Since time immemorial, India has had Maya (illusion) and Indrajal (Magic) deeply entrenched in its folklore, myth and legends. Indian Magic is in many ways the purest form of magic owing to the simplicity and everyday nature of the props used - no stage, trapdoors, smoke, lights or mirrors - yet it showcases incredible illusions involving  decapitations, snakes, thorns and nails,  not to forget fully-surrounded levitations, vanishes, productions etc.

Aas  Mohammed Khan and Babban Khan hail from a family of traditional  Indian street magicians who have been practicing this art for generations.  They have been performing all over India for the past forty years, including at several magic conventions. Their performance includes the full range of illusions including the Indian Mango Mystery, The Indian Basket Trick (Indrajal), and Indian Flying Man, and other masterpiece illusions that have a history of several hundred years behind them.

You might wonder what relevance magic has for us, in troubled times such as these. I can do no better than to quote the words of Mr. Rakesh Kumar,, a banker-turned-magician  “Magic does not heal broken bones, but it can repair the soul. It brings a smile to the faces of the old and young alike. It brings people together, helps them regain happiness and triumph over their fears and apprehensions. It can be an important healer." 
Traditional Indian
In  Goa during Carnival  Feb 2009
                                                            
Magicians Win Mumbai's Hearts at KalaGhoda Festival