I picked up magic as a way to cope with my dad’s death. I grew up Muslim and my dad was murdered when I was 1. At that age you don’t know what’s going on, so I was 8 when I started to understand all that. Magic was one of the few things that held my interest continuously.
"A lot of people get discouraged when it gets too hard and they end up abandoning the thing they’re most passionate about. I think that’s the biggest mistake people can do.
Through a unique set of circumstances, I met a Christian magician and God used that relationship in a powerful way. The way he lived and the way he begged the question of what it meant to be a Christian really struck a chord with me. He gave me a Bible and I started reading.
I realized faith was never about religion to begin with but an experience firsthand of knowing Jesus.
I’ve been grateful that people enjoy what I do. Magic has been a lot of fun, but there have been plenty of times of doubt and discouragement. What I’ve learned is you have to learn how to fail, learn how to cope with it, and learn how to make failure your friend – because in anything you do, you’re going to fail more than you succeed.
A lot of people get discouraged when it gets too hard and they end up abandoning the thing they’re most passionate about. I think that’s the biggest mistake people can do.
God obviously put a talent in your heart to steward it, to groom it, to learn from it and to improve it. Pursue whatever you love the most because what our culture is trying to put a finger on is a need for a Savior. Whatever you do, do it for the Kingdom of God. Share your faith, encourage people and equip people to get them ready to be sent out of the four walls of the church and share the Gospel.
Zak Mirzadeh uses magic to spread a message of hope, love and grace. CIY’s Believe team is excited to welcome Mirzadeh to the stage this year. Learn more about the magician here.