The man with the magic wand


This veteran has performed in umpteen stage shows in different parts of the country. His repertoire includes just about everything, from sawing people into halves to the perennially popular card tricks

He has enthralled people from different parts of the country, entertained audiences of quickly converted believers, but he does more than just pull rabbits out of hats. He zips around the city on a bike blindfolded, for 14 days at a stretch. The feat has earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Over the years he has chalked up an impressive resume of tricks. Meet the master magician Samala Venu.

This veteran has performed in umpteen stage shows in different parts of the country.

His repertoire includes just about everything, from sawing people into halves to the perennially popular card tricks.

“Magic is my passion. Ever since I can remember, magic and magicians have fascinated me. I just love performing on stage and entertaining people”, he says.

The well-groomed conjurer is also a recipient of several awards. The mantelpiece in his house glitters with his numerous trophies.

An Ugadi Gaurav Puraskar handed to him by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, and a cluster of other national accolades form a part of his distinguished collection.

Talk about magic and his eyes start shining as he talks about his one true passion.

“Most people don’t realize there is a lot of hard work involved in this field. It is a sleigh of hand all right but it takes a lot of perseverance and determination to get your moves right. You have to be extremely diligent and meticulous about details. In fact, I would say you have to be a perfectionist to attain some standard and fame in this field”, he says.

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