P. C. Sorcar

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Protul Chandra Sarkar
P. C. Sorcar
Born(1913-02-23)23 February 1913
Died6 January 1971(1971-01-06) (aged 57)
Spouse(s)Basanti Devi

P. C. Sorcar (23 February 1913 – 6 January 1971) was the stage name of Protul Chandra Sarkar, a magician.[1] He was an internationally active magician throughout the 1950s and 1960s, performing his Indrajal show before live audiences and on television. Sorcar died of a heart attack at the age of 57 in Asahikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan, on 6 January 1971, where he was performing.[2]

Professional life[edit]

He became famous in the mid-1930s, when he performed shows in Kolkata and also in Japan and several other countries. Among other routines, he performed a Floating Lady routine featuring aerial suspension in 1964.[3]

Family life[edit]

Sorcar was married to the late Basanti Devi (died 26 December 2009, Kolkata). They were the parents of the animator, director and laserist Manick Sorcar and magicians P. C. Sorcar Jr. and P. C. Sorcar, Young.


  • Jadusamrat P.C. Sorcar Sarani The Government of India has named a major street in Calcutta after him
  • Padma Shri (the Lotus), awarded by the President of India on 26 January 1964
  • The Sphinx (Oscar of Magic), US, 1946 and 1954
  • The Royal Medallion, German Magic Circle

Postage stamp[edit]

On 23 February 2010, Indian Post issued a Rs. 5/- stamp to honour him.[4][5]


  • Magic for You (1965)
  • More Magic for You (1965)
  • History of Magic (1970)
  • Indian Magic (1983)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Parvez, Md Masud (2012). "Sorcar, PC". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "PC Sorcar: India's 'maharajah of magic' who terrified the UK". BBC.
  3. ^ Magic of PC Sorcar Senior
  4. ^ "Postage Stamps". India Post.
  5. ^ "Postage stamp on P.C. Sorcar issued". The Hindu. 24 February 2010.

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