On Friday, Delhi residents were witness to one of the oldest forms of entertainment. With the Delhi Tourism department organising the first Magic Festival at Pitampura’s Dilli Haat, the city’s populace got a glimpse of an art form that has for long caught the fancy of children and adults alike.
With most performers belonging to the Indian Brotherhood of Magic, the range of magic varied from basic playing card tricks to optical illusions.
“Our aim is to make the art famous in Delhi since it is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. It is very heartening that the government is organising such a show to make it more popular among citizens,” said Tulsi Molparia, who enthralled audiences with his tricks using playing cards.
However, contrary to popular belief, performers stressed on the importance of formal training, one of the key elements required to be a successful magician.
“The challenge is not the competition you face as a magician, but the effort required to make people understand magic as an art. This comes from practice and professional training. I’ve been doing it for the last 10 years now and I’m still learning,” said Sumit Kharbanda, Secretary of the Indian Brotherhood of Magic.
The event was inaugurated by chief minister, Shiela Dikshit and will continue till October 9. It includes Traditional Indian Street Magic and also has competitions for children.