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10-year-old Sankalp Gora performs a magic trick as an onlooker watched. Gora later explained the scientific principle behind it. (via The Hindu)

The event took place during the Saraswathi Gora Centenary International Conference in India.

“This is the first time I performed ‘magic’ on the dais but I do not have stage fear,” [10-year-old Sankalp Gora] declares.

“I am an atheist and I want people around me to know the reality, to educate themselves on things which are directly related to their well being,” he says.

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  • m6wg4bxw

    I have no interest in his silly magic tricks. I want to know more about his miraculous ability to hold fire in the palm of his hand!

  • Guest

    And so he claims to know what is good for his well-being when in actual fact even many of those who are much older don’t. Pompous and self-centered kid. Seems to make his parents proud. Perception and thinking change with time, experience and hopefully increased wisdom with increased age. Most people think of themselves as enlightened at any given stage of their lives. Especially in such a child orientated society, the age an individual seem to think that he has attained wisdom is getting younger and younger. The centre place that are now giving to children will soon make those in their 30s feel old. Maybe since children are so knowing, they can also get married at very young age. perhaps at 6?

  • Aaron Scoggin

    Surely, he has been blessed by the divines! God be praised!

  • Aaron Scoggin

    I’d reply, but since you’ve posted anonymously, your opinion doesn’t matter.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Kid needs a haircut.

  • 3lemenope

    And is your particular wisdom about how children can’t know what’s good for them also defeasible in the same way, or are you old enough to be always right about such things? Is it not possible for one person to achieve such wisdom at age ten while it takes another till sixty and even yet another never achieves it?

  • 3lemenope

    Playing with fire often has the effect of  shortening hair, I hear. :)

  • Annie

     I know, right?  It’s kind of like a ten year old claiming they believe in God.  Pish posh.  Pompous and self-centered they are!  How could a ten year old actually believe in god, unless they were brainwashed at birth by family and church to believe in some supernatural super hero who would either grant them their wishes or punish them for eternity?  Oh.  Never mind.  I think I may have strayed from your point.

  • ZenDruid

     Not often, but it happens.

  • A3Kr0n

     Sounds like you got a bee in your bonnet.
    It’s discus, right?
    See? I’m a happy octopus again!

  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    How far up your ass did you have to reach to pull out all of those straw men?

  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    I, too, wish to subscribe to his newsletter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WalrusInc Ted Thompson

    I heart your name. That is all.

  • michael both

    Maybe the kid just can’t see any evidence for religion, and has worked out via his magical training how easily people can be fooled? Sounds, then, that any confidence in his position is well-founded and might come across as arrogance to those who are less certain of their own position.

    Also, any reason you are thinking about 6 year old boys getting married?

  • The Other Weirdo

     I can attest to that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    He’ll be taking that college slot your kid could have had if you’d fostered his self-esteem and inquisitiveness.

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  • amycas

     I’m sure if the kid was religious and telling others to be religious you would be praising him for how he is wise beyond his years.

  • Edmond

    We can always hope that eventually he’ll outgrow scientific explanations for natural processes, and develop a nice, healthy belief in ghosts and magic…

  • Deven Kale

    “Also, any reason you are thinking about 6 year old boys getting married?”

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. Glad somebody else actually bothered to say it.