“But how did you do that,” is an expression that Neel Madhav typically encounters in his career.
The Mumbai-based illusionist, who has made a model for his methods that mix magic with mentalism, neuro-linguistic programming, and criminology, is again dwelling. However he has been up and about in the previous few months, touring 13 Indian cities for Sony BBC Earth’s You Bought Magic and enthralling audiences along with his bag of methods.
“Street magic for television is very different from a stage show,” says the 27-year-old, “Here, you have to show the trick.”
That’s precisely what he has accomplished in You Bought Magic, which guarantees to mix the thrills of journey and magic. Neel Madhav’s journey tales not solely embrace the ‘must dos’ and ‘must sees’ but additionally embrace fascinating info to make the expertise extra thrilling. “There was a lot of interesting experiences, especially because of the varied culture that India has to offer.”
One of the best amongst them, in keeping with him, was Kerala’s Thrissur. The timing of his go to couldn’t have been extra good; it was throughout the Onam competition, when all of Kerala was up and celebrating. “Thrissur was amazing; we filmed when the ‘Tiger festival’ was on. What was most interesting to see was the communal harmony because there was no religious association with the festival.”
The sight of three ladies — a Muslim, a Christian and a Hindu — strolling collectively was among the many varied photographs the digital camera following Neel captured. “It looked right out of a movie scene.”
So, how does he design his methods? “In some places, we plan it, but in others, we just go with the flow. I get most excited when I can conjure up a trick within a few minutes, based on the resources available on ground. Sometimes, those are the ones that get the best reactions.”
Along with his newest present, Neel hopes to throw mild on offbeat journey choices and likewise create extra consciousness on magic among the many basic public. “Magic is an untapped market. Till now, a lot of people, especially in rural parts, think that such “miracles” could be accomplished solely by foreigners. That’s altering now,” says Neel, who considers worldwide magicians like Dynamo, David Blaine and Criss Angel as his position fashions, “It’s an exciting time for magic at the moment.”
You Bought Magic with Neel Madhav will air from Monday to Friday at 10 pm on Sony BBC Earth