M.I.L.F: Magic, It’s Lots of Fun

Today, Hakim is under the training of one of the best magicians in the world, including Sir Michael Vincent.
by Chiri Choukeir

18 August 2019 | 13:52

Source: by Annahar Staff

  • by Chiri Choukeir
  • Source: Annahar Staff
  • Last update: 18 August 2019 | 13:52

That's Pascal Hakim during one of his shows.

BEIRUT: Whether complex life-threatening stunts or a simple sleight of hand, magic is an art form that still makes us wonder, and can get the inner child out of the toughest of crowds.

While many magicians provide entertainment for younger crowds, especially birthday parties, one magician from Beirut had a different vision. Pascal Hakim is a full-time magician, and for the past month, Hakim has been debuting his new adult magic show, M.I.L.F “Magic, It’s Lots of Fun” at The Smallville Hotel Badaro.

Hakim has been practicing magic religiously for eight years, although his passion for magic started at a much younger age after watching his own brother practice magic.

“I was a kid around nine years old when I fell in love with magic, and in my early teens I fell in love with my brother performing magic.” Hakim told Annahar, “It became serious to me on a whole other level. I was inspired by my brother, and he was the first one to be the wind beneath my wings and he still is.”

Moving countries very often growing up, Hakim learned magic on the way. “I was two years old when I moved to Doha, Qatar than went to Romania, then the Ivory Coast and Australia, Germany a year on and off and that’s thirteen different schools in 12 years.”

Today, Hakim is under the training of one of the best magicians in the world, including Sir Michael Vincent. He describes the process of learning magic “Just like learning guitar, you get a book or a mentor or you watch a seminar, maybe a music school, same thing with magic.”

Although having many tricks up his sleeve, Hakim’s trick of choice is the art of card magic. Describing it as one of the most elegant magic forms, his tricks require a bit more focus and wit than regular tricks.

During his show M.I.L.F, Hakim used audience participation and inclusion for most performed tricks. He explained his reasons behind that, “I've never believed in anything beauty or art when there's a wall between you and the audience. I come in as if I am already sitting between them. If in the first 10 seconds of my entrance I don’t have everyone’s eyes, there’s a problem. The ice has to be crushed and gone.”

When asked what magic means to him, Hakim simply put it as "n a nutshell, truth.

It’s because when someone is sitting in the crowd, they become like little kids, they break that character they put on and that child inside, that beauty, it comes out, and my job is to take it out and give it to them."

As for directing and writing a magic show, Tony Yammine, Pascal’s manager and writer/ director of M.I.L.F told Annahar how psychology and a lot of risks are included in writing a magic show.

“You have to take into consideration not only the performance but also what it happening backstage and the psychology of things.” He told Annahar, “The hardest part about it is that you cant test the material before. When you are creating a show, you first need to go out and do it. You don’t know how the lines will go.”

Yammine explained how having a bigger knowledge and experience in the science of magic is a key element in creating a magical persona that fits the artist. "For the magician, he is performing for the audience, but he is also doing other tasks that you don’t see. He creates a double persona."

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