How Indian magic came of age


by Amit Roy THE Indian word for magic is jadu and no jaduwallah – magi­cian – was more suc­cessful or flamboy­ant than PC Sorcar. Now a new book tells of how Sorcar had to overcome rac­ist western attitudes to become one of the greatest magicians in the world. Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic is pub­lished by Hurst, which – from the Asian point of view – has one of the most rele­vant catalogues in Britain. Author John Zubrzycki makes the point that Sorcar lived in a time when “Indian magicians were looked down upon by their western…

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