P.C. Sorcar Jr. is the contemporary proponent of magic from a family of magicians whose roots go back eight generations to the mid seventeenth century. During this period, Krishna Chandra Dev , an expert in Tantra, hypnosis, and a 'Siddha-yogi' or realized man capable of performing miracles, performed in the court of emperor Jehangir. He toured and performed all over the sub continent, thrilling audiences with the rope trick, unending flow of water from a small pot, materializing objects out of thin air, and other feats.
Krishna Chandra Dev's performances earned him the gift of an entire village near Dacca at the hands of the emperor. Thus the Dev family became landlords, and their family name became 'Sarkar', indicative of their land owning status. This was later to be transformed to 'Sorcar', to be close to 'sorcery' by the late P.C.Sorcar.
The next most illustrious magician among P.C.Sorcar's ancestors, was Atmaram Sarkar, a man with an extremely scientific bent of mind, who was able to run a palanquin without any horse or man power. according to folk lore. Unfortunately, in his lifetime, this man with many accomplishments was regarded by the people around him with suspicion. He met his end at their hands one day when they attacked him in his for his workshop, officially putting out the story that "he was killed by the ghosts over whom he lost control". Even today his name forms part of the chants of the common street magicians of Bengal.
The reign of emperor Aurangzeb began a decline in the art of magic, as it did in many other art forms of the country. Aurangzeb's fanaticism confused the entertaining art of dramatic illusions with the so called black magic of witchcraft. The closely guarded secrets of magic were misinterpretated, and master conjurers were uprooted and began starving.
When the British came to India, they encountered poverty-stricken performers who easily parted with their magical secrets, from the sheer weight of their destitution. Many magic feats of Indian origin thus got introduced to the Western world. 'The floating Sadhu', 'Second Sight', 'Lying on Sword tips', 'Unending production of Water', 'The Basket Sword Trick' are some of them.
The brilliant heritage of a land that was the seat of one of the world's oldest civilizations languished, awaiting the birth of a man of such vision, resources and genius, that he could single handedly restore it to its glory. Protul Chandra Sorcar, the father of P.C.Sorcar Jr., was such a man. He elevated the status from the dusty level of the ordinary street jugglers to the modern stage in the full glare of the spotlight. His education and inherent genius enabled him to rejuvenate the art created by Lord Indra, and perform in foreign lands, winning the hearts of people all over the world. The government of India awarded him a 'Padma Shri' for his invaluable contribution to the art of magic.Sorcar Jr.'s Latest form of the Traditional Hindu Basket Trick 'The Temple of Benares'