After a decade,Lal Junior again waves magic wand in city

The master of illusion,who has more than 22,500 shows to his credit so far,along with his father and noted magician late K Lal,is in the city after almost a decade to perform at Tilak Smarak Mandir.

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: September 8, 2013 3:40:09 am

From children,youngsters and even veterans,including septuagenarian musician Hridayanath Mangeshkar,everybody was left mesmerised and fascinated by the captivating performance of famous magician K Lal Junior,who began his city tour on Friday.

The master of illusion,who has more than 22,500 shows to his credit so far,along with his father and noted magician late K Lal,is in the city after almost a decade to perform at Tilak Smarak Mandir.

“Like every other area of creativity,the field of magic also requires a lot of research and innovation in order to devise new tricks and ideas. No matter how much popularity any magic trick gains,it becomes obsolete over a period of time. Therefore,innovation is an indispensable part of our profession,” Lal said.

Vanishing performance,giant killer saw,bisection of two ladies and floating lady on fan’s air are among over 55 items Lal and crew have in their kitty this time.

“Being into the field of magic and illusion for several years now,we have an idea how to win the heart of audience. Use of computers and latest illumination and sound technology have given an edge to our tricks to a certain extend. Although,it is predominantly human touch that creates illusion and caste spell on audience,” Lal said.

Lal,who dissuades young magicians from associating magic with black arts and sleight of hand taken for miracle,has also published some books. “We also plan to set up a dedicated academy to teach magic tricks in Gujarat. It will be a first-of-its-kind in Asia. The proposal has already been forwarded to the state government,” he said.

In his 60s now,Lal,speaking with Newsline,said though he never objected to disseminating magic tricks to the younger generation as sharing of knowledge,he was strongly against making them public for commercial use like popular television show ‘Breaking The Magician’s Code’.

“The International Brotherhood of Magicians,which is an organisation for professional and amateur magicians,has already registered strong protest against the television show. Revealing trade secrets for commercial use could ruin the careers of several young magicians. It is the bread and butter of many,” said the magician,who has a crew of 40 artists and supporting staff.

On the demise of his father from whom he learnt the tricks of trade,Junior K Lal,whose original name is Harshad Vora,said the legacy his father left behind was huge.

“He had tremendous love and respect for his profession,which reflected in terms of his popularity not only in India,but also abroad. A large number of his shows were held in different continents. He performed even at the age of 89,just before he died,” he said,adding that his grandson was getting ready to carry the family’s torch.

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