What do you ask when you first meet a magician? Since this was the first time I was speaking to a magician, I too, wasn’t sure of what to ask a magician. Having started with magic tricks at the age of ten, Tijo Varghese has now entered the India Book of Records for performing blindfolded for an hour and performing continuously for two hours- the longest magic performance.
The journey for Tijo or Thaiparambil Thomas began when he was ten and a magician performed in his school. He was so taken by the act that he begged the magician to teach him a few tricks but the magician brushed him off saying magic tricks are a well-kept secret. He then met another magician, Magician Jammu who agreed to teach the ten-year old a few magic tricks. He also got training from Magician Johnson.
His first gig was at a “Birthday party for my father’s client’s son. I was ten years old then and I started with simple tricks like vanishing flowers, etc.,” Tijo says. “With time and with practice, I graduated to performing at clubs and various other events and started with complicated tricks like illusions and mentalism,” he adds.