Fan of etymology that I am, I believe Fushigi is taken from the Japanese words “Fu,” meaning “Why,” and “Shigi,” meaning “The hell would someone with as little hand dexterity as Jeremy own one of these things?”
There’s a pretty simple answer for why I have a Fushigi.
My friends gave me one for my birthday.
I believe they were misled by the product description, which reads “Fushigi is a form of object manipulation in which the ball or balls are kept in contact with the body.”
Knowing (or assuming) that I’ve had years of practice manipulating balls that are in contact with my body, this seemed like a superb gift idea.
It certainly has the potential to be one of my favorite ASOTV products. After all, I DO have an abnormal proclivity toward shiny things.
After first use, though, I was a little discouraged.
The instructional DVD that accompanies the Fushigi shows a skilled contact juggler (and obvious member of the counterculture) dubbed “The Amazing Kenny” performing tricks such as The Half Pipe, The Venus Flytrap, and The Enigma. It’s a fifteen-minute video, separated into segments that are roughly a minute long. In between the minute long demonstrations, Kenny presumably took breaks to play hackeysack, or eat granola, or dip his long pony tail in patchouli oil.
I first attempted using the Fushigi at 4:00 am on a Sunday morning after a day of drinking… pretty heavily. So, the only tricks I was prepared to attempt mastering were “Grasp and Hold the Fushigi for Four Seconds Without Dropping the Sphere Onto the Hardwood” and “Don’t Pass Out Face-Down on the Sofa.”
I failed. Both.
So far, after a week of periodically picking up the magic Fushigi, I’ve only been able to perfect a single, not-so-impressive trick in which I rub the silver globe between my left and right hands. I call it “Checking the Tin Man for Testicular Cancer.”
I want to improve my Fushigi skills and then write about my prowess in Orb Rolling.
However, based on the progress I’ve made toward finishing The Statue of Liberty 3-D Puzzle, I wouldn’t anticipate a follow up on the Fushigi any time soon.
Where to Buy: Fushigi Ball
Price: $19.99 + S & H
Isn’t a better translation of the word Fushigi “miracle” or “mystery?” Uhm… sure.