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JEDDAH: Saudi magician Mumdo’s array of illusions, including mind-blowing acts of levitation, captivated audiences at Citywalk’s Global Theatre, one of Jeddah Season’s entertainment areas.

“People can expect an interactive show where I invite them on stage, and delight them with some illusions. I like connecting with the audience, and I think it’s more fun than just playing,” Mumdo told Arab News on Wednesday.

Mumdo has been doing shows for a long time, but this is her first big public event. “It’s different because most of the time I was doing small corporate events,” said the artist, whose full name is Mumdo Marzouki, according to his website mumdo.com. He is also known by the nickname Wizard of Arabia.

“I started when I was eight years old, and I would do little tricks with my friends at school, and then it developed until it became a spectacle. For me it’s not work is my passion. I’m happy when I’m on stage and I’m depressed when I’m at home, so yes, it’s my passion,” said Mumdo.

Mumdo said he was happiest playing and meeting people. He is delighted that his broadcasts will continue until June 11, which will allow him to interact with more than 400 people.

“I’ve been waiting for this all my life. Twenty years ago, I couldn’t do public magic shows in Jeddah, so it’s a dream come true for me, and I hope I’ll be invited to do more shows in the future,” said he declared.

Mumdo said he was inspired by American magician David Copperfield.

“He was my idol and still is, and yes, there are a lot of magicians that I look up to, but he is my favorite. For example, Chris Angel, who I know came to Riyadh Season, is also a very good magician, but I’m more of an old school (performer) as there are two types of schools, modern and classical I try to stay away from technology because if you use it, it’s not really magic,” he added.

Mumdo’s main business is entertainment, and he has been focusing on it lately. He said that 20 years ago his parents were concerned about his career path.

“My parents’ reaction when it was a hobby was to support me a lot, then when it became a profession, they were worried at the time that entertainment was not common in Arabia and was not a profession to earn a living. But now I can say that you can work as a magician,” he said.

Mumdo has its own line of products, including a box containing illusions for children interested in magic. “These toys can teach kids basic skills, and it’s something I used to do when I was eight, which I called the ‘secret box’.”

He said he would continue to support young magic enthusiasts.

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