Wednesday 20 August 2008

‘Computer, the magician’ fascinates children


P. Preeth, second from left, conducts Computer Magic Camp at the Magic Academy.

Thiruvananthapuram: When the computing machine turned into a magician, kids found no limit for their enthusiasm. The Computer Magic camp held for children on 16th Aug. at the Magic Academy, has re-established a different kind of might the PCs possess. Blooming at the click of a mouse were bunches bafflement.

The teacher for the occasion was young magician P. Preeth who has been an animator with a Technopark-based institution. Suffering from a congenital disability in speech and hearing, Mr. Preeth has adopted the comfort of a laptop and screen for easy communication with his students.

When computer took the centre stage, youngsters found even the complex rope routines palatable. Limitations of human sight was exploited well to display some of the optical illusions on the screen. Many children easily learned a trick or two using coins, cards or ropes.

At the end of the class, when the director of the Academy, R. Raja Moorthy presented a memento to Mr. Preeth, it was indeed a recognition for this youth's deftness that helps him stand over disabilities. A darling disciple of Gopinath Muthukad, Mr. Preeth was one among the finalists in the Best Entertainer category competitions in the recently-held international magic festival, Vismayam 2008.

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