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Tomo Maeda

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Tomohiro Maeda 前田 知洋 (born 1966 in Yohohama, Japan) is a professional close-up magician. Tomo became fascinated at the age of twelve when he saw a Japanese TV special with Slydini, but did not start learning magic until joining a magic club at his University when he was eighteen. By his senior year in college he was working close-up magic at a bar and restaurant in Shinjiku, Japan. He then decided to go to the United States and study at a college in Los Angeles. He performed at the Magic Castle, becoming the youngest Japanese to do so.

After only a year in the United States, he went back to Japan when he found out about a new restaurant called "Tycoon" being built in Yokohama that needed a magician. He didn't really want to leave, but when he quoted a rather large salary to them and they accepted, he couldn't turn it down. He ended up working there for five years, becoming the first full-time professional close-up magician in Japan.

Tomo performed at the 1994 FISM convention held in Yokohama, Japan.

He has appeared on TV in Japan many times. In 2000, Tomo was the magic consultant for the Japanese movie, "Sweet Sweet Ghost". Tomo hosted the TV show "The 5 Greatest Close-up Magicians in the World", which aired in early 2005.

Tomo credits three main influences on his magic style: the American magician Michael Weber, the Japanese clothing designer Issey Miyake, and the Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. He says Max Maven's theories, attitude and way of thinking was an inspiration to him.

He also enjoys Origami and has created many tricks using it.

In 2003, Tomo was on the cover of GENII magazine in the July issue.


Published Routines

  • Genii December 1987:
    • Suspended!
  • New Magic Of Japan by Phil Goldstein & Richard Kaufman (1988):
    • Glass Load
  • Genii February 1989:
  • Five Times Five: Japan by Richard Kaufman (1992):
    • Ambitious Clip
    • New Era Moving Pips
    • Match Transposition
    • BoxBack
    • Pieces of the Future
  • Genii Magazine July 1994:
    • Out to Cut
  • Genii Magazine May 2000:
    • Human Cannonball by Tomohiro Maeda
  • Effects in Genii July 2003:
    • The 2-D Spoon - a spoon bending effect down with a drawing of a spoon on a sheet of paper.
    • Large from Little - a huge bottle of soda is pulled out of a folded up paper bag when opened.
    • Ten Socks in a Bag - a prediction effect using colored socks.
    • Hangarian Rope - a rope turns into coat hanger.
    • The Isolated Corner - A prediction effect with a box of cards that all contain missing corners.
    • The Lemon Cup - an impromptu ungimmicked chop cup routine based on a John Mendoza routine.
  • Marketed effects:
    • Casio Magic Watch

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