Rafih first became fascinated with magic when he was a teenager and he now performs at various events.
Ultimately, what drew the Bible Hill young man to magic was an encounter with a well known local magician at a shop on the Esplanade.
“I was at Batter’s Box and Mr. J was there and showed me a trick,” he recalled. “It blew my mind and I wanted to learn more.”
He devoted his spare time to magic, carrying a deck of cards with him so he could practise when an opportunity arose.
He even began dreaming about magic. He watched a clip, over and over, of Paul Gertner doing a trick called “That’s Ridiculous,” trying to see how it was done but couldn’t figure it out. After he went to sleep he had a dream where Gertner showed him, and the next day he excitedly showed a friend.
“It worked but I later found out how Paul Gertner did it, and there were differences,” he said.
Rafih did his first show at age 17, for a Grade 1 class.
“That wasn’t easy,” he said. “Kids are a tough audience. I do shows for adults now.”
He’s performed for many corporate events and staff parties but, for a while, when he was living in Toronto, he wasn’t devoting a lot of time to magic, although he did take the chance to realize another dream – performing stand-up comedy at a club, Absolute Comedy. When he moved back to Nova Scotia last year he decided to get more involved in magic again, and now adds a bit of comedy to his performances.
“I recently did a show in Hubbards and it made me realize how much I enjoy it,” he said. “I love seeing the reactions from the crowd. I do a lot of sleight of hand. That takes tons of practice but it’s never felt like work.”
For more information on Rafih’s magic, or to book him for a show, visit http://zakrafih.com/