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              Mughal magician aladin by Andrew Atkinson
                         (2009; all rights reserved)

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                        “Theatrical poetry” (ICA, London)
                   “Mystical cardmeister” (The Times, London)
            “Extraordinary magician” (The Sunday Times, London)
            "Magic how it should be performed" (MagicWeek, U.K.)
            "Master of sleight of hand” (Evening Standard, London)
            “Virtuoso magic and visual poetry” (Time Out, London)
                 "Astonishing legerdemain and prestidigitation
                           (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London)
                       "The highlight" (Brunei Gallery, SOAS)

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Active since the early 1990s, aladin is a significant, highly individual
curator-artist  working across artforms.

Amongst other platforms aladin’s projects have featured in the British
 Festival of Visual Theatre, the London International Festival of
Theatre, the National Review of Live Arts and the Portobello Film
Festival, U.K. Abroad his work has been associated with interdisciplinary
events including Minority Report, Aarhus/Denmark; Keeping it Real,
Reykjavik/Iceland; Under De-Construction, Helsinki/Finland and Norse
 Ferry Tales, Dale/Norway. In the U.K. aladin’s projects as
curator-artist have taken place at sites including: the Institute of
Contemporary Arts (ICA), Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Whitechapel Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum (V+A), British Museum,
Natural History Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, South London
Gallery, Jerwood Space, Chisenhale Dance Space, Battersea Arts Centre,
Bullion  Room/Hackney Empire and Trafalgar Square, London. In 2009
aladin inaugurated the series mugh-al, which will unfold across
locations and time.

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Finally, aladin is a renown magician who has received great critical
acclaim for his prodigious sleight-of-hand skills – his work features in
the Universal Pictures motion picture ‘Magicians’ (2007); the globally
award-winning Book of Cool (2006)  featuring two dozen of the
world's greatest virtuoso entertainers; a pop video for "Badder Badder
Schwing" by DJs Freddy Fresh + Fatboy Slim; the BBC1 TV pilot "The
Shuffler” and the BBC1 TV show "Late with Russell Peters". aladin has
opened on-stage for Paul Weller, Beth Orton and Mark E. Smith,
entertained at Alexander McQueen's official London Fashion Week
after-party and also been on-camera and on-stage host for a magic
festival which had a combined live theatre and television audience of
hundreds of millions in Bangalore, India.

aladin's specific, Mughal-era, Sufi adeptness at spontaneously
being able to incite 'entrancement' has been commissioned for 
application in untypical contexts, including the London Design
Festival (Imagine 2058 and Night Tour: Re-Thinking the City), D&AD,
DCMS/Tate , Southbank Centre and Arts Council.

aladin's work as a magician is cited from time to time in specialist
platforms, in the past including TDR - The Drama Review, MagicWeek,
 TalkMagic, Performance Research.

aladin's 2008/9 article "Appearance, Reality and Truth in Magic" which
appeared as a chapter in "On Appearance", [see citation for
Performance Research earlier] is widely referenced: "an absorbing,
beautifully written chapter about
magic and conjuring, a seminal
contribution to the academic literature, 
succinctly mapping this live
art form, introducing theoretical
discussions and benchmark
definitions of the subject. A greatly
admired magician in his own right,
the author obliquely makes the
argument for magic to be accorded
its rightful place amongst the
other performing arts and generally
'elevates' magic discourse. A quite 
brief but defining article, destined
for inclusion in every reading list
about ‘magic’".
(MagicWeek 16 May 2009)

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aladin's genealogy and practice firmly sites him as a post contemporary
artist with direct lineage to the great courtly entertainers in the
retinue of the Mughal emperors. aladin has been magician to India's
contemporary Mughals, including the Mittals, the Goyals, Shahrukh Khan,
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar. aladin's father is a Sufi, an eminent former
diplomatist, ambassador, Foreign Secretary and statesman from South Asia;
his mother pioneered broadcast journalism in Asia and the United States.
Born in Washington D.C. aladin has also lived in Paris, Geneva, Prague,
Baghdad, Algiers, Dhaka, Calcutta / Kolkata, New Delhi, Lahore and Karachi;
he is based in London.

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Biographical data on aladin is available at the following websites:

http://www.aladin.me overview across aladin's interdisciplinary practice
http://www.subvirt.com aladin's curatorial practice
http://www.aladinmagic.com professional website for aladin's magic
http://www.magicaladin.com personal website for the magic of aladin

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