 6th, 2015, 12:44 pm

I'm not sure if you have given this any thought yet, but will our names be printed in the order that you receive orders, alphabetically, randomly?

It's just an added incentive to order soon and it's always nice to be in the first few names.

Thank you.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Dustin Stinett » February 6th, 2015, 2:44 pm

Bill Mullins wrote:Alan Parsons ? !!!

What's the story behind that? Is he a Tenyo fan? How did you come to get an essay from him?

I know that he is a fan of magic. If he is not an associate member of the Magic Castle, he has an "in" as he visits whenever his travels bring him to L.A.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby John McDonald » February 6th, 2015, 2:53 pm

Richard will anyone in the UK be selling to keep postage down?
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 3:43 pm

Names will be printed alphabetically (thanks for the idea!).

There will not be anyone wholesaling the book--I would have to increase the retail price by $125 in order to wholesale it.

The damn books are very heavy, and not only is the thing huge, but the paper is a very high quality. Yes, the postage is a bitch! Sorry, but nothing can be done.

Once the United States Post Office discontinued surface mail (which went by boat), there are few options.

We use a private company that is actually much cheaper than the post office.

The set of books is far too big to fit into any existing flat-rate global priority mail boxes.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby AJM » February 6th, 2015, 4:27 pm

Will folks who have reserved the deluxe edition also be included?
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 4:41 pm

Yes, of course!
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Bill Marquardt » February 6th, 2015, 4:51 pm

I was going to be a smart aleck and ask if the purchase price includes performance rights including television for the new handlings, but I won't do that.

Actually, even though I am not a collector of Tenyo, the books sound fascinating and I might even buy a copy if I can muster up the cash. I am saving up for a trip to Orlando and Bash #2, so I cannot decide just yet. Maybe if Richard offers to sign my copy?
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 4:57 pm

I have a couple of pretty good new handlings in there, and you're free to do any of my stuff whenever and wherever you like. There are no restrictions stated in the book regarding anything.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Tom Frame » February 6th, 2015, 4:57 pm

Richard,

What a delightful surprise to hear that Alan Parsons contributed an essay! Very cool!

How is the deluxe edition different than the regular edition, and how much does it cost?

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Postby John McDonald » February 6th, 2015, 5:11 pm

Thanks Richard I understand:)
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby IanLand » February 6th, 2015, 5:15 pm

I'm 50 in as few weeks, can I have a copy as a present?

(Worth a try...)

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Rick Ruhl » February 6th, 2015, 5:50 pm

done.. glad to be a kickstarter

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Dustin Stinett » February 6th, 2015, 6:08 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Once the United States Post Office discontinued surface mail (which went by boat), there are few options.

There just two options now: Expensive and More Expensive.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 6:53 pm

Deluxe edition is long sold out. Sorry Tom!
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Will Jung » February 6th, 2015, 9:49 pm

I've been anticipating this book!

...but I'm so poor. :cry:

Start saving up I shall!

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 6th, 2015, 10:23 pm

If you promise to send me $50 a month, I'll save one for you.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Dustin Stinett » February 7th, 2015, 12:19 am

They (CARC and Hermetic Press) did a "layaway" deal with Non Plus Ultra, which was the only way I could afford it. PayPal set up automatic monthly payments. Once it was paid off, the book shipped. It's a good option to consider.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby P.T.Widdle » February 8th, 2015, 11:09 am

Have my Visa ready. Waiting for the ad to go online....

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Bill Marquardt » February 8th, 2015, 12:29 pm

Regarding postage costs:

I used the calculator on USPS.com putting in my estimated dimensions for a package large enough to contain the two volumes, 13" x 10" x 7", and 16 pounds weight. Standard delivery from D.C. to my home in California was estimated at $34.40. I do not know if the books qualify for Media Mail, but if they do, the rate drops to $9.71, which would be a great value.

I am not complaining about the established shipping charge, as $50.00 to cover $34.40 plus handling and packaging costs is reasonable, but I just want to point out that dismissing the Post Office as too expensive might not be appropriate.

Okay, full disclosure... I used to work at the P.O. Don't hate me.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 8th, 2015, 1:06 pm

Books will be sent by Priority Mail. We are charged extra for the box and packing. I've never had a more back breaking job doing any book! I hope everyone feels it's worth the price.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Joe Mckay » February 8th, 2015, 1:12 pm

I'm gonna' buy this when I get paid at the end of February.

Great job, Richard!

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby P.T.Widdle » February 9th, 2015, 8:17 am

Ordered! Now I have to forget about it until the summer...

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Will Jung » February 9th, 2015, 2:53 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:If you promise to send me $50 a month, I'll save one for you.


How many of these sets will be produced?

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 9th, 2015, 3:57 pm

As noted in my initial post, I am printing 1,000 sets of books.
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Postby trickdoctor » February 9th, 2015, 4:24 pm

The doctor is in.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Will Jung » February 11th, 2015, 8:07 am

Richard Kaufman wrote:As noted in my initial post, I am printing 1,000 sets of books.


I will just wait until I have enough funds to buy it at once. I hope that some copies will still be available then.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 11th, 2015, 11:12 am

We finished taking the photos last night: 1,118!
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby P.T.Widdle » February 11th, 2015, 2:24 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:We finished taking the photos last night: 1,118!


Does that include the picture of the author?

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 11th, 2015, 2:27 pm

No.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Tom Leyland » February 14th, 2015, 9:50 am

Obviously I'm salivating...

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Bill Mullins » February 18th, 2015, 12:22 am

There's an ad for the book in the new Genii. It shows two volumes in a large slipcase. Are these mockup/placeholders? Or will the actual books be this plain looking? (no printing on spine or slipcover, no DJ, just plain brown cloth).

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby jjsanvert » February 18th, 2015, 5:04 am

I ordered mine last week. I am not a Tenyo collector, but the book sure will be a collector.

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 18th, 2015, 10:45 am

The books in the ad are dummy books made by the printer with the right cloth (it's red, not brown) and paper. They have no foil stamping. The real books will be foil stamped.
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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Joe Mckay » February 27th, 2015, 1:53 am

Payment sent!

Can't wait for these.

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Postby The Magic Apple » February 27th, 2015, 2:20 pm

Hey Richard,
Is something I can carry at The Magic Apple?

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Re: Now Taking Orders for the Tenyo Book

Postby Richard Kaufman » February 27th, 2015, 4:11 pm

Selling retail only.
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