Modern-day samurai fools Penn & Teller with "impossible" coin trick


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/07/16/modern-day-samurai-fools-penn.html


#2

Wow I really enjoyed both the trick and his persona in the act.


#3

Very impressive. I also like the way he subverts and turns around the Asian stereotypes as well as how he achieves a balance between his act as an overconfident egotist and his genuine humility and gratitude to his mentors.


#4

look at 2:03, when he says “the coins move” the card shifts a bit on its own before the camera cuts away. Was that the trap door opening and sucking the coins down to be repopulated elsewhere? secret bank-type pneumatic tube installation under the felt tablet, responding to the commands of his implanted cybernetics?


#5

Black velvet flaps that cover and uncover the coins that don’t move?


#6

Simpler than that


#7

I am such a muggle.


#8

Cool but that only explains the most basic part of his act. He made coins appear and disappear without the help of cards to conceal his actions. Pretty impressive i thought.

I thought at one point it looked like he could be swiping coins off the back of the felt platform but even if true that’s only a partial explanation.


#9

Yeah, P&T are right at the end in saying that the Matrix is a well-known trick, but his presentation definitely pushed it up a level, and the smoothness of the punchline was excellent.


#10

Exactly what I was going to post.

I’ve seen this trick many times, but NEVER like that.


#11

THIS. His showmanship was great and even if P&T know the trick they lost track of his sleights he was doing it so smoothly and he added his own touch to it as well.


#12

He is very good, perhaps he’ll be as good as Dai Vernon someday. His drops are smooth, but his palming is a bit clumsy at times.


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