Margaret Lillian Adams
August 9, 1986
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Web alias(es)||Magibon, MRirian, Magichan2007|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube, EdgeSNS.com|
|Signature phrase||Minna-san, Konnichiwa! Magibon desu (皆さんこんにちはマギボンです, Hello everyone, I'm Magibon)|
Margaret Lillian Adams was born in Florida, but has lived in Pennsylvania as of 2008. Prior to her fame on YouTube, she learned to speak some Japanese phrases from watching Japanese television dramas, anime, and listening to Japanese music. She is not fluent in Japanese.
As of the end of 2010, Magibon had uploaded nearly 100 videos onto her YouTube channel since July 2006. Almost all her videos are in the form of video blogs, or vlogs, lasting under one minute, with most of them just showing her smiling silently into the camera. In a few of her videos, Magibon speaks or sings in broken Japanese. When asked whether she planned making the videos, she replied "I don't use scripts. There's no grand plan."
In some of her YouTube videos, Magibon introduces herself by saying "Minna-san, Konnichiwa! Magibon desu" (Hello, everyone, I'm Magibon). After saying this, she remains quiet until the end of the video, where she says "Bye bye".
Japanese media coverage
In Japan, Magibon has drawn comparisons for extreme similarity with Leah Dizon. In addition to appearing on a TBS Radio show in Japan, Magibon has been featured in the Japanese Weekly Playboy magazine, appearing in the February 25, 2008, April 14, 2008, 12/19 May 2008 and November 10, 2008 issues.
In April 2008, Magibon was invited to be interviewed by the Japanese Internet TV company GyaO and flown to Japan to make her debut appearance on internet TV program Midtown TV in which she met her idol, Mari Yaguchi of Hello! Project. A fan event was scheduled for April 12, 2008 by USEN (the owner of GyaO), but this was canceled due to security concerns following the receipt of a number of threatening emails.
In October 2008, Magibon was invited to the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival, and appeared at the world premiere of the film Blue Symphony in Roppongi on October 22, 2008. Magibon featured as a voice actress in the film.
Magibon returned to Japan in November 2008, appearing at the "YouTube Live Tokyo" event at Studio Coast in Tokyo on November 23 alongside other YouTube personalities and musicians such as BoA and Kreva.
- 株式会社ティー・オーエンタテインメント (PDF) (in Japanese). EdgeSNS.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- The Japan Times: "Introducing Magibon, Japan's YouTube darling" (December 18, 2008) Archived December 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, by Mark Schilling. Retrieved on December 19, 2008.
- Who's Who On YouTube? – G4TV
- Farivar, Cyrus. "Unclear if latest YouTube craze has deep sociological meaning". Machinist. Salon.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- www.gyao.jp (in Japanese) Archived June 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Weekly Playboy April 14, 2008 issue: "マギボン独占ロングインタビュー" (Exclusive in-depth interview with Magibon)
- "謎のYouTube美少女“マギボン”がついに生出演！" (Mysterious YouTube girl "Magibon" finally makes a live appearance!) (April 9, 2008). Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Hochi Shimbun: “第２のリア・ディゾン”マギボン「温暖化気になる」 (Magibon, the next Leah Dizon, "concerned about global warming") (October 23, 2008). Retrieved on October 28, 2008 (in Japanese) Archived October 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Mainichi Shimbun: "マギボン：“黒船２号”はリアのファンだった" (Magibon - the next American import - is a fan of Leah) (October 23, 2008). Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese) Archived October 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- J-Cast News: "謎の女性「マギボン」が来日 素顔が見えて芸能界入りに賛否" (Enigmatic girl Magibon visits Japan and shows her true face - non-committal on show-biz start) (April 14, 2008). Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Weekly Playboy February 25, 2008 issue contents Archived December 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Weekly Playboy April 14, 2008 issue contents Archived December 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Weekly Playboy 12/19 May 2008 issue contents Archived 24 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on October 28, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Weekly Playboy November 10, 2008 issue contents Archived December 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on December 4, 2008. (in Japanese)
- "21st Tokyo International Film Festival: Blue Symphony". Archived from the original on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- J-Cast News: "「YouTube」主催のライブイベント 2000人招待" (2,000 invited to live event staged by YouTube) (October 27, 2008). Retrieved on October 29, 2008. (in Japanese)
- Mainichi Shimbun: "＜ユーチューブ＞初のライブ開催 視聴１位の謎の美少女・マギボンの日本好き生素顔も" (November 23, 2008)[dead link]. Retrieved on December 5, 2008. (in Japanese)