Gopinath Muthukad

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Gopinath Muthukad
Muthukad Photo.jpg
Born (1964-04-10) 10 April 1964 (age 55)[1]
NationalityIndian
Alma materN.S.S College, Manjeri
Occupation
Spouse(s)Kavitha Muthukad
ChildrenVismay Muthukad
Parent(s)
  • Kunjunni Nair
  • Devaki Amma

Gopinath Muthukad (born 10 April 1964) is an Indian magician and motivational speaker from Kerala. He employs magic as a medium to convey his messages to public. He founded the first magic academy of Asia at Thiruvananthapuram. In 1995, he became the first magician in the world to perform an escape act in the style of Harry Houdini's act of 1904.[2] In the same year, he was awarded the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award. He is the winner of the International Merlin Award instituted by the International Magicians' Society.[3]

Early life[edit]

Muthukad was born on 10 April 1964 in Kavalamukkatta, a small village near Nilambur to Kunjunni Nair and Devaki Amma.[4] At an early age itself he showed a great interest in magic having heard stories about Vazhakkunnam who was one of the great magicians in Kerala. At the age of 10, he was caught performing magic in class by a teacher who then encouraged him to hold his first show at his school. Muthukad says this was the turning point in his life. Over the years his determination to pursue magic as a career grew stronger despite stiff opposition from his father. After graduating in mathematics from N.S.S College, Manjeri[citation needed] he joined Government Law College, Kozhikode but later dropped out and left his Nilambur home for Thiruvananthapuram to pursue his passion in magic. Although his early years as a magician were full of struggles but he began to be noticed for his unique styles of presenting magic. He has appeared in more than 4,000 stages in India and abroad, and has given a new meaning and dimension to the art of magic.He is Bestfriends with Murtaza Lokhandwala

Muthukad (left) with former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam
Muthukad (left) with former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, 2012
Greeting Chinese soldiers at Nathu La Pass, 14400 feet atop Gangtok, Sikkim, after a magic show.

Ambassador & Advocate[edit]

UNICEF[edit]

Gopinath Muthukad has been conferred "Celebrity UNICEF Supporter" [5][6] status to join the efforts of the UN agency in improving condition and status of children in the state. Muthukad is the first Keralite and the first magician to receive the honour. He was selected for his credibility and ability to communicate critical messages on child rights to a large number of people, particularly mothers, caregivers and youth. He joins hands with UNICEF to provide all children with opportunities to survive, develop and reach their full potential to the benefit of the sustained growth and stability of countries and a global standard of human rights for all.

Election Commission of India[edit]

Muthukad has been designated as State Icon for Kerala by the Election Commission of India, for his activities on creating awareness and motivating the masses to participate in the electoral process. Through his magical shows, he was able to create awareness on the importance of democracy and the need to participate in the electoral processes. He was the first Keralite selected for this honour. He worked as volunteer in the North East State of India where people is reluctant to cooperate in the election process.

Television shows[edit]

Year Program Role Channel Notes
2009 Vismayam Host Kairali TV
2009-2010 Munch Star singer junior Judge Asianet
2010-2012 Munch Star singer junior season 2 Judge Asianet
2011 Evening live show Himself DD National Hindi show
2012 America today Himself Kairali TV USA
2012 Vismayakoodu Host Asianet News
2012-2013 Magic carpet Host/Magician Kairali TV
2014 Little scholar Quiz master Media One
2014 ullu thurannu Guest ACV
2015 Little scholar seaosn 2 Quiz master Media One
2015 Little scholar season 3 Quiz master Media One
2015-2016 Little scholar season 4 Quiz master Media One
2016 Manassiloru Mazhavil Guest Kairali TV
2016 Little scholar season 5 Quiz master Media One
2016 Magic planet Magician DD Malayalam
2016-2017 IQ Master Host Kaumudy TV
2018 Charithram Enniloode Himself Safari TV
2018 American lifestyle Himself flowers TV USA
2018 You Himself Global TV
2019 Samoohyapadam Himself DD MALAYALAM
2019 Morning show Himself Mediaone
2019-Present Sakalakalavallabhan Judge Asianet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gopinath Muthukad Official Site". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Indian magician performs Houdini-like escape". Rediff.com. 14 February 1997. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ "2011 Yearbook". International Magicians Society. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Muthukad melds magic and mantra". Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  5. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/muthukad-conferred-celebrity-unicef-supporter-status-116011200728_1.html
  6. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/muthukad-conferred-celebrity-unicef-supporter-status-%A0%A0/1/568563.html