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Opening Eyes. Looking Beyond Blindfolds.

Opening Eyes. Looking Beyond Blindfolds.

A Magician’s Perspective on the Mid-Brain / Third-Eye Activation Scam Circa 1848. Two sisters — Kate (12) and Margaret (15) Fox, convinced their elder sister Leah (38) that spirits were communicating with them by tapping the table, and soon took the world by storm. The Fox Sisters became the most famous mediums communicating with spirits via mysterious taps …

Filling our Planet with Magic

Filling our Planet with Magic

As a student of communication, one of the first things you learn is the importance of context: where and when something happened defines the meaning of the event itself. Soon enough, one realises that context is everything. What was said is not as important as the context it was said or heard in. To explain, …

The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” One cannot delve on the topic of magic and science without quoting this immortal line by Arthur C Clarke – a simple statement that is layered with many meanings. At the basic, it refers to the understanding that magic is perceived to be beyond the realms of …

Make Magic! Vanish That Stage Fright.

Make Magic! Vanish That Stage Fright.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was dressed in a stylish dhoti, adorned with a hand-crafted golden crown, armed with a puny yet beautiful bow and arrow – all making the complete package of Lord Ram. I cried so loud and threw enough of a banter to ensure I never climbed down from …

Understanding Hypnosis – What it is and what it is not

Understanding Hypnosis – What it is and what it is not

The word Hypnosis conjures up images of a dark figure commanding “Sleep… Sleep…” in a deep baritone voice or a swinging pendulum that puts each and all under its spell. In reality, hypnosis is far removed from these Hollywood visions. Far from being a way to take control of another’s mental (and physical) faculties, hypnosis …

James Randi Mesmerises Bangalore

James Randi Mesmerises Bangalore

The first week of November (2012) turned magical for Bangalore with the rather unexpected visit of James Randi – the world famous skeptic, thinker, magician and debunker of fake psychics. Randi who was on his maiden visit to India as a featured speaker at the THiNK FEST in Goa, made a special trip to Bangalore …

Logo Design Contest for Magic Convention

Logo Design Contest for Magic Convention

Just received word from my friends at The Mangala Magic Circle, Mangalore that they are hosting a logo designing contest for their upcoming Magic Convention – Indrajaalotsav.

Here are the details as received from them:

Mangala Magic Circle, Mangalore, wishes to announce a grand opportunity for people across the globe to design a logo for Indrajaalotsav – an international mega magic festival to be held at the coastal city of Mangalore in Karnataka State, India from February 22nd to 24th, 2013. This special convention is being held to coincide with the Magician’s Day and P C Sorcar Sr’s birth centenary.

Interested people may design and send their logo to mangalamagiccirle2012 (at) gmail.com on/before 25th July 2012.

The best logo with exquisite creativity and meaning will win an honour of felicitation on the day of festival.

If this interests you, take your drawing pens and colours out… or just get working on your iPad!

Magic of Saffron, White, Green

Magic of Saffron, White, Green

I just returned from a trip to Trivandrum to attend IndiaJaal – the magicians’ conference on national integration, organised by the Academy of Magical Sciences. It was inspiring to watch a lot of magic themed around the concept of patriotism and nation building, and along with jury duties for the competitions, I also presented a …

Upcoming Lecture at the Magic Academy

Upcoming Lecture at the Magic Academy

I will be presenting another guest lecture at the Academy of Magical Sciences, Trivandrum. This would be at IndiaJaal – a summit of national integration magic, being hosted by the Magic Academy on August 14-15, 2011. About 200 magician delegates from India and abroad are expected to be in attendance, and I will be sharing …