Fun to watch: Paper gets wings

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May

In this super cool talk from TEDxTokyo, magician Kohtaro Fujiyama morphs ripped pieces of paper into butterflies, and then lets them take flight, controlling their motion by waving fans. (Fast forward to 1:43 to watch.) This fascinating display is an adaptation of tezuma, a classic form of Edo magic that fuses illusion, story and music. It’s an art form Fujiyama knows well, as he is the second generation in his family to practice it — his father is tezuma legend Shintaro Fujiyama.

So what’s the story in this performance? The ongoing cycle of life and death, illustrated by the butterflies.

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  • commented on May 31 2013

    Reblogged this on Counting down to a dream's end..

  • Alexander Swallow commented on May 30 2013

    Reblogged this on one swallow makes a summer and commented:
    Simple…but so beautiful.

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  • commented on May 29 2013

    Reblogged this on technosliceph.

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