Magic for Europeans was a “fictional story work with an exotic theme” and Mr John Zubrzycki defines it as artful performance of impossible effects. An interesting discussion on the history of magic in India cutting across anthropological and historical facets. Tracing back how India was represented for many decades Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns explores the conjuring tradition and India’s wonder workers.
There are metaphors more real than people who walk on the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room at night,in shadows.
-Fernado Pessoa from his seminal work, the book of disquiet.