CREATING awe and wonder is the reason that Mahommed Moorad, known as Mo Magic, got into the magic business. On the back of his Pietermaritzburg shows last week, Mo Magic sat down with Maritzburg Fever to give insight into his journey of becoming a magician. Moorad, an electrical engineer by profession, grew up in Greytown where he was the head prefect at Greytown Secondary School. He completed his tertiary education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. It was in his third year of studying, and after some self-reflection, that Moorad knew there was something more he wanted to do. In 2002, taking a break from a project he was doing, Moorad switched on the television and caught an episode of Street Magic by magician David Blaine. “Instantly I felt something shift as I watched the show. After that I began reading up on magic, finding old magic books in the public library and researching on the internet. Then I started learning the tricks and performing for my family and friends,” said Moorad. He said a quote that he lives by is one from Joseph Campbell that says: “Follow your Bliss.”“Magic is my bliss,” said Moorad. Pursuing his passion, albeit as a hobby, Moorad remained an electrical engineer, however, as the passion grew, he took the bold decision of quitting his job and continued with magic full time. He became the first magician in South Africa to have his own television show, was the second most watched local show at the time, and is now the first magician to have a nationwide magic theatre show. “With the TV show I took magic into people’s homes, but with the tour I am bringing magic to them. It’s best experienced in person. The audience appreciates learning and seeing magic in real life,” he said. When asked how he learnt magic Moorad said everything has a method - it just takes practice to learn the method and then master it. “It’s not something that always works, but it’s about hard work. You will have tricks that fail, then you have to be honest with the audience and yourself and let them know that it didn’t go according to plan. Saying I haven’t had a trick fail is like a musician saying they haven’t played a wrong key - who hasn’t,” he said. Moorad said his journey, since leaving his job in 2010, has been nothing short of incredible. “Performing magic gives me a sense of fulfilment and purpose. To be able to do it as a career is the best gift I could have ever asked for,” he said. Mo Magic had five shows in Pietermaritzburg and wowed audiences with a variety of tricks that encapsulated different types of magic and kept the audience engrossed and achieved his goal by leaving them in awe and wonder.