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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, March 3, 2015

Magic show at the El Mango Halloween Party


The first of November, there was another Halloween party and did another magic show. Again dressed as the "kuchi sake onna" ("slit mouthed woman" urban legend monster).  The party came with lots of good food, and many different performances. Apart from my magic, there was Latin dancing, Kung-Fu stunt action fighting, singing by imitating famous people, hip-hop dancing, and salsa dancing.

11月1日にもハロウィンパーティーがあった。またマジックショーをやった。また口裂け女の仮装でやった。パーティーでは色々な食べ物もあったし、他のパフォーマンスも色々あった。サルサダンス・ヒップホップダンス・物真似・カンフーアクションパフォーマンス、色々あった。

For a Halloween party, the number of people with funny costumes was quite low. There was a costume competition, and I voted for a Marilyn Monroe girl. In the end, I won the costume competition and got a massage cushion.

ハロウィンパーティーだったが仮装の人がそんなにいなかった。仮装コンクールもあって、僕が優勝した。僕のがマリリンモンローの仮装に1票。


When I was preparing for my performance, one of the dancers from a previous performance came into the only back stage room. She took a look at me and asked: "You are not really a woman right?" and then asked me to leave the room. She wanted to change out of her performance costume and into her Halloween costume. I wanted to prepare for my performance, since I was the next person to go on stage, but I figured I was pretty much done and gave her the room.

裏で僕のパフォーマンスの準備をしたら、別のパフォーマンス組の女の人1人が入ってきて、僕の方を見た。「本当は女の人ではないよね?出て行って貰えませんか?」と言われた。パフォーマンスの衣装からハロウィンのコスチュームに着替えたかった。次のパフォーマンスが僕だったから、もうちょっと準備したかったが準備がほぼ終わっていたから部屋を譲った。


She also noticed that not only am I not a woman, I am also not Japanese. She asked where I am from, and when I said that I am from Sweden she started speaking Swedish to me. When we spoke more later, she said that she went to a Swedish high school for one year. She speaks quite well, but with a very strong southern Sweden dialect. That she speaks with a much better southern Swedish accent than I could possibly manage (despite me being quite good a Swedish in general :-) is pretty funny when she looks very non-Swedish.

女の人ではないのもばれたし、日本人でもないのもばれたから「何人?」と聞かれた。スウェーデン人だと言ったら、スウェーデン語で色々言われた。ビックリ。後でもっと話したら、高校1年間スウェーデンの高校に行っていたそうだ。スウェーデン語がきれいだが南スウェーデンの方言が強い。日本人がその方言できれいに喋るのがうけるなぁ。

The always popular "signed card into unopened (sealed) PET bottle". The girl who signed the card remembered (and recognized me without being dressed as a girl!) me when I ran into her at a Christmas party two months later.

She also turned out to work at the same university that I work at. We now have lunch together once per week (except when I am travelling, which recently is like all the time).

そして、もうちょっと話したら、職場一緒!僕の出張がない時に(最近出張しかないけど)週1回くらい北大で一緒に昼ご飯を食べる。

Two people who can speak Swedish

My magic show went fine. People laughed when they were supposed to etc. I had some problems with walking in my very high heeled spike heel shoes (they are size XXL but much too small for me, since it is Japanese girl size XXL). People thought that was funny, so that was still good, I guess. It was also pretty funny when a photo of me kept appearing in one magic trick, but no one could recognize who it was since I was dressed as a woman on stage. I learned that it is annoyingly difficult to carry your magic props around with you when in women's clothing, since apparently women do not use pockets...

僕のマジックショーが無事に終わった。皆笑ってくれた。まあまあ高いスパイクヒールで歩くのがちょっと難しかったというか痛かった。XXLを買ったがそれでもかなり小さい。女の子の足がめっちゃ小さいんだね。苦しんでいる姿も、皆笑ってくれたから、結果良かった。他に面白くなったのは、僕の顔の写真が何回も出てくるマジックで、「この人誰?」と皆なった。僕の素顔を知っている人がいなくて、口裂け女のメイクで全然分からなかったみたい、笑。勉強になったのは、女の人がポケットを使わないんだね。服にポケットが1つもなかった。マジック道具を持って歩くのが大変だった。

Kung-Fu action stunt fighting

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