Friday, May 18, 2012

Magic show(s) ・ マジックショー

Yesterday I did a 30 minute magic show at "Bottom Cafe" for their 7 year anniversary. It was a lot of fun. The spectators were all very nice spectators, and the people I asked to come up and assist me did very good jobs and were funny when responding to me.


I did about 30 minutes of salon magic in front of everyone. I do mostly close up magic, so I am not as used to doing salon tricks. I tried out some new material that I personally thought would be very funny, and it went over quite well so it will stay in my repertoire.


This time (unlike the first time I did magic at Bottom Cafe, some years ago), I do not think there were any big mistakes. The only thing that springs to mind is that after I used a magic picture book I just put it on a table with my stuff, where a spectator later picked it up and started looking through it (which tells you pretty much exactly all you need to know for that trick...) when she was waiting for another spectator to look at a card. Oh well.


I did such things as a prediction with a deck of cards, a Russian roulette thing with very small staplers, a rope trick, a thing with pictures of famous people, a sponge rabbit trick, and I hammered a nail into my nose to help with mind reading. People were laughing at all the trick (in a good way), even the rope trick (which is normally not that "haha, funny", but my recent presentation of it seems to work well).


One magician friend of mine came to see the show. After the show, we went to a place where he likes to drink. He told me that a girl that works there some days also does a magic trick (apparently, she only does one trick, but still). And that she does it in a very cute way. We were in luck, and she was working yesterday. She was also free enough to have time to show us her magic trick. Which was indeed cute.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Magic show with Jonas ・ヨーナスのマジックショー

On Thursday I am doing a short magic show in Bottom Cafe for their 7 year anniversary. The show starts at 22:00, and the price for drinks is 400 yen for any drink or 1500 yen for nomihoudai (unlimited drinking). The food is also good there.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

A present from Tenyo ・ テンヨーからの贈り物

I buy a lot of magic props from the Japanese maker Tenyo. Mostly I buy their cute sponges. They have a "plus one" campaign, which means that you get a small stamp with all their products. If you send them three stamps and 200 yen in regular postage stamps, they send you a special magic trick.

Last year, I received the "Mind Roulette" magic trick. Yesterday, I received the 2012 trick, which is a card trick called "Charisma". I uploaded a video of me doing the trick to YouTube.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First Hokkaido Magic Convention ・ 第1回北海道マジックコンベンション

Yesterday I stole off from work a little early (and had to work late at home instead) and ran full speed to the Sapporo Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan, where the "First Hokkaido Magic Convention" took place.


There was a stage magic competition with four contestants. I know one of them, who entered the university magic club one year after me. My favorite was a 77 year old man from Sapporo, who was very funny. He came in second, and the guy I know won. The winner was quite good technically, but my favorite was funnier.


Then there was also a show by four professionals. There was a juggler, who was very funny, and there was Sapporo's most famous (probably) magician Birdie Koyama, and two guest magicians from southern Japan. All four were very entertaining. I especially liked the production of a pair of sunglasses from inside the voluminous hair of one of the magicians.


I liked the event, and am now thinking of putting together a short stage act and perhaps competing next year.


A magical bloodbath ・ マジックで血だらけ

On Saturday, we had a small happening in our magic bar. A colleague of mine went to produce a bottle of champagne from inside an (empty) balloon. He blew up the balloon and stabbed it with a carpet knife. Unfortunately, since he has stabbed the balloon too loosely a few times (meaning the balloon didn't break), leading to slightly embarrassing magical results, he this time stabbed it too hard. He went through the balloon and nicely produced a bottle, but he also stabbed himself in the hand, went down to the bone, slit up more of his hand until the knife got stuck in the bone and the blade broke...


There was blood on the bottle, blood on him, and quite a lot of blood on the floor. I was sent to mop up blood from the floor, and wipe the bottle clean, and take over his magic show in front of the fairly surprised people holding a blood soaked bottle, haha. His hand did not seem to stop bleeding, so we sent him off to the hospital and did the rest of the night with only two magicians.


He came back later and looked fairly fine. He had gotten a bunch of stitches and some bandages, and said that the thing that hurt most was when they shoved the anesthesia needle straight into his wound.


The doctor had also been curios about how he managed to cut himself like that.
"I cut myself with a carpet knife."
"How on Earth did you manage to make a cut this big and deep like that?!"
"I was trying to stab a balloon."
"I am a magician"
"Ah! But why don't you just snap your fingers to fix this wound then, haha?"
(My friend did not think that was very funny).


Last week, our boss managed to stab himself in the hand when he made a mistake in a Russian roulette type of magic trick, which also led to quite a lot of blood. Now everyone thinks I'm next, since everyone else hurt themselves already, but I don't think I do any dangerous tricks like that...


Omiyage ・ お土産

One of our regulars in the magic bar just came back from Bali and gave me a bag of chocolate as a souvenir.