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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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Needle swallowing and thread from my eye

I was a bit bored tonight and ended up shooting two practice movies of me trying out some new magic tricks. I want to learn needle swallowing, because it just seems fun. I still have not figured out a good presentation idea for it, though. I also tried pulling a string out of my eye. I have several ideas for presentations for that, but it turned out to hurt quite a lot. This is a bit worrisome when it is my eye that hurts... If it was just pain on some body part I do not care so much about, I would do it anyway, haha.

今日退屈になったから練習動画を撮ってみた。針を飲むマジックがやりたい。喋りというか、ストーリーが決まらないけど…目から糸を出したみたし。そのマジックのストーリーのアイデアが沢山あるが案外痛かった。目が痛いとちょっと怖いよね。怪我しても良いところなら、我慢するが目が…



Friday, November 2, 2012

Tenyo 2013 new lineup ・ テンヨー2013年の新作品

Today I stopped by our local magic shop and the owner showed me the new Tenyo items for 2013. They were all pretty cool. I bought three out of the four new items, so I will write more when I have had time to play with them a bit.

今日マジックショップに行ってきた。オーナーにテンヨーの新作品全部見せて貰った。4つとも結構面白かった。3つ買ったから、試してからまたブログに書くね。

The one I was most interested in was the memo pad thing where you write an image of a cup on a paper and then make coins disappear by putting them in the cup. The gimmick was not at all what I though it would be, and it is quite clever. There are some angle problems from the sides (and back, of course), and you cannot hand out the memo pad. You can tear off the paper with the drawing and hand that out if you like, though.

前から一番気になっていたのはメモ帳だった。メモ帳にカップの絵を描いて、本物のコインを描いたカップに入れたら、消える。想像していなかった仕掛けだった。賢い。横から角度が危ないけど。メモ帳渡せないが一枚(絵の紙)だけだったら渡しても大丈夫だ。

The cut up card that becomes whole was impressive. The weird glass jar thing that comes with it looks very suspicious, but you can do it on a close up mat too, at least if the light is not too bright. Ends very clean (at least the card) so most of the things that people might want to check later can be checked. Again, the gimmick was not what I expected.

復活するカードが良かった。ついているプラスチックの浅いカップみたいなのはだいぶ怪しいがクローズアップマットの上でも出来る。ちょっと薄暗いところなら。終わってからがクリーンなんだ。というか、カードやマットを調べても大丈夫だ。これも、想像とは違うことだった。

The coin through glass looks very nice. You can use any glass (that has an appropriate size). There are similar products that do the same thing (probably using the same principle) but this one looks very nice and you can hand the spectator everything and they might still not see the tricky parts (though they could if they hold one of the items in a specific way).

グラスを貫通するコインもきれいだった。グラスは何のグラス(というか、大きさがちょっと限られている)でも大丈夫だ。似たようなマジック道具が前からある(多分同じ作り方だろう?)がテンヨーだから割と綺麗に出来ているし、安い。グラス・コイン・コースターみたいなものを全部渡しても多分大丈夫だと思う。ある持ち方になったら、ばれる可能性もあるが大丈夫そうだ。

The envelope that money comes out of was also not exactly what I expected. I expected it to just be a slit, but it was a little bit more than that. The other part of the trick was quite clever actually, and not something I had ever thought of. You cannot hand out anything except the money that comes out but you can show everything very cleanly before and after. I did not buy the envelope trick since I cannot see myself performing this trick.

封筒からお札が出てくるネタも、想像と違うことだった。ただ封筒にスリットがあると思ったがそれだけではなかった。他のところ、賢いなと思った。そういうこと考えたことなかった。渡せるのがお札だけ。他の物は渡せないが、やる前にも終わってからにも綺麗に見せれる。封筒のネタを買わなかったけど。

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Zombie magic in Ropossa

Zombie Jonas starting a card trick.
Last year I dressed up as a zombie for the Sapporo Zombie Walk. I also visited our local magic shop on my way home, still dressed as a zombie. The mama of a "snack bar" who does magic was upset with me for visiting our common friend but not coming to her place looking like a zombie.

去年札幌ゾンビウォークというイベントに参加する為にゾンビの格好をした。帰り道に札幌にあるマジックショップにもちょっと寄った。ゾンビの格好で。マジックのスナックのママに「何でそこに行ったのに、うちに来なかった!」って、凄いクレームが入った(笑)。


Zombie Jonas showing a nail to be used as an ESP antenna to find a chosen card.
On Tuesday I was dressed up as a zombie for a Halloween party, so I also visited her place this time. They had me pose in different situations, and also requested that I do a magic trick where I hammer a nail into my nose. Hopefully I can get my hands on a video of that magic trick, since there was quite a lot of screaming, which is always nice.

火曜日にまたゾンビの格好をした。今回、ハロウィンパーティーの為だった。今年、ちゃんとママの店にも行った。大うけだった。色々なポーズを撮って写真撮られた。釘を鼻に刺すマジックのリクエストもあったから、やった。後でそのマジックの動画が手に入ったら良いなぁ。悲鳴くらい出た。楽しいよね。

Zombie Jonas with a nail stuck in his nose.

Zombie Jonas and a nail in the nose again.
Zombie Jonas and the nail, again.
Zombie Jonas pulling the nail out of the nose again.
Zombie Jonas the zombie bartender.
Zombie Jonas entertaining customers.
Zombie Jonas eating mochi.
Zombie Jonas drinking juice.

Zombie Jonas killing innocent customers.
Zombie Jonas killing more customers.
Zombie Jonas killing the owner.