At left: A meeting of the minds in Mahabalipuram.

Australian cyclist, hypnotist and forensic psychologist Dr. Dave exchanges mind bending techniques with Mr Ali, the local magician.

Mr Ali put on a magic show at the Guest House for New Year's, and Dr. Dave was mightily impressed.

"Pretty much the same game, Ali ol' chap!" said Dr. Dave. "Smoke and mirrors, some slight of hand and bingo! Pay on your way out!"

Dr. Dave and Mr Ali exchanged business cards and promised to keep in touch.

That's Mr Pumpy at the back, checking out the local bikes. He was a little freaked out by Mr Ali.

"I don't mess with that stuff, Feely!" he said.