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Stage or street magic has a long history in India. Magic is mentioned in the Hindu holy books, the Vedas and Upanishad. Popular tricks include the rope trick, Indian basket, Green Mango Mystery, Indian Cups and Ball, and Indian Flying Man.
Modern history of Indian magic
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The grandfather of Kerala's magic is Vazhakunnam Neelakandan Namboothiri. He played an important role in bringing magic as an art. Born in 1903, he learned magic after having watched some tricks shown in his Illam by one Mundaya Eachara Varier. Vaazhakunnam later became famous for Kayyothukkam, although occasionally he performed also "Cheppum Panthum" (cups and balls) to small family gatherings. After 1940 he started real stage performances with his troupe. Apart from magic, the shows included short dance programmes, comedy skits, etc.
P.C. Sorcar) is known as the father of modern Indian magic. Some of his specialties included the Rope Trick and the Flying Carpet, and was a prolific author of books on magic in Hindi, Bengali and English languages. On Feb 23, 2010, the Indian government honored him with a postage stamp.
Classic Indian magic tricks
- Indian rope trick
- Indian Basket
- Cups and Balls (Indian Version)
- Green Mango Mystery