Two years ago, Bangalore witnessed a unique blend of new-age circus, illusions and technology-led stage acts by international artistes from all over the globe. The Extra Terrestrials are back in Bangalore to mesmerise audiences yet again. Keeping in mind the fact that they definitely carved a niche for themselves with their performances, they have now carefully chosen nine acts that are guaranteed to blow your mind.
Last time, the audiences too played along, clapping and cheering as these artistes juggled, did cartwheels and basically defied all laws of physics with apparent ease. "It was definitely a brilliant show but I wish more people had been informed about it. The turnout was very little. I think schools in particular, should bring their children for this experience as it isn't something we get to see everyday," said Khushnoor Mehra, who used to be in the advertising business.
The ninety-minute show features acrobats, laser artistes, unicyclists, illusionists and others who have turned the impossible into a profession. But it hasn't been easy for them. When we asked Thomas Barentin, the laser wizard himself, about how long he had to train, he said, "I trained in France for almost seven years. I usually come to India for corporate events but I was here for the last ET show in 2010 as well. I must say this kind of audience is much better than that of a corporate event." He is the only artiste from 2010's show who has returned again due to popular demand.
Omar Pasha, black theatre illusionist, on the other hand, is visiting India for the first time. He said, "I feel very close to Indians. Of course, I meet many Indian magicians in France as well. I have even kept in touch with PC Sorcar Jr. over e-mail."
On being asked about what he thought of the Indian magic scene, he said, "I think it is very interesting and I even incorporated the Indian rope trick into my act. Indian street magic involves severa; props and is very different. But I like to think that we are all performing a form of theatre with the common vocabulary of magic, bringing people into the dream of the impossible."
The extra terrestrials show has been conceptualised keeping in mind family audiences and the idea of reinventing circus and bringing it to India. They are in town till June 30 and will be performing at Phoenix Market City. Tickets are available online and at the venue as well.