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A little bit of magic for our garbage

Chitra V. Ramani
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Magician S.P. Nagendra Prasad— Photo:K. Gopinathan
Magician S.P. Nagendra Prasad— Photo:K. Gopinathan

The city’s garbage may not magically disappear anytime soon. But, magician S.P. Nagendra Prasad hopes to change citizens’ mindset about segregating waste they generate with magic!

As part of Magician’s Day celebrations on February 23, the Magic Circle and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have organised a magic show that will throw light on the importance of segregating waste at source.

Mr. Prasad said Magician’s Day this year holds special significance as it will also coincide with the centenary celebrations of the legendary P.C. Sorcar.

Coming back to the city’s garbage crisis, he said citizens have been exposed to various awareness campaigns on garbage segregation through all kinds of media. “However, it can be seen that many people still don’t practise it. I have decided to show them that it needs to be done for the welfare of our city through magic. I am certain that this will have a lasting impact, both on children as well as adults.”

Along with garbage segregation, the other social message is organ donation. Mr. Prasad said he has been urging people to donate their organs as well as body for research for more than a decade. “I [decided to] donate my body for research around two years ago. It will help save lives as well as help medical students.”

Other causes that he has promoted during the earlier magic shows include no smoking in public places, cancer awareness, electricity conservation, besides creating awareness about spread of dengue and chikungunya.

Mr. Prasad said around 100 magicians from across the city are likely to attend the show, with seven or eight magicians performing. “Due to shortage of time, we are restricting the number of performers.”

The unique magic show, at Town Hall on Saturday at 6 p.m., will be inaugurated by ChickpeteMLA Hemachandra Sagar. Actors Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and Shivaram will attend.

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