Japan – Attraction, Joy, Persistence: "Salesian Gospel Magic"

27 July 2022

(ANS - Nakatsu) - Fr. Peter Yasutaka Muramatsu, SDB, is a Japanese Salesian, Rector of the Nakatsu House on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. What he is best known for, however, at least on the web, is his work as a magician, for which he adopted the stage name “Don "Mickey.” His passion for prestidigitation dates back almost 40 years, when Fr. Muramatsu was a boy, and grew and was motivated during his years of theological training in Paranaque, Philippines, following the example of Don Bosco, who first used juggling and conjuring tricks to attract young people and lead them to Jesus.

Aware of the power and opportunities of digital media, since Christmas 2012 "Don Mickey" has also been sharing his videos online through his YouTube channel called "Gospel Magic." 

To date, July 2022, there are no less than 23 short videos (average length of 6 minutes) in which the Salesian performs funny tricks and skits are recorded on the channel. Most of these videos were filmed during some Salesian Family events, and some even had the Rector Major among the passionate viewers; others, however, were made in the "studio" built by Fr. Muramatsu in the Nakatsu community.

Already in the past Fr. Maramatsu had explained the value inherent in this particular apostolic activity.

From his words, one can fully understand the long journey in the "Ministry of Gospel Magic," which began in childhood and was motivated by the Salesian audience, both youth and adult.

Fr. Mickey's persistence in this apostolate is the main learning lesson. Fr. Muramatsu never gives up and is always learning new magic tricks to make the Salesian Family and the youth joyful, even finding some "disciples" among the younger generation of Salesians in Japan, who have witnessed "the magic of the Gospel" many times.

Fr. Muramatsu, at the same time, works and carries out his mission like all his confreres: as mentioned above, he is Rector of Nakatsu, where he animates the community in which he lives with three Salesian coadjutors - Br. Arturo Tojo, Br. Ludovico Yamada, and Br. Francesco Fukagawa - and a Salesian priest, Fr. Carmelo Simoncelli. The Salesian house is one of two social works of the Japan Province, is dedicated to St. Joseph, started its activities back in 1933 and is dedicated to work with at-risk youth; the second is located in Tokyo – Kodaira.

"We are glad that the creativity in small things is going on and we believe that through the digital sharing of the YouTube videos, some young Salesian may be attracted to this simple, but very fruitful passion of ‘Gospel Magic’," say the Salesians in Japan.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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