Campus Engagements

Magic and Motivation: Looking back at Illumine Talks2 min read

February 12, 2019 2 min read

Magic and Motivation: Looking back at Illumine Talks2 min read

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Manipal: Lions Club Manipal, in association with the Rotaract Club of Manipal organised the Illumine Talks on February 7, at the Manipal Institute of Technology’s (MIT) library auditorium.

Illumine was conducted by motivational speaker, Hisrar Tallani and world renowned illusionist, Shankar Junior, who came to motivate the students and help them realise the basic illusions which they have witnessed in life.

Hisrar Tallani spoke about the importance of self communication. He laid emphasis on the fact that most people do not communicate with themselves, which is the cause of many mental issues such as depression and anxiety. He also went on to explain that it is only when we express our own individuality that we truly shine and are able to succeed.

Hisrar Tallani engages the audience in a session with his insights . || Photograph Courtesy: Venish Momaya

He added that it is crucial to embrace and enjoy the things in their life. “If you keep on wanting a laptop or tablet, you will never be able to enjoy the pen and notepad that is your life,” he said.

Narrating some of the low points he has faced in his life, such as the loss of his father and his return from the United States of America after quitting his job there, he elaborated on how he has used these experiences as a way to learn from his mistakes.

Shankar Jr. spoke about how magic is not only for children, but for adults as well and that it is simply the art of misdirection. “By focusing the audience’s attention on a particular object, we make ‘magic’ happen by making another object disappear or change. It’s all just one big illusion or trick,” said the illusionist.

Illusionist Shankar Junior performs a few tricks for the audience as part of his act. || Photograph Courtesy: Venish Momaya

He further showed the audience that much of our daily lives can be considered an illusion and things can be seen in a new perspective through multiple visual aids. Playing with size, shape and colour, one can trick the brain into thinking that objects which are the same are actually completely different. He stressed that it is important to change one’s perspective to get a better idea of life. He also demonstrated his skills by making a pen and a Rs. 2000 note disappear and then revealing where they actually went.

“The way Mr. Tallani told us about his life and how he overcame his hurdles was really inspiring as it is something that we are all afraid of,” said Sanesh Unnikrishnan, a first year Chemical Engineering student from MIT.


Featured Image Courtesy: Venish Momaya

Edited by: Drishti Sanyal