Saturday, 17 January, 2009

Wonders juggled at magic camp

Thiruvananthapuram: The one-day magic camp orgnised by the Magic Academy as part of its New Year programmes, offered a different experience of awe for children. Basic lessons of juggling was handed down to the young magic fans, by 'Ianna Tampe' a group of Italian magicians.

Children began testing their juggling skills by tossing balls in the air. For a while, the foreign guests and native kids shared together moments of sheer enjoyment, fun and laughter. Joseph Pistone, Daniel Pistone, Elizabeth Mugavare and Martha Cornelio were the juggling teachers. Children made it to juggle with two or three balls, but failed to copy the flexibility of body with which their Italian teachers performed. The Italians, who were acquainted to Kathakali as well as Kalaripayattu kept their audience spellbound with a 15-minute performance of acrobatics, Indian dance, music, magic and juggling.

The one-day camp also gave the lesson that magic is an art based on science. Dr. Aranmula Hariharaputhran explained on the wonders that science contain. Building and launching of rockets, installation of satellites on orbits etc. were explained through a slideshow by space scientist turned magician, Dr. U.P. Rajeev. Consequently, the children were carried to the skies of wonder.

A high school teacher – cum magician, C.V. Harilal taught how learning can be made interesting through acquiring a know-how in the magical art. The camp concluded with a captivating magic show by child magician, Jithu Suresh. Earlier the programme was inaugurated by the Academy's Director, R. Raja Moorthy. K.P. Sivakumar spoke on the occasion.

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