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Tokyo Tables, The

by Naito, Golo

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(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Types: eBook, Video Download
Publisher: Vanishing Inc.

Product Description

This is a very, very unusual and lovely ebook collection. C. Golo Naito is a German magician who lived in Japan for a period of years, and rose to the top of the wonderful bar magic scene in Tokyo (Japan is filled with cool, quaint magic bars). Here he developed a unique array of visual magic. The book is expertly written, filled with magic as diverse as floating cigarettes, hard-hitting card material, and a tremendous new way of switching decks. ALL practical, ALL original, ALL wonderfully presented.

But what will strike you first about The Tokyo Tables is the learning experience. This ebook LOOKS gorgeous, as if it was laid out by the editors at Vanity Fair. And as a sweet perk, nearly every trick has a video showing a performance and explanation of the trick he writes about. So you get to see these tricks in action, and just how visual and commercial each one is. The book describes 10 items in 36 pages, and we found it the perfect length for two detailed sittings. This is one of those ebooks that could EASILY be a $50 printed hardbound book, but the embedded videos are too cool to leave out, so it remains an ebook at an extremely reasonable price.

There are too many favorites to mention, but here are some:

Introduce Yourself: You burn a piece of paper and change it into your name badge in a flash, and then change THAT into a deck of cards.

Prediction on Arm: Cause an image of a selected card to appear ON THE ARM of your spectator.

Think of a Card: Smart, insightful work on every magician's obsession: thought-of card material.

36 pages. Includes 25-minute video download.
Date Added: Oct 8th, 2014
MLA SKU: 543480160c334


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Official Review

November 21st, 2014 1:21am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

This download video has some good effects and routines.

The first is a cigarette manipulation and levitation. The method is very nice and simple. I think a little more work could have gone into moving the hands side to side while the cigarette goes to the mouth. Keeping the hands so still gives the impression that there is something between the hands holding up the cigarette. It is important to understand that magic is not when people can't explain it. Magic is about something having no explanation. In the video, they may not know what was between the hands, but the hands telegraphed that there was "something" between them. His hookup method is very good and very simple.

The next routine starts out as the typical vanish a ring using a sharpie as a wand, but the sharpie vanishes behind the ear. However, there is a little surprise when the ring then vanishes to the ear. He also shows a few ring manipulations. In one of the manipulations, the ring is flashed,... [Read More]

Official Review

November 18th, 2014 12:44am
Reviewed by Stuart Philip
C. Golo Naito’s The Tokyo Tables is 26 page eBook with an accompanying downloadable 25 minute Vimeo video that teaches many tricks from his personal set. I like this ebook/video combo for several reasons, including the diversity of magic discussed and the top notch video presentations and instructions. The Tokyo Tables are well worth the $10 download price.

The video presentation demonstrates and explains a Floating Cigarette effect using Mesika’s Loops©, A Ring in Ear routine for which he credits Gregory Wilson’s ReCap, a sleight of hand trick with a name tag and flash paper and a few card tricks. None of the effect are difficult and most are easy to master.

Naito’s instructional videos are excellent. In fact, the videos are so good that Naito should be in the business of making them for other magicians. The videos are contained on one continuous video and the eBook indicates the time that each segment starts so you can jump ahead. The instructional portion of... [Read More]

Official Review

November 18th, 2014 12:44am
Reviewed by Josh Burch
The Tokyo Tables is an interesting download/ebook. As you read the book you are referred to certain sections of a downloadable video for reference. The ebook is very clear and simple to read, the video is set to music with subtitles and illustrations to clearly demonstrate each method. I found the teaching style to be extremely clear. You must be able to see both the video and ebook in order to learn the magic completely.

Floating Cigarette: This is a nearly impromptu version of Steve Fearson’s “Floating Cigarette”. You will still need a specific gimmick, made popular by Yigal Mesika. Many magicians carry these with them constantly. The actual set up seems simple enough that I’d doubt this is completely original. It resets instantly and can be gotten into on the fly amongst a bigger cigarette routine. This is a worker for sure.

Ring in Ear: After making a ring vanish and reappear a few times a Sharpie is pulled out of the ring. The sharpie vanishes and appears in the... [Read More]

Official Review

December 21st, 2014 10:42am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
This was an interesting format and layout because you not only get a PDF but you also get a Vimeo video, however, the video is a tad more complete in its instructional value but that is not a bad thing necessarily “ at least not in this case. I will explain:

As you read through the PDF, you get more of the background story on the author and on each effect and then at certain points during the explanation of each effect, it refers you to the video for a performance and further (or for the complete) explanation. Some of the effects in the PDF have a brief explanation but not the whole thing, and for others the opposite is true. I thought a particularly nice touch was the PDF points you to a specific time stamp in the video for that effect, rather than a generic instruction to “…now go watch the video to see the explanation”.

The PDF is easy to read and is nicely laid out, the video is well-produced and is a no-talk instructional video with text and diagram overlays to... [Read More]

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