Gopinath Muthukad is the founder of Academy of Magical Sciences, which aims to promote the art of magic as a subject of education and its benefits to influence people’s lives.
One of Muthukad’s notable philanthropic initiatives is the ‘Magic Planet‘ project, which involves setting up an eco-friendly campus to promote magic and its use to boost creativity, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence among children. Apart from a major role as a tourist destination in Kerala, the Magic Planet, with its lush green and fresh environment provides opportunities for artists to perform. Admission to the Magic Planet is free. Magic Planet is accessible to a wide range of people, including those from underprivileged backgrounds who may not have the financial means to attend other similar attractions. Consequently, this venture becomes a great example of how philanthropy can be used to promote education, creativity, and sustainability, while also providing opportunities for artists and entertainers to showcase their skills and talents.
Muthukad’s experience with differently abled people has taught him the importance of inclusivity and empathy. He has witnessed firsthand the challenges that people with disabilities face in their daily lives, and the struggles that their families go through to support them. This has moved him deeply and has motivated him to use his skills as a magician to make a positive impact on society. Muthukad has been inspired by the lives of differently abled people and their families, and this has led him to withdraw from commercial public stage performances and dedicate himself to philanthropy. He started the Different Art Centre for the upliftment of the differently abled community.
He has been actively involved in various social causes, such as promoting education, providing support to differently abled people, street magicians and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.