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Will Jung

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Hello everyone!

I spent the last week in Tokyo, Japan. I was in Osaka last year. I just wanted to share my experiences with you guys. 

I'm sure some of you are aware of the Japanese style of magic. I can't quite put my finger on how to describe it....all I can say is that it's quite out of the box compared to some western styles. 

When I was in Osaka, I stopped by Ponta the Smith's magic bar, "The French Drop." For those who aren't familiar with magic bars, they are...well....bars, except magicians perform! You do have to pay a cover charge, and I assume a good amount of it covers the magicians' paychecks. Most bars have all you can drink for the two hours your cover charge covers. The usual price is about 5000-7000 yen (around 50-70 USD). Most magic bars are not too big. The French Drop seats around maybe 20. It's beautiful and the magicians are top notch of course. During the day, you can visit the shop upstairs, which has a variety of books, props, and DVDs. The French Drop is also a magic company and has many great releases, some that are almost exclusive to their shop. (For example, I picked up "Sprout" by Tomoya Hiroki about a year before it hit the US market, which I HIGHLY suggest to coin workers). I met Ponta in 2013 when I traveled to Taiwan for the 2013 TMA Convention. He didn't remember me, of course, haha, but he is a really funny guy and of course, an AMAZING magician. 

In Tokyo, I visited the three main magic shops of the area: Magic Land, Panora Magic, and Magic Fantasia. Magic Land is considered to be a legendary magic shop in Japan and they have many products that are exclusive to their shop (most of them being the creators of the shop's owners). Panora Magic is a smaller shop with a decent selection, but my favorite was Magic Fantasia. It's a bigger shop with a HUGE selection. 

I've read reviews and recommendations of magic bars in Tokyo, such as Junijii and Toto's, but I found one near where I lived which I consider a hidden gem (to us Americans, anyway). It's called "MAGIC シマ" or Majikkushima. It's located in Ueno and the close up magicians there when I went, (Saggy, Ryuu, and an older gentleman who I never got the name of, but the younger ones jokingly called him Japanese Juan Tamariz) were absolutely AMAZING. Unlike the French Drop and Junijii's, Majikkushima doesn't have a stage for stage performances, but the close up was superb. I highly recommend this magic bar if anyone decides to venture to Tokyo. 

Also, I can't believe the amount of Tenyo products sold in toy stores! I was in a department store and was lucky enough to run into a Tenyo magic demonstrator who showed me some of the products. In America, you can find magic kits in toy stores too, but Tenyo products seem to be somewhat of a culture here. 

Also, I speak ZERO Japanese. The places I visited were pretty English friendly. Some restaurants didn't have an English menu though, which no one is to blame. 

I know this post was rather long, but I hope that some of you find my experience to be helpful in some way. 
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Hi Will,

Thanks for that review. Very valuable to anyone planning on visiting Japan. I was in China for 10 days about two weeks ago. No magic, just sight seeing. I would love to visit Japan at some point. 

You're right about Tenyo. They negotiated with me to sell their version of my trick, Diminishing Returns. The terms only allowed them to sell in Japan so that it wouldn't compete against my trick selling worldwide. They sold over 20,000 in six months! Then another 10,000 over the next few years. They have stopped selling it at this point because it ran out of juice and they have other products to sell in its place. Check out the photos below:

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Wow, that's awesome Mike! Do you have any plans to cooperating with them again in the near future? 
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thank you for sharing Will
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