Anands magic show in Shimoga

Overwhelming response to Jadugar Anand's magic show in Shimoga

SHIMOGA: The magic shows by Jadugar Anand and his troupe of 150 at the Kuvempu Rang Mandir here since June 23 is a veritable "maya loka." The troupe led by Mr. Anand has presented over 27,000 shows in 36 countries.

The show appears to have become an instant success here judging by the overwhelming response from all age groups.

The gradual disappearance of the `Statue of Liberty' and the entry of an elephant on to the dais are some of attractions of the show. Mr. Anand has presented over 600 shows in Karnataka.

The other interesting items include a girl being placed on the edge of a sword, a woman floating in the air and a girl being cut into pieces and put back together.

The spectators are amazed when a six-foot man comes out of the `magic box' as a three-foot dwarf. The three-hour show is full of entertainment.

Mr. Anand, who is president of the All-India Association of Magicians, is working hard to bring respectability to the art of magic. He has proposed to float a separate academy to promote the art.

Besides, he has initiated steps to take care of the members of the association by extending financial help and healthcare.

However, Mr. Anand, a postgraduate in English, feels the Government is not encouraging magic as an art compared with other art forms.