HOMME takes an insider’s look into the life of the interesting and prominent talent, Up Close and Magical With Madhi Moudini…
Mahdi Moudini (born Mahdi Moammer – March 14, 1979) is an Iranian illusionist best known for his stage and close-up magic around the world. He has been described as the most commercially popular magician in Malaysia. Two of his latest wonder shows were the series of ‘Magical Moudini’.
Moudini is currently the International Magician’s Society (IMS) Ambassador to Malaysia.
Mahdi studied magic under the tutelage of his grandfather and father who were both performing magicians in Iran. He began performing magic when he was 5 years old, holding shows in his home city of Karaj.
At the age of 18 he moved to Malaysia as the political situation in Tehran prohibited him from performing live stage magic. He is currently performing extensively in Malaysia and South-east Asia. In line with Malaysia’s mourning and passion for the lost lives on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370), he performed an official memorial show at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 3 April 2014.
Mahdi has received eight Merlin Awards from the International Magicians Society. He received the award “Best Iranian Stage Magician 2012” for his stage magic performances, “Most Extreme Magician Asia 2013” for his close-up magic involving snakes and fire, “Best Illusionist Malaysia 2014”, “Best Show Producer 2015”, “Celebrity Magician of the Year 2016″, Magician of the Year 2017”, “Illusionist of the Year 2018” and most recently “Hollywood Star Illusionist 2019” for his innovative illusions. The McMillan Woods Global Awards 2016 also proclaimed Mahdi as the ‘Illusionist Extraordinaire of the Year’.
What does Malaysia 2020 mean to you?
2020 has been such a strange year for everyone, hasn’t it? Because of the pandemic, I haven’t been able to perform my public performances. That’s a rather sad feeling. But in a way, there is a silver lining to the cloud – I’m spending so much time at home with my wife and two children. I’ve also had the opportunity to appoint my new Managing Agent HOMME PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT under the clever leadership of my friend Dato’ Nick Pinder. We are planning my next large extravaganza a new show. I have also had the opportunity to concentrate on my social media foot print which is very important to me.
Describe your Magical talent in one sentence.
“A magical talent is the art and skill of performing mysterious tricks to entertain people, for example by making things appear and disappear … If you refer to the magic of something, you mean that it has a special mysterious quality which makes it seem wonderfully exciting and makes your audience feel happy … I enjoy making people happy!” ~ Madhi Moudini
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
No matter how far I have advanced in my career or what my accomplishments are, answering this question is easy… I am proud to tell you that I got my talent from my grandfather and my father so it’s their legacy lives on.
Which historical personality do you identify with?
Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi – former Shah of Iran.
“I envisaged future generations of Iranians proudly taking their rightful place among the vast family of nations, and fulfilling their responsibilities with dignity. I hoped to see dispelled forever the mediaeval shadows from which Iran had emerged only half a century ago, and that the light which is the very essence of Iranian civilization and culture would prevail. Throughout my reign, I lived only for the realization of this dream which was beginning to become reality” ~ Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi
Which magical trick are you most proud of?
I have a close up trick where I change a RM1 note to a US$1 note and present it to the recipient. Such a simple trick which makes my audience VERY happy!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
My dream is to take magic into the schools and colleges and create a new generation of magicians.
What is your most favourite memory from school?
I was given the opportunity to perform my early magic to class and teachers. Memorable days!
What is your favourite movie?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on J. K. Rowling’s 1997 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment of the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. Its story follows Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.
All the Harry Potter books and films are truly magical.
What or who is your favourite Malaysian Icon?
This is easy… it’s going to be the actual book ICONS of MALAYSIA to be published by dear friends Datuk Paddy Bowie and Dato Nicholas Pinder.
Name some products or services you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson or brand ambassador?
Over the years, I have worked for many great international brands. It’s a long list… two of my favourites were BMW for Quill and Malaysian Airlines in association with MAB and Tourism. In the future I would like to support causes such at WWF and Red Crescent Society… as many as I can!
If you had RM1 million to build anything you wanted, what would you build and why?
Sharing the resources we have at our disposal, whether they be professional or monetary, and giving to those who have less in life.
Why did you decide to work closely with HOMME PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT as your local and International representative?
The head of the organization is the respected Dato Nicholas Pinder, a great impresario who has produced wonderful theatrical productions, concerts and really looks after the artists. Thankfully, I call Nick a friend!
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