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International Magic Festival started

City denizens are being treated to some good old magic at the three-day International Magic Festival, which started at Bhubaneswar on Monday. People of all hues and age groups thronged Rabindra Mandap in droves on the inaugural day to witness magicians from round the globe pull off mind-blowing tricks from their hats, socks, shoes and of course thin air!

The event, which features about 200 magicians from around the world, also includes eminent Indian names in the field like P C Sorcar (junior) and K Lal (Junior). Desi magicians, however, lamented the lack of government support for the art and the waning interest of people.

“Unlike in foreign countries, in India magic shows are not very profitable. The government takes away 30% of a show’s collection as entertainment tax and after paying for all other expenses like hiring the venue, lights, security, travel and transport, there are hardly any profits left. How can a magician think of improving his art in such a scenario? The government should come forward to promote and help sustain the art of magic,” said ace magician K Lal (junior).
All Utkal Magician's Club Odisha
“The craze for magic shows has not reduced but due to lack of promotion and huge investment requirements not many Indian magicians can manage to continue the growth of the art,” conceded M Harichandan, president of All Utkal Magician’s Club that organized the event. He hailed the festival as a platform for magicians to come together and share ideas.

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