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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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas magic show

Every year the magic club at our university has a big stage magic show around Christmas time. This year I am no longer an active member (you get retired after three years) but I was there watching.

They rent a big stage in the middle of the city, and do a two hour show. This year there were 14 different performances. One of the performers had asked me to be his instructor, so I had coached him a bit. I left him very free reins. Since I learned magic by myself I do not know what to teach, so I told him how I think about magic and told him about various ways of doing things he wanted to do. Anytime he wanted me to teach him something specific I did, but in general I left the final decisions to him. He did fine, I think. He said he was quite nervous and that his hands shook a lot when he was on stage, but that is fairly normal I think. It was (I guess) his first time in front of a few hundred people.

The others did OK too, some did great, some made mistakes. Afterwards, there was also a four hour drinking and eating party where I got to speak to some of the other retired people about magic, which was nice.

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