- Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech's ancient central square, hosts snake charmers, medicine men, food vendors
- Storyteller Abdul-Hakim is a daily presence in the square, keeping his audiences spellbound with traditional Arabic tales
- In the evening the square comes alive with musicians and acrobats
This piece, and several others on Marrakech, complement the CNNGo TV series. This month's show features a lesson in haggling in the medina old town and samples delicious local pancakes. It meets a homegrown rap artist and showcases the ancient city's contemporary culture before embarking on a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful nearby countryside: www.cnn.com/cnngo
(CNN)Wiry, wizened and dressed in a tattered old jelaba robe, Abdul-Hakim lives in a world in which fact and fantasy are blurred together through an ancient alchemy.