World famous magician, international motivational speaker, and award-winning artist Mahdi Gilbert was born 1989 in Toronto, Canada. Mahdi was inexplicably born without arms or legs. Growing up in poverty he struggled daily with bullying, violence, loneliness and depression. He was tormented by his physical differences and constantly wondered what would become of his life, if there was even a point of him having a life.
As Mahdi grew up he discovered magic and it saved his life. Watching magicians do the impossible made him feel like he could do anything. Since his first magic performance at age 14, he has traveled around the world, sharing his story & magic, and giving hope to hundreds of millions; to the multitudes of every race, color, age, religion, and social status.
Mahdi spreads his message of faith and hope through his organization, Overcoming The World, and owns a motivational speaking organization, Living The Impossible. Magicians all over the world seek Mahdi’s expertise & knowledge and he created a magic firm, Before Magic, to teach magicians how to do magic and provide consultation for stage, television, and film.
Over 700 million people in 26 countries have heard Mahdi’s story and witnessed his magic. He has been featured on “Penn & Teller’s: Fool Us”, “The Amazing Magicians”, “Star King”, “IMPOSSÍVEL”, “The One Show”, “Ocean of Dreams”, and “Die Ehrlich Brothers präsentieren: Showdown der weltbesten Magier”.
Mahdi Gilbert is the only magician in the world without hands and feet since the renowned 17th century conjuror, Matthias Buchinger. Mahdi was awarded the Allan Slaight Award for being the first Canadian Rising Star in magic and the Jay Marshall Award by Magicana.