Beyond Magic: Mangalorean Nakul Shenoy to Read the Minds of Bangaloreans
Bangalore, Jan 13: 30-year-old Nakul Shenoy, a Mangalorean, holds a degree in MS (Communication), currently settled in Bangalore. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, International Magicians' Society and the World Alliance of Magicians. His primary field of interest is in 'Mentalism', a branch of magic that entertains through supposed psychic abilities and tricks of the mind, like prediction, telekinesis and mind reading.
Nakul was first hooked into the world of magic at the age of five, when he saw a show performed by the great Indian magician P C Sorcar. He was inspired to become a professional magician himself, performing his first show at the age of 16 years in 1994. His success has grown in leaps and bounds ever since. He says that his magic is a mixture of science, entertainment and education.
Nakul performs mainly for corporate audiences and has held shows for some of the largest corporations in India. Some of his clients were Apple, Microsoft, Wipro, Infosys, Colliers International, HSBC Bank, GE and many more.
Nakul currently conducts shows under the 'Beyond Magic' banner. 'Beyond Magic' is an hour-long performance where Nakul awes the audience with various feats of telekinesis, telepathy and mind reading. He uses very few props in the show, mostly small items like pens, keys and cloth. Most of his performances are interactive and encourages audience participation.
Nakul Shenoy is a self-confessed Mandrake buff. He began with conventional magic, conjuring things with ropes and cards. He moved on to doing big stage shows, conjuring illusions where in the flash of his wand, people vanished and reappeared. Today, Nakul is among the most sought after corporate magicians in the City.
But so alluring did Nakul find magic that these small things were unable to satisfy him. He soon got into the intricacies of mind reading.
Nakul is all set to host a 90-minute show, ‘Beyond Magic’ at Chowdaiah Hall on January 18 at 6.30 pm. The show will explore the uncanny, present the unusual, and illustrate the paranormal. He will read minds, projects thoughts, predict the future, and demonstrate super-human memory.
Nakul explains, "Psychic phenomena deals with the paranormal and things unknown. It refers to concepts like extra sensory perception (ESP), telepathy, clairvoyance."
He says he presents these phenomena purely for entertainment purposes. "I do not claim supernatural powers, but I read people's minds, project thoughts and predict events, with the sole purpose of entertainment — psychic entertainment," says Nakul.
It's Nakul's yearning to be real life Mandrake that prompted him to mind read. "A magical person who could read minds, project thoughts, and influence people by gesturing hypnotically," he says.
Surely people must be unnerved by his act of reading their minds. How do they react? "Most of the times I am doing this after seeking people's permission. Then too, only for their entertainment. But yes, there are times when people are really psyched," he says. But different audiences react differently. The corporates, he says, are mystified, baffled and entertained all at the same time.
"They treat it with utter disbelief, but can't disbelieve it too for they have just witnessed and experienced something paranormal, something truly psychic," he says.
For more details, see www.nakulshenoy.com or call 9900 970 099