Normando Macalinao – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf
Magician and Influencer
From mind-blowing card tricks to awe-inspiring magic illusions, Normando Macalinao, more popularly known as Normando The Magician, has always left his audience in awe and wanting for more. As one of the most famous magicians and entertainers in Dubai, he has performed for Hollywood celebrities and VVIPs including Paris Hilton, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Manny Pacquiao, Steve Aoki, Omarion, Mohammed al Habtoor, among many more prominent personalities. Normando is also a well-known social media influencer with a strong following in the digital space.
“I’m proud of my work because I make everyone happy whether they are royalty, celebrity or even just normal people,” he says. “My contribution to the Filipino community is my talent. I’m doing my best to influence and encourage other Filipinos in the UAE and other parts of the world who have a special talent like me to showcase themselves to the world. Don’t be afraid to show to the world how talented Filipinos are and how humble we are, as well.”
His advice to those who want to become big in the industry someday is to “Keep working hard because one day all the hard work will pay off. Never be afraid to fail because failure makes everyone stronger and they learn more from failure than success.”