Did it appear from thin air, or was it obeah? Jamaica’s most professional magician, Kemarch “Wizad the Magician” Dodd says his magic is all an illusion of the mind.
He is a firm believer in God, both his parents are christian, and for the most part he is self taught except from additional lessons from his mentor Andrew Campbell, a magician from Jamaica.
So he claims he will never indulge in black magic or anything negative or deeply spiritual.
He simply entertains, and whether the viewer sees things appearing into thin air or being held without hands, he insists that the mind is just being tricked.
When he finally sits down to be interviewed his fingers are rolling coins, or some other trick.’
He is not worried about being called an obeahman as he says “People always say negative things about what they dont understand”. Children across Jamaica, adults especially in the hotels simply love him, and wherever he goes he’s treated as a celebrity.
He’s most times flocked, but for sure there are at least ten persons who can spot him on site, and, chant his stage name “Wizad.”
His tricks include making doves appear from thin air, producing balls from one’s ears, creating the illusion that eggs are coming from one’s mouth, making hard things appear to be passing through glass, making it seem as if fingers have been removed from one’s body, making women disappear and reappear, making glass freeze in mid-air as a catchment area for pouring water, making it seem as though his hand has gone through a mirror and making money change right before one’s eyes.
There is no magic in the words a magician uses, nor is there a language of magicians outside of common phrases adapted. These phrases such as ‘abracadabra’, ‘boom shak laka’, and even ‘presto’ are used to enhance the presentations, making them more believable.
Wizad who makes most of his equipment, as a result of being financially challenged and creative at the same time, is hoping to start a magic school, magic club in Jamaica.
Wizard is scheduled to appear from January 13 to 22 in the upcoming creative workshop series hosted by OAaSIS International Foundation at the Allman Town Primary.
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