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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, September 28, 2013

Tenyo 2014 clips ・ テンヨー2014年の動画

Tenyo has put up promotional clips of the new props for 2014.
テンヨーの新しいネタのPVが出た!

The "MRI" (metal board that you can "see through") seems like it could be fun to use.
MRIという透視のやつが一番使えそうかな?

The cards you push into your face looks fun too, though I am guessing it is rather angle sensitive.
顔に突っ込むカードが面白いと思うが角度に弱いかな?

The money trick does not seem to be better than what you could easily make yourself (like I did).
お札のやつは自分で作れるより良くはないみたいで、興味ない。

The big suspicious looking envelope thing that turns blank cards into happy birthday cards is said to be good, though the clip does not look that impressive.
白いカードをハッピーバースデイカードにする大きな怪しい封筒がいいらしいが動画で大した面白く見えない。

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Recording a few new magic tricks ・ 新ネタの動画


Recently we have not had any "magic mania" meetings. I have been busy at work (and sick) so I have not practiced much new stuff. The most "mania" of the staff in our magic bar quit a few months ago and now works in a "normal" bar, so we do not meet as much anymore. My most "mania" friend found himself a girlfriend, so now we see each other only once every two months or so. So everyone coming together at the same time for magic mania meetings do not happen very much anymore.

最近、マジックのマニア会が全然ない。僕は仕事で忙しい(風邪とかも何回も引いたし)。一番マニアの同僚がやめて、普通のバーで働いているからそんなに会わない。一番マニアの友達が彼女できたから最近2ヶ月に1回くらい程度でしか会わない。マニア会の他の人も、皆で同じ日に集まることがなかなかない。

People sometimes tell me they liked our magic clips on YouTube and want me to upload new stuff. These complaints have increased lately, so I went over to one of our magic bars at a time when they did not have anything to do, and asked a friend to record me doing some new silly tricks that I recently have become fond of. These are not of the "mania" type, but more of a "joke" type. Still, I felt I should upload something, so here they are.

たまに、「ユーチューブにある動画を観たよ」とかと言われる。もっとアップして欲しいって。最近そういう文句が多い、w。うちのマジックバーの暇そうな時に行って、マジシャン同僚に動画を撮って貰った。ギャグネタばかりだ。マニア会とだいぶ違うが何かアップしなきゃと思ってきたから、個人的にギャグネタが好きな僕の感じのマジック動画になった。


The first clip here is a trick I practiced quite a long time ago and like very much. I have not been performing it very much (not at all, more or less), though. Recently I have started performing it in our magic bar. After we relocated, we now have a very low counter, so people can actually see my legs. I like the trick, but it is very short, so I usually play it off as a joke about optical illusions, and how a trick of your eyes makes the pen look rubbery and in a less known trick of your eyes also makes the pen look like a coin.

最初は昔練習して、僕の好きなマジックだ。好きなマジックだが、見せることが今までほとんどなかった。最近マジックバーでちょっとやることになっているけど。うちのマジックバーが移転してから、カウンターが低いから足とかも見える。短いマジックなので、だいたい「目の錯覚、色々あるよね。こうしたら、ペンが曲がっている様に見える。こうしたら、コインに見える。色々な錯覚あるよね」みたいな話をして、ギャグみたいに見せる。


The next clip is my version of spoon bending. When I showed it to the "mama" at the "magic snack bar" Ropossa, who is very very good at "normal" spoon bending (she has bent tens of thousands of spoons), she thought it was very funny. She even gave me some spoons to play with. It is a very very quick trick. I tried to go for a heart shape of the bent spoon, but that turned out to be more difficult than I had imagined, so in the end I gave up and the spoon is not really that heart shaped.

次は僕のスプーン曲げだ。マジックのスナック「ロポッサ」のママはスプーン曲げがうまい。数万本も曲げてきた。ママに僕のやり方のスプーン曲げを見せた時、かなりうけた、w。ママはギャグネタも好きみたい。その後、スプーン何本かもくれた。僕はハート形にしたかったが思ったより大変だったから、諦めて、そこまでハートの形になっていない。


Another optical illusion type of magic trick is showing a pen (or cigarette, or anything, really, but pens and cigarettes are the most common) and covering it with your hand so it looks shorter. Using this as a setup, I made a joke trick where a pen (and a spoon) "looks smaller". I think it is pretty funny, but I have not really used it other than as a joke for other magicians.

また目の錯覚のマジックの動画だ。有名な錯覚で、ペンやタバコ(他のものでも出来るがペンやタバコが多い)を手で隠して、小さく見える錯覚がある。その錯覚を見せてから、ペンもスプーンも結構小さく見える錯覚のマジックをやる。個人的にこういうのが好きだが他のマジシャンにギャグみたいにしか見せたことがない。


Finally, the "mama" of Ropossa also gave me a magic prop that makes a pen shrink. The normal (intended) way of using it is completely different. If I understand correctly you use a handkerchief and make a pen small. I use the prop to illustrate the same optical illusion as above, where a pen looks shorter. Then I explain that I actually used a trick pen, and how you can make it long again. I only got the pen, no instructions and no handkerchief (and possibly there was one more tool included that I also did not get).

最後の動画は、ロポッサのママがくれたマジック道具を使ったマジックだ。またペンが小さく見える。普通の使い方はハンカチを使って割りと真面目にペンを小さくするマジックだそうだが僕はペンしか貰っていない。ハンカチ・解説書・何か付いていた道具、見たこともない。僕は前の動画と同じ目の錯覚の話をして、小さく見える錯覚だよって言う。そして、実は仕掛けのあるペンなんだと説明して、こうしたらペンが伸びて元に戻るんだよねってあまり納得行かない説明をする。

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Interesting toys at Ropossa


I went to the the "snack bar" Ropossa, where the mama does magic. They also have endless amounts of interesting toys. Both things they have bought and things that some of their regulars have made themselves.

この間またマジックのスナック「ロポッサ」に行った。ママがマジックを見せてくれるがマジックバーではないと言い張っている。不思議なおもちゃとかもいっぱいあるんだ。買ったものもあるし、常連さんが作ったものもある。


This time I was shown a very interesting handkerchief. You can crumble it up and the just shake it in your hand or throw it in the air, and it returns to its origami crane shape. Apparently only made using two layers of stretchable cloth stuck together in a certain way.

今回感動したのは不思議なハンカチだった。ぐちゃぐちゃにしてから、手で振るや空中になげると元の形に戻る。ママが持っているハンカチが折り紙の鶴の形になるが他の形もあるそうだ。ストレッチの布2枚を特別な様にくっついているだけみたい。凄い作るだと思った。

Magic Bar Twister in Sapporo renewal open ・ 札幌のマジックバーツイスターのリニューアルオープン




The magic bar here in Sapporo where I usually perform magic has moved one block closer to the subway station, and it has been a few fairly busy weeks since the renewal open. The new place is smaller than the old one, but the location is better. There is now also a guy making spicy food, if you want something to eat.

僕がマジックを披露マジックバー、札幌のマジックバーツイスター、移転した。ススキの駅が近くなった。リニューアルオープンから割りと忙しい3週間経った。前より狭くなったが場所がよくなった。今スパイシーフードを作る人もいるから何か食べたくなったら色々ある。

If you come from the south elevator, you pass corridors with rusty metal and a dark inner yard with a small suspicious looking house


If you come from the north elevator, you are greeted by a door with a sledgehammer instead of handle, and lots of cluttered writings on the wall.
The surroundings are a bit weird. The first time I went there to take a look, it felt like entering "Resident Evil". The ground floor looks fine, but the fifth floor is not that well kept... The interior of the magic bar is nice, but the outside is ... strange.

ビル内の周りがちょっと変なんだ。初めて入った時に、バイオハザードに入ったみたいな印象になった。1階が凄くきれいだが5階がそうでもない。マジックバーの中がきれいだが廊下がちょっと変だ。

Balloons, and some bicycle cards if you look closely
Flowers
Lots of our regular customers have showed up with flowers and balloons. The spicy food is pretty good, and the people working in the magic bar are very nice. The magic is very good, and very funny. I am there most Fridays and Saturdays. The bar is open from 20:00 to 05:00, Monday to Saturday. Sapporo South 5 West 3, N-Grande Biru, 5F. 1 minute of walking from the Susukino subway station.

常連さんが沢山きて、お花や風船を持ってきた。スパイシーフードが結構美味しいと思う。激辛のチキンが好き。スパイシーおにぎりも食べてみた(美味しい)。ザンギも好きだ。マジック、うまいし、笑えるし。スタッフが優しいし、面白いし。

僕は基本的に金・土曜日にいる。マジックバーは20時から5時までやってて、日曜日が休みだ。札幌の南5西3、N-Grandeビル(元第4グリーンビル)5Fにある。ラーメン横丁とラマダホテルの間。ススキの駅から歩いて1分。