Sorcar Raj

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Ekta Al­reja

The name Prodip Chan­dra Sorcar may not ring a bell, but the moniker PC Sorcar Ju­nior does con­jure up psy­che­delic im­ages, es­pe­cially if you grew up in the 80s and 90s. PC Sorcar Jr dressed up in se­quined shirts and velvet capes would see women in half and pour wa­ter from mag­i­cal jars. All this and more came to­gether to form In­dra­jaal, his show of baf­fling tricks and il­lu­sions. Sorcar was in the city to cel­e­brate 100 years of In­dra­jaal. The il­lu­sion­ist tells us that per­form­ing magic is more than know­ing tricks. Q. What’s an il­lu­sion that al­ways leaves your au­di­ence baf­fled? A. Wa­ter of In­dia, where I pour wa­ter out of a jug that never emp­ties, al­ways leaves them want­ing for more. Q. What’s your se­cret? A. Magic is science. You may call us vis­ual sci­en­tists. In­dra­jaal, is not ho­cus- pocus but is all science. I can’t re­veal the se­cret; let the mys­tery re­main. Don’t trust your eyes, some­times eyes lie. Q. But magic shows are not pop­u­lar to­day? A. Magic can never die if the ma­gi­cian does a good job. Many ma­gi­cians want the govern­ment to de­clare it as an art form. Art does not stand still, it evolves, you have to be ex­tra­or­di­nary to im­press your au­di­ence. We are still do­ing a tick­eted show, and that is proof enough. Q. Tell us about your pro­posed magic school in Agar­tala? A. It is tak­ing time, if we call it a ‘ Magic School’ then peo­ple dis­cour­age it. I am try­ing to in­tro­duce magic ed­u­ca­tion. If you teach magic at an early age, it en­cour­ages rad­i­cal think­ing in chil­dren .

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