GUIDO “ITALIAN SHARKMAN” MAGNANI
TELL ABOUT YOURSELF AND STORY, GUIDO!
My name is Guido Magnani and I’m a world traveller, free-diver, underwater explorer, photographer and videographer.
My passions are exploring the underwater world and interacting with the wildlife within. I’ve had over 100 hours with the sharks, I could say I’m an expert in shark interaction.
Filmmaking and stunt work are also some of my biggest passions. Since I was a little kid I’ve loved challenging myself with extreme action.
One day I met an old friend who asked me if I remembered when I was a little kid in the pool, beating everyone underwater, and that I should take a course. That day something happened…
My life changed completely after taking a freediving course 7 years ago – I got the call from the ocean.
In the beginning I focused more on going deep underwater, just enhancing my performance in freediving,
Three years later I was in the Maldives and that’s where my addiction to sharks began.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A STUNT PERSON?
I think it’s just the way I am, a risk taker, since I was a kid I’ve loved challenging myself underwater and in all sports.
As a challenge, I’d even hold my breath underwater for three minutes in a sink because my friend didn’t believe me – and I was untrained when I was 14 years old.
I always dreamt to be the protagonist of my own movie, acting as my own stuntman.
I like taking calculated risks and have been inspired by Sylvester Stallone for writing and starring in his movie as a protagonist (Rocky) , and Tom Cruise for doing his own stunts in the films he’s in.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SKILL AS A STUNT PERFORMER, IS THERE A STORY BEHIND IT?
It would be freediving in any ocean condition with wildlife – especially sharks.
Going deep in free immersion for 140 feet and 100 feet without equipment, only my mask and snorkel.
If I train I know I could go deeper but I don’t have the ocean where I live. I’ve never been caught on fire like in the movies but I think I could be good as I could hold my breath at a maximum of 4 minutes 40 seconds static so I would love to try it.
Recently, I went freediving under ice with a 2.5 mm wetsuit for 30 minutes with a water temperature of 4 celsius and an altitude of 2000 metres, no problem.
Freediving and animal interaction are my favorite and where I have more skills, but even climbing, and driving motorcycles and cars, I’m very good.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A STUNT PERFORMER?
Doing what I love and feeling alive when I exceed my limit in the moment of the stunt.
Being in the movie industry was also a big passion of mine. Seeing a performance that I have to face completed and challenging myself.
I did not expect to be able to face certain things in the past, sharks were one of my biggest fears until I turned it into a passion.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER STUNT PEOPLE?
Just be yourself and follow your heart, it doesn’t matter what other people think, they are not you, and you only know what you want to do.