P.C. Sorcar was born Protul Chandra Socar on February 23, 1913 into a middle class family in the small village of Ashekpur in Tangail district in Bengal (now in Bangladesh).He was drawn to the art of magic at very early age and studied under magician Ganapati Chakraborty.
Sorcar developed his own spectacular illusion show, entitled, Ind-Dra-Jal. The show displayed colorful costumes, elaborate stage settings and beautifully designed props.He billed himself as the “Worlds Greatest Magician,” and launched an elaborate advertising campaign consisting of beautiful programs, bold posters, giant billboards and various cards, flyers, etc. adorned in color.
In 1934, Sorcar gained notoriety performing in Japan and Kolkata, India. He subsequently toured about 70 countries, including the United States and the USSR.
His continued popularity broke theatre attendance records around the world, and made numerous appearances on international television networks. Sorcar garnered many awards for his magic around the world, including the “The Sphinx,” (Oscar of Magic) “German Goldbar;” “Golden Laurel Garland,” “Dutch Tricks Prize;” and on January 26, 1964, the President of India honoured him the title of “Padmashri”.