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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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Magic bar Stockholm visit 4 of 4


My last visit to Magic Bar Stockholm during my vacation in Sweden was also on a day with a stage show. I got to see the very young magician Carl Stanley and the mentalist Micke Askernäs. I saw Carl Stanley walk around the tables and do some card magic. Micke Askernäs did some fork bending at some tables.

スウェーデン旅行の最後のマジックバーストックホルムの時にまたステージショー見れた。若手マジシャンカール・スタンリーとメンタリストのミケ・アスケルネースがステージマジックもテーブルマジックもやった。

Carl Stanley

Carl Stanley was the first to go on stage. He was very funny. He kept saying things like: "Hi, I am a magician. But I would have preferred to have a girlfriend instead." He did a lot of gags. I liked it when he brought forth a wooden duck that picks one card from a deck of cards (a pretty expensive prop) and had a spectator shuffle a deck of cards. He then put the cards in the duck prop and had the duck take one card. He then asked a spectator to "name any card you want". They named the nine of clubs or something, and he looked at the card the duck had picked and said: "Amazing! This is the same card." Then he never showed that card to anyone, and put away the duck.

最初にステージを出たのがカール・スタンリーだった。面白い人だった。「カールと申します。マジシャンです。マジック出来るより彼女出来るといいけどなぁ…」とか、ギャグいっぱい言っていた。ギャグネタのマジックも多かった。カード当ての木製のアヒルを出して、観客にカードを混ぜて貰った。カードをアヒルの前に置いて、アヒルが1枚だけ取った。「好きなカード何でもいい、言って下さい」と観客に言って「クラブの9」と言われた。「アヒルのカードと同じだ!すげー!」と言って、カードを見せないでアヒルとトランプを閉めた。

He had a very nice presentation for the magic trick where two spectators each hold 10 cards but then 3 cards mysteriously disappear from one spectator, who ends up with seven, and appears with the other spectator, who thus has 13. The idea was to determine who was the coolest person. Do you know how to measure how cool someone is? No? When I was in elementary school, the guy with the most Pokemon cards was the coolest. So he gave the spectators Pokemon cards to hold on to, and the one that ended up with the most Pokemon cards was obviously the coolest.

喋りが基本的に面白かった。観客2人がトランプ10枚づつを持っているのに、1人のトランプから3枚が消えて、もう1人のトランプが13枚になる有名なマジックの話が面白かった。2人の観客をステージに呼んで、「誰が一番かっこいい?」と聞いた。「人のかっこよさ、どうやってはかるか、知っている?小学生の時に、ポケモンを一番沢山持っている人が一番かっこいいと分かった」って説明して、ポケモンカードを20枚取り出した。その有名なマジックをやって、13枚を持っている人が一番かっこいい人だという結果になった。

Micke Askernäs

Micke Askernäs did mostly classical mentalism things. He started with some spoon bending, and had a woman come up on stage with him since the spoon was too small for people in the back to see, so she was there to confirm that nothing suspicious was going on. He was also funny, and asked her to hit him on the forehead with the spoon to confirm that it was a hard normal spoon. He also said that since many people tell him they think he has some special chemicals on his hands to help make the spoon soft, she should lick his hands to check that there were no suspicious chemicals there.

メンタリストのミケ・アスケルネースが割とクラシックなメンタリズムを沢山見せてくれた。最初はスプーン曲げをやった。小さくて、遠いテーブルまで見れないから女の人をステージにあがってもらった。「怪しいことしていないのを他の人の為に確認してくださいね」って。マジシャンのおでこをスプーンで強く叩いて下さいって。曲がりやすいスプーンではないよねって。他に「手に何かの化学的なのを付けて、スプーンを柔らかくしているでしょう?」とよく言われるから、科学的なものが手に付いていないかを確認する為に私の手を舐めて下さいって言ったが女の人が舐めなかった(笑)。

He also did a tossed out deck routine, the John Archer version of Kolossal killer, and a lot of billet work. I liked his idea of what to do when blindfolded. He taped his face with duct tape so he could not see, and had someone grab a bunch of cards from a deck. He then proceeded to name all the cards they were holding. When thanking the spectator and helping them off the stage, he also stuck all the tape he removed from his face on their back, which was pretty funny. He ended with a Russian Roulette routine with huge staplers.

他にTossed out deckやKolossal Killerもやっていた。小さな紙に地名や人の名前を書いて貰って、当てるマジックも沢山やっていた。目隠しの使い方が面白かった。顔にテープを沢山はって、見えない様にしてからカードを何枚か取って貰った。観客が持っているカードを全部言い当てた。一緒にやっていた観客がステージから降りた時に「ありがとーね」と言って、観客の背中に使っていたテープを全部つけちゃったし、笑。最後にでかいホチキスみたいなものでロシアン・ルーレットをやった。


After the show, I bought a bunch of bookmarks to use as gifts. They look either like normal old photos or like monsters, depending on the angle. I also talked a bit to the owner of Magic Bar Stockholm, who thought it was funny that I was there 4 days in one week. He asked me if I wanted to do magic there the next time I am in Sweden, and suggested perhaps doing table hopping on a Tuesday or something. That would be great fun, I think, since I have done almost no magic in front of Swedish people.

ショーの後、お土産も買った。角度によって絵が変わるものを沢山買った。マジックバーストックホルムのオーナーと話したら、1週間に4回も来るのがうけたみたい。またスウェーデンに来たら、ここで2日間とか働いてくれない?って誘われたし。楽しそうだね。スウェーデン人にあまりマジック見せたことがない。どういう見方するか、気になるね。

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