27 February, 2021

Brother Of Illusion

P.C. Sorcar's other son makes magic from technology

Brother Of Illusion
With the late, celebrated magician P.C. Sorcar Sr for a father, wizardry runs in Manick Sorcar's blood. But unlike his father or famous brother P.C. Sorcar Jr, he doesn't swirl magic wands. Instead, his claim to fame is 'real imagery'. Teeming with everything from computer technologies, laser animation and intelligent lighting to live performances and, of course, magic, his bag of tricks has spawned successful stage shows and award-winning animation films showcasing Indian fables, art and culture. "Our tools are different," he says of his brother, "but the thrill is the same."

As also the magic. Manick is among a handful of entertainers pushing the envelope of thematic laser animation. His current passion revolves around a concoction of live action with life-size, laser-animated characters using his own proprietary technique, 'Sorcarscope'. As he readies for the October premier of his next production, Enlightenment of the Buddha, Manick explains that his technique, feted by the International Laser Display Association last year, uses a growing clutch of lasers,...

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