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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 27, 2011

Magic Snack Ropossa ・ マジックのスナック「ロポッサ」

Me with something stuck to my face
Yesterday I went to the magic "snack bar" Ropossa (Sapporo read in reverse, in Japanese, sa-double consonant-po-ro --> ro-po-double consonant-sa). A snack bar is basically a bar with a high entry fee or high prices that also includes the "mama" and the other staff talking to you and entertaining you. So it could be for instance a bar with flirty waitresses. Ropossa is a bar where the mama does magic for you. She does not call herself a magician, and says that the place is not a magic bar, though.

昨日、ロポッサ(札幌の逆読み)というマジックスナックに行った。 ママがマジックをやってくれるスナックだ。マジシャンではないと言っている。マジックバーではないって、言っている。だが、結構レベル高いマジック見れる。

Food
  
More food (dried fish heated in the oven)

It costs 3000 yen to visit Ropossa, and this also gets you some food, and free drinks for your whole visit. If you are a magician, mama will generally not do magic for you (she thinks she is not good enough, which is not true), but they will pepper you with strange toys, puzzle boxes that just wont open no matter what you try, intellectual puzzles, novelty items, and lots more. Very exhausting! And very entertaining. You can also watch as mama performs magic to other customers, including lots of sponge rabbits, sponge penises, balloon swallowing, and spoon bending.

ロポッサの料金が3000円だ。飲み放題とフード付きだ。マジシャンだとばれたら、ママがだいたいマジックをやらない(マジシャンに見せる自信がないそうだ。全然大丈夫なのに…)。開かない箱・パズル系おもちゃ・知恵の輪・ギャグネタ・ゲーム、色々な面白い物があるけど。頭が疲れる!でも、面白い!ママが他のお客さんにマジックをやるのも観れるし。ウサギのスポンジ・ち○このスポンジ・スプーン曲げ・風船呑み、色々なマジック観れる。

They have lots of strange games and interesting novelty items to play with too. Yesterday they showed me some toys made from old used milk cartons. You fold the carton and put it on a table and after awhile it will jump into the air. They also had a box full of these toys, that when opened spewed out a fountain of milk carton pieces jumping wildly into the air.

ゲームやおもちゃも沢山ある。昨日見せて貰ったのが、牛乳パックで作られたおもちゃだった。折りたたんで、テーブルの上に置けば、ちょっと時間が経つとパックが凄い勢いで飛ぶ。箱の中に牛乳パックのおもちゃを沢山入れて、箱を開くと噴水みたいに沢山飛び出て来る。

A jumping milk carton

Lots of jumping milk cartons
Mama (and the others) are also very fun to talk to. Yesterday we had interesting conversations regarding the new Tenyo 2012 items among other things.

ママ(や他のスタッフ)と話すのも楽しい。昨日、テンヨーの2012年の新しいアイテムの話とかした。

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