And The Award Goes To Magician Gopinath Muthukad

Calcutta/New Delhi, 12th June, 2011 (WBRi/OOBE): Illusionist, magician, escapologist, and stunt performer from Kerala, India, Gopinath Muthukad wins the International Merlin Award instituted by the International Magicians' Society. He is the second Indian after PC Sircar junior, to win the prestigious award. The Merlin Award to magic is what the Oscar is to the movies, what the Emmy is for television, and what the Tony is for theater. The award comprises a statuette designed by Carol Michaud in 1968. The award will be presented by the World President of the IMS, Tony Hassini, on June 23 in New Delhi.

David Copperfield, Franz Harary, Criss Angel, Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning, Channing Pollack, Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Lu Chen and Luis de Matos, PC Sircar junior are among many celebrated winners of the International Merlin Award.

Gopinath Muthukad was born on April 10, 1964 in Kavalamukkatta village near Nilambur, Kerala. He founded the first magic academy of Asia at Thiruvananthapuram. He also won the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award in 1995. Muthukad’s motto is, ‘Magic with a Mission’.

Bangladeshi magician Ali Raj was the winner of this prestigious award last year.