The Father of Indian Magic: Prodip Chandra Sorcar

Prodip Chandra Sorcar, born July 31, 1994, is an Indian magician based in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. He is the second son of the Indian magician P. C. Sorcar and holds a PhD in applied psychology from the University of Calcutta.

He has also received the Merlin Award in Magic and holds the record for being the largest individual producer of foreign exchange in entertainment. Sorcar's company, Indrajal, uses 48 tons of equipment, 75 artists, dozens of stages, 12 jadoo girls, psychedelic laser lighting systems, more than 400 brocade dresses, original music from its own orchestra and more than 50 illusion tricks. His signature trick is the use of light refraction to convey the impression that large-scale objects have disappeared. Past performances have included the disappearance of Taj Mahal and Indore — Amritsar Express.

Sorcar Jr has also set a record by cycling at high speed blindfolded from London's Trafalgar Square. Gili Gili Ge is a 1989 children's film directed by Iswar Chakraborty and produced by Indrajaal Production. This classic Bengali film stars P. Sorcar (Senior) as both the protagonist and antagonist.

Utpal Dutt, Santosh Dutta, Sreela Majumdar also starred in the film. The charismatic on-screen presence of P. Sorcar (Senior) and the spectacular visual effects of the film are a favorite among children and adults alike. It is P. Sorcar (Senior), father of P.

Sorcar (Junior), who popularized his family art of Magic beyond the boundaries of India by elevating performances to a more prestigious pedestal of theatrical form of international standard, keeping Indian traditions as central motif. He gave a new life to dying art and is therefore recognized as The Father of Indian Magic. The couple has three daughters — Maneka, Moubani and Mumtaz — who have inherited their parents' charm and talent. They are finishing their education but have started sharing the stage with their parents from time to time. At least one of them is destined to become a magician. P.

Sorcar (Junior) further elevated the status of magic from the position in which his father left it, to this futuristic show of mystery-spectacular-entertainment for intellectuals, successfully competing with other forms of theatrical shows. He has added modern techniques, surreal sequences, third dimensional choreography, a mix of rustic, traditional and modern music, classical dance along with intellectual illusions created by psychological directions, excellent technical and mechanical instruments along with his super show and personality. He is national president of the All-India Magic Circle, has been president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 83, vice president of Intellectual Forum, member of Magic Circles in Tokyo, Sydney, Brazil, Paris, Hamburg and Rome and is attached to many theatrical and cultural societies around the world. He has also received the coveted Oscar of Spain for his outstanding presentation of magic. He became famous in the mid-1930s when he performed several shows in Calcutta and extended his magical charm outside India when he performed in Japan in 1934. The success encouraged him to venture further and at the time of his death he had visited more than 70 countries around the world. He was hailed as a great magician of India who gave the art of Indian magic a new cultural background that found strong international appeal. He brought to his shows very exquisite accessories that had never been seen before as well as big stages that really brought out the themes of his shows.

All his specialists and performers wore specially designed colourful costumes that drew people to his shows. He had a great marketing team that prepared giant billboards for every city he went to which would attract a large crowd to his shows who wanted to see more of this magician. Among his wide repertoire of magic acts one of the most appreciated was where he did a Floating Woman routine with suspension of a body in the air which began in 1964. There are many other famous acts performed by Sorcar during his magical lifetime career such as X-Ray Man where he would blindfold himself yet still be able to see what was written by audience members; Air Suspension; Water Of India; and many more. Sorcar was known for its spectacular sets and costumes which he perfected to a point never before seen in India or anywhere else in the world during performances where he wore his self-described “maharaja” tunic and feather turban. He presented elaborate optical illusions emphasized by dazzling light effects which were distinctive of his shows. On January 6th 1971 Sorcar died due to a heart attack at age 58 while performing in Asahikawa Hokkaido Japan when he was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Sorcar single-handedly took Indian magic to new heights around the world due to his mastery fluency in English language charm charisma and intelligence it is said that he never failed to delight his audience in a magical world he will always be remembered as 'Jadu Samrat P...