Interview with Aryaman Agarwal (@aryaman_agarwal2001)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I was allured by the world of magic when I witnessed my first magic show at my friend’s birthday party, at the age of four. Since then I have been lucky to receive training from the grand magician, Mr. Prabir Kumar Das. 

He taught me that magic is not just an art but also a skill that requires a lot of patient training. I balanced my studies with my training and worked day and night for years to emerge as ‘Asia’s Youngest Magician 2019.’

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I was fortunate to be awarded the ‘Pradhan Mantri Bal Shakti Puruskar 2019’ (National Child Award ) for art & culture in the field of magic. There is no denying that receiving the prestigious award from the honourable president of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, was a surreal experience. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Believe in yourself and never give up.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Magic is not a common thing practiced in India therefore my family was against me learning magic. Somehow I convinced my parents to let me learn magic under the great magician, Mr. Prabir Kumar Das, the person who helped me reach where I am today.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Along with the prestigious award, I received the grand prize money of 1,00,000 INR (1400 USD). I wanted to buy video games, clothes, shoes, and whatnot. However, after much contemplation I decided to think beyond myself and donate my prize money to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, knowing full well that the money would go to someone more in need of it than me. I am deeply aware of my responsibility towards society. I wish to give back and contribute from the bottom of my heart. My conscience tells me to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Success, to me, has hardly ever been about the final outcome of things. Instead, I have always chosen to concentrate on the process of learning that my pursuit entails. For me, success is learning and growing. This way, no matter what the final result, one can never fail.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

(aryaman_agarwal2001) my Instagram username.

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