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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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Zombie doing magic ・ ゾンビの格好でマジック

Me in slightly out of the ordinary clothes.

On Sunday October 30, we had the Sapporo Zombie Walk here in Sapporo. I participated and dressed up as a zombie. After that, I was invited to a Halloween party at a friends house, and of course went there in my zombie outfit. I had some time to kill, so on the way to the party I also stopped by the Magic Shop Mebius here in Sapporo. It is a magic shop and I know the owner. He was very surprised by my looks, and had me posing with lots of weird props for 10 minutes or so.

Shopping for new props.


日曜日(10月30日)に札幌で札幌ゾンビ・ウォーク というイベントがあった。僕もゾンビの格好して、参加した。その後、友達の家であったハロウィーンパーティーにも誘われた。勿論、ゾンビのまんまで行った。ちょっと時間があったので、途中にマジックショップメビウスにも入った。マジックショップで、僕とオーナーさんが仲良い。オーナーが僕の姿を見て、かなりびっくりした。10分くらい色々な道具とポーズとったりして、写真撮られた。

I only knew one person at the party, though I had met one more once at a fireworks festival. The other 10 or so participants were all new to me, but they had apparently heard a lot of stories about me from my friend. Among other things, they knew I was a magician, so they asked me to show them something.

パーティーで知っている人が1人しかいなかった。もう1人は一回花火大会で会ったことがあったけど。他の1人くらいはあったこともなかったが逆に彼らは僕の話を色々僕の友達から聞いたことがあったらしい。マジシャンだって、皆知っていた。何か見せて!って言われた。

I tried using cards, but with my fingers covered in paint and fake blood, this was quite difficult. I did two of my usual card tricks from the magic bar that do not require that much in difficult moves (since cards were sticking to me at times, and refusing to move when I tried to move them at other times, that too was a bit of a challenge :-) that go over well. I also did a few rubber band tricks, and a coin and pen routine that I like. Sticking the pen behind my ear that is usually so easy turned out to almost fail catastrophically since my ears/hair/face were caked in hardened syrup/fake blood/paint.

カードを使おうとしたが指にペンキも血(本物ではないけど)も沢山付いていたから難しかった。マジックバーでよくやるカードネタ2つ(指先の難しいことがあまり必要ないネタ)やった(カード指にくっついたりして、カードを動かそうとしても動かせないとか、それでも結構なチャレンジだった、笑)。うけのいいネタで、今回もうけが良かった。輪ゴムのマジックもちょっとやった。僕が結構好きなペンとコインのルーティンもやったがペンを耳に刺す時に普段凄い簡単なのに、大失敗になりそうだった、笑。耳・髪の毛・顔、全部ペンキ・血・シロップのかたまりも付いていたから、意外と難しかった。

All in all, everyone seemed happy with my performance, and they said it was the first time they ever saw a zombie do magic. It was fun and interesting for me to, trying to adopt to the circumstances of almost not being able to use your hands. Or anything else. Next time, I should do the "Zombie ball" trick, I guess.

皆喜んでくれたみたい。ゾンビがマジックをやるのは初めて見たって、笑。僕も、面白い経験になった。手がほとんど使えなくて(手だけではなかったし)、だいぶ難しい状況に合わせる経験になった。また今度、ゾンビ・ボールしなきゃね!

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