Over a period of more than 15 years I have had the pleasure of performing at a wide range of different events and parties. Such performances have been the backbone of my professional career for many years. Depending on the event and context the performance can be an icebreaker early in the event to bring together the guests, energy booster to pick up the energy level in the middle of a convention day or special feature to give the guests an exclusive experience out of the ordinary.
Presentations of magic feats constitutes the core, though humor and improvisation plays a very big part in both of the two main types of performances:
STAND-UP presentations are performances for the entire audience at the same time. The usual time span is 30 min., though this can vary according to the event. What is consistent in these type of performances is the focus on sensing the ambience and energy in the room and build upon this, always striving for entertainment with style, charm and a natural ease accompanying intelligent underplayed humor.
CLOSE-UP is a very intimate mingling form of performances, where I perform for smaller groups at a time. This invites to even more interaction with the spectators, who experience the inexplainable acts extraordinarily close.
The two different types of presentation has each their benefits. Which one fits an event the best depends on context and what objectives are desired.
My performance may be in Danish, English or French language.
Throughout the years I have been performing for corporations such as: Danske Bank, Nørresundby Bank, SparNord, Bauhaus Denmark, Ecco, DFDS Seaways, Isabel Kristensen Fashion Show, Cubic, Arla Food, Aalborg University, IDA Engineering Association, XL Byg, Sclerose.info, Gabriel A/S, Minimum A/S, Rosenteatret, Skråen, FOF - as well as a lot of private events and parties.
Part of my work as a magician is in designing and creating magical and/or special effects for theatre and film productions. As well as instructing actors in the execution of these effects.
Usually the creations are made in collaboration with the director and scenographer of the actual theatre piece. It may be a specific effect they have in mind or which is written in the manuscript, for which I create a technical solution for. Or it may be a certain magical, surrealistic or even violent atmosphere they are searching for and in collaboration we create the suitable effects to bring forth the desired emotions and ambience.
Sample of work:
Fakiren fra Bilbao , Aalborg Teater (theatre) - see picture
Mr. Poxycat & Co. , TV2 I DENMARK (television)
Pinocchio , Aarhus Teater (theatre)
Notre Commune , Les Lorialets, Paris (theatre)
Habengut – en opfindelsesrejse , Loop360, Folketeatret, Copenhagen (theatre)
La Flûte Chantée , Filiére Voix of Conservatoire de Vincennes, Paris (opera)
Image used with permission ofAalborg Teater, Fakiren fra Bilbao, Photographer Nils Krogh
What happens in the mind of the spectator watching a performance of a magic feat?
Trylologi [Magicology] is a lecture about magic, psychology, and human perception. Written and presented in collaboration with psychologist Frederikke Tholander. Based on science, optical illusions, and live magic demonstrations. Evolved during a longer period, Trylologi was presented for the first time in January 2012. Since, it has been under constant development, relating the content to learning, communication, humor, design, innovation and technology depending on the context and the receivers of the lecture.
Beware: The lecture is not just about magic but more about the amazing thing we all carry around in our heads. The lecture is about us - all of us - and our brains. The magic is only a mean to talk about and illustrate the fascinating aspects about us and our brains, perception and psychology.
For more information visit www.trylologi.dk
I overmorgen bliver jeg en anden [The day after tomorrow I will become somebody else] is a well-received theatre piece inspired by the life and works of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. A creation in the realm of theatre and performance constituted by a collaboration of different independent art forms magic, music, modern dance, acting/theatre, video- and space installation. I co-created the piece with director Mikkel Flyvholm, scenographer Lisbeth Burian, actor Morten Burian, modern dancer Sandro Masai and musician Christian Skjødt. Together with the three last mentioned I also performed the piece, which played at Teater Nordkraft, Aalborg, spring 2011. The project was sponsored by The Danish Arts Council.
A poetic image storm about losing everything and rediscover it where one least expects it... A theatre bastard about the fragility of the identity and a tribute to the game that makes life worth living. -Teater Nordkraft
Fernando Pessoa lived and wrote in the first part of the 20th century. A distinctive feature of Fernando Pessoa is that he wrote under a wide range of different identities - using very different linguistics. Pessoa means person. The word is derived from Latin, where it means mask. In I overmorgen bliver jeg en anden the story of the modern man's quest to understand himself was told by the different voices of the different art forms of music, dance, performance, acting, magic, video- and space installations.
PhotographerMathies Brinkmann Jespersen
For further photos from the performance click here
AbraMakara is a magic duo I co-created in 2010 with my friend magician/comedian/freak-artist Kim Andersen. Together we have presented shorter acts and performances at theaters and corporate events.
AbraMakabra is a great place for me to work with a magic partner - no limits exist and anything may happen.
New AM-project is currently being planned.
Kaninfabrikken [The Rabbit Factory] is a series of shows originally presented at Transformator - an experimental stage associated to Aalborg Teater. Here Kaninfabrikken has been presented in 3 different editions in the period from April 2008 - February 2011. Besides these spectacles Kaninfabrikken has been presented in different constellations at a variety of events.
I co-created Kaninfabrikken with magician René Jensen and dj/musician Thomas Winther Andersen aka dj TWA. The three of us wrote the concept and are permanent performers in the project.
Though, Kaninfabrikken is really a creative playground, where performance artists from different areas meet, create and perform. So at almost every Kaninfabrikken presentation there are guest performers/playmates such as Danish hacky sack champions, musicians, magicians, stand-up comedians, jugglers, clowns, and a modern dancer.
In constant effort to develop my skills as a magician I regularly attend conventions, courses and workshops by magicians I admire and consider as some of the worlds best - e.g. Armando Lucero (see picture); a great inspirer, master, and mentor. I bow my head and tip my hat to these masters. Below are listed some of the conventions, courses and workshops I have attended.
1-day theatre masterclass by Peter Brook, Paris, France, 2012
3-day private workshop at internationally acclaimed magician Joachim Solberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010
7-day exclusive workshop by master magician Armando Lucero (see picture), Las Vegas, USA, 2008
1-day workshop by master magician Armando Lucero (see picture), Stockholm, Sweden, 2006
1-day master class by Las Vegas-magician Jeff McBride, Aalborg, Denmark, 2005
Participant at Blackpool Magic Convention, the world's biggest magic convention, Blackpool, England, 2005
Participant at Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques - FISM, World Convention in Magic, Den Haag, Holland, 2003; and Stockholm, Sweden, 2006.
Internship by stand-up comedian and magician Rune Klan, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002
Image used with permission of
In the period of October 2011 - June 2013 I studied the 2-year Cours Professionnel program at the prestigious École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.
The Lecoq school is a place where students are not students but artists and/or actors, note writing is forbidden during classes, and it is expected that what you create is unforgettable - nothing more, nothing less.
The aim of École Lecoq is to produce a young theatre of new work, generating performance languages which emphasize the physical playing of the actor. Creative work is constantly stimulated, largely through improvisation, which is also the first approach to playwriting. The school’s sights are set on art theatre, but theatre education is broader than the theatre itself. It is not just a matter of training actors, but of educating theatre artists of all kinds : authors, directors, scenographers as well as actors. One of the school’s unique features is to provide as broad and as durable a foundation as possible, based on the knowledge that each student will go on to make his own journey.
Being taught in different theatrical genres from mime to masks, tragedy to clown, it is still the work with the body, movement and space, the improvisations, the group work, the eternal explorations, the knowledge of the constant possibility of digging deeper, going further and doing better, as well as the continuous creations of new pieces and new ways of doing theatre, that for me rests the core of the school. Each year people from all around the world travel to Paris to learn from École Lecoq, and thereby I have as the only Dane of that period worked in collaboration with people from China to Catalonia, Japan to United States, Brazil to Australia, Lithuania to Norway.
Through the years I have spent as a magician, once in a while my work has been granted recognition from others than exclusively the audience I have performed for. These acknowledgements are:
2012 2nd prize in Masters of Magic, hosted by Magic Circle Denmark, Copenhagen
2012 Received The Talent Award 2012 given by Aalborg Kommune/the City of Aalborg
2010 Nominated for Talent of the Year, Prestize Award, Prestize Magazine
2004 Grand prize winner of Magic Junior Weekend, Danish Junior Championship of Magic