Four-Year-Old: Magician Preaches, Teaches, and Performs Banana Trick

The New India News Service
reports from  New  Delhi “Grandhi Himakar is a magician 
with a mission. Along with his trainer ‘Professor’ Vikram, he uses
magic to  raise awareness on social subjects ranging from HIV/AIDS
to harmful consequences  of superstitions.”

His “trainer”
‘Professor’ Vikram (can this title be  any more qualified with
“quotation” ‘marks’?) brought him to the capital of  India to
participate in the National  Competition of Magicians. Young
Master Himakar won a national contest at  three-years-old and
hooked up with the Professor. 

His magic is often 
mistaken for real magic by villagers.  “Villagers are astonished
to see him  perform the same tricks that local priests perform,”
said the Prof. Villagers  are then told that it was just a trick
and there was no supernatural power  behind it as claimed by those
godmen.”

As part of his public service,  Master Himakar,
performs a traditional favorite in his act called “Folk Magic. 
[Master] Himakar first mixes four differently coloured sands in a
bucket of  water and then takes them out separately one after the
other — without getting  them wet.”

The kid and the Prof
picked this trick because it is often  used by “self-styled godmen
in the southern state resort to this act to claim  supernatural
powers and then extract money from villagers.”

“When people 
see Himakar perform the same trick, they realise that they were being
duped by  the self-styled godmen,” Vikram said.

To raise
awareness on the AIDS threat, he  first puts a fresh banana in a
bag and brings out a rotten one after casting a  ‘spell’ on the
bag. In the second part of the act, he puts a fresh banana in the 
bag after covering it with a condom, but this time the fruit remains
fresh. The  act is followed up by a short speech on the benefits
of using a condom.

The  Prof ends the story with the quiet hope his young charge can use these tricks in  the competition.

We
have nothing meaningful to add to this story lest we seem more juvenile
than a four-year-old magician who is clearly doing noble work.

Read
the full article here: 
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEP20050923073200&Topic=0&Title=Nation&Page=P


The New India News Service
reports from  New  Delhi “Grandhi Himakar is a magician 
with a mission. Along with his trainer ‘Professor’ Vikram, he uses
magic to  raise awareness on social subjects ranging from HIV/AIDS
to harmful consequences  of superstitions.”

His “trainer”
‘Professor’ Vikram (can this title be  any more qualified with
“quotation” ‘marks’?) brought him to the capital of  India to
participate in the National  Competition of Magicians. Young
Master Himakar won a national contest at  three-years-old and
hooked up with the Professor. 

His magic is often 
mistaken for real magic by villagers.  “Villagers are astonished
to see him  perform the same tricks that local priests perform,”
said the Prof. Villagers  are then told that it was just a trick
and there was no supernatural power  behind it as claimed by those
godmen.”

As part of his public service,  Master Himakar,
performs a traditional favorite in his act called “Folk Magic. 
[Master] Himakar first mixes four differently coloured sands in a
bucket of  water and then takes them out separately one after the
other — without getting  them wet.”

The kid and the Prof
picked this trick because it is often  used by “self-styled godmen
in the southern state resort to this act to claim  supernatural
powers and then extract money from villagers.”

“When people 
see Himakar perform the same trick, they realise that they were being
duped by  the self-styled godmen,” Vikram said.

To raise
awareness on the AIDS threat, he  first puts a fresh banana in a
bag and brings out a rotten one after casting a  ‘spell’ on the
bag. In the second part of the act, he puts a fresh banana in the 
bag after covering it with a condom, but this time the fruit remains
fresh. The  act is followed up by a short speech on the benefits
of using a condom.

The  Prof ends the story with the quiet hope his young charge can use these tricks in  the competition.

We
have nothing meaningful to add to this story lest we seem more juvenile
than a four-year-old magician who is clearly doing noble work.

Read
the full article here: 
http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEP20050923073200&Topic=0&Title=Nation&Page=P

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