An entire evening of magic and illusion in the theater is uncommon these days, but at the royalty for the Christmas season is a /magician from India', Sorcar Junior by name who presents magic in the great manner.

He has a large supporting company, including musicians, over which he presides with the most engaging charm. The costumes from all parts of India and Japan, are an essential part of the entertainment, for there is a strong hint of colorful showmanship about the way he presents each item.

This is most evident in the various tricks involving ladies being sawn in half, both horizontally and vertically, or when people disappear only to turn up in unexpected places.

for the adults, most of whom enjoy their magic every bit as much as the youngsters, the most impressive display is when he works out instantaneous answers to mathematical problems while heavily blindfolded. But his entire show is jolly good entertainment and moves along at a cracking pace for all of its two hours.


The big time magical road shows went into limbo when the music hall circuits declined.

Now, Indian magician, Sorcar, revives the tradition of Dante and Kalanag with a full evening of magic.

Sorcar, a Ph.D. student of Calcutta who speaks eight languages, works with a company of seventeen, his own orchestra and 40 tons of props.

If audiences find his manner just a little sugary to begin with, they quickly warm to his youthful enthusiasm.

He intersperses spectacular illusions with some excellent close-up magic and his "Tearing up the Times" had more than one first night conjurer in the stalls raising a baffled eyebrow.

His "sawing a Woman in half" is done without cabinets or screens and a huge electric circular saw seems to pass horrifyingly through a girl's body as she lies on an operating table.


for his version of Azra - the floating lady stage miracle - Sorcar puts in a double twist that has everybody gasping.

If big time stage magic is something junior had heard about from his father, a family visit to Sorcar is a must.


SORCAR JUNIOR is a jolly magician who, in his spectacular show at the royalty, surrounds himself with an attractive supporting cast of helpers, musicians, colorful scenery and costumes.

carefully planned, the show is linked by a running joke involving an apparently endless supply of water pouring from a small jug. But Sorcar handles the whole performance with such charm of manner that the succession of Indian ladies being sawn in half, stuck with swords or achieving levitation while supported by a mop under an armpit, seem almost incidental.

All highly enjoyable and I hope Sorcar finds it worth his while to pay further visits.