Magic of Music
Perera is actually more than just an upcoming musician. That
was clear upon meeting up with him during his vacation in
Dhaka. Music happens to be the food of love, as Shakespeare
mentioned about love or maybe about food. However, in the
case of Sheehan Perera and Jonathan Krackehl, magic tricks
fuel up the music from within musicians. Through their magic-cum-music
show, telecast online, Real Magic TV is a favourite amongst
many a rock music lover in the US and world-wide.
actually happened right after 'September 11' incident,"
says Sheehan Perera. "Jonathan would go around doing
little magic shows in New York State, when he came across
the now well-known rock band Sevendust on their tour bus.
The band was also thinking of helping to comfort the traumatised
society and combining a musical show with a magic show seemed
to be a great idea. That's when Jonathan ended up showing
them magic tricks for more than two hours and the band simply
couldn't have enough of them!"
new web-based television production enables viewers to see
a "magically" intimate side of their favourite musicians.
Real Magic TV, found at http://www.realmagictv.com, allows
the audience to actually go backstage at popular rock concerts
to watch close-up magic and interviews with national recording
artists. Master Magician and host, Jonathan Krackehl, created
this programme after realising the powerful synergy of music
show was actually more of a college show, which premiered
on television in the fall of 2002," Sheehan goes on.
"There was a growing demand across the nation and also
the world for Real Magic TV. That's when we started to webcast
it world-wide." After the Internet debut, the show spread
quickly throughout college television stations in New York,
and almost instantaneously sparked a large (international)
fan base online. The site gets an average of 10,000 hits everyday,
where 30,000 people have signed up. "At least half a
million people try never to miss the episodes, including people
from Brazil and all the way from Malaysia," informs Sheehan.
website provides a comprehensive source for the audience with
information, photos, legal mp3s, and fan forums. Yet, it is
the webcasting of interviews that has drawn audiences from
over 100 countries to the programme. Krackehl, billed as the
"musician's magician", uses his easygoing personality
and close-up magic to create non-traditional, comfortable
interviews that focus on both the music and the artists' lifestyles.
"Fans have written saying that it feels like a friend
sitting down and talking to every other favourite musician,"
smiles Sheehan. The audience is encouraged to get involved
with the interviews by requesting bands that they would like
to see on the show, providing questions for Krackehl to ask,
and even entering contests to receive a surprise phone call
from their favourite band.
and Jonathan happen to be musicians themselves and have established
this comfortable and a non-traditional interview with the
bands that focuses on the lifestyles of the musicians, rather
than just their music alone. "There was this one time
when Amy from the group Evanescence was literally laughing
her head off at Jonathan's funny tricks and answering questions
that her fans had sent in," says Sheehan. "She was
actually very casual on camera and was very comfortable about
saying certain things that she would never think of saying
has also made a huge impression on Pierre Bouvier, lead singer
of the certified-platinum band Simple Plan, who has taken
up magic as a hobby due to his encounters with Jonathan. "He's
been working hard on his card tricks and tries them in flights
on bus rides," says Sheehan as reported by fellow band
member Jeff Stinco. Recording artist Jason Mraz also mentioned
Real Magic TV during an interview in Australia. In fact, many
bands claim the interview to be the "most fun" or
the "the best" that they have done.
with a Sri Lankan father and a Bangladeshi mother, yearns
to listen and enjoy the new-age music played in these two
countries. "I did have a surprise or two when I saw youngsters
so engrossed in rock music and heard them play back in Sri
Lanka," Sheehan exclaims. "I wish I could go to
some rock concerts here in Dhaka." He also says that
the number of members signed up on Real Magic TV from these
two countries are NIL. "I would probably give a special
priority to musicians from these two countries and probably
have them right on the top for others to view!" laughs
Sheehan passionately fell in love with music at a very early
age, mainly because of his father, Rukshan Perera, a very
famous musician in Sri Lanka. "I took to the drums at
the age of 6," recalls Sheehan. "Jonathan was 8
then and lived next doors. It seems he had begun to take drum
lessons after watching me play!" Due to his mother, Amira
Haq's involvement with the United Nations, Sheehan and his
little sister grew up moving around the world. "After
a very long time, we actually moved back to the street, where
Jonathan and I lived, and he was still there!" he said.
"So eventually, we found each other at the same college
and now happen to be best of friends."
at one of the State University of New York (SUNY) colleges,
Sheehan happens to be International Relations major. "I
do nothing even remotely close to what I am studying right
now!" laughs Sheehan. He has a band 'LBW' which go around
the city playing classic rock and their own favourites.
and Jonathan are now planning for the show to get bigger in
the next few years. "We really want musicians from all
over the world to actually join others and express their love
for music on this show," he says. "All you have
to do is just log on to www.realmagictv.com and you simply
would not want to miss out on the four episodes that we telecast
online every week."
(R) thedailystar.net 2004