Im Moustapha Berjaoui, a 23-year old mind illusionist. I have been practicing magic for ten years. My obsession with magic started when I was four years old. On my 4th birthday party we had a magician and I was very impressed by his tricks. My grandmother then got me a box of magic tricks from Las Vegas with instructions and that was when all the madness started. By the age of 13, I started performing magic tricks to people.
I enjoy reading minds; this is my favourite type of magic. People like it too.
It differs from one person to another and from one trick to another, but for me it is the cards trick. Especially hand manipulation. Im not a sleigh of hand artist, although I used to be, but it takes a lot of practice so when theres a trick that requires a lot of hand work I have to practice it daily to be able to master it!
Both, still it depends on the trick itself, whether it needs distraction or illusion. Sometimes a trick requires doing both together. Illusion is a bit harder its broader and more comprehensive than distraction. You cant do illusion without being able to distract, but you can do distraction without illusion.
Yes it happens all the time, but the thing is that people dont know what Im doing or what is coming next; they dont expect anything. For instance, if I tell you think of a colour in your head and I predicted its red but you said no, I didnt say that Im reading your mind, Im just seeing how your mind works so that I can start a new trick.
Adults and teenagers, but generally Arabic societies love to act smart when it comes to magic. They act as if they know how to do it although they dont. Unlike Asians or European societies; they get impressed by anything easily.
Most of the time they enjoy and clap for me or they freak out and run. But for the weirdest: I was 16 and a man came begging me to change his car to a better one, and he was totally convinced that I can do that! I told him that I would come next week and do it just to escape the situation.
I have many favourites not only one. David Blaine in close up magic, David Copperfield in stage magic and many others. Any magician that creates new ideas for tricks inspires me.
Im a mass communication graduate, radio and television major, and I did a lot of cinematography aside magic, but I stopped a year and half ago to concentrate on magic only, so if not a magician I would definitely be a cinematographer.
Well, some ask if I can vanish their wives, double their money or change their cars. Its always something funny.
It depends on the trick. Hand tricks for instance require a lot of daily practice. Generally, a trick takes a month at least with practice and presentation. Sometimes magicians can create a new trick from over-practicing another one but these are the professionals. I have 17 original tricks that I created some with my friend and others all by myself.
To vanish for real. Only then I can do things I wouldnt normally be able to do when I am visible.
People freak out from me. They think Im a wizard who do black magic and abracadabra.
I took The Merlin Award last year its equivalent to the Oscars but in magic. Its not an easy award to win; it takes creativity, developing stage acts and showmanship. Now, Im the manager of IMS (International Magician Society) in Egypt and Im working on developing the organization.
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