Abracadabra! His slight
of hand leaves the audience gaping
The eyes popped out in
disbelief and those little faces looked
confused rather amazed, as the doves appeared
from nowhere, the umbrella cloth disappeared
right in front of the eyes and a little
girl emerged on the stage from an empty
The show was a grand exercise
in psychological hoodwinking, leaving the
audience simply astounded. As Samala Venu,
a magician, whirled his magical wand, there
was nothing the gathering could do but to
watch his amazing feats in disbelief.
Mystery was everywhere
in the hall at “Magical Mysteries”
where the magician, with a world record
to his name, bamboozled the gathering at
Hari Hara Kala Bhavan. The event organised
to raise funds for the Lions Clubs International,
elevated fun to a different level. The kids
and ladies could not have asked for a better
place to be on a Saturday evening.
In the show spanning over
two hours, the magician used various equipments
and artistes, coupled with equipment and
artistes, coupled with dozens of illusions.
It started with the well-known “birds-from-nowhere-act”,
where he makes doves appear from nowhere.
For the kids, it was amazing to see him
creating two colourful hats and gifting
them to two beautiful ladies. More fun was
a little kid emerging from an empty box.
Some of the items might
have been familiarized to the public by
several other magicians. But the brisk pace
and the entertaining way in which they were
presented made the difference.
To pep up the evening (perhaps
targeting the youngsters), the magic show
was interspersed with a fashion show by
local models. Few whistles blew out as they
walked down the ramp in blacks, reds and
all possible hues.