Wednesday, 2 June, 2010
Grand finale for Maya 2010
Burning passion: Luna Shimada performs on the stages of Maya 2010.
Thiruvananthapuram: With all its grandeur, the world’s first convention of woman magicians came to a close at 6.30pm on 30th of May. In front of an august gathering, stage was turned aglow with flames of vibrant magic by the world's most celebrated magic couple, Luna Shimada and Losander.
The magic couple definitely lived to the huge expectations of the audience. It was a bliss for the eyes to see show smoothly the parasols were created one after the other by the deft hands of Mrs. Shimada.
Emperor of Levitation: Losander's graceful show of levitating table, his own creation, during Maya 2010 finale.
For Mr. Losander, each item was his own brainchild. When he presented the levitation table inviting a small boy to the stage, it was one of the loveliest scenes. He simply floored the spectators with tremendous lot of grace, beauty and skill. Even his thumb tip act could give the feel of watching a show far ahead of some of the great illusions. And at the conclusion, there was the most fitting gesture to express the whole respect and boundless of love for these guests who travelled a long distance to make Maya 2010 brighter with magic: a standing ovation.
Magic couple honoured: Kerala's Minister for Health, P.K. Sreemathi honours Las Vegas magic thrillers and guest performers of Maya 2010 by presenting mementos. On the dais are (from left): magician and former chief secretary of the State, Lizzie Jacob, patron of the Magic Academy, O.N.V. Kurup and the chief organiser of the Maya 2010, Gopinath Muthukad.
The function thereafter on stage was attended by the Minister for Health, P.K. Sreemathi, Minister for Law and Sports, M. Vijayakumar, Chairperson of the Kerala State Women's Commission, Justice D. Sreedevi, former Chief Secretary turned magician, Lizzie Jacob, Magic Academy's Patron, O.N.V. Kurup and the Executive Director of the Academy, Gopinath Muthukad. Mementos were presented by Mrs. Sreemathi in honour of the magic duo. The function had a duration just to honour rest of the lady stars of the two days. Consequently, mementos of honour were presented to the magical trinity, Ammu, Indushree and Pear Bhumgara who rode mopeds blindfolded on the previous day as a forerunner to the event. Then it was time for showing respect for ventriloquism artiste, Jayam Jammu and composer, Nitha for setting an attractive group dance for the inaugural function held in the morning.
Following first and second prize winners were also handed over with trophies and certificates. Kitchen Magic: Magic Mano, Coimbatore (1st); Pearl Bhumgara, Mumbai (2nd)Close-up Magic: Zenia Bhumgara, Mumbai (1st); Nadhiya S.M., Thiruvananthapuram (2nd)Conjuring Jr: Ramyasree, Hyderabad (First); Nadhiya SM, Thiruvananthapuram(2nd)
Conjuring Sr.: Pearl Bhumgara, Mumbai (1st); Indushree, Bangalore (2nd).
Magic spread its wings of wonders once again with the performance by first prize winners. The feast for the eyes was further garnished with a mesmerising shadow play by Mrs. Jammu. Ms. Indushree has literally spellbound viewers with her much skilled ventriloquism deputing three puppet assistants.