For many, life is a journey, and they find their ‘magical’ space in the end.
For very few, life is a journey and they find magic in the very beginning. And for 17-year-old Nikhil Raj, life has been a rainbow where he can even include black.
This young magician was bitten by the ‘magic bug’ from childhood, as he grew up watching his father, Professor Raj M, an internationally acclaimed magician and illusionist, performing stage tricks.
But what makes him stand out is his creativity while identifying magic tricks.
His innovative techniques with cards, mentalism, sleight of hand, stage illusions, etc. are just not the usual.
“It was my childhood dream to be a magician like my father. I enriched my knowledge and understanding of magic by participating in magicians’ conventions and conferences. The regular efforts, practice and lot of concentration has helped me to innovate on my various tricks, successfully”, says Raj.
Nikhil, who is currently studying in Ist year BA at Christ University is not only talented but an outstanding student too.
Over a period of few years, he has given more than hundred shows at schools and colleges and even won many prizes in inter-school competitions.
“My maiden performance was when I was eight. It was at Janak Vidyalaya in front of a large gathering. The cheers and encouragement from the audience gave me lot of strength to display my talent. Today, I have gained much glory and admiration from friends, teachers and audience of all sorts”, he recollects.
He is interested in watching movies, good at sports, mentalism and giving voice overs.
One of his voice over was for the role of a small beggar boy in a Kannada movie Pratibhavantaru in which his dad had enacted the role of a teacher and magician.
So what’s is looking forward to in life - would it be a magician or would it another career option? And he says, “My aspiration is to become an actor and a renowned magician in every possible spirit as it is an integral part of my life”, he says.