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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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Magic bar Issey


About six weeks ago I went on a business trip to Tokyo. (I have been travelling too much and not had time to catch up with the blogging.) I arrived late at night on the day before our meeting, so I had some time to visit some magic bars in Tokyo. First I went to Magic Bar Issey. I have been there once before, and it is a nice place. They do both table magic and a stage magic show on a small stage. They even do illusions.

6週間前に出張で東京に行ってきた。最近出張が多すぎて、ブログ追いついていない。夜に東京について、次の朝からの仕事が始まる前にマジックバーに行ける時間があった。六本木にあるマジックバーISSEYに行った。前にも行ったことがある。テーブルマジックもステージマジックも見せてくれるんだ。イリュージョンまでもやる。


This time I saw the magicians Shingo (who I had not seen before) and Seiju (who was working last time I was there too). First they each came to my table where I was sitting alone, and they did table magic for me. Then it was time for the stage show. After that I watched some more table magic being performed for a group of young girls at the table next to mine.

今回、マジシャンシンゴ(初めて見た)とセイジュ(前にもいた)がいた。最初1人1人で僕のテーブルに来てクローズアップマジックを見せてくれた。その後ステージショーもあった。最後は、隣のテーブルの若い女の子たちにマジックを見せることも横から見た。

After the stage show they had lots of doves, and three parrots.
The stage show was as expected a lot of fun. I got to see Shingo swallow a two meters long balloon and then later produce the same balloon from his mouth. There was a small illusion, magic with face masks, lots of goldfish appearing, some audience interaction with a peanut butter sandwich magic trick, and much more.

ステージショーが思った通り面白かった。シンゴが風船を飲んで、後で口から2メートルくらいの風船を出した。初めて生でみた。イリュージョンもあったし、マスクのマジックも金魚が沢山出たマジックも、お客さんと喋ってパンとジャムを使ったマジックも、色々あった。

A deck of cards turned into a small lunch box.
The close up magic was also nice. Seiju is very good with coins, and he did some traditional magic tricks using non-standard methods. He also used a lot of joke props. Shingo did some interesting card tricks, and a lot of other things too. Seiju did sort of remember the first time we met after I mentioned that he had not come to our table at that time, haha.

クローズアップも良かった。セイジュはコインのマジックがうまい。有名なマジックをちょっとマニアックなやり方で見せてくれた。ギャグネタも沢山あった。シンゴが面白いカードマジックもやったし、他のマジックも色々やったし。前にISSEYに来た時にセイジュがいたがうちのテーブルに来なかった話をしたら、セイジュさんがその時を覚えてくれた。

They have a live shark swimming around behind the counter.





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