[ Dramatic music plays ] -Take a sip from your soul On a metaphysical milkshake -SoulPancakers,
I am so thrilled to be here with one of my all time heroes, truly the number-one
chess player in the world, the youngest international
grandmaster champion of all time,
Mr. Magnus Carlsen. [ Imitates crowd cheering ] What, do I have a bad breath? -That was awful. -For those of you,
those Pancakers who don’t know, I’m kind of a big chess geek, and I play
a little bit of chess. I was on
the high-school chess team. True story —
At one chess tournament, I saw a guy
with mold in his ear. You may have heard
this is a metaphysical van, and you can go pretty much
any place in the multiverse that you would like to go. Where would you like to go? -To the sun. -To the sun. Boom. -I’m not feeling it.
-You’re not feeling it? Okay, how about we go
to the inside of your brain and see how it all works? -That works.
-You have a magnificent brain, and if it was exposed
to the air, I would massage it. -Um…
-That’s not a sexual thing. It’s not even like
a Jeffrey Dahmer thing. It’s — I appreciate
your absolute brilliance. You are the number-one
chess player in the world. I’m pretty much the number-one actor
in the world, right? -How can I disagree with that? -What keeps you humble? -We Norwegians,
we are taught from an early age that you shouldn’t think
you are something. -Hmm.
-Which is a little bit different from here, where you’re supposed
to be something, you know? -‘Cause you —
That boasting, like, “Oh, man, I took that guy down
with my rook. I’m so badass.”
And your dad is like… [ Norwegian accent ] “Magnus,
remember where you come from.” -That was the worst
Norwegian accent ever. -[ Laughs ] -[ Normal voice ] Some people
view success in chess as you have to be
more of a warrior. And some people view chess as you need to be
more of an artist. Which would you say
that you are, and which of those is
more true? -I think I’m more
of the warrior than an artist, but I like to find
some kind of art, some kind of beauty
in my games. But the main goal is to win,
and that’s the warrior. -If there are a group of evil,
villainous chess players and a group
of good chess players, kind of like superheroes,
which side would you join? -In my dreams,
there are several times evil chess players who make me
lose for no apparent reason or trick me into not coming
to the game and losing for that reason. So, I mean, in my dreams
I’m always one of the good guys, so I think I would be
one of good guys, yeah. -That’s fascinating.
So, you have dreams of evil, manipulative
chess players? -Yeah.
-Do they kind of look like this? [ Laughs evilly ] You know, when I was researching
doing this interview with you, I was a little intimidated
because you’re, like, the greatest at something
in the world. But as I was researching you,
what’s odd to me is, like, you’re a totally normal person. People think
about chess geniuses as hanging out in their basement
and obsessively, like, chewing on their own skin
and, you know, maybe bodies hidden
somewhere in the house. -Well, you know,
I’m only 21 years old, so give me some time
to develop the crazy, you know? -[ Laughs ]
Okay, good. Boom — Life’s big questions.
Lightning round. What is your biggest fear? -To get attacked
by a big fish in an open sea. -What does your name mean?
-“The great.” -Do you consider yourself
a genius? -No, I do not. -What blows your mind?
-Magic tricks. [ Both laugh ] -What is your life’s
big question? What is the big question
that you wrestle with? -Whether there is life
after death. I had a firm conclusion
when I was a child… -Mm-hmm.
-…that after people die they all gather in the universe and use their power
to start a new big bang and that this is just
an infinite cycle. -And that perpetuates
the universe? -Yes.
-That is really cool. Have you given this more thought
as a late teen or in your early adulthood? -No, not really because
I got Internet in my room, and I stopped thinking
about such things. -[ Laughs ] The Internet killed
your creativity? -Yes.
-As it does for so many of us. -Yes.
-What would the first sentence of your autobiography be?
-“I’m not a genius.” -And what would the title
of your autobiography be? -“Magnus Carlsen: Chess Genius.”
I don’t know. -[ Laughs ] -So, YouTubers, here’s
your creative challenge for this Metaphysical Milkshake. Write down the title
of your autobiography and also your first sentence,
and Magnus — I’m going to make him read
through all of them. We are going to read
through all of the titles and the first sentences, right? -Yeah, and I’m sure they’re
going to make much for sense than mine did.
-Than yours? [chuckles] So, write them down right now
in the comment section below — title of your autobiography
and your first sentence. Let her rip. Go.
Boom, do it. Checkmate. Checkmate. You have soft, supple hands
of a chess player. Do you moisturize? These are delicate instruments
for you, like a piano player. Of course, you could probably
get your hands chopped off, and you could still play chess
with your stumps. -SoulPancake Subscribe