- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bryant Richards <ninjalikereflex@...> wrote:
>The person who would likely know is Kuji-dono. Try contacting him via his website as I don't believe he's on this list these days:
> Would anyone happen to know off hand if there was "Magic" in period Japan? And what I mean by magic is "tricks" you know, pulling a rabbit out of a hat, making something seem to vanish, etc.
I met him the last time I was back east for Pennsic and I was suitably impressed by his skills.
Saionji no Hanae
- On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 12:07 AM, wodeford <wodeford@...> wrote:
>I've camped with him, and I'm impressed by both his skills and his
> The person who would likely know is Kuji-dono. Try contacting him via his website as I don't believe he's on this list these days:
> I met him the last time I was back east for Pennsic and I was suitably impressed by his skills.
knowledge (e.g. tracking down where certain tricks show up and the
paths they follow). He has many plausibly period, if not period,
tricks that will work in a Japanese context.
The problem that you get into in a place like Japan is the fine line
between a religious person and a charlatan. For instance, did a
medium actually believe that they were speaking for the dead, did they
believe they were providing a service to the community, or had they
just found a way to get paid? These are tricky questions. If a
yamabushi or priest is under pressure to show the community "miracles"
of some sort, then is it worth a trick or to in order to foster a true
Also, a lot of "magic" gets roped into the various acrobatic feats.
Doing somersaults and climbing a ladder made of sword blades might be
considered similar tricks to the average person. Furthermore, I don't
know how many of those kinds of shows were actually written down.
Suggestions for those looking for plausibly period magic to do at events:
1) Simple tricks with a Japanese flair. I've seen cups and balls done
with Japanese bowls and a tiny buddha (actually, Hotei) statue instead
of the typical cups and balls.
2) Look through the stories. The ancient stories have all sorts of
magic in them, and I'm sure that an enterprising person could figure
out how to do them. I really need to practice turning oranges into
mice, for instance--one of the tricks that Seimei is supposed to have
done in front of the emperor. You can often take modern tricks and
adapt them to period stories such that you now have something that
fits in a Japanese milieu.
Does that help?
>Does that help?Yes that does, thank you very much. Also interestingly enough it is so much easier to find "Chinese Magic" vs Japanese, I wonder why that is?
In Honor and Service,
Uesugi no Ryujuichiro Uchiyasu
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- If I recall something I read; the Japanese "Magicians Circle" was very closed. Almost a secret society or 'old boys club'. I'm willing to think that very little was written down for publication.
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>From: Bryant Richards <ninjalikereflex@...>
>Sent: Mon, May 10, 2010 7:54:49 PM
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>>Does that help?
>>Yes that does, thank you very much. Also interestingly enough it is so much easier to find "Chinese Magic" vs Japanese, I wonder why that is?
>>In Honor and Service,
>>Uesugi no Ryujuichiro Uchiyasu
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- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig! Mundanely, Kuji dono is a "full service
magician". I recommend participating in his annual Pennsic party if
you are at Pennsic.
I'm not sure whether there was stage magic in premodern Japan. There
were various flavors of magicians and the yamabushi were notorious
enough as humbugs to be the but of a whole genre of kyogen plays. As
I recall, Kuji dono has chosen to recreate a yamabushi.
Your Humble Servant
- Noble Cousins!
Greetings from Solveig! I agree with what Ii dono brought up. If I
recall correctly, it is called "sarugaku" if you want a search term.
Regardless, there were street performers who performed a variety of
acrobatic stunts and such like.
Your Humble Servant