Emirati magician Moein Al Bastaki.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – The first time magic knocked on his door, Emirati magician Moein Al Bastaki saw his grandfather bite a coin in half and, with a small wave of his hand, make it whole again.
“I knew I wanted to be a magician when I was six years old,” Al Bastaki told Expatmedia.net during a visit to our office in Downtown Dubai, just across the iconic Burj Khalifa that he once made disappear in front of a huge crowd.
The illusionist and mentalist had just stunned our receptionist by correctly guessing the number she secretly chose on a dice. He also swallowed a thread and a bunch of sharp needles and then pull them out of his mouth like a magical necklace.
The kandoora-clad magician has been mesmerizing people with his illusions since his first show at the age of 9 in front of family members.
“I wore my jacket and top hat and I pulled a flower out of the hat,” he reminisced, adding that his uncle gave him Dh5 as a prize after his show. He’s learned more complex tricks since then, thanks to videos of his idol, David Copperfield.
He is on a mission, one magic stunt at a time. “I wanted to create my own identity. I wanted to be the Arab guy who is proud of his city and can do magic,” said Al Bastaki, who lives in Mirdif, Dubai.
He has made a big name for himself, with his illusions featured on television. He made big waves starting in 2010 when he shocked the Arab world by teleporting a person from their house to the TV studio.
His biggest stunt remains his work on the world’s tallest tower. “Me vanishing the Burj Khalifa was an homage to David Copperfield when he vanished the Statue of Liberty,” Al Bastaki said.
Now he wants to share what he knows about magic, hoping that his line of products on do-it-yourself magic tricks—available in IMG World, Kidzania and other toy stores—will bring more smiles to people.
“I wanted to give back to the people of what I know in the art of magic and break the idea of magic as taboo in this part of the world,” he said.
To learn more about Al Bastaki, visit his website www.moeinalbastaki.com. ICA/Expat Media
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