She enters the stage with a top hat and a magical wand in hand; soon its a whole new world of illusion on stage that will leave the spectators spell bound. No, this magical world is not the creation of any experienced wizard, but by a bubbly, chirrupy seven year old girl. She is Apoorva, the magical wonder of Mangalore.
Following her sister
Five year old Anjana too has followed the footsteps of her elder sister Apoorva. She too has given 350 shows and has earned the recognition as the youngest magician of the state. If Apoorva is more interested in the Sleight of Hand, Anjanas interest is more in illusory magic.
Anjana will also be competing in Indias Got Talent to be aired on Colors TV this year. She has already qualified for the event.
Apoorva who hails from a family of magicians had stunned many in her first show, when she was just one and a half year old and created chocolates from thin air in an empty box, just with the wave of the magical wand.
When she was four year old, this little girl had dared to ride an electric bike blind-folded to the amaze of the children of the Bala Samrakshana Kendra of Kuttarpadavu near Mangalore. Now she has exactly 400 shows to her credit. For Apoorva who is an emerging magician at a time when many others of her age enjoy playing with toys, her magician parents Rajesh Mali and Shubha Raj are themselves the teachers. Her home is her school of magic.
Apoorva who learnt the nuances of magic from her parents, is presently being evolved as a wonder kid by internationally acclaimed magician Samarth Shenoy who had entered the Limca Book of Records by riding a bike blindfolded from Mysore to Mangalore. Under his tutelage, Apoorva is learning various magical feats including blind-folded riding of electrical bike of children, escaping from the chains tied around her body, creating flowers and chocolates in empty box, bringing pigeons with the wave of a kerchief etc etc.
Blindfolded riding of childrens electrical bike
Apoorva a second standard student in Canara CBSC School has bagged the second place in the under 18 International Magic Fest held at Odisha in2013. She has already presented shows in Goa, Kerala, Odisha, Kolkata and various parts of Karnataka.
A Complete Family of Magicians
Apoorvas father Rajesh Maliya is one of Mangalores popular magicians. He has been managing Mangala Magic World since 1996 and has so far staged thousands of magic shows. Even his wife Shubha Raj influenced by her husband has learnt the art successfully and has been joining her husband in his shows since 2001. She is one of the top six women magicians of the state. Believe it or not. Today their children themselves are competing with them in magic.!!
Apoorva who is also a talented dancer, at times have given as many as ten shows in a month. Today, the people are more attracted towards our childrens magic rather than our magic shows, says Rajesh Mali. “Apoorva had begun to play with the magic wand when she was just six months old. In accordance to her interest, we began to teach her magic which she learnt with ease,” Rajesh Mali says and points out that learning magic has never come in the way of academic studies. “ She is quite an intelligent girl who has good grasping power,” he points out.