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Postby Matthew Field » 12/10/08 12:31 PM

Here's a very spooky looking effect performed on Hong Kong TV.

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=muB6aRDrr ... 3&index=52

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Postby Jim Maloney » 12/10/08 03:01 PM

I'm guessing it's the same idea behind this and this?

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Postby Curtis Kam » 12/10/08 04:53 PM

Nice. That's Craig Matsuoka's effect, it was sold by Hocus Pocus about a year ago. (?)
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Postby Craig Matsuoka » 12/10/08 10:52 PM

Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Nicely done. I dont speak this performers language, but I do understand the audience reaction. Astonishment is our lingua franca, after all.

Yes, hes using my trick Kinetink, but Hiro Sakai deserves full credit for the basic idea. He was the first to transform this scientific curiosity into a moment of magic. Thats a challenge magicians face in an increasingly tech savvy world, but engaging presentations can make effects like these much more palatable.

Im delighted that someone thought my trick was suitable for TV, but a major goal in developing Kinetink was to make Sakais concept more practical for working close-up performers. In other words, it had to be clean (literally) and easy to transport. I also wanted to create a different spookier effect -- that of a drawing being scrawled by an invisible finger.

Kinetink was a short-run item (about 100 units) and is currently sold out. However, Im thinking about releasing it again. The raw materials are expensive and are not always easy for me to obtain in sufficient quantity. Moreover, the labor involved in manufacturing the product is maddening. Nevertheless, if theres enough interest to make it worthwhile, Ill consider doing another small run.

BTW, I have a larger notepad version of Kinetink in the works. It will be capable of drawing up to four different shapes: star, square, triangle, and circle.

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Postby Ray T. Stott » 12/11/08 12:44 AM

Jim Maloney wrote:I'm guessing it's the same idea behind this and this?


Mr. Maloney,
I clicked your you second "this" link that carried me to a T.H.E.M. performance. About thirty seconds into the clip a message came on the screen saying "[color:#FF0000]Law and Order...Coming Next[/color]."

You know, I replayed that clip 23 times and Law and Order never did come on.

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Postby Travis » 12/11/08 03:24 PM

Craig, I sent you a PM.
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