I found out about Kamishibai from a casual conversation I had with one of the co-founders of the Pinbox 3000, an amazing cardboard pinball kit created by a duo from Vermont. When I told Mr. Ben T. Matchstick about the Suitcase of Wonders, he informed me that it sounded a little like Kamishibai, something he had performed in the past. You never know where new doors of inspiration may open.
The more I delved into Kamishibai the more interesting things I found, including a 19th century pre-cursor to the current form of Kamishibai called Kamishibai-ya, where the performer is standing behind the theater with his hands coming through the back. This is the closest thing I have seen yet to the way I perform the Suitcase of Wonders.
In Kamishibai I feel like I have found a long-lost cousin to the Suitcase of Wonders, and I hope to learn more about the art form, see it performed live, and perhaps even give it a try (in my own modified way).