Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Monday, Nov 24, 2008
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Tamil Nadu
News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |



Tamil Nadu - Chennai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

He proves that it is only a trick of hand

Liffy Thomas

Abraham has performed in around 1,000 schools


“Don’t believe in superstitions, black magic and witch craft”

He does not charge any fee


— Photo: V. Ganesan

A. Abraham

Chennai: “Magic is an art, it’s full of tricks but it does not have any supernatural powers,” explains A. Abraham, swinging a red magic ball to multiply its count to two, three, four then to swallow and take it out from his hips. Magic is up this man’s sleeve, but what makes him different from other magicians is that he uses the art as a medium to educate children.

The 56-year-old runs a social organisation called The New Light, educating schools about enjoying and practicing safe magic.

Hobby kept alive

He is no self-proclaimed magician who boasts of having performed at various shows.

His association with the art started at the age of 20.

“I did not undergo any training. By seeing others perform, I picked up the art,” says Mr. Abraham, who attends shows, reads books, buys the magicians’ tools to update his skills.

But, magic has always been a hobby and since then Mr.Abraham kept the art alive by entertaining people at family functions and private parties.

“I was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company, The White Cross Laboratory, but in 1998 it closed down,” he says.

This opened another door of opportunities.

“In 1999, I started The New Light to campaign on good and safe magic,” Mr. Abraham explains about his crusade against blind superstitions.

“Magic is clean and is only a trick of the hand.”

He goes around schools and makes children and teachers laugh, have fun with his tricks, but leaves the message. He demonstrates various tricks to prove that magic is only a trick.

“Don’t believe in superstitions, black magic and witch craft,” he says, giving examples of how magic is exploited in rural areas to harm people.

Mission more important

Abraham has performed in around 1,000 schools across India and does not charge any fee, though he has schools giving him a token amount.

He knows around 40 tricks, but he says the message he leaves makes his mission more important.

Talking about the encouraging response he gets from schools, Mr. Abraham says, “In Shillong, I have performed in around 100 schools. Initially it is tough to get the management’s permission, but once I convince them it’s an interesting experience.”

He can be contacted on 65181094 or 9486496542

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Tamil Nadu

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |




News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2008, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu