Master illusionist K Lal passes away

K Lal

Kantilal Girdharilal Vora, better known as magician K Lal who was popular for his innovative tricks, passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday morning. Lal breathed his last at his residence in Ahmedabad. He was 88.

Lal is survived by wife Pushpa, son Harshad Vora and daughters Priti Vasa and Sonal Shah.

His cremation, expected to be attended by people from all walks of life, is scheduled for Monday noon at Mukti Dham.

The illusionist who had brought famous personalities, including Mahatma Gandhi, alive on stage and could make them talk to the audience, will be remembered and revered for his over 2,000 magic tricks.

During his 62-year-long career, Lal held a record 22,479 stage shows across the globe. He performed for the last time in July at H K College Hall in Ahmedabad. "With more than 5,000 national and international awards as well as a record number of stage shows, he was set to enter the Guinness Book of Records this year. He had already received an approval for this award. Besides, his name was recommended by the state government for Padma Shri award," said his son Harshad, who is also a magician and known as Junior K Lal.

Lal, who was born at Bagasara in Amreli district, started performing in 1950 from Kolkata, the city where he decided to learn the art and took training for more than 25 years. His first three-hour long show was held at Kolkata's Roxy Cinema. Lal was not only popular for his innovative tricks but also as a crowd-puller who evolved with time and adopted technology and computerisation in his tricks.

"Surviving in this age of laptops, mobile phones, video games and many other means of entertainment was a challenge for our family. But my father would never let this take over his work.

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