Tenyo T-118 Side Track

 Tenyo T-118 Side Track
Hiroshi Kondo

Examinable : No / Non

Rarity : ★★★★☆ 

Result of the visitors' rating / Résultat du sondage:
 Effect : 19,5/20
Design : 18,7/20
Quality and finish : Good / Bonne

Discontinued / Production terminée

A magic trick so incredible that you will leterally fool yourself! Imagine: A jumbo card is exhibited and may be examined. It is placed inside a clear window in the SIDETRACK case where it remains in full view at all the time. Then, wiyhout any false moves, the middle of the card is visibly pulled out ! It is then visibly pushed back in, and the card is immediately removed and handed out for examination.

This is one of the very few magic trick where the spectator can do the trick himself and still have no clue to the mystery. Side Track is maybe the best Zig-zag card ever invented. Unfortunately this trick is very rare and it is difficult to find a copy in good shape nowadays.
Over time and use, the equipment may become damaged, so I advise you to take good care of yours and follow the instructions include as if mishandling the magic can become permanently unusable. The case is large size and the use of jumbo size card allows to present this magic on stage without a problem. The design is very nice and is perfectly suitable for professionals magicians. Side Track is truly a treasure and Tenyo would be well advised if they decide to release again this magic. I would have loved a new close-up version with Poker size card and that could fit in my pocket. More with the materials available these days, some small wear problems could be corrected easily. Side Track is certainly one of the most successful and one of the most beautiful trick of the entire collection.

Development story:
Playing cards are often used in "Zig Zag" effects. Indeed, the flat shape of cards allows easily to conceive new mechanisms and magic principles. Following the example of the "Zig Zag Cig", Hiroshi Kondo conceived a magic trick where, eliminating any useless gesture, it is enough to pull the card in its middle to create automatically a Zig Zag phenomenon.
Concerning the gimmick, it was influenced by the Tenyo trick Midas Machine. SideTrack was conceived in 1983, originally as present was offered to the participants of the world Competition of the magic organized by the chain Nihon Telebi. It was declined in product and marketed afterward. To note that "Jigsaw Card, Expert Version" of the series "Magic Corner, Product original", marketed in 1985, amplify the same illusion thanks to the cuts practised in cards.

First version offered as present at the World Magic Competition in 1983

Vous montrez une carte Jumbo des deux côtés. Vous placez la carte à l'intérieur d'un étui dont la face avant est transparente, la carte reste donc toujours visible pendant tout le tour par le public. Maintenant, comme dans la célèbre illusion de la femme zig-zag, le milieu de la carte est visiblement tiré hors de l'étui, puis remis en place. La carte est immédiatement enlevée pour un examen. 

Side Track est surement le meilleur effet de Zig-zag jamais inventé, l'effet est parfait et pourtant il n'y a rien à cacher car vous pouvez même laisser le spectateur faire tout le tour lui même sans pour autant qu'il ne trouve aucun indice sur le secret. Du grand art. Malheureusement ce tour est très rare et il est difficile de trouver un exemplaire en bon état de nos jours.  Au fil du temps et des utilisations le matériel peut s'abimer, je vous conseil donc de prendre bien soin de votre exemplaire et surtout de suivre les instructions à la lettre car  en cas de mauvaise manipulation le tour peut devenir définitivement inutilisable.  L’étui est de grande taille et l'utilisation d'une carte Jumbo permet de présenter cet effet sur scène sans problème.  L'ensemble est vraiment très joli et son design conviendra parfaitement aux professionnels.  Side Track est véritablement un petit trésor et Tenyo serait bien inspiré de ressortir ce tour ! J'aurais adoré qu'ils produisent une nouvelle version close-up utilisable avec des cartes taille Poker et qui puisse tenir dans la poche. De plus avec les matériaux disponibles de nos jours, les quelques petits problèmes d'usure pourraient être corrigés facilement. Side Track est certainement une des plus belle réussite et un des plus beau tour de toute la collection.

Histoire du développement:
Les cartes sont souvent utilisées dans des effets du style « Zig Zag». En effet, la forme plate des cartes permet facilement de concevoir de nouveaux mécanismes et principes magique. A l’instar de "Zig Zag Cig", Hiroshi Kondo a conçu un tour où, éliminant tout geste inutile, il suffit de tirer la carte en son milieu pour créer automatiquement un phénomène Zig Zag.
Quant à l’astuce, elle a été influencée par le tour Midas Machine. C’est en 1983 que Side Track a été conçu, à l’origine comme cadeau offert aux participants du Concours mondial de la magie organisé par la chaîne Nihon Telebi. Il fut décliné en produit et commercialisé par la suite. A noter que « Jigsaw Card, Expert Version » de la série « Magic Corner, original product », commercialisé en 1985, amplifie cette même illusion grâce aux découpes pratiquées dans les cartes.


  1. I was able to find a brand new, sealed, 33-year old "SideTrack" - and it is beautiful! The prop is of very solid and good quality. You have to read the instructions for the handling carefully: it is very easy to perform, but there are some precautions to take so that you don't break the mecanism. The effect is simple - but amazing. Because of the big jumbo size you can petform it for large audiences. Actually I would not use it for a too close close-up: the spectator might notice... Even if you know how it works, it just looks so cool! You need to tell a good frame-story though, because the effect itself is quite short - so don't waste it! Does it really deserve to be at the pole position for the best Tenyo trick? Well, let's say it certainly is among the top ten.

  2. Tenyo bem que poderia ter a opção de vender o download... com as instruções... (e um pequeno desconto)... isso faria com que se ecomizasse o correio!

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