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The Magic Pilgrim is back…

HELLO WORLD!!!!! Namaste! Bonjour! Kuzu zangpo! Aloha! Assalamou Alykoum! Ciao! Tsonga! 

These are just a handful of greetings I’d learnt during my 9 non-stop months of constant traveling for a book project with the BFF; we certainly had many adventures together – some funny, others nerve-wrecking, but what doesn’t kill you certainly makes you stronger (like learning never to store your trusty laptop with all your written drafts in your check-in luggage in Madagascar).

Pam & I really both missed our loved ones in Singapore, it’s not easy when people you care about are miles away, so I’m truly glad to be finally back HOME because truly, there’s just no other place quite like it :)

Reflectively, I know I’ve certainly changed a lot during the time away from home. It’s been an insightful inner journey for me too, not just a physical one. The girl whose blog you’re reading, is no longer the same person who left 9 months ago. I am grateful for the many “teachers” I’ve met along the way, who have so generously taught me in their own ways, how to open my heart and live… not just to merely exist.

Our book chronicals the adventures of two BFFs (Best Friends Forever) comes out next year just before Christmas, so do look out for it :) International literary giant, Marshall Cavendish International (Asia), is our publisher.

Honestly, I’m really excited because ever since I was a child, I’d dreamt of being a writer… much like one of my favorite women authors Anais Nin, who cleverly stated that “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”

So like everything else that I’m passionate about in my life, this Libra girl is going to make sure she does her very best and balances everything on her plate well. And geez, is it one big heavy plate!

Coming back to my 2nd home, the Concept:Magic studio, was comforting despite already knowing what’s in store for me for the next quarter and a half :) I’d just touched down yesterday in Changi International Airport, and this morning already saw me engaging in intensive rehearsals for…

*brace yourselves*

…Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde!!!!

Yes, my stage partner J C Sum & I with our team will be flying to Paris next week for the TV taping of the popular French magic gala show, which broadcasts in all French speaking countries and then some. Our episode screens on New Year’s Eve, and those with cable in Singapore can also tune in to watch it on TV5 Monde!

It certainly is a great honor, and I’m deeply grateful and humbled to be one half of the performing team that can make Singapore proud since this is the first time the producers of this long-running hit magic television show has arranged for Singaporean local talent over! Truly, I hope our country will have the opportunity to have more homegrown magic stars over in the near future… We’re really much more than just a little red dot ;)

Anyway, do stay tuned to our blogs, ‘cos J C & I have more super exciting news to share with all of y’all very soon. There’s some truly cool magic projects we have that once again, we really hope to infuse more positive power to our local performing community and empower more up-and-coming magicians/ enthusiasts.

Ta for now, more later!

Back and so ready to rock, roll, teleport and then some…

Ning

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Musings on a Friday afternoon…

Picture taken after last night's awesome illusion show car appearance for the launch of the new nissan murano 2.5 :) jc + yours truly with the happy event producers who booked us for the show. client was happy happy happy *beams*

Last evening’s car launch illusion for the new Nissan Murano 2.5 at their showroom went fabulous :) Nothing makes me gladder than to have everyone – from the audience/ customers, event producer/ partners, clients, etc – all happy *beams*

Do check out J C’s blog Backstage Business for more about last night’s gig. He’s posted some pictures, and as usual, his shrewd perspective on the entire project. Through my years working with him, I must say that I truly respect his brains. The man is a magic genius and very clever marketer. We’re very different in that aspect. He’s the thinker, I’m the feeler. He goes by logic, I trust my instincts. He’s extremely goal oriented, I’m about people people people… so yes, we make a good professional duo don’t we? ;)

Bossman has also blogged about us being featured on SPHMBO television screens islandwide as Razor TV plays our illusion performances and interviews :) Check out pictures he took on his mobile phone, as well as, his write up here.

Tomorrow will be quite the packed Saturday for us… with so much going on from morning till night *grin* The evening will see us making a special appearance at the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour concert at the Esplanade, a cause I wholeheartedly believe it.

And prior to that, well… we’d be having our private, closed-door auditions for OWN THE STAGE ;) It’s going to be interesting – we’ve got belly dancers, hip hop dancers, magicians, mentalists, the works! I truly can’t wait… tomorrow’s going to be an interesting day.

Ta for now, more later!

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THANK YOU :)

Our Sexy Magic/ Urban Illusions run at St James Power Station ended tonight and I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who made it down to catch our latest illusion show at the club! *grin*

Here are some of my fave pictures from the show… mucho kudos to Hanlin & Jericho for the wonderful photos! :)

360 Sawing

Human Light Tunnel

HOT!

Don't mess with the babe...

Red satin gloves, black leather mask, deadly Japanese sais...

Twirling with my lethal sais

The Spike Box

Our finale...

A nice touch to end the day was also the final news report on our successful 4D lottery prediction, you  can read it here on The New Paper Online :)

Tomorrow, J C & I will make a special appearance for HDB’s 50th anniversary! Yep, we’ll be performing our illusions on stage for the government stat board’s grand event. Should be fun ;) Ta for now, more later!

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It’s 2010… Happy New Year!

Time certainly flies :) It’s 2010 and I’m confident that it’s going to be an AWESOME year for all of us. I wish you well, the best of health, happiness and merry satisfaction in all that you do.

I’ve been busy of late, and spare time is hard to make, so I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d love to.

These days when I have pockets of time alone at home in the evenings, I find myself playing my violin (Carmen, the acoustic classical one… not Electra, my electric pink violin) and heh, getting to know my new iPhone 3GS better *grin*

My 2009 reflection about work can pretty much be sum-med up here, at J C’s blog. Heh. Bossman has also included videos in his well-written entry, so do check it out. It’s been an amazing year indeed and I have been so very blessed.

Our team has recently included one more person and I’m very happy with the close-knit magic family we have right now. In fact, our New Year’s countdown was down in J C’s roomy MPV, when the five of us were zipping around Singapore because we had four gigs back-to-back!

It was physically tiring, and on hindsight I’m glad we rejected some gigs… because this girl is no super human, though I sure wish I was! However, the exhausting bits were made fun because of my wonderful entourage :) I pampered with excellent company – my producer, my show manager, my assistant and my production manager!

This is a short clip from a fan of one of the illusion bits J C & I performed, at the last show of our crazy run… we were up on stage for a government event at 2:30 in the morning!

It was truly memorable because after I got off stage, a cute DJ came over to me and earnestly asked me face-to-face: “Do you wanna make out with me?”

I was a tad mentally exhausted after running 4 gigs the whole night, so I looked at the tall white boy before me and raised my eyebrow. “What?”

His blue eyes twinkled shyly. “Do you wanna make out with me?”

Gee.

It’s highly flattering really, to be asked by such earnest young boy… but that’s exactly the problem. He’s a young boy. I don’t know how old he is but the kid certainly looked 14, no older than 16. And as cute as he is, yours truly is no cougar.

“Sorry sweetie,” I patted the side of his smooth, hairless and beautifully youthful face apologetically. “But, you’re too young.”

The young DJ slunked away, dejected, and I felt a twang of amusement coupled with a pretty big dose of guilt for making the boy feel so sad. It was about 3 in the morning of the brandd new year, and he just got his first rejection from a girl. Ouchie.

Anyways, I’m sure he’ll find a nice girl his age real soon ;)

Oh yes… since this IS finally January 2010, please mark your calendars (smart phones or old school diaries, whatever works for you) because our St James gig happens this 26 – 30 Jan!

J C & I will be performing at 8pm every night, so do grab your tickets ASAP from the club itself or online @ www.magicjustgothotter.com

Tickets to our brand new 1-hour contemporary illusion show at The Boiler Room @ St James cost S$40/pax, inclusive of a complimentary drink & free club entry after. There’s discounts for group bookings of 10 tickets and above too, so don’t miss this chance to save 20% off the ticket price!

Spread da word folks!!!

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360 Sawing – stage illusion by J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning

Yes, this is the thing of terrifying beauty which left me scarred for life permanently. I’ve got an intense love/hate relationship with this illusion, which you’d see why when you view the clip above.

Sharp folks may remember that 360 Sawing was the closing illusion we ended our successful world record attempt with, but that was a compressed performance of it. The embedded clip above was taken from our recent St James gig, played to a full-house.

We debuted our one-of-a-kind illusion at the Esplanade a little while back, and also performed it to loud applause during the annual Mediacorp festival, which you’d caught glimpses on various Mediacorp TV channels recently.

If the ‘live’ performance clip above fails to load, watch it direct on You Tube :)

And while you’re at it, check out our latest teaser video which is 3 minutes long below, or here.

I’m really excited about the next video coming up… we’ll post it soon on our Concept:Magic channel, but you’ll be the first to know! ;) No prizes for guessing what’s nexxxt!

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Sexy Magic/ Urban Illusions: Magic just got HOTTER!

Tadah! That’s our brand new teaser poster for our upcoming St James gig in 2010 :) Tickets for Sexy Magic/ Urban Illusions @ The Boiler Room will be on sale this December, so do look out for it…

Meanwhile, we’ve got a couple of brand new videos to be released on YouTube. So do stay tuned for that ;) Meanwhile, here’s a few favorites from the Concept:Magic channel… crank up the speakers and enjoy the magic!

J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning on Starworld’s Asia Uncut

Crystal Metamorphosis LIVE on stage, at St James on 6 Oct.

Our Volkswagen Golf 1.4TSI cross-country car teleportation, performed LIVE before over 16,000 people and news cameras.

Singapore’s successful world record attempt – the most number of illusions performed in 5 minutes!

J C’s biggest fan

The Impalement Cage, my mega escape involving a deadly bed of spikes, performed before thousands of people LIVE in the heart of Clarke Quay

Me in Starbucks London with a sudden magic inspiration

J C & I did a world’s first teleportation of people over a body of water in just mere seconds LIVE during the F1 Grand Prix season *grin* As always, please feel free to share comments and rate the videos…

Ta for now, more later!

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Singaporean duo make history!

Besides us both receiving Merlin Awards for “Most Original Illusionist of the Year 2009″ & “Most Original Female Illusionist of the Year 2009″ from the International Magicians Society, J C & I have another piece of good news to share…

TADAAAAAAAH :)

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That us – ‘Magic Babe’ Ning & J C Sum – on the cover of MAGICSEEN, UK’s largest magic magazine!

In case you’re unaware, Europe’s premiere magic magazine has traditionally only featured the top European illusionists, with David Copperfield being the very first American to be featured on their cover in the previous issue.

Now, MAGICSEEN’s latest issue coming out next month, has us Singaporean folks on the cover – that’s right. J C & I are the very first illusionists from Asia to be on the popular international trade magazine’s glossy cover!

As you can read from their cover (which they so very graciously rushed for us so we could unveil this in time for our Merlin Awards presentation), this issue of MAGICSEEN will only be available next month. You can purchase the magazine from their website, or choose the download version.

;) FYI, you’re the very first to find out about this as J C & I will only be officially unveiling this piece of good news come 6 Oct at our St James event, right after our show and IMS Merlin Awards presentation!

Click here for full details :) See you there!

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