(Last Updated on : 15/06/2012)
Over the years, Indian magicians have developed the expertise to enchant the audiences with their tricks and games. The audiences are totally dazzled by the spell and aura of the pompous ambience of the magical shows. Although the origin of Indian magic dates back to the Vedic era, it was refined in the hands of Indian magicians of the later period. Protul Chandra Sorcar , better known as P.C. Sorcar Senior, is known as the Father of Indian Magic. The very name of P.C. Sorcar evokes the sight of spectacular magic like the Rope Trick, the Flying Carpet and the X-Ray Eyes. On his onus lies the invention of some of the marvelous magical games ever produced in the world of world. The installation of his own creative magical work, `Ind-dra-jal` brought him tremendous acknowledgement and popularity. It was due to this contribution that Indian magic was still venerated by the people of the whole world. His magical stuffs were more than play tricks. It was a perfect example of creative masterpiece created in combination of meticulous scientific feats along with esthetic appeals of performing art forms. He was an enthusiast who wanted to impart his magical tricks among next generation magicians. He did form an organization namely All India Magic Circle to enable myriads of aspiring magicians to learn the nitty-gritties of magic. Sorcar`s curiosity in writing books on magic developed concurrently with his magical splendor. Through out his life, he wrote on a regular basis on many magazines and journals of India. He penned more than twenty-two books on magic. His first book is "Hypnotism", during his college days. There are other popular books that he wrote in different languages like Hindi, Bengali and English. These are namely "Magiker Kaushal", "Mesmerism", "Chheleder Magic", ", "History of Magic", "Sahaj Magic", "Magic For You", "More Magic For You", "Hindu Magic", "100 Magic You Can Do", "Indrajal", "Deshe Deshe", "Sorcar on Magic".
Vazhakunnam Neelakandam Namboothiri was one of the pioneers in the arena of Indian magic. He was popularly known as the Grand Father of Kerala`s Magic. He produced a new meaning to magic in the state of kerala. He took the initiative of transforming Magic from the street play to an exquisite form of art.
Among Indian magicians of earlier period, the name of Prof. K. Bhagyanath deserves special mentioning. His magical show was considered to be the chief magical amusement in the region of South India. Prof. K. Bhagyanath was born in the year 1916. K. Bhagyanath ,M.A. - he was the main source of motivation in laying the founding stone of the famous the Fantasia Center . The majestic magical show, popularly called `FANTASIA` - was his brainchild. It continues on a contious stretch of three hours.
Among the contempart Indian magicians, the name of P.C Sorcar Junior is most famous.
He is the proud son of legand P. C Sorcar Senior, thus carrying forward the legacy to its zenith. He has raised the prestige and quality of Indian magic further more by nicely incorporating an aura of mystery, spectacle and amusement. Due to him the Indian magical shows have nicely been enmeshed with intellectual fervor without loosing its original charm and exuberance. Today the magic shows can easily stand in competition with any other dramatic performances. The credit goes to him for inserting more up to date techniques, surreal successions and 3D special effects. Dramatic exuberance of his shows are further been accelerated due to the addition of folk and modern forms of music and classical dance. He is darling to all his audiences due to his mastery of deliberations and skill.
As an expert P.C.Sorcar Jr. is a `national President of the All India Magic Circle`. He also has been the `President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, U.S.A. Ring 83`, `Vice President of Intellectual Forum, Member of Magic Circles at Tokyo, Sydney, Brazil, Paris, Hamburg and Rome` and also is associated with many theatres and artistic clubs throughout the world.
What is even more outstanding is that P.C.Sorcar Jr. got the `Oscar of Spain` for his stupendous production of magic. Some renowned prime ministers of the Indian subcontinent have also felicitated him.
This tradition of producing magical wonders is truly inherited by her elder daughter Maneka Sorcar. Although a new entrant she has already proved her skills and artistry and has a long way to go.