A hypnotic effect indeed!

Samala Venu is not just a magician, but he has also cured many psychological ailments through his knowledge of hypnotism. He admits that no one can be unwillingly hypnotized. The subject’s willingness is a necessary precondition for successful hypnotism.

Gilly gilly goo, Abracadabra, Chhoo mantar.

There are screams of delight from the gathered children at the Indira park as magician and hypnotist Samala Venu, a Guinness Record holder, performs his bag of tricks during the festival of Hyderabad.

He is titled Jaadu Mahaveer working with the Transport Corporation of India as a Public Relations Officer, from where he gets the maximum cooperation to avail leave whenever he wants to, for performances in India and abroad, he entered the Limca book of records and the Guinness bok with a 36 hours magic show at a city hall, and riding blindfolded on a Kinetic Honda for 3,186 kilometers in 17 days. He also drove blindfolded on the crowded city streets.

But it has not been easy to reach this stage in his vocation, for he’s spent ten hard years practicing his art to perfection. As he says ‘Magic is blend of action, mine and manipulation of figures’.

A soft spoken person, perhaps the perfect PRO that, TCI could have got, Samala Venu also casts a hypnotic spell on you, not just by his words and his smile, but also by his talent. Yes, he is also a hypnotist, apart from being a magician. He has cured nearly hundreds of psychological patients through the power of hypnotism. But he admits ‘Nobody can hypnotise one if the person is not willing to be hypnotised. The subject’s willingness to become a subject is a necessary precondition for hypnotism to be successful’.

In fact, he has hypnotised a whole gathering of youngsters called on the stage, as they listened dutifully to his instructions in their semi-conscious state. ‘Some of them even called out chai garam loudly, as if they were hawking tea on the railway platform’, (laughs loudly).

But it is not only children and youngsters who enjoy his performances. Adults too become children when they witness his interesting and humorous magic shows. But he strongly refutes the quite common allegation that, magic too is mass hypnotism. ‘It is only tricks done with finesse, and a process of engaging the audience with nonsensical words and mindless gestures while and get your act together’. And there – the hankey has turned into a pigeon, it’s already set free from nowhere – bird lovers need not worry.

Setting free or breaking free from established rules is what magic is all about after all. It takes you into a wonderland, a fantasy world where things don’t happen logically as you read them in your physics text – books at school. Actually, they are made to happen illogically. For the mind needs some rest and breakaway from the daily logic and rationale existence. That’s the raison d’etre of magic – the human mind’s willing suspension of disbelief. Of course, the magician too plays his role.

Abracadabra, the next item is on.

The next scene shifts to New York and other cities of the USA where Samala Venu performed to Indian. American and other international audiences during the festival of India in early part of this year. There, he also met the reigning Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. For both of them, it was mutual hypnosis – she was hypnotised by his magic, and he by her beauty. Besides, he shared many other beautiful moments with different people during the festival of India in the early part of this year. There, he also met the reigning Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. For both of them, it was mutual hypnosis – she was hypnotised by his magic, and he by her beauty. Besides, he shared many other beautiful moments with different people during the festival in the USA. Of course, he has traveled to other nations too, and give more than 1,500 shows throughout India, Canada, UK, France and USA.

In the course of his travel to several countries, he has also learnt many new tricks, which he does not reveal, because they are now his trade secrets, as ‘You have to keep on updating your knowledge and add new items to your briefcase’.

His briefcase must be really building with certificates of honour and awards. Noteworthy among them are Active magicians award (1985), Best 1986 magic award, OU cultural ambassador award (1986-87), State Youth Award (1992), Outstanding youth award (Hyderabad Jaycees), Appreciation magic award (Canada), Best social worker and merit award (Indian Red Cross Society), and Festival of Indian in USA award (1994).

Apart from his busy magical life and as an employee at the TCI (which he does not plan to leave in a long time as he gets maximum support from them for his endeavours), he does a good deal of social work too. He has donated blood several times, served food to flood victims at Machilipatnam and Nellore in 1990, performed in many fund – raising ventures for the disabled, physically and mentally handicapped and also conducting charity shows for leprosy organisations.

Several feathers are already fluttering in his ‘magician’s hat’. Till the next one is added, Chhoo mantar, Jantar mantar…


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