Sandglass in India

Puppets_photocredit:Jana Zeller

In November Jana joined Magicians without Borders and traveled to Mumbai, India, to teach and perform puppetry at an art camp for orphaned boys and girls. “Learning Beyond” is a camp designed to inspire underprivileged children to find confidence, creativity and courage through unconventional methods. 120 children ages 12 – 15 had the unique opportunity to study magic, mime, puppetry, juggling and mallokhamb (traditional circus/martial art). Jana was honored to be the first puppeteer to be invited on board of this project, which has carried on for many years. She worked along side magician Tom Verner and local mime and clown Chris Yerlig. Once the camp was completed, the three traveled around Mumbai and Surat to perform for orphans, students in the slums, children struggling with cancer, and the children of rag pickers living in the landfill.

“After I got home, several people asked whether the poverty got to me and I can say that our work and our performances brought so much joy and laughter, and people were so warm, appreciative and gracious, that I did not feel the misery of poverty. I felt the warmth of a special connection.”

Magicians Without Borders performs magic shows for children in refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals around the world -often in war torn places where love, laughter and magic are desperately needed. You can find them at


30 Years of Thought-provoking Art


Sandglass’ original works, and our collaborations with artists in Asia, Europe, and Central America, often discover hope and unlikely possibilities for redemption in exploring difficult issues.

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