A former comedy musician and a President of The Magic Circle, he is most remembered for his act, Shriek of Araby.
He once obtained a scholarship to the Sutton Valence School, but dropped out when he was 16 to start his career as a magician/entertainer.
In 1972, he won the coveted Magician of the Year Award from The Magic Circle.
His broken wand ceremony -- an event that happens when a magician passes away -- was conducted in 2009.
He and Indian actress, Anaitha Nair, were both born in Bangalore.