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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Funny Magic Clips: Sketch Book

Last year at our university magic club Christmas show, I did a performance with a sketch book. You draw a pair of sunglasses and then you can take out a real pair of sunglasses and the picture in the sketchbook disappears. I like this magic theme. If you could do magic for real, this would be something that would actually be useful (unlike say making a card come to the top of a deck of cards over and over again).


In Sweden, a new TV show has just started. It is called "Helt Magiskt" ("Completely Magical") and is a Swedish version of the BBC show "The Magicians". Every week some non-magician celebrities are paired up with a magician and they do magic together. The Swedish government run TV is very nice, and they make most of their content available for free on the Internet (the page for the show is here: http://svt.se/heltmagiskt and things with SVT-play means things on the Internet).

スウェーデンで最近「Helt Magiskt」(「完全にマジック」)というテレビ番組のシリーズが始まった。イギリスのBBCでやっていた「The Magicians」という番組のスウェーデン版なんだ。毎週、マジシャンではない有名人がマジシャンとペア分けになって、一緒にマジックをする。スウェーデンの国立テレビ局が優しいので、自分で作成した番組がほぼ全部インターネットでも、誰でも観れる。「Helt Magiskt」のページがhttp://svt.se/heltmagisktにあって、「SVT-play」と書いてあればインターネットで観れるものだ。

I have met and spoken to one of the magicians in this show, Charlie Caper. He surprised me with how good his spoken Japanese is. I have seen him do a street magic show in Stockholm, and I have seen one of the other magicians, Michael Halvarson, in Tokyo when he did pick-pocketing for Cirque du Soleil (which I can also recommend, by the way).

この番組に出ているマジシャン1人、Charlie Caperさんに会って話したことがある。ビックリする程日本語が話せるんだ。ストックホルムで大道芸祭りで彼のショーも観たことがある。番組のMichael Halvarsonというマジシャンも東京のシルクドゥソレイで観た。

Anyway, one of the clips made available on YouTube shows Charlie Caper and a non-magician celebrity doing magic with a sketch book. I liked the things they decided to draw and produce.

「Helt Magiskt」でCharlie Caperさんとマジシャンではない女の人が2人でスケッチブックのマジックをやっている動画がYouTubeにある。描いて出すものがよくて、センスあるなぁと思った。

P.S. My performance with the magic sketchbook is also on YouTube, here:

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