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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
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Where’s My Wand?

Gopinath Muthukad is the global king of magic, Merlin 2011

Where’s My Wand?
B.M. Irshad
Where’s My Wand?
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Headlining Acts

  • Breaking News: Muthukad predicts the headlines of 10 newspapers a day-and-a-half before they are printed. He writes the headlines and seals them in a bank vault. When it’s opened, his headlines match the newspaper’s.
  • Fire Escape Act: Muthukad is handcuffed and wound up tightly in chains. He is lifted by crane and lowered into a haystack soaked in kerosene which is then set on fire. He comes out unharmed.
  • Wristwatch illusion: Wristwatches are collected from the audience and put in a bag. To everyone’s horror, Muthukad then smashes the watches. The watches then appear in a box in the midst of the audience.
  • Cups and balls: Muthukad conceals balls with cups, when the cups are lifted, the balls have gone up in number!

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It’s called the Water Torture Escape Act. The magician is handcuffed, put in a plastic bag tied at the top and lowered in a glass case filled with water. Then electricity is passed through the water, and in a minute a spear hanging over the glass tank will slice through it. The magician has to escape from this situation in front of hundreds of gaping spectators. Gopinath Muthukad had spent two years working this act to perfection. The plan: his assistant would put off the electricity from another point, a light at a corner behind the audience would indicate that it was off. Muthukad had a hidden key to open the handcuffs. So the act began, the countdown for the spear to skewer down started, he quickly released the handcuffs with the keys, but the light in the corner never came on. The water tank was still charged. Thirty seconds, 20 seconds, the light still wouldn’t come on. Fifteen seconds and someone finally pulled the wires from the socket and Muthukad tore himself out of the tank. “In all the tension, my assistant forgot to put the electricity off. It was a really close shave,” he says still shuddering at the thought.

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