Thiruvananthapuram, November 17 (PTI): Prominent magician Gopinath Muthukad, who played a key role in popularizing magic among ordinary people and seduced several young people towards this art form through his stellar scene and broadcasts television station, bids farewell to his professional career. He will lower the curtains of his magic shows, which have been part of the cultural life of the Malayalees for the past four decades, to devote his time entirely to the education of children with disabilities.
The magician told a TV station that he would no longer do magic shows, accepting compensation.
“I think it’s more meaningful to live for children with disabilities than to do professional magic shows. It takes a lot of research and effort to bring a magic show to its maximum. But I’m focusing more on kids with different abilities now… it’s hard to get the two going together, ”he said.
He also shared the dream of creating an educational institution of global standards to harness the innate potentials of these children.
Under the “Magic Planet”, the world’s first magic museum created by him in Kazhakoottam here, there is a “different arts center” to put disabled children at the forefront of society by giving them a platform. to showcase their talents.
There are around 100 children at the Center, who have been trained in magic by Muthukad for a few years, which has earned him many accolades.
Popularly known as Muthukad among his admirers, the 57-year-old magician also appeared as a motivational speaker for children on television programs.
After learning magic at the age of seven, Muthukad, from some village in Malappuram district, first performed on stage at age 10. Since then he has been practicing magic inside and outside the country.
In addition to popularizing magic as a performing art, it has also worked to remove its secret art label related to witchcraft and eliminate many superstitious beliefs associated with it.
Recipient of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, he also won the International Merlin Award instituted by the International Magicians’ Society.
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