A second generation magician reveals what goes behind creating a Magic Act
Where’s F- 20, I ask the car parking guy in Delhi’s western suburb of Moti Nagar. The magic wala house? — he asks me. Walk straight and then take a left and once you enter the colony, ask anyone, and they’ll guide you — he tells me. A 10-minute walk from the Metro station takes me to a house that looks no different than a typical Delhi kothi — a three storey building, with an office located in the basement. Inside, a casually dressed Rahul Kharbanda sits working on a computer and his father Ashok Kharbanda is busy signing some papers. The office may easily be mistaken for a real estate agency or a law firm. It’s only when you Google the Kharbandas that you realise that the looks of the family members are as deceptive as their house.
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In reality, the Kharbandas can make people disappear, create a woman from an iPad in the middle of nowhere and float above ground to the amusement of the witnessing audiences. But even though their acts create the illusion of possessing supernatural powers, Rahul, a magician and illusionist, asserts is that magic is an unbelievable idea made presentable with the help of techniques and their execution. We talk to the second generation magician and attempt to decipher the idea of magic.
“In my 17 years of practising magic and studying masters from across the globe, I have never encountered anyone who has supernatural powers,” he says as he defines Magic in relatively simple words as “impossible made possible” for the “audience witnessing it”.
And each of the words in quotes is crucial as he describes further. According to Rahul, in any magic show, there is a frame — a window from where the audience watches the show. The idea appears magical only through that frame. Change the frame and the idea is no magic. Because outside the frame, there are mechanisms, techniques and scientific equipment that make the idea look real. The skill of a magician and his team is to conceal the mechanism so as to make the idea look magical and impossible.
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