Conjuring India: Strange Tales of Magic and Mystery
Join us on Wednesday, 4th July for our free monthly day lecture at History House.
India has long been considered the home of magic, its wonder-workers celebrated around the world. Join John Zubrzycki as he discusses the connections in the field of magic between Australia and India dating back to 1853. This includes visiting troupes such as ‘The Men from Kabul’, Indian ‘jugglers’ who performed in Melbourne and a trial of two Indian magicians in 1863 for murder near Queanbeyan.
About the speaker: John Zubrzycki’s latest book Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic, traces the evolution of the conjuring traditions of India from the realm of the gods to the domain of popular entertainment. He has worked in India as a foreign correspondent, diplomat and tour guide. He is the author of The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback and The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy.
Feel free to reserve a ticket or simply turn up on the day.
When: Wednesday 4 July, 1pm – 2pm
Where: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000