PETALING JAYA - From mystifying the rich and famous in Hollywood to performing before the royals of Dubai, Malaysian Kabir Khan Mohamad Reaz is undoubtedly a highly sought after magician.
He recently added another award to his string of accomplishments by emerging second runner-up at the Academy of Magical Arts Summer 2014 Magic Castle's Strolling Magic Showdown in Hollywood.
Kabir, 29, wowed the judges and audience of The Magic Castle in Hollywood, an exclusive, private club for the Academy of Magical Arts, on Sept 17.
The Magic Castle features some of the finest performers in the world. Only the finest are invited to display their talent.
The showdown, held twice a year, is one of the most popular events at the club, where competing magicians are invited to perform before the judges and invited guests.
Kabir, who is a member of the club, had to demonstrate his skills at close-up magic, a form of magic art known for being one of the hardest.
"I feel privileged to have represented Malaysia at this highly competitive event. I hope I have made our country proud," he said in a statement.
Penang-born Kabir is no stranger to Hollywood. On Sept 2011, he became the first Malaysian magician to be personally invited to perform in Hollywood and Las Vegas.
The Magic Castle president Erica Larsen presented Kabir Khan with his award and a special bronze custom-made lapel pin, made exclusively for the competition.
One of the very few certified magicians in the world, Kabir is involved in many high-profile shows, delighting audiences with his unique performances.
He is representing a series of luxury brands in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and is the first ever magician to be conferred the Grand Master Brand Leadership Award 2013.
His record of 21 straight shows in Hollywood also earned him an honorary award by the Malaysia Book of Records last year.