India - New Delhi - Raffan and Chi-Chi perform a grisly street magic routine
Raffan and Chi-Chi perform a grisly street magic routine. At turns bawdy, lewd and gory, Raffans act is a master class in keeping the audience rapt, while keeping one eye out for the police (who must be bribed to turn a blind eye). The act which culminates in Chi-Chi being assaulted, draws a big crowd who genuinely didnt seem to realise it was fake blood. For the show, Raffan made nearly Rs1000. Shadipur Depot, New Delhi, India
The Kathiputli Colony in the Shadipur Depot slum is home to hundreds of (originally Rajasthani) performers. The artistes who live here - from magicians, acrobats, musicians, dancers and puppeteers are often international renowed by always return to the Shadipur slum.