Kolkata: As the world eagerly awaits the final instalment in the wildly popular Harry Potter series, India’s leading magician, PC Sorcar, says he plans to open a school of magic for those under the boy wizard’s spell.
“Harry Potter has made magic popular in the world. A magic school will be able to attract many people and turn this fine but dying art into a lucrative career option fro those who love to experience the magic of wonder and the world of make believe,” said Pradip Chandra Sorcar, the 61-year-old illusionist who it is said once made the Taj Mahal disappear in one of his magic acts.
As per the official announcement from the magician’s office, “The school will be located in the eastern city of Kolkata”.
“I am working on a comprehensive course on Indian magic to be divided into two parts. I am in talks with the state-run Rabindra Bharati university to introduce the course at the post-graduate level,” he said. Just in case talks breaks down, the magician has confirmed that he will start his own university of magic art.
Sorcar has wowed generations of Indians with his illusions, which he says are based on 2,000 years of knowledge, passed down through generations by word of mouth and rigorous training, either from father-to-son or teacher-to- students.
Sorcar who comes from a family of magicians, is assisted on stage by his wife and three daughters but he hopes to leave behind a legacy that can be taken advantage of by those who are passionately committed to this craft.
He is pained by the western perception of Indian magic which according to him is wrongly perceived as akin to being a “rabbit out of a hat” phenomena. Formal academic curriculum will definitely help in dispelling such myths, he adds.
He also informed that his next trick would involve the world-famous Dal Lake in the scenic Himalayan region of Kashmir but declined to give further details.