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Jewel Aich

Jewel Aich
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Jewel Aich, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador

Jewel Aich was born in 1950 in Barisal, a southern district of Bangladesh. He was the fifth of nine children in his family.

He was fascinated by the art of magic from a young age, and his interest continued to grow when a gypsy man performed some magic during a visit to Aich’s family home. Shortly thereafter, he encountered a circus performing in a nearby village, Aich saw a magician perform a trick where it appeared that he had cut the neck of his assistant. He was so impressed by the trick that he designed a special knife which he later demonstrated to his friends by “cutting off” a friend’s leg. Aich was officially hooked on magic, and so began his career as a magician.By the time Aich finished high school and went to college; his name had already spread through his district as a magician.

The early 1970's found Aich and his family in the middle of the Bangladesh Liberation War.He has fought for the independence of Bangladesh by taking part in combat. When he became ill during the war, he took a non-combatant role teaching students in refugee camps, and inspiring the freedom fighters.

In 1981, The Society of American Magicians invited Aich to America to give a performance in front of thousands of his peers, which he did successfully.

Then In 1997, a popular Bangladeshi TV host at that time, Abdullah Abu Sayeed, invited Aich to visit Dhaka, and perform magic as part of his show; he agreed and the response from audiences was overwhelming, resulting in many subsequent television appearances by Jewel.

His illustrious career garnered him numerous awards, such as the highest prestigious award of Bangladesh, and a trophy presented by Paul Daniels at the Hackney Empire Theatre, in London, by the Jewel Aich Celebration Committee.

 

 

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