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The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Jim Martin » April 17th, 2016, 3:00 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Thanks, Bob. I was working on So Sato's book, but based on your suggestion I'm going to take a nap instead!


Your post prompted me to reread the So Sato entries in Tenyoism and then I started looking at his card magic online.
Very elegant, and very different, in a great way.
Will The Secrets of So Sato include Card Magic Design and Playing Cards & Warujie Solutions ?
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » April 17th, 2016, 5:26 pm

Yes, both rewritten (not just translated).
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Jim Martin » April 20th, 2016, 12:46 am

Fantastic news - thank you; really looking forward to this!
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby qkeli » April 21st, 2016, 6:14 pm

Any date of release maybe please Richard ?
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » April 21st, 2016, 7:34 pm

Magic Live
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Arcato » June 20th, 2016, 12:47 pm

Richard,
will "Super Sized Silly" also be available at Magic Live? If yes, will the pre-publication special prize be available during the convention?
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » June 20th, 2016, 1:46 pm

Both books will be available at MAGIC Live, and both will be sold at the pre-pub price. The day after Magic Live, the prices will rise to normal.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Arcato » June 23rd, 2016, 6:49 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Both books will be available at MAGIC Live, and both will be sold at the pre-pub price. The day after Magic Live, the prices will rise to normal.

Great, thanks Richard, I'll pick it up at Magic Live.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Randy Naviaux » July 14th, 2016, 4:09 pm

Got my order in!

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 14th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Thank you.

The DVDs just arrived today. Checked one and it looks great.

The DVDs will arrive at the printer in Michigan tomorrow. Then they'll bind the books and I imagine they'll start putting them right into the books late next week, then the partial dj goes on, shrink wrap, and on the road by July 29 to Las Vegas.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Ted M » July 14th, 2016, 8:24 pm

You also used a partial DJ on Japan Ingenious -- is that a style particular to Japan?

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 14th, 2016, 10:14 pm

Yes, it is. It's called an "obi strip." And Brad Aldridge designed both books. They may share an obi strip, but look entirely different.
For "obi strip" look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obi_(publishing)
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby I.M. Magician » July 14th, 2016, 11:11 pm

When I think of "obi strip", I think of when I used to seek out and buy vinyl records from Japan which had them. Nowadays, CD's from Japan have one as well.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby chetday » July 15th, 2016, 11:54 am

I put my order in a few days ago. Sure looking forward to this latest creation, Richard.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 15th, 2016, 1:01 pm

Thanks--I think you'll enjoy it.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby JHostler » July 17th, 2016, 1:29 pm

Must... stop... buying... resist... resist...

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 17th, 2016, 2:20 pm

Aw, I know you want it. :)
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby AJM » July 17th, 2016, 2:33 pm

I have to resist also on account of market conditions.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby JHostler » July 17th, 2016, 2:44 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Aw, I know you want it. :)


You're really complicating this magic sabbatical, Richard.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Edward Pungot » July 18th, 2016, 10:20 am

This is how I paid for mine. A lot of banks offer free $ for vices and whatnot when you open an acct with them.
https://www.chase.com/checking/chase-coupon

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 18th, 2016, 10:32 am

Edward, I'm not going to ask how many bank accounts you've opened over the past 5 years. :D
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Mr. Charming » July 24th, 2016, 3:19 am

Dear Richard:

could you tell us a little about the effects in terms of methods? Stacked deck, gaffs, etc. or is everything "impromptu from a shuffled deck in use"

thanks

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 24th, 2016, 11:20 am

There are a wide variety of methods used, but only one uses a gimmicked card.

Really, something to please everyone.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Randy Naviaux » August 29th, 2016, 1:03 am

What a splendid collection of material! Just finished watching the included DVD. Haven't been fooled so many times in a row as long as I can remember. Although it was in Japanese I don't think that detracted in the least. Such a calm performance of the material. He really let each effect stand on its own merit. The books is an equal joy but I have a bit of a problem. I no longer want to read any more of the book as I would like to stay astonished.

Once again, such a great treasure to have released to the fraternity. Thanks to Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Sato for sharing!

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby erdnasephile » August 29th, 2016, 8:20 am

This is a fun book to explore--lots of great stuff!

RK:
Just curious--how did you and So Sato decide what order to arrange the tricks in? Do you deliberately start with a flashy item to catch a prospective buyer's attention or put the "closers" last? Or were they arranged in the order in which they were created? (Is that why the Bushfire Triumph versions are separated?) I'm just interested in some of the decision making processes that go into producing a book like this.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 29th, 2016, 11:51 am

Most of the material was originally published in Japanese in two different books.
Then We added some items.
Then I reordered everything in a way that I felt was interesting and served the book well.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Chris Aguilar » August 30th, 2016, 1:57 pm

This book is fantastic. So many clever ideas and most of the effects are extremely direct.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 30th, 2016, 2:52 pm

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Paul Cummins » August 31st, 2016, 2:34 am

Definitely enjoying the book and humbled to see a small shout out at the end of Bushfire Triumph...

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Chris Aguilar » August 31st, 2016, 10:33 am

The "mimic show" routines, especially the excellent "collectors" variant really gobsmacked me when viewing them on the DVD. Lots of room for further exploration of that ruse...

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby brianarudolph » August 31st, 2016, 5:53 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Tell your friends!

This is one of those cases where I both want to and I don't want to!!!

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 31st, 2016, 8:13 pm

Don't overlook the effect "Another All Backs" in the book. It looks complicated until you try it, at which point you realize it's simple to do. The illusion is far ahead of that produced in most "All Backs" routines
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Bill Duncan » September 1st, 2016, 1:39 am

Gotta say I'm pretty impressed. This is the sort of book I used to look forward to in the pre-Genii days, when the books were coming out fast and furious.

Thanks Richard, for bringing him to our attention.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 4th, 2016, 5:39 pm

Happy to say that our online store is now functioning for orders for The Secrets of So Sato: http://kaufman.geniimagazine.com/
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Steve Mills » September 5th, 2016, 4:29 pm

This is a terrific book and the DVD is certainly a bonus.

I believe I have every Kaufman book except 3 (Tenyo, Perverse and England) and consider them some of the real centerpieces of my small library. If I have a criticism, I always felt that the approach was a little "clinical" and at times, failed to show enough "excitement" for the material - something many others may not find necessary or even desirable. Off hand, I can only think of one time we got to peak behind the veil, so to speak, and it was RK commenting on his disappointment that he failed to convey how good Ron Wilson was (or something like that).

I always enjoyed HLs Last Word and frequently read the tricks he mentioned there first.

I've enjoyed the obvious excitement for this book and it was a significant reason I purchased it. I'm glad I did.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby JHostler » September 5th, 2016, 8:14 pm

Steve Mills wrote:I always enjoyed HLs Last Word and frequently read the tricks he mentioned there first.


Of course, there was/is always a huge price to pay for HL's excitement. Many (including myself) have found the tone... if yaknowwhatImean... "difficult." IMHO, Kaufman and Minch have set the modern standard.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 5th, 2016, 9:51 pm

Steve Mills, I would agree that my approach is often very clinical.

Harry and I have different points of view about this type of thing.

My feeling is that I don't have to do a lot of "rah rah rah" for the tricks since you've already bought the book. My job is to teach you the tricks as clearly and as simply as possible with enough detail to be clear, but not too much detail so it's onerous to read through the text.
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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Joe Mckay » September 5th, 2016, 10:15 pm

I felt 'The Secrets of Bro John Hamman' was a nice example of a book where Richard's enthusiasm and passion for the magic came through.

That book was a lot of fun to study.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Steve Bryant » September 16th, 2016, 9:33 pm

Just for the record, does anyone remember what tricks So Sato performed at the Genii convention? I mainly remember the Follow the Leader trick. Richard? All in all, the show was a close-up highlight.

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Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 16th, 2016, 11:32 pm

He did Bushfire Triumph, Follow the Leader, and an Oil and Water (which is not in the book).
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