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Mahka Tendo

We heard the news this morning from Dale Salwak that Japanese magician Mahka Tendo has died.

"It is with much sadness that I report the passing of Japan's Mahka Tendo from cancer early on the morning of May 26th at the age of 49.

Mahka was known and respected and loved by the magical community all over the world. For many months he fought bravely and strongly, his family at his side.

Many magicians, upon learning of his illness, continued to send him DVDs and e-mailed messages of encouragement. These meant a lot to him. He died knowing that others cared."

Mahka Tendo is best known for his ground-breaking work with jumbo card productions which earned him a Silver Medal in Manipulation at FISM 1985. More recently he's brought out a selection of products including canes, with SEO Magic, and he was presenting a weekly magic spot on NHKTV in Japan.

We last saw Mahka at the Asian Magic Convention in 2007 where he lectured with some of his new products. His innovative thinking and friendly personality will be missed.