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January 15, 2016

Quick 10 With Neel Madhav

Text by Zaral Shah. Photographs by Tejal Pandey (Mumbai), Ankush Maria (Delhi). Styling by Shweta Navandar. Make-Up by Inglot (Mumbai And Delhi)

For hosting You Got Magic with Neel Madhav on NDTV Good Times, speaking at TEDx, and making magic glamorous in India by giving it a contemporary twist

Your first big break
It will happen in a few years.

Greatest compliment
‘Your eyes are more spellbinding than your magic!’

On having your own TV show
Well, it definitely has its perks. I get to travel all around this beautiful country. There’s also a lot of responsibility as I’m representing the Indian magic community at not only national but international levels too.

Bollywood is
Salman Khan!

Your role models
David Blaine, Dynamo and Derren Brown. It’s funny how now people have started comparing me to them.

On speed dial
Shatrunjai Dewan of electronic outfit Paraphoniks, Vishal Verma from Superstar Weekly and Rahil Badhwar because he knows all of my secrets.

On facing the camera for the first time
I nailed it! Obviously, learning never stops, so I always give it my all.

Dinner and wine or party till dawn
Dinner…without the wine. I come from a non-alcoholic family.

Upcoming projects
I’ve had a deal with my dad. I become a magician, and then do my MBA…so after my graduation from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, that needs to be done. Other than that, I’m working with people from around the world to bolster the image of magic in India.

Looking forward to in 2016
More television. A one-man mentalist theatre show. A lot on the digital platform and a book.

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