IS THAT A MAGIC WAND OR ARE YOU JUST PLEASED TO SEE ME?
Everyone loves a good magic trick. Whether it involves the close-up manipulation of a few cards or the dismemberment and scattering of 300 elephants in Central Park, we are all suckers for illusions. However, it pays for the magician to be a little sensitive when it comes to audience participation.
Not so Rajeev Patel, a street magician from Berhampur in India. As a small crowd gathered, eager with anticipation to be thrilled by some amazing feat of prestidigitation, Patel invited a young boy to help him with a trick. The magic was to turn a simple piece of clay into a delicious sweet. And to make this happen, Patel pulled the boys trousers down.
Apparently, Patel was practicing some unfamiliar brand of Indian magic that only works when genitals are exposed. Young boys' genitals at that.
It seems that although Patel was blithely indifferent to exposing some kids meat and two veg in public, the assembled crowd turned ugly. It might have been OK if the trick had actually worked, but after a number of attempts, all the boy had to show for all the trouble was his tackle, tush, and a lump of mud.
The watchers got angry and a riot ensued and the police had to be called in. Patel was escorted away and had to leave town.