Indian Magic

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Snake charmer, detail from poster, c.1930, Priya Paul collection.

Indian Magic

Hear John Zubrzycki speak about his latest book, Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic, which presents the extraordinary history of India’s magical traditions from Vedic times to the present day.

John draws on ancient religious texts, the accounts of early travellers, colonial records, visual sources, newspaper reports, journals and the memoirs, diaries and testimonies of Western and Indian magicians, to give a vibrant narrative on how Indian magic descended from the domain of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment.

John Zubrzycki has worked in India as a diplomat, consultant, tour guide, and correspondent for The Australian. His background is in South Asian history and Hindi, and his doctoral thesis (University of New South Wales) concerns historical links between Indian and Western stage magicians. John’s previous books include The Last Nizam and The Mysterious Mr Jacob.

How to Book: Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

How to Pay:

1. By bank transfer (with “your name Magic” as reference):

The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB: 012003

Account: 218528414

2. By credit card or Paypal via this website – see booking button above right.


30 July, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
280 Pitt St
Sydney, NSW Australia
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