IT’S common for many people to think that the “dangers” faced by stage magicians are not real and conveniently scripted to add excitement to their illusions.
“My assistant had tied a rope around my neck and gave the ends to two members of the audience who had been asked to come on stage and pull them in an illusion where I would be able to free myself,” Mahdi tells Star Rev in an interview.
With his hands tied behind his back, Mahdi was slowly strangled alive before a cheering audience who thought it was all part of the illusion.
“I was about to black out when my assistant realised her mistake and freed me.
Mahdi is in fact a third-generation illusionist in his family.
When he visited Malaysia in 1998, Mahdi witnessed a local taxi driver returning a bag belonging to an Iranian family who accidentally left the item behind.
Mahdi does about 250 corporate shows a year, and sometimes up to three shows in a single day. His shows have been seen by royalty, corporate VIPs, the country’s who’s who and even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“In the programme, I had to turn the pharaoh’s staff into a snake and also chop a person’s head off,” he laughed.
To continue the family’s rabbit-out-of-the-hat tradition into the next generation, Mahdi is already coaching his daughter Merchelin.
Mahdi said he had written to the Guinness World Records to confirm her as the world’s youngest magician.
“I used to drive an Audi TT sports coupe, but my wife asked me to change to a more family oriented vehicle like the Toyota Wish.
However, that did not prevent Mahdi from getting help from an acquaintance, entrepreneur Sathiya Murthi who had allowed his Ferrari F430 to be used by Mahdi while performing some of his tricks for our cameras.
“Ferraris are very expensive in Iran and only the very rich can afford them. They cost three times more in Iran than they do in Malaysia,” he said.
But Mahdi does not want to reveal too much as this would give away the surprise.
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