Nothing to see!

Nothing to see!

Aug 30

I just had a quite interesting performance, that I can’t say very much about hence the title above. The impression I got was that it was quite well received, and I should know since I’m a mentalist. It was a pro bono gig, but I still got a lot out of it since I met nice people and had a good time. Now I am at a burger place in Stockholm waiting to get home to Uppsala and since it is almost four o’clock in the morning I am quite sure that I am the only one in here updating my blog and reading up on theoretical physicist Ulf Danielsson’s reports from the resent conference on Hawking radiation, of course with Stephen Hawking himself as guest. The reports are in Swedish and aimed at a lay...

A working home page

A working home page

Aug 17

Finally all required information is to be found here in both English and Swedish. There will probably be some changes in the future but finally the home page is working.

Performing at Stockholm Magic Bar

Performing at Stockholm Magic Bar

Aug 02

This is also a late entry due to the work of updating the homepage. The pictures are taken by my good friend and fellow magician Theresa Kriegler. Although I do perform at Magic Bar from time to time it can be quite far in between those occasions. These pictures are from my performance in Mars. I also performed two times in April. Performing in the restaurant for some guests before the close up show. Metal bending is something of a speciality of mine. Of course it’s not a show without a card trick. Dramatic poses. The pendulum is used in different pseudoscientific and paranormal belief systems. But it can also be used as at tool by a...

Highway Café

Highway Café

Jul 28

Some pictures from one of my performances this summer. The party drew a big crowd, not only because Highway Café was open one-night-only but because it was the celebration of Mona-Lisa’s 60th birthday. (Though I must say that that last part is hard to believe.) The venue before the guests arrived. The short stage performance was a surprise since I was booked to do a walk around performance for the guests. Right before their eyes the guests could see the laws of nature apparently being broken. Interacting with the audience means something different in mentalism when the unexplainable happens in their own...

Interesting meetings en masse

Interesting meetings en masse

Jun 08

This day was full of interesting meetings with some of all the great friends that I have, some of the meetings weren’t even planned. On my way to Stockholm I met an old friend from university Joakim Tholén he was on his way to Västervik where he just finished his time as an editorial writer at a local newspaper. En route I got an e-mail from a friend from my recent trip to Greece, a fellow student at the Swedish Institute, she had some things that I had left in Greece and we decided to meet at the train station. The primary reason for my trip to Stockholm would not land at the airport for a few more hours. Fortunately that gave me time to sit down for a drink (non-alcoholic) with a friend I hadn’t seen for a couple of months. When I lived in Prague I hanged around with a lot of magicians and one of the very best magicians was Ondřej Pšenička, very talented, very funny and a great friend for my entire stay in Prague. He arrived yesterday to attend the course in magic at the School of Dance and Circus that starts tomorrow (or to be correct later today.) I hadn’t seen Ondřej in many years, probably the last time was when he was visiting Uppsala to perform at the gala show of Nordic Championships of Magic in 2010. It is hard to describe how great it was to see him again and talk in person. It is just unfortunate that I will be spending quite some time in Dalarna so I will not be able to see him any more during his time...

Continuity of belief systems

Continuity of belief systems

Jun 01

Two days ago I returned back home to Uppsala and Sweden after some great weeks in Greece. Well not just some, all the three weeks were great. Perhaps one of the most interesting things to me was to visit Eleusis the great sanctuary that for approximately 1k continuous years was the centre of the mystery cult of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. This is very close to my interest in what can be used to create convincing experiences for people. Unfortunately we know very little about the mysteries themselves. And there is of course an interesting question about if it was a continuous cult at the sight or not. That was the big question for the course that I attended at the Swedish Institute in Athens – what can we say about continuity and construction of Greek ancient religion. Although our perspective went all the way to the present day so it was not all about what happened up to 1500 years ago. The course was given by Uppsala University and brought together a group of interesting and different people that I am very happy to have met. What the requirements are for us to be able to speak about cult continuity was made more unclear during the course at the same time as my knowledge and understanding of ancient Greece increased. It is often the case that when studying something more questions are raised than answered. Hopefully I can fuse together my ideas about the topic to some promising result. Besides visiting a number of well know and less well known sites, with some very knowledgable people I also had the opportunity to meet some magicians and mentalists. Among the places visited were Mycenae including the lion gate and the amazing tholos graves, Marathon with monuments after the battle, The Poseidon sanctuary at Poros which is a Swedish excavation, and of course the Acropolis (the one in Athens) where we got permission to go inside the Parthenon and Erechtheion. These sights and others were chosen to give an understanding of continuity of cult and also construction and lack of continuity. Among the magicians I met was Perseus Arkomanis, ΔΙΟΝΥΣΗΣ ΓΟΥΛΙΜΗΣ, Phedon Bilek and Titanas. Perseus was very nice in arranging a lecture for me and I also saw him work at the B-Kouti Bar in Athens. Dionysus came to my lecture and invited me to see his show...

Work in slow progress

Work in slow progress

May 11

Unfortunately the work on the new web-page coincide with my stay at the Swedish Institute in Athens where I am attending a course. I can at least offer a picture from the institute from our first day. Hopefully I will have some time to do some updates of the page, although I have planned to meet some magicians here to learn about what is going on in Greece and that might take some...