ASK THE MA­GI­CIAN

Make magic moves.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY KELLEIGH KOREVAAR

MEET MAHOMMED MOORAD ‘Mo Magic’is one of very few South African ma­gi­cians to have had his own TV show. Fol­low his ad­vice to trick your way to the top. I stud­ied some­thing prac­ti­cal, but I’m bored and want to fol­low my pas­sion. How do I tell my friends and fam­ily?

As a qual­i­fied elec­tronic en­gi­neer turned en­ter­tainer, I found my­self in this ex­act sit­u­a­tion. There was the con­cern of leav­ing the sta­bil­ity of a lu­cra­tive po­si­tion as a pro­ject man­ager for the un­cer­tainty of show­biz. I was hon­est with my fam­ily, who were sup­port­ive and un­der­stand­ing of my de­sire to spread joy with the art of magic and my gen­uine pas­sion for it. They also un­der­stood that with my de­gree, I could al­ways re­turn to the cor­po­rate world should I choose to. Hav­ing a le­git­i­mate back-up will make it eas­ier.

When things start go­ing wrong I freeze. How do I pull a rab­bit out of an empty hat?

When I feel stressed I take a mo­ment to breathe and think of some­thing to be thank­ful for. My go-to is the thought of my nieces laugh­ing. This im­me­di­ately makes me smile, and eases me. I then look at do­ing the best I can in the sit­u­a­tion, with what I have, where I am. Do the same.

I don’t want my men­tal strength to do a dis­ap­pear­ing act. What should I do?

It’s all about daily med­i­ta­tion and block­ing off chunks of time to get deep work done. I am ac­tively in­volved in cre­at­ing new magic and work­ing on var­i­ous projects. Man­ag­ing my men­tal fit­ness and time is there­fore key for me to en­sure my mile­stones are achieved. My third rou­tine? Ex­press­ing grat­i­tude. Each night, while in bed, I think of three things in my day to be truly thank­ful for. It can be some­thing as sim­ple as be­ing thank­ful for mak­ing my gym ses­sion that day. This en­sures I go to bed with a smile and in a happy mood, and more likely to have a good night’s rest.

Ev­ery time I try to shuf­fle a pack of cards, they end up on the floor. What’s the trick?

Proper tech­nique is key. There are mul­ti­ple meth­ods for shuf­fling a deck of cards that can be learnt on­line or from books. A fac­tor to con­sider is the qual­ity of play­ing cards used. Brand-new cards of bet­ter qual­ity are gen­er­ally much smoother and have a plas­tic coat­ing that makes them very slip­pery. My big­gest tip? Han­dle cards with a light touch. This makes the move­ment of the cards be­tween your hands look el­e­gant and vis­ually ap­peal­ing.

How do I stay in stage­wor­thy shape?

While I am an en­ter­tainer, I see my­self as an ath­lete. Fit­ness, nu­tri­tion and well­ness are very im­por­tant to me. I train mul­ti­ple times a week. My regime com­prises morn­ing fast­ing car­dio ses­sions on an Or­bi­trek at home, and mul­ti­ple af­ter­noon ses­sions with my bioki­neti­cist or trainer at the gym. The gym ses­sions in­clude strength, con­di­tional and func­tional train­ing. When I’m trav­el­ling with shows, I use the ho­tel gym or have a fit­ness set I carry out in my ho­tel room. In terms of eat­ing, I have con­sulted a di­eti­cian. I pre­pare healthy smooth­ies for break­fast, and have my lunches and din­ners in the week pre­pared for me. How­ever, I do treat my­self on the week­ends.

Magic tricks on a date – yes or no?

In my early days, yes. How­ever, in the last few years, very rarely on a first date – un­less she asks, of course! Rather make your per­son­al­ity the show­stop­per.

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