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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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Practice ・ 練習

Recently I have been extremely busy at work and not had time to practice any new magic. Yesterday I started practicing hammering a nail into my nose, though. It is fun, but I am not sure where I can perform this. Not in front of children, at least... And most people will probably just be grossed out. But I like it!


Souvenir ・ お土産

Yesterday I met a magician friend for the first time in months. He has just come back from a two week vacation in Vietnam, and he brought me a souvenir. We also ended up chatting until 7 in the morning...


Friday, February 24, 2012

New magic maniac ・ 新しいマジックマニア

Today I ran into a guy I know since about a year ago who also does magic. I forced him to do a trick for the camera, and put it up on YouTube.

He is a big fan of Akira Fujii, just liek one of my other maniac friends. He was even dressed like Fujii-san today! (Hat, shirt, vest :-) He showed me the Sidewinder move from Fujii-san's DVD.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Mania Movie Clips ・ マジックマニアの動画を又アップした

My friend felt lonely when we did not have a magic mania meeting, and he wanted to make some movie clips despite no one else being there. I uploaded three clips, his card control (palm shift), his cover pass, and his linking cigarettes. Something that is quite funny is that every time we record some movies with him, he is wearing the exact same shirt. He claims it is just a coincidence, but I am starting to believe he has only one shirt :-)


Cover pass: 

Card Control: 

Linking Cigarettes:

Monday, February 20, 2012

Magic bar Twister, full of weirdos ・ マジックバーツイスター、変な人が多い

Sometimes I do not quite understand what my fellow magicians in our magic bar are trying to do. It can still be quite entertaining, though.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Magic Mania Gathering Again, in Trick Bar Twister ・ 又トリックバーツイスターでマジックのマニアック会

Today was Valentine's Day which is a big thing in Japan, but since none of has had anything better to do, we once again ended up having a magic mania gathering in the magic bar "Trick Bar Twister" in Sapporo. There is a report from the first magic maniac gathering available too.

My business card is readable in the middle, the chocolate boxes are readable in the mirrors.
Today we were joined by a regular in the magic bar who also does a little magic himself. Again, we recorded some movie clips for the world to see.


Shogo's Ambitious Card

Shogo wanted to show some difficult card moves so he put some together and did an ambitious card routine.


My Parody Ambitious Card

My friend did a difficult ambitious card routine, so I did a parody ambitious card routine.


U~san's One Coin U~tine

My friend U~san was asked to show his one coin routine (u~tine).


Newcomer's Reset

Our newcomer was hesitant, but we managed to convince him to do something for the camera. He did `aul Harris's "Reset" card trick.

初めて参加した常連さんが最初恥ずかしがっていたが強制されて、Paul Harrisの「リセット」をカメラの前で見せてくれた。

Me Catching a Kiss

I also did a Paul Harris trick, catching a kiss thrown towards me on the white part of a playing card.

僕もPaul Harrisのネタをやってみた。投げキスをカードの白い部分で捕まえる。

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Benson Burner at the Christmas show ・ クリスマスショーのパフォーマンス


I finally got a copy of my performance at Hokudai university magic club's Christmas show 2011. I did a routine from Tom Stone's book "Vortex", though I did not do it very well... The beginning looks OK I think, but towards the end I messed up, haha. Well, it is embarrassing to see yourself make mistakes, but I guess it is also a learning experience. The photos look good, though.

やっと北大奇術研究会のクリスマスショーの動画や写真が手に入った!Tom Stoneの「Vortex」という本からのマジックをやったがうまく出来なかった。最初の方が割と大丈夫だと思うが最後の方に失敗…自分の失敗を動画で見るのが恥ずかしいよね、笑。まぁ、勉強になるかなぁ?写真で見たら、いい感じだけど。

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Magic Mania Gathering in Trick Bar Twister ・ トリックバーツイスターでマジックのマニアック会

Yesterday evening I went to the magic bar "Trick Bar Twister" here in Sapporo to talk to a friend who works there. I also ran into another friend who often goes there.


We now have the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Susukino Ice Festival here in Sapporo, bringing huge amounts of tourists (Wikipedia says it is about 2 million tourists that come here for these events). We thought maybe this would mean that the magic bar would be busy, but no. In fact, there were only two other guests the whole night.


This was a good chance for us to have a "magic maniac" face-off. We recorded movies of different magic moves that the other people wanted to see. And I uploaded 11 of those movies to YouTube. So here is a short description of each of them:


The Ussel Pass ・ ウッセルパス

First out, we have the "Ussel Pass". It is similar to the muscle pass with coins, though a slightly different part of the hand is used. My friend says he wanted to learn the muscle pass but did not know how it was done, so he just guessed and ended up learning something slightly different...


Here it is in slow motion:
Here it is in a routine:
And here it is again:

Shogo's Card Control etc. ・ショウゴのトランプの神業

One friend is a huge fan of Akira Fujii. He is also fond of learning difficult moves, so he can do quite a lot of what Fujii-san does. His moves also look quite similar to Fujii-san's moves. Here are some of the things (Akira Fujii based and others) we recorded.


A top control from Akira Fujii's Sidewinder DVD:

Another variation of the Sidewinder:

The Rub-a-dub Vanish, Fujii-san style:

A strike second deal:

The Diagonal Palm Shift ・ ダイアゴナル・パーム・シフト

My friend is very good at the Diagonal Palm Shift (Fujii-san style). I am not (I have never practiced it). My friend did it very well for the camera. I then did a parody version of it, and did not even do the parody very well...


The Diagonal Palm Shift:

Not the Diagonal Palm Shift:

Two of my card moves ・ 僕のカードマジック

My friends thought that I should do something for the camera too, so I ended up doing two card moves with someone else's deck (I am not used to Bicycle cards, but can do most of my moves with any deck I guess).


Here is a top control that I like (from a Brian Tudor DVD):
僕の好きなトップコントロール(Brian TudorのDVDで見た):

And here is a color change that I used to use for the Ambitious card:

That is all for now, but we will likely have more evenings like this. Also, looking at these clips, I need to lose weight...

今回、これで終了だが多分また似たようなのをやる。動画観て「痩せないとやばいね」 って気付いた…

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cannibal Animal Magic series: Chicken and Fried Eggs ・ 共食いティシャツのマジックシリーズ:鶏の目玉焼き

This is the second installment in the "t-shirts with animals in cannibalistic situations"-magic series. Here we have a sad looking chicken staring at two fried eggs. And a silly magic trick to go with it. The first part of this series, Salmon eating sushi, is here.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cannibal Animal Magic series: Salmon ・ 共食いティシャツのマジックシリーズ:サーモン

I have bought a fair number of t-shirts with animals being cannibals, pigs eating pork, chickens eating fried eggs, cows eating beef steak, etc. Today I wore a shirt with a salmon eating salmon sushi with a sad face.

I have also begun using these t-shirts for magic tricks. These are not very sophisticated tricks, more of a silly gag kind of magic, but they are kind of cute I think. People seem to like them too. Today I uploaded a clip of the salmon version.



Zombie magic ・ ゾンビのマジック

Me at the zombie walk
Today a group of eight fairly young men came to our magic bar. One of them asked me: "Didn't you participate in the Sapporo Zombie Walk three months ago?" Indeed I did. He even had a photo of himself posing with me when I was in my zombie make-up, in his cell phone. Small world. And quite impressive of him to see that it was me, and to remember me.

Me today