magic

We made magical crystal chocolate tarts, fit for a mage with a sweet tooth! 【Sora Kitchen】

Use this recipe to make chocolate tarts with some culinary witchcraft.

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Grimoire backpack is a practical way to proclaim your love for magical fantasies

A stylish must-have for the lord of the books.

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Japanese magician’s cutting-edge performance stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent 【Video】

Mmm! That looks like a delicious double-edge razor blade.

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Wait, anime IS like reality? How to recreate Ghibli’s Spirited Away “name-stealing” magic【Video】

You don’t need Hayao Miyazaki-level drawing skills or magical powers, as long as you’ve got some basic office/school supplies.

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Saturday Night Live Korea offers parody look at what Doctor Strange is capable of【Video】

These feats of greatness are made even more spectacular with a duo of easily impressed sidekicks.

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Japanese man astounds Internet by levitating paper cup and cigarette in mid-air【Video】

We’ve watched the clip a dozen times and we still can’t tell how the trick was performed.

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Japan’s love-granting witchcraft apples on sale again just in time for Halloween

Limited quantities, premium pricing, and purportedly magical results.

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Malaysian magicians break the record for changing clothes in a single minute

Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim make the record books for their impressively quick quick-change act.

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Fan recreates anime film Your Name’s trailer in amazing card trick form【Video】

Director Makoto Shinkai’s anime are often described as magical, so what better way to salute his latest project than a magic trick?

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Magic fail makes dignity disappear【Video】

Can you spot what went wrong?

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Japan Airlines adds a dash of magic to promote its new credit card【Video】

Let magician Zach Mueller show you some credit card wizardry in this new commercial.

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The Assassin’s Teapot will either kill your enemies or mellow out a sharp batch of Earl Grey

This ornate teapot holds a dark secret—using it, you can either amaze your guests with excellent service, or murder them. Whichever floats your boat.

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Japanese company develops unique “Air Bonsai” that floats and rotates in mid-air【Video】

This is the first time we’ve ever seen a levitating bonsai.

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“Poison Apple” from sacred mountain in Japan is said to grant your wishes this Valentine’s Day

Snow White and the Wicked Queen cosplay is now complete with this specially grown black “poison apple”.

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Owner amazes passers-by as he walks invisible barking “dog” around Nagano【Video】

People in Nagano couldn’t believe their eyes when they spotted this man and his invisible dog going for a walk around town.

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Chinese company mimics levitation trick, unamused authorities immediately shut it down【Video】

Whether it’s deserved or not, China has something of a reputation for producing convincing copies. Another thing the country is known for, however, is having authorities that do not suffer fools gladly… 

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Change your perspective: A quartet of videos from little-known Japan

If you’re a regular RocketNews24 reader, then chances are you’re already a fan of Japan and Japanese culture. But ask the average person on the street to tell you what they know about Japan, and most likely all you’ll hear are things like “geisha,” “sumo,” and “anime.”

With that in mind, today we’d like to share with you a selection of videos from our special website, “Another Side of Japan” from NHK World, which feature three of Japan’s little-known wonders and demonstrate the importance of perspective when looking at not just Japan but the world in general. The video tour starts after the jump!

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“I know how it’s done!”: Japanese TV guest learns what not to say to a magician on live TV【Video】

If the first rule of magic is that the illusionist must never tell an audience how a trick is done, the second rule must be that you never interrupt a magician live on air to yell, “I’ve seen this one before! I’ll tell you how he’s doing it…”

Obviously, no one told studio guest Airi Taira that, because that’s exactly what she did during a live TV broadcast featuring Japanese-American magician Sero (セロ) on Tuesday night. Join us after the jump for one flying hoverboard, one defensive peeved magician and more awkward smiling than you can shake a stick at.

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Defrost a steak in 5 minutes without using heat or the microwave? What is this sorcery!?【Video】

Buying in bulk and freezing some of your purchase to cook another day is a great way to save money. But the problem with freezing things is that then you have to unfreeze them. That’s right, my friend. We need to talk about defrosting.

If I told you there was a super-fast way to defrost meat that doesn’t require a heat source, a microwave, or even hot water, you’d probably think I’d been drinking too much Lemon Coke or something. But, dear reader, never again will you feel depressed about the single-person servings lined up neatly in your freezer. Never again will a good steak go to waste for want of an eater. Never again. And it’s all thanks to the magic of physics. Yes. Magic.

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Brighten your day at the Magical Art Museum in Ueno 【Photos】

From now until October 6 at the Ueno Royal Museum, a very special art exhibit is on display called Trick of the Light『Magical Art Museum』~Art in Wonderland. This unique collection of modern art encourages participation from visitors, rather than mere observation, creating an individualized artistic experience for every person taking part.

The magical exhibit houses 19 installation art pieces put together by 11 very talented artists. Felix Sayaka, talented reporter for our Japanese sister site, Pouch, visited the museum to give us all an illuminated introduction to four of the exhibition’s stellar works.

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