Rafael is truly a many-sided
artist! Admired for his talents
in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels,
Lausanne to Monte Carlo. Magic inspires him at a very early age,
setting up his first show at the age of 9.
After winning the highest Belgian award for close-up at
the VMU-meeting for Flemish editors in 1995 he is rewarded one year
later with the prestigious Magic Award as the first Belgian magician,
making him one of the most original and best illusionist-magicians
of the last five years. With his originality and drive he earns the
respect of top colleagues. Rafaels
inspiration never dries up and is used in his acts as children animator,
extremely funny street magician, mass-entertainer, mysterious mentalist
and stand-up comedian.
Rafael sure makes an impression on his audience; certainly not as an ordinary
magician, rather a daring one.The mime and circus school, courses in diction,
dramatic arts and commedia delarte and several seminars abroad, shaped
Rafael into a master of many trades who can fill his audience with enthusiasm
and theatres with waves of laughter. Very soon
he is asked to perform in theatre and TV shows (like Videodinges, Coupe Margriet,
etc. on Flemish Television).
His definite breakthrough follows with his appearance in shows with pop group
Fabiola 2, where lead-singer Zohra floats in the air singing the international
hit Magic Flight. An impressing
list of prizes makes him one of the top magicians in the present magic scene.
top of that he tours since October 1997 in Cultural Centres
with his magical theatre play for children, named Spooky.In
1998 Rafael creates several new acts. He shows his teeth as
Dracula in TV-shows like Abracadabra (Flanders),
the very popular Knof-Hoff-show (Germany) and the
game show Drôle de Jeu (France).In 1999 Rafael
wins the Les Anneaux dArgent in
Lausanne. In 1999 he was for the
third consecutive year the magical guest in the Red Pepper
Summer-Circus of Flemish Radio Donna.
That year he fascinated audiences with his dazzling Houdini escape act, also
in the Het Witte Paard-show [White Horse Show]. 2000
brings new challenges, an own theatre show in Plopsaland, and tons of new inspiration
for new acts for himself and other artists.
secret of his success? Hard work and an open mind, to the world
and the others. During the course
of 2002 his photograph is regularly to be seen adorning the posters
of the major International Theatre shows. The highlights are
undoubtedly his string of gala performances at the Princess Grace
Theatre in Monaco in front of a.o. the Royal Family as also in
Shanghai during the International Chinese Magic & Art Festival.
For the musical “Aladdin”, Rafael not only created
and designed the flying carpet but also took care of the special
Summer 2002: during the afternoon a couple of his illusionist performances at
the Boudewijnpark located near Brugge, and in the evening we see him at work
in the Caals & Van Vooren Summer Show in Blankenberge.
An impressive list of prizes makes him one of the top magicians in the present magic scene. A few of his awards include: the prestigious Magic Award for best magician in Belgium. The Mandrake d’or in Paris and in 2005 Rafael won in Las Vegas, with his comedy ‘Magic dove Act’, the” Siegfried & Roy Golden Lion award”. He is a true master in hilarious improvisations, with an awesome sense for originality, humor and imagination.