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RayJ

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This technology is a couple years old but I couldn't find it discussed here on the forum.

It appears to provide the opportunity to completely hide objects by bending light.  Reminds me a little of the "Lubor's Lens" popularized by Paul Harris, but this material takes it to a new level.

Will it be refined and made affordable to be used for magic effects?  Some people don't like having to drag a thumb tip around.  How will they feel about this stuff?



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I doubt it will get to the point where its affordable for the average non-pro magician, but it is super cool!
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I doubt it will get to the point where its affordable for the average non-pro magician, but it is super cool!


Like any technology, time will tell.  I remember when it cost more than $125.00 for a 5-function calculator.  It was comparatively huge, had limitations on decimal places and operated off of a 9-volt battery.  Now, companies like Casio and others can put a better calculator onto a watch and sell it for less than $20.00.

Here is an example, listed at $10.99 on the web.

RUBBER BLACK DATA BANK CALCULATOR DIGITAL MULTIFUNCTION SMART WATCH

This one was a real bargain for around $100.00.  

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Haha wow! Yeah I remember I had one of those watches as a kid, I thought it was so cool, and of course mine cost around 10 dollars. Those Texas Instrument calculators like the TI-83 still are still over a $100 though and its been that way for a couple decades now.
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Haha wow! Yeah I remember I had one of those watches as a kid, I thought it was so cool, and of course mine cost around 10 dollars. Those Texas Instrument calculators like the TI-83 still are still over a $100 though and its been that way for a couple decades now.


Individual brands and/or models may maintain value, but competitors such as Casio can manufacture and market calculators as good as or possibly better than TI for less money.

There will always be outliers.  It helps too that some educators require that students purchase a particular model.  Two of my 4 children had teachers that made them buy a specific model. In their mind, nothing else would do.  That will help prop the pricing up.
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