Visit Magic Bars to Find Stars!


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In Japan there are abundant magic bars (probably more than 100). A magic bar in Japan is a place that is open six or seven days per week, usually from 7 or 8 pm in the evening until at least midnight but often until 4 or 5 am in the morning. Almost all places will perform magic for you at the counter or table when you show up, no need to make a reservation in advance but show up at some special show time. Most places will do at least 30 minutes of magic, many more than an hour, for you. Some have small stages and also do stage magic. All places serve drinks, some serve food which is basically over priced. For example, only a tiny portion of pasta costs 1600JPY you can devour with one chow.

English

Most people in Japan do not speak English. If you do not speak Japanese, many of hilarious magicians will be less funny. Most can still do magic that you will understand even if you do not speak Japanese, but the funny parts may get lost. It is said that Tokyo and Osaka are better than the rest of the country when it comes to speaking English, but hey, since you are in Japan, speaking Japanese is a priority unless you are wealthy enough to hire a personal interpreter like the world leaders.


Shops

In Japan (and I guess most of the world), most magic props are sold in the bigger online shops nowadays. There are quite a few Japanese online magic shops, though most probably do not ship outside Japan.

There are magic shops in Japan where you can buy lots of magic props, books (almost exclusively in Japanese, though), DVDs etc. The staff can usually show you what the tricks look like if you ask.

If you are in Tokyo, there are nice Magic bars in Ginza and Roppongi. Some of the magicians are awarded ones that played in overseas such as Hollywood. I like watching Magics. I saw the one in the street of Las Vegas, he did a card trick that he made the card disappeared and make it emerged out of a bystander's pocket. There are always Asians that are the pinnacle of finger-used instruments. I like Shin-Lim personally. He is top notch in the magic industry. You can't compare him to any other magicians including Masked Magician, but there are many talented ones in Japan especially in Tokyo that will amaze you but watch out if you bring a girl they may make her disappear and take her away with the charm.