Magic lost

How many of you have watched a movie in theatre recently?


How many of you have attended a musical/rock concert recently?


Many of you would have been to atleast one of the above forms of entertainment. However, if I ask a question – how many of you have been to a magic show or a stage drama or circus or puppet show or a ventriloquist’s show, I may not even get a single ‘yes’ response back.

These old forms of entertainment have completely been sidelined, since we like loud music/movies these days. So what is happening to all the magicians and other people who have learnt this art of entertaining people? They just do not have enough audience to watch their show and are losing business. As a result, many fine artists have probably lost everything, since the advent of TV. People watch TV and are no longer interested in going to such shows. It is really sad that TV is suppressing every other form of art these days. How many people actually visit a museum or art gallery these days? When you can see everything on Discovery or NG, why would you want to spend time and visit a planetarium, for instance? And now with Internet available at our fingertips, things are getting worse.

So what do you think about these other forms of arts? Should something be done to encourage them? What do we do in order to make people attend such shows?

This is the theme of the movie : L’illusionniste (a french animation movie).

It was a very touching movie about a magician Tatischeff  who has just lost his job. He meets a girl Alice, who is a fan of his magic tricks. And then he travels around searching for a job along with the girl. People attend a rock show and do not even stay back to watch him perform. Only an old lady and a kid watch his show. It was so sad to see that people are no longer interested in such things.


When the girl asks for a shoe, he works hard and buys a pair for her. He makes them appear magically and the girl is really delighted. Thus she becomes the only fan of his magic tricks. After that they stay at a hotel, where there are other people like a ventriloquist, clown, acrobatic brothers who are later shown as losing jobs themselves. We find the ventriloquist guy begging on the streets, while his doll is for sale in a shop 😦 . The acrobatic brothers take up the job of painting walls while doing acrobatics. Every performer is in a really bad state since people do not want to see them perform anymore.

There are hardly any dialogues in the movie and it has been picturized very well. This movie was even nominated to Oscar’s last year.


He finally leaves the town with a note “Magicians do not exist.”. That scene really made me feel so pathetic, since I am also a culprit. This movie is trying to send a message across and I realized that we have been ignoring other forms of art a lot lately. I have resolved to spare some time for these shows too in future.

15 thoughts on “Magic lost

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  1. FIRSTTTTTTTTTTT:) he he he

    well you will be surprised i have not been to a cinema-theatre or anyplace for years now .. Yeah i am a sad bloke … no life i got ..

    Magic show well we have a collegue who is learning magic and he shows us once or twice a week what new he has learnt .. he is very good and we cant catch him…

    I like what you have said about the movie, but here in uk we have some TV shows on magic and basic hand tricks … so i watch those regulalry …


  2. Me too have not been to a theater for a long time, but on the prodding of my cousin I landed up to watch Final Destination 5. That is one hopeless movie – please do not watch it even if you get free tickets. Wonder how it came till the fifth part. I am out of luck as far as theater/ movies are concerned, these days! 😦

    As far as careers are concerned, we live in a world where we can no longer boast of any job-security, unless we keep up with the latest technologies and the trends. This is true for anyone and sometimes it helps us to innovate and explore new fields.

    Destination Infinity


  3. 🙂

    Really thought provoking. I have been to the circus many times when I was younger. But we no longer have those in our city these days. Even the central park which used to be the default space for circuses has been altered. 😦

    I had been to the planetarium in Bombay decades ago. It was an experience of a lifetime. And I even attended a theatre performance during that visit. It was a play where a couple sits at their respective tables/chairs throughout the play and read the letters they exchanged at various phases of their lives. The actors were Farukh Sheikh and Shabana Azmi. That is the only theatre performance I’ve been to in my life. Also during that very trip, I visited the National Museum, the Science Museum and many more.

    As regarding movies, though I don’t know about south India, but in the north, people are crazy about running to movie theatres all the time. The last movie I saw in a theatre was about ten years ago. I’ve always disliked going to watch a movie. My colleagues have had to sell off my tickets which they used to buy for me on many occassions. 😛

    Too bad people no longer get attracted to real and live entertainment based on a person’s/artist’s talent.

    I’ll try to watch this movie as soon as I get the time. 🙂


  4. Magic is still alive, don’t you think?

    Avada, we are still simple people if you go and see. Things are bound to change with time, but our thoughts are still the same. Like that girl, even we believe in the existence of Hogwarts, don’t we? Don’t we connect to HP so well, cry with the story, laugh at the joke, become kids all over again?

    The medium of entertainment will change. with time. but emotions won’t 🙂


  5. I went to watch a drama with my parents last year. And that was mainly because I was in Kerala. But that apart, I generally love going to stand-up comedy shows and alternative form of entertainment 🙂
    Now that I’ve a husband whom I can tow for everything, I’ll be going more often :mrgreen:

    Movies are the easiest to go to….with booking tickets and just turning up at a multiplex which would have a car parking. Life is all about convenience rather than exploring new things don’t you think?


  6. I think these professions havent evolved..with time one has to change, they should also bring a change, like have shows in a AC place where parking is assured….like I want to see theatre, but either the timings dont suit me or the amount of tickets, all these things matter.


  7. I agree with a lot of comments above. Especially with the ‘convenience’ part. But then I agree with you too, Avada.
    I remember watching magic shows in childhood. A lot of them. Now if some magician sets a tent and charges for entry, only a handful of people would go. Unless it is someone as much hyped as Criss Angel or something. It is sad, I know, but as you said TV has killed it.

    So as Neha said above, forms of entertainment change, but at heart, we are still the same!!


  8. movie – last movie in a theatre was delly belly … so, ya, recent
    concert – 2 months ago

    magic show – never in life
    stage drama – last was 2 yrs ago
    circus – 2 yrs ago
    puppet show – never in life
    ventriloquist’s show – never in life

    this was a very very nice post …. true, a lot of art forms are dying out, and we need to try save it … will giv u an e.g.

    when the temple in TVM was being renovated, they found that they couldnt find anyone who knew how to do the traditional mural work any longer… and viola … they set up an institute .. thankfully, there are a few people who are regaining interest !


  9. really true AK.. 😦 we started to be less appreciate of the art in its truest form and we are now struck into convenience of our lives..

    But for the artists and performers like them appreciation is the highest form of recognition and when we fail to give that they are going to leave the profession and in the process the art will die 😦

    I am also a culprit of this and let me try to go to these real shows..

    thanks for enlightening post AK.. 🙂 and also introducing a movie 🙂


  10. I have been to circus as a child, but yes its true the other forms of entertainment are dying but then again its the viscous circle of life, wherein one needs to accept change or simply reinvent themselves to keep going….


  11. ur choices of movies are always amazing 🙂 this one is no less 🙂 wl try to check it out. as of the dying professions..hmm..difficult one to answer



  12. I have seen magic show as a kid of which I don’t remember anything but I do remember the one and only circus show I have seen till now. I love such shows 🙂 and just last week all of us went to the Nehru planetarium here in Bangalore.


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