P.C Sorcar (Jr.)
Magician P. C. Sorcar (Junior) is the living legend of Indian
Magic. He is "Bangal-ka-jadu" personified and is what
"Magic of India" means today. He comes from the famous Sorcar
family of Hindu-Magicians and this family of "Magicians" or
"Wonder-Workers" are popular in this field atleast for eight
generations. Each generation contributed its share of mysticism through
centuries and thus has become a household name and is romantically
associated with Indian Folk-tales, Fables Literature and Facts. To an
average Indian, Sorcar and Magic are synonymous.
His Family and Life
It is P.C.Sorcar (Senior), father of P.C.Sorcar (Junior), who popularized their family art of Magic beyond the boundaries of India elevating the presentations to a more prestigious pedestal of theatrical form of International standard, keeping the Indian traditions as the central motif. He gave a new lease of life to the dying art and thus is recognised as "The Father of Indian Magic".
P.C.Sorcar (Junior) is the professional stage name of Prodip Chandra Sorcar. Prodip is the second son of the late P.C.Sorcar, Senior (Pratul Chandra Sorcar), Padmashree, and the Father of Indian Magic. His elder brother, Prafulla and his younger brother Provas Chandra have also learnt conjuring from their father. "Ours is a family of magicians . . . and performing magic is our birthright. Even the cat in our house is a magician", says P. C. Sorcar Junior. But it is in him that the inherited art has borne most fruit, spanning the entire world, and giving fresh life to a once neglected art.
P.C.Sorcar Junior's development as a magician is a
continuation of the tradition that made his father his 'guru' or
teacher. He began performing in his teens, when he was still in school,
forming a group of his own, and presenting some of his own inventive
items. His father was so happy with his development that he announced to
the World that his 'magical successor' would be his son Prodip Chandra.
His death on January 6, 1971 propelled P.C.Sorcar Junior immediately on
to the international stage. The disciple son did not even have the time
to indulge his grief. When his father was being cremated in Calcutta, he
was on stage for his first show in Sapporro, North Japan. But all those
who doubted whether the son would be able to match his father were
silenced by the sheer talent, rich presentation, and flamboyant
performance of P.C.Sorcar Junior. Today the master magician has set the
highest standards, scaling ever-new heights P. C. Sorcar's mother is
Mrs. Basanti Sorcar, a noted philanthropist, who has
The couple has three daughters, Maneka, Moubani and Mumtaz.
It is inevitable that the three girls show the charm and talent of their
parents. They are completing their education, but the ' magnetic field
of magic' in which they have been brought up has made them begin to
share the stage with their parents occasionally. At least one of them is
destined to become a magician.
P.C.Sorcar (Junior) elevated the status of magic further more
from the position where his father left it, to this futuristic
mystery-spectacular-entertainment show for the intellectuals,
successfully competing with the other forms of theatrical shows. He has
added modern techniques, surrealistic sequences, third dimensional
choreography, mixture of rustic, tradition and modern music, classical
dance along with the intellectual-illusions created by psychological
directions, superb technical and mechanical instruments along with his
super showmanship and personality.
As a professional P.C.Sorcar Jr. is a National President of
the All India Magic Circle, has been President of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians, U.S.A. Ring 83, Vice President of Intellectual
Forum, Member of Magic Circles at Tokyo, Sydney, Brazil, Paris, Hamburg
and Rome and is attached to many theatrical and cultural societies all
over the World.
P.C.Sorcar Jr. with the covet Oscar of Spain for his
outstanding presentation of magic. Also the President of India, Shri
Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy and the Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira
Gandhi felicitated P.C.Sorcar Jr. on other occasions.
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