T-149 Dragon Altar

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T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby JohnM » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:04 am

Name: Dragon Altar

T-Number: T-149

Inventor: Hiroshi Kondo

Year: 1991



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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Steve S. » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:47 am

I really like this one. For me, it's another one of those cool plastic props that made me love Tenyo so much.

With a bit of practice and some tweaking the way you handle it, it works well and consistently. Using the correct coin is also important.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby SimonC » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:20 am

I like this trick, it's one I've used a lot at school. I'll show the class then challenge someone to either do it themself or tell me how I did it.
Clever thinking, bit of a knack to it so I'm never 100% confident performing it so a point lost for that!
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Richard Kaufman » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:30 pm

Yet another trick with a noise issue.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Steve S. » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:48 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yet another trick with a noise issue.


Can't that be explained as hearing the magic happen? I never had a problem with that noise.

It's not a problem in the Paul Daniels version either. It doesn't give anything away.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby VictorS » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:47 am

Repost:

This is interesting....Paul Daniels performed Dragon Altar for stage version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In1eVMBLUpE
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby David DeTenyo » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:37 am

VictorS wrote:Repost:

This is interesting....Paul Daniels performed Dragon Altar for stage version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In1eVMBLUpE


Interesting indeed - a year after Tenyo released Dragon Altar, Paul Daniels performed this larger version in his show. Paul was known to buy all sorts of little gimmicky stuff, he performed Parabox too in one of his tv shows. I think he stumbled across Dragon Altar and decided to make a larger version of it. Sad we can't ask him anymore ... .
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Steve S. » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks for sharing that video Victor! Very cool!

It's impressive how Paul Daniels managed to get those props together. I assume he had most if not all of the props specially made for the effect.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby VictorS » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 pm

Welcome Steve...yes indeed it looks cool ;)
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Richard Kaufman » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:23 pm

How many Tenyo tricks can you get away with doing by saying, "Do you hear that click [you can substitute thud, or bang, etc.], that's when the magic happens."

That's a really bad way to perform magic. Laymen are not stupid.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby David DeTenyo » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:28 pm

I didn't write an opinion yet but this afternoon I had some time to play with Dragon Altar. I remember it being very difficult to get it to work 100% of the time.

I tried about 30 times, following the instructions, but I only succeeded about 1/3 of the time in doing what is supposed to happen. More practice is necessary I guess.

I also tried the extra effect described in Tenyoism (the optical illusion looks VERY convincing by the way, even up close) but had a hard time to 'drop' the coin in the box ... I didn't succeed once to be honest, and yes Richard, I did exactly what you wrote ;)

Ah well, this is a very clever trick, but it needs some serious practice to get the 'feeling' of it, as Richard also wrote in Tenyoism by the way.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby gazpratley » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:39 pm

Great trick,i can do this prob 95 percent of the time lol,it does have a slight knack. this trick was readilly available a few years ago from Hitomi in japanese packaging of course.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Steve S. » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:31 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:How many Tenyo tricks can you get away with doing by saying, "Do you hear that click [you can substitute thud, or bang, etc.], that's when the magic happens."

That's a really bad way to perform magic. Laymen are not stupid.


No one said that you have to make a reference to a noise. That's up to the performer. I prefer to make a comment rather than bang on the table or make some other obnoxious noise.

All laymen are different. Some are more assuming than others. While some may be suspicious about a sound they hear, others just want to be entertained and are not so critical. They go with the flow so to speak.

I think it's safe to say that Dragon Altar is a good clever trick.
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby David DeTenyo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:52 am

About the noise ... if a ball passes thru a coin and lid, isn't it supposed to make a noise? :D
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Re: T-149 Dragon Altar

Postby Steve S. » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:55 am

David DeTenyo wrote:About the noise ... if a ball passes thru a coin and lid, isn't it supposed to make a noise? :D


Good point David! ;)
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