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More patronage: Workshops and stage shows on magic are being increasingly patronised by people in Chennai. A magic performance at a P.C.Sorcar (Master) show in Chennai.
More patronage: Workshops and stage shows on magic are being increasingly patronised by people in Chennai. A magic performance at a P.C.Sorcar (Master) show in Chennai.

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T.K. Vadivel Pillai’s programme will teach the science behind magic

CHENNAI: Picture this. You seek an appointment with a VIP and the snobbish receptionist asks you to leave your card. You conjure up an office card out of thin air, as she looks at you with awe and fixes an appointment right away. If all this sounds incredible, hear what T.K. Vadivel Pillai has to say: “Learning a bit of magic can serve as a perfect ice-breaker and help you strike a chord with people.”

His week-long workshop, which gets under way on Monday, seeks to teach the participants the science behind magic and close-up magic that he specialises in.

Three batches

Conducted in three batches, the camp has attracted a lot of kids, he says, adding that the number of interested participants in such workshops is swelling by years. “Chennai is opening up to the concept of magic.

A decade ago, when I started Madras Magic Centre, people only enjoyed watching magic performances on stage and not many volunteered to learn the art. Things have changed and I am seeing a lot of people registering for such classes,” Mr. Pillai says.

Change in attitude

He attributes the change in people’s attitude to the increasing party culture.

“People host birthday and anniversary parties at home and magic shows are preferred entertainers. Some buy magic kits and try it out, while others attend classes to perfect the art.”

Rechristened as Indian Institute of Magical Sciences, the Madras Magic Centre will shortly begin a diploma course for the aspiring magicians.

The course, he said, will mainly deal with teaching magic using everyday objects – from sugar cubes to telephone directories. Magic will be the main subject and entertainment hypnosis will be the allied course.

Magic shows

Meanwhile, leading magicians are staging their shows in the city to cash in on the vacation season. Noted magician P.C.Sorcar’s magic show is being held everyday until May 31 at 7 p.m. at Kalaivanar Arangam.

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