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Shreeyash Palshikar: A Brief Bio


Thirteen days after Halloween heralded the birth of a magician. Shreeyash Palshikar is descended from a long line of traditional priests. He is a second generation entertainer following in the footsteps of his uncle, Indian magician Shantikumar Palshikar. His romance with magic began in first grade and has only grown by leaps and bounds since then. After high school in Oregon, he ventured east to Amherst College in Massachusetts. There he continued to perform astounding feats and taught a course on vaudeville, whilst studying Asian studies and astronomy. Juggling weapons of death like daggers, ice axes and flaming torches come to him like breathing. His performance for the new college president was so impressive that he was asked to perform at the president1s home. Shreeyash opted for the exciting life of a travelling circus during a year in India where, whilst performing with his uncle and other magicians, he began uncovering the secrets of Indian magic.

Shreeyash has performed extensively all across America. In Oregon he did worked at Saturday Markets, fairs and cultural festivals. In Massachusetts, he amazed audiences in cafes, theaters, and on college campuses. Auditioning, he was selected as one of a handful of performers to entertain people at the historic Quincy Market in Boston's Fanieul Hall. Harvard square was left spellbound with his exotic and mind-boggling display of magic, juggling and wit. He was called to entertain Penn and Teller at MIT one morning after which Teller exclaimed, "Palshikar handles the flaming devil sticks like a demon straight from hell!" At the Beau Jest Moving Theater in Boston, he produced an original show, 'The Indian Juggler'.

Currently based in Chicago, Shreeyash continues performing and lecturing worldwide. In India, he was a guest of honor at the Magic 2000 international convention and will be a featured performer at the Giligili 2001 convention in Udupi, Karnataka this November. Holland America cruise lines invited him as a guest lecturer on the 2001 world cruise. He has worked in top Chicago venues including Navy Pier, Rosemont Horizon and McCormick Place at trade shows including the Chicago Auto Show, Comdex and the National Cable Television Association show. Shreeyash has appeared on Chicago evening news and Fox morning news. He wrote and directed the show 'Jadoo-an Evening of Indian Magic', which played to packed houses and received rave reviews. He recently made his national television debut on the Dick Wolf show Arrest & Trial which airs on the UPN network and appeared in a music video. He constantly researches and practices, adding new feats to his repertoire and historical insights to his presentation, while completing a Ph.D. in the South Asian Languages and Civilizations program at The University of Chicago. "Images and Illusions of Indian Magic and Magic India," his qualifying paper, is available via email or post. He is currently working on a book and a movie about Indian magic. But most of all he enjoys entertaining and mystifying people so come, let him take a peek into your mind...