There is magic in the capital. Literally. Because the city now has its own Magic Theatre which recently opened in a west Delhi mall.
And performing there every evening will be magician Tejas Malode — a two-time National Award winner who has worked with stars like Hrithik Roshan, Jeniffer Winget, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Nigam and Tina Dutta.
The 25-year-old banking and insurance graduate was behind Hrithik’s magical performance in Guzaarish where he played the role of a magician.
‘Magic is not just about optical illusions and the strength of the mind. It has more to do with the psychology of the person I am performing a trick on,’ says Tejas.
For example, says the magician, if he asks someone to not choose a certain card, the name of that card gets stuck in their head and that is how they end up choosing the card the magician wants them.
‘Magic is everywhere, you just have to have an eye for it,’ says Tejas.
The show comprises all the tricks that you might have heard or seen before. Tejas performs card tricks, passes through human body like it’s a cakewalk, levitates a girl off the ground, escapes after being tied up by ropes like it’s a joke to undo them and makes you feel like you are plain human beings and all the superpowers lie with him. He transforms and creates illusions in a fashion that you might be watching an entertaining opera.
What sets it apart, though, is that along with the tricks, Tejas also interacts with the audience much more than magicians usually do. The performances include dance and storytelling.
One new thing is prediction of the future. A month back, Tejas had predicted three answers to personal questions asked by random strangers in the audience. These had then been put inside a sealed box.
‘Like Nostradamus predicted the future using mathematics and probability, I decided to challenge my limits and go beyond the regular acts,’ explains Tejas.
One act we liked was one in which Tejas’ arms and legs were tied with a rope by two members of the audience but he still managed to wriggle out effortlessly. ‘It is a combined effect of mental strength and optical illusion,’ says Tejas.
The Magic Theatre would be open for public throughout the week except Tuesdays.
‘This is part of a world tour which we have begun starting with Delhi. After Delhi, I will be performing in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malayasia and South Africa,’ says Tejas.
The magician started at the age of 10 and since then he has been performing all over the world. But Indian audience, he says, is the real deal. ‘I have been performing in the US and other countries, but the Indian audience is the real deal. They are always more enthusiastic,’ he says. Time for some magical moments?
At: Moments Mall, Kirti Nagar
When: Everyday except Tuesdays, 7 - 8 pm
Entry: Rs 250 per person