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IDÉE R-BAR

Opening part for "Exchange Exbition"

Volvo members: musician Shigehiro Tsubota, artist Philippe Chatelain, artist/organizer Nobara Hayakawa Isao Yasuda aka Isanoid, artist Ludo Xasdera
Violinist Emi Itoh architect Gonzalo Velez and artist/architect Mauricio Herrera-Palma aka manobox

 


star struck

Man of mystery

World-class magician Cyril has a trick for every occasion

By Chris Betros

Sometimes, when renowned magician Cyril is out and about, a fan will run up to him and ask him to make a bottle of water or another object disappear. Magic doesn't work that way, he's quick to point out, but he's always happy to perform some sleight of hand with whatever he's got on him.

"Magic is a way of life for me. I know nothing else. Every day from the second that I wake up to when I sleep, even when I dream, it's all about magic," says Cyril, who is known as Sero in Japanese. Born in Los Angeles to an Okinawan father and Moroccan-French mother, Cyril recalls getting into a lot of trouble as a child growing up in LA.

"I was forbidden to take my magic with me to school. It affected my grades. My parents thought it was just a hobby and when it took over my childhood, they threw away my magic kit when I was about 11 or 12. I was shattered and stopped for about six months. But the magic in me was so strong that I came back to it."

A world-class performer, Cyril has commuted between Japan and the US for the past 15 years. He has filmed several Japanese TV specials, performs regularly at hotel dinner shows with his stage partner Jane, goes to international magic conventions and is releasing three DVDs on magic over the next few months. He also works on an NBC show in the US, "kind of magic meets Candid Camera," he says. Some Japanese fans, thinking he must be a graduate of the Hogwarts School of Wizardry, have dubbed him "Cyril Potter."

Ever since he first got hooked on magic at the age of 7, Cyril has taught himself. "I went to magic stores and shows, but they wouldn't give you the time of day because they want to keep their secrets. I had to figure it out myself. There's a lot of good magic out there. Some tricks I still haven't been able to figure out. Of course, we magicians never tell."

Cyril gets inspired by all kinds of things. "Ideas come from everyday life," he says. "I can observe you sipping your tea and come up with a new trick. I practice in front of mirrors or videotape myself. I have to anticipate everything that might happen during a performance. My friends are my hardest audience. They've seen most of my magic and are a lot harder to fool."

Cyril works a long day, continuing until 2 or 3 in the morning. There are times when he has to take a break from magic. "I enjoy going to the gym, or the park, window shopping and reading magazines to keep up with what's new. But in the end, it all ties into my magic one way or another." For further info on Cyril, visit cyrilmagic.com.

 

 


q&a

Gene Krell

Gene Krell has spent a lifetime at the forefront of fashion. The onetime owner of the iconic '60s London shop Granny Takes a Trip has dressed The Beatles and Rolling Stones, worked with everyone from Bruce Weber to Vivienne Westwood, and spent the past several years as international fashion director for Vogue Nippon. The 57-year-old Brooklyn native writes, edits, styles and consults for Vogue, GQ and several other Conde Nast magazines. But the budding surfer says he now enjoys nothing more than hanging with Barney and his "One-Love Surf Posse" at the Outrigger Waikiki.

What attracts you to surfing?
The virtue I find in surfing is that it's not about the best board, the best wetsuit or the best rash guard. It's about the best wave. And it's the only subculture that's remained intact.

What inspires you?
I have no idea. I'm influenced by everything from the shape of a salt shaker to hitting the waves. A lot of my work now has to do with the fact that when you live in a city such as Tokyo where you have designated areas of green, and you go to a place like Hawaii you have such a strong connection because it's a rebirth of sorts.

What are you most proud of?
I did a story here called "Rice." We had some of the world's top photographers photograph rice, then had an auction and sold all the photos (proceeds went to Save the Children). I know people's ideas or misconceptions about Vogue are that it plays to the spoon-fed bourgeoisie dilettante, but that's not necessarily the case. We can raise important issues, and I'm very fortunate the magazine allows me to do that.

What's the most fashionable city in the world?
That's very easy. Tokyo. I love it.

Who are your fashion icons?
I like Bjork, Anna Piaggi in Milan, Louise Doktor in New York, Michele Rimbault in Paris. These are people who still make fashion very interesting and make it magic. But my heroes are people like Rell Sunn, the "Queen of Makaha," (Hawaiian surfer/activist who died of breast cancer) not someone who exploits their own sensibilities of ostentation. What virtue is there in that? Dressing in diamonds if you have no soul?

What are your fashion tips for fall?
The rule book goes out the window. I don't tell people how clothes should be worn, I try to show people how clothes can be worn. Fashion is a means of expression and I think people should tap into and utilize that. So my tip: Buy a surfboard. TML

Courtesy of Gene Krell

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