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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, November 13, 2014

Kuchisake Onna does magic at Halloween party at Cafe An Be

My magician friend an colleague Tsubasa has a senpai who runs a cafe. They were having a Halloween party on October 31st, and Tsubasa had been asked to do some magic there. Since he has done magic there many times and was running out of new material, he asked me if we could do a show together. This year I wanted to do something for Halloween that was not a zombie but that was more Japanese. So I became the Japanese yokai (legendary creatures) kuchisake onna.

I met Tsubasa at the Cafe An Be, and we hung around there drinking and eating before it was time for us to go on stage. Before us, there was a very nice band that played catchy cover versions of famous songs.

When Tsubasa first told me about this party, he had the impression that it would be late at night and mainly for grownups. In fact, it turned out to be mostly families with children there. That meant that my scary makeup was not that great. Most kids ran away from me when I approached them, and no one wanted to help me on stage with cute rabbit tricks (normally lots of kids volunteer for that), so I ended up getting two parents on stage instead, haha. Tsubasa had prepared lots of below the belt type funny magic tricks, which he also mostly scrapped after seeing what the audience was like.

In the end, we had lots of fun, and the audience seemed to have fun too. They laughed at the right times, and they were astounded by strange things we did.

Me and Tsubasa running into one of my friends in the subway

We took the subway back to the city center together, and when changing subway lines at Odori station a woman came up to me and said: "Jonas?" She is one of the people I have known the longest in Sapporo and she said she recognized me immediately. She also recognized what I was supposed to be, which lots of young Japanese did not (people under 30 apparently do not know of the kuchisake onna). She thought it was weird of me to ride the subway dressed the way I was.

Riding the subway

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