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Do you believe in magic?

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Anthea McGibbon, Contributor

Magician Kemarch 'Wizard' Dodd performs one of his illusions.

Do you believe in magic? After about five minutes with Kemarch Dodd, better known as 'Wizad the Magician', you will. He rolls his fingers, cuts coins or just keeps pulling pieces of cloth from thin air.

The playful magician clears the air about his religious beliefs. Influenced by Christian parents, he is a firm believer in God and insists he is not doing anything supernatural or evil, and declares that his work has nothing to do with obeah. In his opinion, magic is "a deception of the eye". He says his magic tricks are simple illusions of the mind, although he adds that the eye must register first, then send information to the brain.

"Its not about the eye, but more about the brain. The eye sends information to the brain."

He does not blame those who dismiss magic as obeah, as people, he says, often say negative things about what they do not understand.

As a child, Wizard was unique, exceptionally playful and always pulling pranks and setting fun traps. He remembers the many times he would make it seem as though someone was in his bed and call different family members and friends to 'scare' them.

He also remembers never missing a single magic show on tv, which first exposed him to this form of art. One day he was watching a show by illusionist David Blaine. He was so impressed that the next day he set out to the library to figure out how he could acquire such skills.

He spent three years studying before he started his practice, but still has more tricks to learn. He attended Greenwich All-Age School and Tivoli Comprehensive High.

He explains that an understanding of physics is helpful in magic tricks. For example, where it is impossible to make an egg float in just water, he says that adding salt enables its floatation. Another trick he shares is adding vinegar to an egg to cause it to shrink, thus enabling it to slide through holes smaller than itself.

Kemarch 'Wizad' Dodd - Fille

Wizard, a professional magician for eight years, is only 25 years old, but will be committed until he is "150 years old" he says.

This magician's 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.

Aside from being a magician, he enjoys playing the violin and football, in addition to performing as a clown, but he'll never be a clown doing magic tricks.

Children on the streets often flock him as testimony of the impact he has when he operates at birthday parties and in schools across Jamaica. His magic has been shown in other Caribbean islands such as Grenada and Curaçao. He is now hoping to explore and entertain outside of the Caribbean.

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.