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 Post subject: Domino Magic (yeap, you guessed right)
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:57 am 
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It is indeed another custom magic. I always wanted to do a "Type A 10-tile" magic (please refer to my definitions to see how I differentiate magics), but I wanted to make a special design! The magic domino theme seemed perfect, as a 10-tile magic makes a much better challenge than a restricted 9-tile magic.

Here are some photos of the puzzle, the last two photos are the actual solutions (the "lighting" must be consistent), and going from one solution to another is not *that* easy! ;)
(one tile is always hidden in both solutions - one with the puzzle name, and one with the designer name).


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PS While chatting with a friend of mine from Singapore, she accidentally gave me a brilliant idea for a couple of magics with some exotic themes...
Keep tuned, as there are aplenty magics (types A, B, or Mobius) that I have not done yet!

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Nice one :D .

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i'm not good with magics but that is pretty suave.


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Myke wrote:
Nice one :D .


Thanks Myke! 8-)

And it is quite a challenge too! I realised that exchanging the two tiles which are one above the other (in the middle bottom part), is one parity difference that is definitely non-trivial LOL



Kyle_A wrote:
i'm not good with magics but that is pretty suave.


I appreciate the succinct comment! :-)

The colors are kinda classic, I should take a photo of it beside a cubic magic domino! :)





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It seems that this puzzle has not two, but four solutions!

Both black and white solutions can be solved in two ways, with the light diagonally up-left, or with the lighting diagonally down-right! :)

The comparison of the photos below (for the black tile case) speaks by itself. ;)

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Another amazing Magic Pantazis.

I dabbled a little bit myself lately with custom Magics.
But it's not as easy as it looks when you do it :-)

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Thomas wrote:
Another amazing Magic Pantazis.

I dabbled a little bit myself lately with custom Magics.
But it's not as easy as it looks when you do it :-)

Thomas



Thanks for the comment Thomas, I totally agree that it is not easy. Especially for large magics, the slightest error in a paper tile, may require some drastic re-stringing! :?

After the first one is built, things can get a little easier. But for the prototype, until it is tested and made sure everything is in the correct place, my heart is always missing some beats LOL



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What are the designs printed on? Is it just normal paper?

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joey wrote:
What are the designs printed on? Is it just normal paper?


The paper tiles are just normal color prints (and I use a paper punch to cut them accurately!).

Depending on the theme, the pick of the colors can be sometimes very important as they make the puzzle look nicer. :)




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decent print quality and cut accuracy can completely change a puzzle...

Those that have seen my Magic will understand.

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Pembo wrote:
decent print quality and cut accuracy can completely change a puzzle...

Those that have seen my Magic will understand.


uh oh, I'm assuming its bad then!

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haha yer, my Magic is so scruffy looking :)

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A few of tips for making/using magics:


1) Make the paper tile size larger than usual (I make them double than their real size), so that when you are printing them on paper and choosing "fit on page", the quality (dpi etc) will be much much better.
2) get a paper punch for accurate cutting. If you can't, use a previous accurate paper as a reference when cutting with scissors.
3) When stringing, ALWAYS align the papers properly. One mistake would be enough for one paper tile to be misaligned to a different angle making the puzzle look amateurish.
4) Place the string connector (of each string) in the middle of each plastic tile, and if possible, each side of a tile will have exactly one string connector. Trust me, you don't want to have a connector near the side, it may break! Of course movement may move around a connector, but that is a different story.
5) When using ANY magic, and realize that there is some stiff movement in certain parts, try to stretch it a bit and bend it up and down to those parts and release the pressure.



Of course, no one is perfect, but the above help for optimal improvements!




I had some terrible builts when started making magic puzzles. For example, my very first silver challenge had too big paper tiles which although didn't do much damage on the movement, looked a bit ugly LOL.

After that something needed to be done, and now I always do some "black and white" (laser printer) paper comparison before I print the colored ones.


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hey that looks amazing man... i really wish i could make puzzles, but i just dont have the time or resources for taht matter, but keep up the good work!

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