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The Mind Heist: The Ultimate Social Magic Experiment

Happy 2012 everyone!

I trust you’re having a fantastic start to the year, with exciting possibilities and golden opportunities greeting you :) If you missed our NYE performance on Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde (France’s most popular variety show that’s been running for 14 years now and still going very strong), you can watch it here:

60 million viewers around the world tune into it and we’ve been asked to come back this year by the TV producers… Really awesome that we can make Singapore proud again! And speaking of which…

On the days leading up to The Mind Heist, I’ve been extremely strict with myself in all the necessarily preparations for this mind experiment happening this Saturday that sees J C & yours truly attempting to set a world record for reading the minds of 100 different people in 1 sitting.

So that means more healthy food with lots of water, more meditation, more yoga and absolutely no alcohol, no late nights and no sex (I just leave that space blank on application forms).

As I poke on my keyboard, I have to admit that I’m feeling completely whacked out and exhausted. Don’t get me wrong now. This girl is still deeply excited about this never-been-done-before stunt which will take place at Sinema Old School. It’s just the mental and physical fatigue from all the intensive mind training, that’s getting to me.

However, I’ll definitely do my utmost BEST, simply because I want to do my country proud & I don’t believe in making excuses. You know… It’s incredible but us two Singaporeans, received the sincere blessings from Mr Vanni Pule, international president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Sign ups online for The Mind Heist have been encouraging, though plenty of people shared that they were highly afraid of getting their thoughts read by us, but were content to simply witness our mind heisting process. Hmph. Wusses!!! ;)

But seriously, I’m deeply moved and very appreciative of all the sincere support we’ve got from people not just here in Singapore, but from all over the world too… from Taiwan, to France, England, America, Australia, Spain, India, Canada, Israel, Malaysia, Middle East… it’s extremely touching! THANK YOU EVERYONE :) The event as you know, will be streamed live on the internet in real time, so anyone anywhere will be able to join in!

The media (magic and mainstream) has also been nothing but super with event pre-publicity for The Mind Heist. In fact, several have even arranged for their plucky reporters to be part of the 100 in this mind experiment.

Just yesterday, we were on 987FM’s highly popular Muttons on the Move, with radio DJs Justin Ang & Vernon A:

If you missed us on the airwaves yesterday, here’s the video of us mind-heisting both JA & Vernon in the 987FM studio!

We’re also featured in an exclusive interview on the OMY lifestyle news portal:

As well as, on 4-pages of popular online news and entertainment portal, xinMSN:

ShinMin Daily News also published our story on their newspaper:

We were meant to be on 91.3FM this morning but our dear friend radio DJ Rod Monteiro was rushed to the hospital yesterday after getting a mild stroke while on air. Highly unexpected and very worrying, because Rod is such an active sporty guy. It’s shocking for me because I was just texting my friend yesterday. Please pray for his speedy recovery!

Oh yes…

J C & I will be on Channel News Asia‘s AMlive on Friday 8AM, so do tune in. Something very wicked this way comes ;) And prior to that, we’ll be on Class95’s CarTunes with popular radio DJs Jean Danker & Bobby Tonelli at 6:30pm tomorrow (Thursday). Also, look out for our exclusive interview in the TODAY newspaper coming out very shortly.

A shout out of thanks to our friend Nicholas Chee, founder of Sinema Old School, for this picture taken with his smart phone. They’ve completely dressed up the place for us, mucho kudos to the passionate Sinema TV team.

We’re gonna make history this Saturday, Singapore!!!

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New World Record: Reading 100 minds in 1 sitting

Hey folks, what’s new? My newly layered short hair with shades of electric purple aside, this is the hottest magic news in this part of the world ;)

The Mind Heist – our 9th mega illusion and the latest one to date, will be the most challenging psychological illusion that J C & I have attempted yet, for obvious reasons…

In this ultimate social magic experiment, J C & I will attempt to read the minds of 100 different people in 1 sitting. The International Brotherhood of Magicians & Singapore Book of Records will be present at the venue to officially adjudicate this never-been-done-before event.

Here’s the official trailer we filmed at Sinema Old School, just 2 days after I touched down in Singapore after traveling the world for 9 months.

This exciting new world record stunt happens on 7 Jan 2012 at Sinema Old School located at11B Mt Sophia. Interestingly, this exact venue was where my old school (no pun intended) used to be. Methodist Girls School originally occupied the very same grounds, so this will be pretty nostalgic ;)

Oh, did I mention about the ‘live’ streaming of The Mind Heist yet? That’s right, people from all over the world can witness the groundbreaking event being broadcast free online.  For the various timing at different time zones, as well as, full event details, click here.

And! If YOU want YOUR MIND to be read by us in this historic event, click here now to participate. Fill in the online form and we may just contact you ;) Spread the word about it!

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A picture tells a thousand words…

I had a very good lunch with a friend today, whose positive suggestions I value and appreciate, so I’m thankful of her time. It’s good to have a fresh perspective when someone’s point of view makes you excited about the possibilities of things, now seen in a different light.

Dinner with the whole clan this evening was really good, as it’s always nice to see all my family members, especially Grandma. As with typical Chinese dinners, these feats are grand affairs lasting hours. I was so stuffed after the multi-course dinner at the restaurant, I felt I couldn’t walk but had to roll home. Yes, I’ve practically embraced my heritage.

Earlier in the day, a surprise present came by courier to the office… a dynamic painting from my dear friend Addy Yeo, founder of Living Experience. She painted the original artwork all by herself, check it out:

It certainly is a refreshing Christmas present! Thank you Addy ;)

I also received a copy of the latest issue of Alliance Francaise’s “Lien” magazine from French Professeur, Monsieur Samuel Delameziere, who quite recently interviewed me (since I was studying French at Alliance Francaise for 3 hours every day in the morning) about all things French.

It’s a small 2-pager with 3 very different students… yours truly and 2 more students from Alliance Francaise, one who’s leaving for France next year and another who has been studying French for many years. Check it out!

In a couple of days, we will be doing a Concept:Magic dinner to celebrate the end of another fantastic year. I am very thankful for all the great experiences and friendship we’ve shared, and it’s just wonderful when you know you can fully trust your mates and they really are who they are, not false friends with hidden agendas. So yup, I’m looking forward it it.

Hurhurhur… there I go on again, about eating!!!! :P

Anyway, since the final episode of The Amazing Race Asia has been aired, we can FINALLY show this picture… taken months and months ago… of us after the taping of the last leg of the popular reality TV show!

Joys and Larry still have the official envelope pictured above… maybe they’d be selling it on eBay, who knows… is there any takers? *grin*

Anyways, before I go to bed, I just wanted to show you guys the cover of the soon-to-be-released Urban Underground DVD which is already in production. Stay tuned for the trailer coming out reeeeeeeeeeal soon! For more info, click here.

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Our 联合晚报 interview on Singapore’s commercial magic scene & fellow Merlin Award recipient Lu Chen (劉謙)

Our 联合晚报 media interview on the local commercial magic scene & about fellow successful Merlin Award recipient Lu Chen (Liu Qian/ 劉謙) came out last evening, check it out :)

Mucho kudos to our wonderful supportive fan Joyce Stella for scanning the Chinese newspaper article above. By the way, the article’s title doesn’t refer to J C & yours truly as we in fact stated opposing views as full-time professionals…

Like I blogged prior, I’m really thrilled & happy that Taiwanese magician Lu Chen has been awarded the Merlin Award (considered the Oscars of magic) as well… it’s truly fantastic that magic professionals in this side of the world are receiving recognition for new contributions & feats.

Noting consistencies over the years, I think one very obvious sign of a magician’s success can be easily recognized by how many magic clones or blatant copycats s/he has created :P

Now, there is a vast difference between the expectations of a professional magician versus that of a magic hobbyist/ enthusiast.

If one’s just doing magic for fun and not charging a fee, I think it’s perfectly okay to style yourself after your favorite magic star… by all means, do a Criss Angel spoof with the black eyeliner and all, if that tickles your fancy.

However.

No one’s going to take you seriously if you claim to be a pro but you’re just a cookie cutter without any pride or originality. More so if you knowingly rip off someone’s image or signature acts.  That’s just really lame and completely unprofessional. Some may even call you unethical.

My friend Tim Ellis from Australia & his magic clone

To be successful in showbiz, you MUST be your own person. Don’t be someone’s copycat. And obviously, everything else that’s logical applies as well… you need that special X-factor, good looks and talent, good showmanship, good skills, etc.

But anyways… As the 联合晚报 article states, we’re interviewed by the news reporter because he wanted another view about making it as a magician here in sunny Singapore. J C stated his view very clearly… and I share the same sentiments.

One can definitely make it in magic. Just like how one can make it as a singer. We have local music talents like Stephanie Sun & JJ Lin for instance. It’s just whether or not you’ve truly got what it takes. Magic-wise, we’ve had so many success stories – besides David Copperfield, Criss Angel & David Blaine, we also have winners like Marco Tempest, Luis DeMatos, Cyril Takayama, Lu Chen and J C Sum ;)

And in fact, all the local professional magicians who’ve been with us have been commercially successful & drive their own cars… paid for entirely by what they’ve earned in magic,  and they live very comfortably. No “struggling artistes” from the Concept:Magic family, that’s for sure!

And market rates? IMHO, if you’re good enough or if you’re exceptional, you actually define your worth. For the record, J C & I do not follow the “market rate”. This is really just my two cents… of course, everyone has their differing opinions and are entirely entitled to them, but this is mine.

By the way… I’ve always been a very stern advocate of further education because studying is important, so that’s a given. I’m not telling young people that the path to show business is a glorious one either, it definitely isn’t easy. I just disagree with the sweeping statement or notion that “one cannot make it here in Singapore as a full-time magician”.

Haha… Okay, rant over. Ta for now, more later!

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Magic Babe muses…

Recently I’ve been inspired by several AMAZING people – men and women, young and old, here and overseas :) God has certainly blessed me much, by having these truly wonderful people come into my life!

Being surrounded with positive energy is so important – I’ve seen how peer pressure, unhealthy cliches just poisons a person’s spirit, and the adage is true – Birds of a feather flock together. I’ll be embarking on a series of several very interesting projects which I’ll share at a slightly later date ;) Yes, I’m extremely excited!

Over the weekend, J C & I performed for a ballroom of 300+ doctors at the swanky Shangrila hotel… We performed our Illusions of the Mind show, so for a change, I got out of the car in a nice dress instead of my usual Magic Babe outfit ;)

In fact, we were the only entertainment for the evening and the usually reserved group truly warmed up to us and everyone enjoyed themselves. Nothing makes me happier to see an entire ballroom’s attention focused on stage, and everyone wholly engaged and entertained.

This morning at 5:20am, I actually got up and got busy in the kitchen… I started baking batches of chocolate chip cookies and my apartment simply smelled like heaven *grin*

Yes… I’ve embraced my inner domestic goddess ;) I didn’t use eggs for the batches made today, so these are healthy eggless chocolate chip cookies. However, they were very well-received, so I guess I am worthy of my Baby Belling home baking oven. LOL!

On the work front, today saw another typical day of intensive rehearsals gearing up for The Urban Circus. We’ve sold more than half the tickets, so do grab yours online instead of banking on getting it at the door this 30 May.

We’ve got a stellar line-up of fresh faces and it’s going to be a kickass show. Tickets are extremely affordable, as our reasons for doing this is to bring  variety arts to the heartlands. Buy them for just $15/ticket or $40/ 4 tickets, while stocks last.

Now you may have seen the official event poster, but I don’t think you’ve seen Larry’s new smoking hot illusion – check it out…

Is that hawt, or is that hawt? ;)

Righty, it’s almost 8pm and we’re all still here, busy rehearsing in the magic studio. I’m going to freshen up (smudged black eyeliner… ugh… the unintentional angsty goth look!) and continue working for a while more before I leave the magic studio to meet another feisty female of the species for tete-a-tete & drinks at her club.

I’m truly impressed with Irene’s shrewd business sense and how she’s helped flourish the arts & media industry here. Her company has grown so much since she founded it in 1999 and the smart cookie’s a real trailblazer! She’s definitely got my respect.

Okie dokie, I’ve got a photoshoot early tomorrow morning for Coke Zero so I gotta pack for that too… Magic stuff, check. Leather and heels, check. Sassy attitude, check. Japanese sais and my other weapons of mass distraction, check ;)

Have a fab week ahead y’all… Ta for now, more later!

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NEW CONTEST: What is “Project 164”?

Congrats to the lucky winners from our previous online contest – the response we received was nothing short of was excellent and I’m sure the 600+ people involved had lotsa FUN *grin*I didn’t expect it to be sucha hit.

Anyways, results have already been published on the Facebook page and all winners contacted, but that’s not the end of that. Because!

J C & I have a new contest on Facebook right now – click here to find out all about it. All you have to do, is guess what is this secretive “Project 164″ and WIN! Easy peasy!

You’ve seen the pictures from our “Project 164″ photoshoot on my blog last week, so join our Facebook event page now for the clues in this funfunfun game! Be quick however, while it’s open to everyone worldwide, this contest ends on Wednesday – so don’t miss it!

A personal clue from yours truly about this incredible mega illusion that happens in a couple of weeks (yes, we’ve been really BUSY with all the preps) is this:

X marks the spot

;) Good luck!

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