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ANXIOUS MOMENTS: Crowd waiting with bated breath for Jadugar Anand's son Akash to emerge from the fire, in Mysore on Thursday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
ANXIOUS MOMENTS: Crowd waiting with bated breath for Jadugar Anand's son Akash to emerge from the fire, in Mysore on Thursday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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Magician Jadugar Anand begins shows at Jaganmohan Palace Auditorium

MYSORE: Get split into two, walk out of a book, or go up in the air... in short get ready to be transported to a new world of illusions created by Jadugar Anand.

For, the renowned magician has begun enthralling people of Mysore with a series of shows at the Jaganmohan Palace Auditorium, from Friday.

The audience worldwide has hailed the shows of this magician. His mass illusions have had viewers glued to their seats.

Fire escape

Jadugar Anand's troupe performed the "great fire escape" act on Thursday, which was first reckoned to have been performed by Harry Houdini in the U.S. many decades ago. Anand's son Akash was chained and lowered into a blazing wall of fire.

He then later emerged from it unhurt.

But it is not fire alone that engages Anand. At the age of 19, he stunned people by enacting another great escape, this time from the Narmada. He was sealed in a box, which was thrown into the river near Jabalpur, and he emerged from it.

At the age of 22, he is credited with creating a world record by riding blindfolded from Indore to Bhopal. Now he will regale people of Mysore with his magical acts for the next few days.

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