Neel was born on 14 August 1993 to Raghvendra Madhav, an Investment banker, and Vinita Madhav, a scriptwriterand a producer. His family shuttled between several locations including New York, Mumbai, and New Delhi over the years, and he now lives in Mumbai.
Neel did his secondary studies at The Doon School and Bachelor of Commerce from H.R. College, Mumbai. While in college he undertook seven internships, which were an integral part of his studies. He interned at MTV in London, Aircel, Red FM, Sphere Originsand at a social media agency to get an overall understanding of how a production house works.
Neel worked for a year towards a show that combined food, travel, and adventure with magic, which in 2014, launched as You Got Magic with Neel Madhav on NDTV Good Times. It is scheduled to air on Sony BBC Earth starting in March 2020.
Neel performs street magic on his show: His popular tricks include turning sand into gold, turning leaves into butterflies, making a bucket full of pulses appearing from his bare hands, making people forget how to read, and predicting the headlines of newspapers.
Neel has spoken at two TEDx conferences: At St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai on criminal psychology and neuro-linguistic programming, and at Christ University, Bangalore on creativity and innovation. Neel also teaches criminal psychology and neuro-linguistic programming.
In 2016 Neel co-authored a book You Got Magic with Vinita Madhav, published by Penguin Random House, in first of a two-book contract.
In 2019 Neel starred in a recurring role as Arjun Mehra, lead character Karan Mehra’s brother, in an Amazon Original TV Series, Made in Heaven. Later that year, he was included in the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 for Sports and Entertainment.