THE WORLD’S MAGICIAN
Mahdi Gilbert began his television career in 2015 when a variety of his performances were broadcast to the entire nation of Finland through MTV and YLE to promote his live show, Modern Magic: An Evening of Bespoke Conjuring.
The Academy of Magical Arts invited Mahdi to perform his close-up card magic at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. He is one of the only magician’s in the world to hold an open invitation to perform whenever he would like.
He was the first foreign magician to appear on South Korean national television in 2016. (SBS) Star King (놀라운 대회 스타킹), the most popular program in the country devoted an entire episode to his magic and his motivational speaking.
Legendary Vegas showman, Johnny Thomspon personally invited Mahdi to Las Vegas to appear on Penn & Teller’s: Fool Us (The CW). Mahdi fooled Penn & Teller on US national television and remains one of the only magicians in the world to have done so. He was later invited to perform at the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Hotel & Casino.
Portuguese illusionist, Luís de Matos invited Mahdi to perform slight of hand magic for British illusionist, Dynamo & Portugese athlete, Patrícia Mamona on IMPOSSÍVEL (RTP1), a live, national television series in 2017. Millions more in Germany tuned in to watch Mahdi perform on Die Ehrlich Brothers präsentieren: Showdown der weltbesten Magier (RTL). The British Broadcasting Corporation invited Mahdi Gilbert to perform live on national television in 2018. Over 5 million people tuned in to see Mahdi’s episode on (BBC One) The One Show.
Hundreds of millions of people watched him dazzle Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) on (JSBC) The Amazing Magicians (超凡魔术师), a TV show that became the number one television program in China and the entire world for twelve weeks, regularly watched by 650 million people.
Don Fritz, producer of the Broadway hit, The Lion King & Beauty & the Beast directed Mahdi in Ocean of Dreams, a show that premiered at the Shanghai Life Magic Festival in 2018.
In 2019, Mahdi appeared on Canadian national television through The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. They profiled the story of his life on CBC Arts: Exhibitionists.
PACKS SMALL, PLAYS BIG
Mahdi has entertained audiences all over the world in a wide variety of venues and occasions and millions have seen his magic on TV. His magic is universal and is suitable for any event from intimate private parties to corporate events and banquets to school shows to festivals to massive stage shows in arenas with tens of thousands of spectators.
Through Mahdi’s evangelical ministry, The Hands and Feet of God and his secular motivational speaking company, The Light in the Darkness he speaks to audiences all over the world.
Mahdi Gilbert is the only magician in the world without hands and feet since the renowned 17th century conjuror, Matthias Buchinger. Mahdi was awarded the Allan Slaight Award for being the first Canadian Rising Star in magic and the Jay Marshall Award by Magicana.
Toronto born and NYC based Corporate Magician (Illusionist) Mahdi Gilbert is widely regarded as one of the most creative and influential thinkers and performers in magic. He is a direct descendant of the great magicians and lifelong student of the art. Magicians from all over the world attend his lectures and workshops to study and perform Mahdi’s magic.
Ricky Jay sought out Mahdi’s insights when writing Matthias Buchinger: ‘The Greatest German Living’ by Ricky Jay, Whose Peregrinations in Search of the ‘Little Man of Nuremberg’ Are Herein Revealed. Mahdi Gilbert was featured in the documentary, Our Magic by R. Paul Wilson.
Mahdi is the founder of Before Magic, a platform that provides inspiration for those that seek wonder and enchantment in their lives and as a resource and fountain of knowledge for those initiated into the art of magic. Through Before Magic, Mahdi provides education and tools for magicians and consultation for stage, television, and film projects.
"MY INSPIRATION" - DAVID BLAINE | "YOU ARE AMAZING!" - DYNAMO | "YOU FOOLED US!" - PENN JILLETTE | “THE PERFECT MAGICIAN" - TELLER | "AN EXTRAORDINARY MAGICIAN" - DERREN BROWN | "MAMMOTH" - URI GELLER | “I BELIEVE MAHDI WILL BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE GREAT MAGICIANS” - JUAN TAMARIZ | ““I DON’T EVER WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER MAGICIAN COMPLAIN THAT HIS HANDS ARE TOO SMALL” - DEREK DELGUADIO | “MY LITTLE BROTHER!” - DANI DAORTIZ | “AFTER SEEING YOU I KNOW ALL THE STORIES ABOUT MATTHIAS BUCHINGER ARE TRUE! EVERY WORD OF EVERY STORY IS REAL!” - JOHNNY THOMPSON | “A TESTAMENT OF INDOMITABILITY” - RICKY JAY
Growing up without arms or legs, Mahdi felt like everything was impossible for him. Watching magicians perform the impossible made him feel like he could anything. He believed in magic and he knew that if he became a magician then nothing would be impossible for him.
As a teenager he would study and use magic, psychology, hypnosis, suggestion, and showmanship to create his own brand of unique magical experiences that took place in his audience’s minds. But Mahdi wanted more, he didn’t just want his magic to remain in people’s imaginations, he wanted his magic for be physical, something that they could feel and touch; he needed his magic to be real. Not wanting to be pitied if he failed, he committed to secretly study slight of hand without hands on his 17th birthday.
Mahdi was forced to reinvent magic for himself, literally redefining how a deck of cards can be handled. He performs wonders without hands, walks the Earth without feet, is a miracle to everyone he meets and is living proof that nothing is impossible.
The real secrets behind his magic have never been revealed and remains a complete mystery, even to the most knowledgeable magicians alive.
No one in the entire world knows how Mahdi does what he does.