Katrín Jakobsdóttir, chair of the Left Green Movement and former minister of education and culture has joined the Magicians’ Guild of Iceland. She and one of her friends, Halldóra Björt Ewen, are the first two women to join the prestigious club.
Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
Katrín says she is an amateur magician and does not have a university degree in magic, “this is more of a hobby.” She and Halldóra have practiced magic for 15 years and performed magic, primarily in private parties.
The party chair said that at the annual party of government staff, she performed “comedy magic.” Among other things the duo broke a watch belonging to Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who was prime minister at the time, and mending it again, Morgunblaðið reports.
Asked about the nature of her tricks, Katrín responded: “I don’t want to say too much, but we speak German and do magic. This makes it a bit funny.”
Katrín said that magic could be useful: “In one show we lifted the currency restrictions of the Icelandic króna and got a lot of foreign currency for only a few krónas. So maybe politics and magic are closely related after all.”
The Magicians’ Guild of Iceland is part of International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). The guild was established on a non-existent day, February 29, 2007, by 12 magicians. The members now number between 20 and 30.