Mumbai

To bring magic back, magicians seek art status for profession

Mumbai: Magicians from across the country will come together in Thane for a day-long convention on December 15, where they will push for their skills to be recognised as an art form by the government.

More than 250 magicians from India and some settled in other countries are expected to attend Jaadu Utsav at the Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium, being conducted by the Association of Illusionists and Magicians (AIM). Atul Patil, president, AIM, said, “Jaadu (magic) is actually an art. However, State governments have been shying away from according it the status of an art. This is why magic, which used to be popular, is rapidly losing its attraction.”

He added, “We have collectively decided to protect and popularise this art. This convention will seek to find ways not only to boost this art, but also to work for the welfare of illusionists and magicians across the world.” Mr. Patil, a magician for 29 years, feels art status for magic will make it possible for governments to promote this entertainment form.

‘We lack unity’

He feels lack of unity in the fraternity is one of the main reasons for magicians losing popularity. This, when taken together with shows lacking innovation, below-average acts, poor planning and professional knowledge and financial instability, has dulled the edge of Indian magicians, he said. “There are two quick ways to make magicians popular again: accord magic the status of an art form, and reduce entertainment tax on shows.”

While discussions and ideas on the future of the profession and issues faced by magicians will be central to the convention, the public can expect to be treated to shows by renowned magicians at Jaadu Utsav. “We will have lectures on magic and shows by renowned magicians, who will mesmerise the audience with their acts,” Mr. Patil said.

Free medical check-ups have been organised for delegates.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Apr 15, 2021 11:39:30 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/to-bring-magic-back-magicians-seek-art-status-for-profession/article21437281.ece

Next Story