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Meet Al Naz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Al Naz.

Al, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I always had a love for comedy and performance which lead me to the School of Physical Theater, Del Arté in Humbolt County (AKA Clown College). I trained in slapstick comedy, physical comedy and drama. After school, I booked commercials and acting roles and loved performing on stage and doing improv in Hollywood.

My fascination of magic began after visiting The Magic Castle in 2015 and this ignited my passion for magic performance. I had various acts and even had a hypnotizing chicken act that ended up on the America’s Got Talent editing floor.

After auditioning for that show, I focused on stage magic and as my skills improved, I moved on to doing close-up magic using coins and cards. In 2019, I started creating high-quality visual effects using card magic. I started posting videos of my magic on Instagram which caught the attention of a lot of high-profile magicians. Some of these videos were reposted to show their fans and a few went viral. One of these magicians reached out to me which was David Blaine. He asked me over the phone if my magic was real or if it was done with video effects and I assured him that all of my magic was able to be performed in-person without any camera tricks or editing. We happened to be in the same city at the same time when I received the phone call from him. After we talked, I told my wife, Raquel Mastrangelo to get ready really fast because David Blaine wanted to see the tricks in person – now! She screamed and the reality sank in as we drove to meet him and his crew who were in the middle of filming his 2020 special.

One of the tricks that made it to David Blaine’s special, The Magic Way was a project that was developed by me and another magician.

We continued to work together and collaborate and another piece that I created aired on the Ellen Show.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. I always aspired to be a “triple threat” but I wasn’t a great singer, so I kept challenging myself to learn new crafts. I had the dream to become skilled at something great one day.

Like any journey of an artist, you find your way through your own path and continue learning and growing year after year. Finding success in magic started with my passion for theater and performing, physical comedy, TV, film and tap dancing. I had small successes in these endeavors but not to the level of success that I found in the magic world. If it wasn’t for finding a community of magicians in Los Angeles, I don’t think I would have become the magician I am today. Our weekly meetups at a boba tea shop truly helped me grow. My journey continues to evolve with these new times of living through a world pandemic. The path of a solo artist can be a lonely one, but it is rewarding if you stick with it.

I was known as a trickster, class clown, comedian and always being a ham. As a kid, I was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability which made it difficult for me to learn through reading and retaining information in school. It was a very frustrating time for me, and I found that I could get through school by way of memorization for exams. I found myself able to have more success with hands on projects and speaking my thoughts instead of writing. I always loved creating things like model cars and growing up working at my family’s pet store, I became skilled at taming and bonding with animals. My advice for anyone struggling with a learning disability is not to worry. You can improve and evolve as a person one week at a time and you will find something that you are passionate about and if you keep practicing, you will become a master at it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Al Naz Show – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am known for creating high-quality visual magic without camera editing or CGI. I have mastered the art of tricking the eye with visual effects and using a variety of methods while also creating new methods refined with my own touch.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
To continue to built out a small work studio in a hidden location of Los Angeles. I will work on new ideas here and this will soon be a hub for an online shop catered to magicians. As well as a filming location for magicians. I am looking forward to continually working with other magicians to Enhance their magic.

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Clarence Alford, Richard Michael Johnson

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