Friday, 29 May, 2009

Magic Academy at lucky 13

Thiruvananthapuram: Magic Academy, the hub of magic in India, turns 13 on 31st of May. A magical evening and many welfare schemes for magicians and the public, would make the anniversary celebrations remarkable for this Academy known to be the first of its kind in Asia.

Magical evening
As part of the celebrations, a unique magical evening will be held at 6pm on 31st of May. Minister of Forests and Housing, Binoy Viswam will inaugurate the function presided over by the Academy’s Patron, O.N.V. Kurup. Following this will be ‘World of Illusions’ an illusion extravaganza presented by the Academy’s Executive Director Gopinath Muthukad and team. Admission is free for all.

Free magic shows
Since the Academy is entering its 14th year, offered to 14 charitable social service organisations in the State will be free performances of Muthukad’s magic show. Voluntary organizations working on a no-profit motto can avail these shows for raising funds for their charity. Ambitious organisations have to submit their applications enclosed with copies of their activity report and forwarded by a letter from the M.L.A. concerned. Out of the applications received, one voluntary organisation in each district will be selected.

Free insurance
Magicians of the country, too have benefits to enjoy. Magicians of age 5-70 can avail free accident insurance worth Rs.25000. Annual premium will be paid by the Academy. This is provided in association with the New India Assurance Company Ltd. Insurance would be granted on a monthly basis according to the applications received. Term of insurance will be for one year.

Free Table Hop training
10 magicians of age group 18-35 from the State will be provided free training in Table Hop magic that is hugely demanded by hotels and resorts. Well-known Table Hop teacher and the Director of the Academy, R. Raja Moorthy will be the trainer. Magicians of the above age group having experience of performing Table Hop in a hotel during the last one year, can apply for this free training.

Applications for the above schemes should be sent to Magic Academy, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram 695012 Kerala so as to reach on or before 10th of June. Tel: 0471 2358910.

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