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Honoured

Posted in Magic on April 29, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

YAY!

Double posting today!

Anyway, just had to post this out!

iTricks.TV (a website that features news and videos and stuff for magicians) has picked my latest video, ‘Amati’s Aces‘ as their pick of the day!

YAY!

*Thank you!*

How cool is that?

Ok, I know it’s not like some prestigious award…but still!

I’m happy 🙂

Alhamdulillah, nice to see years of work pay off 🙂

Azman & Met, thanks guys 🙂

Couldn’t have done it without you guys!

This is my second time receiving this honour actually…iTricks also picked my other video, ‘Simplicity‘ as a pick of their day once as well, some time back.

*Hehe*

Just FYI, ‘Gypsy Thread’ is the name of the trick I performed in my ‘Simplicity‘ video…well, my version of it anyway 🙂

Alrighty then, just wanted to let that out 🙂

Wow…what a time for me to be concerned with such matters aye?

Yay, revision week 😛

Stay safe you guys,

And watch my videos if you’re on your study break…you’re on one now right? 😉

Aman

P.S. Happy Birthday Jauzi!!!

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Productive

Posted in Funny, Magic on April 29, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

It’s amazing,

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How many new magic tricks I learn,

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And how many new routines I create,

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And how many performances I can perfect,

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During the revision week…

The Thriller Brothers

Posted in Funny, Magic, Michael Jackson, Music on April 27, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

Salaams!

How you guys been?

I sincerely hope everyone’s been fine, Insha Allah.

I have to admit I’m rather upset at myself…well, for one thing, I’ve overeaten…again

*Dinner*

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about food or what not, it’s just that I tend to eat more than what is enough to make me full.

This has been happening quite a lot lately, so yeah, not cool 😛

The Ace of Spades plate had one of my maid’s killer kebab burgers, some baked potatoes, broccoli and baked fish fillets.

The brown plate had cake on it 😀

And mousse! 😉

See…more than enough kan!

Hehehe, well, Alhamdulillah. I shouldn’t complain.

Just make more of an effort to eat in moderation, that’s all 🙂

At least I have food…no, GOOD food, to eat 🙂

Alhamdulillah.

Another, and perhaps a more valid reason for me to be upset with myself is that I haven’t properly gotten into the swing of revision. I checked out the past paper questions (thanks Azman!) and they don’t look easy…

And yet…

I’d be up at 3 am practicing my God-damn rope routine…

I’m uh…gonna shoot another video soon… 😛

Alright, alright…after the exams at least 🙂

* * *

Check out what I got in my Spam folder!

*Gasp! I was caught naked!!!*

Hahahahahaha!

And so the scandal continues! First my Spam folder told me ‘they’ have a hidden cam video of me and now they’ve caught me ‘naked’.

*Sigh* The simple cheap laughs you get from your everyday Spam 🙂

* * *

Alhamdulillah, I’m so glad that many people (including other magicians) have taken my latest magic video ‘Amati’s Aces‘ very well. Someone on Youtube actually commented that it was better than Copperfield’s version!

Wow!

Now that’s some heavy stuff there!

If you ask me, I don’t think anything can beat the original but if that guy says so, I ain’t gonna argue, hehe 😀

To everyone that watched it – thanks for taking the time to do so 🙂

You can watch it again if you want…you know…just…you know…for fun 😉

It’s ok, I won’t tell anyone 😛

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Everyone has said that the Thriller video I posted a while back bears no resemblance to me…

Ahem…

Look at this freeze frame of the video:

*Lookit!*

In case you don’t know me very well…

THAT’S ME!!!

It’s a computer rendered 3D image of a picture I had to upload, so granted the eyes look a bit demented and the nose looks like freaking Bert from Sesame Street and my eyebrows look like they belong to the actor who played the father in American Pie – BUT…it’s me.

Alright?

Good.

😉

Just for kicks, I asked my brother to do the same and check out his video!

*Helmi Alhamid as Michael Jackson*

Hahahahaha! I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw his video!

It’s as if MJ didn’t have nose surgery!

XD

If you wanna try this thing out, go to Michael Jackson.com and give it a shot, it’s really easy 🙂

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Whilst on the topic of Michael Jackson, I came across a really really nice remix of MJ’s ‘Earth Song’.

I was quite worried when I saw the title: Earth Song (India Dream Megajacko Chill 2008 remix), not knowing what to expect.

But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s a very soothing remix.

Very nice on the ears 🙂

Have a listen

* * *

Alrighty then my friends, I got me some pseudo-studying to do 😛

Stay safe!

And THIS IS THRILLER!!!!!!!!

😉

Aman

Amati’s Aces

Posted in Magic on April 25, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

Salaams everyone!

Remember that video I was talking about a couple of posts back?

Well, the wait is over (were you really waiting? 😛 )

But before I stick it up here, a little background info on the effect itself:

7 years ago I was inspired by Copperfield’s beautiful and elegant ace assembly routine. It was the trick that made me stand up and declare that I would become a magician. I then set out to learn that very ace assembly.

After 1 year of researching and learning magic, I was performing Copperfield’s version of it – exactly. After a while, I sat down and thought about how morally incorrect it was of me to copy Copperfield’s routine.

Where was the originality?

So, with inspiration from his routine, I set out to create my own ace assembly routine. I wanted to create a routine that carried the dramatic weight that Copperfield’s had.

The creation of this effect took slightly more than 2 years.

Pretty long for a card trick 😉

But this is the product of many hours of brain storming and practicing.

I dedicate this to my grand aunty, Amati Nur, my biggest fan 🙂

*Amati Nur*

I know it’s not as great as Copperfield’s, nor was it intended to be, but at least it’s original and it’s mine 🙂

I sincerely hope that I’ve achieved what I set out to do.

And I sincerely hope that I will inspire people; like how Copperfield inspired me all those years ago.

*Amati’s Aces*

On a side note, I closed my last show at The Mall, with this routine and it went down so well (Alhamdulillah) that the media team recording the show replayed the footage of the routine a second time.

Very heartwarming.

Hope you all enjoy it!

And don’t feel shy to let me know what you really think of it, it’s the only way I can improve 🙂

Salaams and stay safe everyone!

Aman

P.S. A major major thank you goes out to Metis Wong Kuan Lee for helping me shoot the video and for putting up with my perfectionism. That video took about 17 takes altogether – all because I wasn’t happy 😛 Thank you so much bro! You are so patient with me, I owe you big time buddy!

P.P.S. Another major major major thank you goes to the one and only AZ-MAN, for without his kind loaning of his camera, all these videos would probably not be on Youtube! Muchas gracias eh big guy? YOU DA MAN! 😉

Gym & Cheesecake

Posted in Funny, Magic, Music on April 23, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

Salaams!

Wanna relax?

Listen to this, it’s just audio, no video.

*A smoothly sampled beat from MJ’s ‘Lady In My Life’*

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Now that I think about it, I’m rather pathetic.

And Met finds that peculiar (f-BEECH!) 😉

See, went to the gym for about two hours, chatted with friends, did some magic with the boys, and left. Did a pretty decent workout too I might add, spent about 30 mins on the treadmill – which is an accomplishment for my short, hairy self because I usually run for about 15 mins.

HBO really helps! 😛

Did some light weight bench pressing and I punished my abs too.

I even checked my weight and discovered that I actually lost about 1.5 kg lately 🙂

I am around 69 kg now, I used to be 59 kg during my peak of physical fitness during my stint in the Police. My aim is to at least hit 65 kg.

Then I watched Leong teeter on the gay side, by going to an all girls dance class…

YOU DA MAN LEONG!!!

Carry on!

😛

But when I came back home, I was absolutely starving – I didn’t have lunch see. So I ate a little bit more than I should. Had a nice big chunk of cheesecake, a latte (but of course), and a full bowl of my maid’s really really really nice fried rice.

Then, what did I do after the whole epic dinner?

Slept like a log.

I didn’t even shower.

I know.

I know.

Icky.

Woke up around 11.30 pm and showered then.

I feel energized, but at the same time, I feel disappointed that I overate, I didn’t need to have such large portions of cake and rice…but yeah.

And it isn’t just today…

A couple of days ago, I finished up the tiramisu in the fridge…

*Tiramisu…vanished! Magic! Yay! 😛 *

I finished that WHOLE container of tiramisu all by myself, yes I did 😀

Over the course of a week lah! 😛

Anyway, I don’t feel too bad about the sleeping though cos I didn’t get many winks the night before anyway, so it’s all good 🙂

Alhamdulillah, at least I have decent health.

And fur 🙂

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I don’t know about the other students, but we FOS people are more or less done with our lectures and now most of our days are pretty much free.

Part of you feels like you should start catching up with the movies you’ve been setting aside, saying you’d watch it when you’re free – well now’s your chance.

But at the same time, another part of you says, “Hey buddy… buddy…look, your first exam is 2 weeks away…don’t you think…you should…you know? Open a book or something?”

Yeah, that’s Mr. Logic, always giving his opinion when you need it least…but never at the wrong time.

So…

you gonna open a book?

I am…later…ish.

😛

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Oh check this out!

*Comedy magic*

The dude is Jay Sankey, a very popular magician in the magic world…you probably may not have heard of him, but he’s really creative. He’s also a comedian, so this is one of his wackier clips!

He’s even helped Copperfield!

I personally do one or two of his tricks myself 🙂

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*It’s beautiful, thank you 😀 *

Amjaad, my dear Omani sister, you will be sorely missed!

Just remember you will always have friends (AND family) here, in this obscure little country, tucked away in the South East…friends who sincerely care.

As you do.

Even though you don’t show it 😛

* * *

Righto, I am sleepy – again – so I shall call it a night…again…

:s

Salaams and stay safe all of you!

And all your tiramisu belongs to me! 😉

Aman

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARON!!!!!!!!!!

The Final Stretch

Posted in Funny, Magic, Michael Jackson, Music on April 21, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

Salaams everyone!

And so now we’re here…we’ve reached the last stretch of road.

The stretch of road we knew would come…but never imagined it to come so fast…

That’s right, we’re merely 2 weeks away from the examinations.

Feels weird don’t it?

I’m still sorting my notes out as if it’s my 2nd week of Uni!

But yeah, that’s life, stuff comes and goes so quick you can’t help but be amazed you had any time to do anything at all.

Or maybe it’s just me.

I know I have time management problems…but yeah…I sincerely hope to get my study fedora on and crunch all those lectures into my hairy little skull and hopefully, regurgitate it (nicely!) on the exams when they appear.

I must admit the subjects I’m worried about the most would be Biometry and Socio-Economic Geography…and maybe Plant Physiology.

Ain’t saying the others are a breeze…but these are just the ones I feel I should really…really…drill into my head; especially Biometry, muy maths no mucho grande.

Gotta practice those questions.

Then disturb Met when I can’t hit it right 😉

Thanks bro, you know I glove you 😛

Alhamdulillah, my geo test earlier today went well – I think. I mean, whatever I studied couldn’t really be applied, but I had some prior knowledge (stuff from last year) that seemed to be applicable to whatever it was that I was writing, so down it went!

Insha Allah, I’ll do well. It’s our only test and the only lecture that the lecturer gave on it I missed, not intentionally, but I had to send Hamza to the airport 😦

Major thanks to Kak Miz for taking down notes for me!! I owe you a gift-wrapped Mahomet 😉

Or maybe just a cookie 😛

So yeah, pray for little old me kay, that I do well on the test?

Muchas gracias 🙂

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Watch this!!!!

*Rock With You – Live*

I grew up watching this very concert!!!

I remember my mum bought me the VHS cassette and I watched it…ALL.THE.TIME.

Again and again and I’d practice the moves like nobody’s business! My neighbours would watch me from their windows and giggle, hahaha!

Oh yeah, when you click play, you’ll see him crouching and stuff…he’s just finished ‘I’ll Be There’ and he’s getting all emotional, you know, to milk it…you know, for the chicks. Trust me, MJ knows how to work the audience!

Then he gets all soulful!!

OH I LOVE this part!! Where he starts going, “Can you feel it?!?!?!” and starts stomping his feet and he starts going nuts.

Whatever he’s ‘feeling’…heck it jumped right outta the screen and into me cos I start feeling it too!

I’m like, “Yeah Mike! I can feel it!!!”

:s

Or maybe I’m just a really big fan 😛

THEN, he starts ‘Rock With You’ by tapping his foot!

How cool is that?

Someone tell me please?

Can someone please tell me, WHO ELSE, can get a whole stadium clapping just by tapping his foot?

Somebody? Please?

He’s just so cool.

The best.

Period.

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Remember the magic video I posted a while back?

The Hat

Apparently, I got some really nice comments on it on the magic forum I frequent. It’s rather humbling and at the same time scary to receive such comments because you can’t help but feel that you don’t deserve them?

Like, you know, I don’t think that I’m that great, there are so many other better magicians! But it is nice to be appreciated, especially by other magicians 🙂

If you enjoyed that video, keep checking back on this blog because I’ll be uploading another video soon, Insha Allah. This new video is my pride and joy of magic. It’s an effect I’ve been working on for over 2 years and it’s something that I’ve put alot of time, effort and money into.

You’ll know more about it when I upload it, but safe to say, I’m very excited to see how everyone will take to it.

I hope you all love it as much as I loved creating it.

* * *

Alrighty then, that’s it for me!

You all stay safe yeah?

Oh, and one more thing…

*Boo*

Mickey Mouse is a bad ass 😉

Aman

The Barber Shop

Posted in Magic, Uncategorized on April 16, 2008 by smoothcriminalmagic

So I just got back from the barber shop…and…well…I don’t feel so good.

See, “here’s the thing” (Metis, 2008), I’ve been going to this barber shop for well over 12 years. Everyone there knows me. Some of the barbers have left, some new barbers have come in, but I always go there cos it’s cheap and the service is good.

Recently, this new guy, let’s call him A, starts working there, he’s cut my hair a couple of times. Now, A is a great guy, he’s nice to talk to, makes you feel comfortable, establishes good PR basically.

However…his haircuts are…

Well, I’m not gonna say they’re bad, but I’m never fully satisfied with his work. Now, there’s nothing wrong with him or what, it’s just I have a preference for the way the other guy, B, cuts my hair – he’s cut my hair before and I’ve always liked his work.

So, I was wondering, how am I going to get B to cut my hair because I know A is ever enthusiastic about cutting a new customer’s hair, and seeing as how we’re friends (we have our own handshake and all) I didn’t know how to go about doing this without hurting A’s feelings.

I asked my mum and my mum just told me to kindly ask for B the next time I go there, she said A would understand…sounded simple enough.

Went to the barber just now, saw A and B side by side, both cutting a customer’s hair. I sat in an empty chair behind B. A smiled at me and nodded, I returned the favor. I somehow felt that A was trying his best to quickly finish up his customer so as to not make me wait.

Didn’t make what I was going to do any easier I’ll tell you that.

I was hoping that B would finish sooner, so that I wouldn’t have to say anything. I was hoping that B would just finish up and say, “Next” and I’ll just hop in.

But before I knew it, the customer got out of A’s seat.

A looked at me and invited me into his chair.

I cringed as I said, in my pathetic broken malay, “No, it’s ok, I’m waiting for this guy”.

I swear, if I could hear a heart break, it would be then.

A looked really…lost. Hurt even. He just nodded, wiped the counter and left. I hung my head, couldn’t really look at the guy anymore.

B’s customer finally finished.

Sat in, got my hair cut…and it was nice 🙂

Alhamdulillah.

My mind wondered about whether A took it personally.

He shouldn’t. He’s a professional, I mean…it’s not him, I just like B’s work…I mean, is that wrong?

Right?

B finished and I paid and when I left, I saw A sitting near my car.

He had his arms crossed and he looked really disturbed.

As I walked to my car he called me over, and extended his hand to salaam me. I salaam-ed him and said good night. Then he looked at me with a sense of betrayal in his eyes as he said, “You don’t like the way I cut hair?”

Oh God 😦

This is exactly what I was trying to avoid.

We were friends after all…I didn’t know what to expect…nor say.

I ended up blurting something out that went along the lines of, “I wanted to try someone new…”

Tried to tell him not to feel bad about it but with my horrible standard of malay I think I probably told him the Sun was blue or something.

He nodded despairingly as I left.

Got in my car and as I drove off, I turned to wave good bye to him, he waved back…with a sulk on his face and then returned to crossing his arms as he looked into the night sky.

Did I do something wrong?

I mean…don’t I have a choice?

I understand that we were friends and all…but…yeah…

I always try to make sure I don’t hurt people’s feelings…though once in a while it’s unavoidable…and when I do, I always apologise…but I try to steer clear of such situations whenever I can.

Hate being in such situations.

Now what am I gonna do?

Why do I feel so crappy about it?

God…it’s just a hair cut…

Re-reading this post it sure sounds like some messed up love story involving alphabetically named barbers and a promiscuous customer.

Now I’m not too sure what to do or say the next time I go there…

* * *

Anyway, on a brighter note, I uploaded a new video!!! Yay!

Well, Met did it for me already (thanks big guy!) but just in case you haven’t seen it (*gasp* you haven’t seen it??!), here it is 🙂

And if you’ve seen it, you can watch it again, I won’t tell anyone 😛

*The Hat*

Stay safe everyone,

And A, I’m really sorry, don’t take it personally 😦

Aman