The image of the snake charmer is one that is readily associated with India. These 'entertainers' solicit alms for performing on the streets for passers-by. The 'trick' of charming the cobra with the sounds of the wind instrument he plays is an illusion. In reality, the snake has been fed with opium and moves to the movement of the man as he plays the instrument, though it appears to move with the rhythms of the music.