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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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Updates, updates!

Our official website has been updated for the new year!

Check it out by clicking on the link above :)

We’ve also been busy with gigs, rehearsals and prepping for our “Ultimate Magic Workshop Experience” LIVE in Penang :) As you recall, our “Urban Underground” DVD will be sold at the event – you can order yours now from Magic Boutique, to reserve your pre-sale copy (S$35 now, S$45 later) ;)

Here’s the official DVD trailer that came out last week:

Also, here’s one of the many goodies you’ll find in the DVD. Presenting, Silver Teleportation 2.0:

If you’re in the region, do come by for our ‘live’ magic event in Penang next month! There’s really so much happening. For more info, see J C’s blog here.

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Us on TODAY

If you missed it, read it online here :)

You may remember me blogging a little while back on our recent ClubMed gig in town where J C & I magically appeared ski-ambassador Adrian Pang on stage, at the event hosted by Daniel Ong.

Anyways.

I know it’s only been just a few days since we uploaded our official video of our 8th mega illusion The Aerial Exit, where J C & I successfully vanish 5 people 24 feet up in the air, but we’ve been busy of late putting the finishing touches of this “top-secret project” since last week…

Stay tuned for more info about Urban Underground… The close-up magic show’s video trailer’s coming up pretty soon!

But meanwhile, if you’re a magician or magic enthusiast in the area, do join us in the upcoming “Ultimate Magic Workshop Experience” LIVE in Penang, Malaysia happening on the 8th next month!

Personally, I’m really excited because J C  & I will be sharing lots of tried-and-tested gems of wisdom that have truly worked for us with other magicians so they can all improve – and that makes me happy – being able to help other people become better.

And also, for a slightly more selfish reason, the foodie in me also enjoys Penang cuisine. So I’m really looking forward to the good Penang hawker fare, the sweet and yummy duck noodle soup being my absolute favorite. Haha… See you there!

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J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning on 98.7FM with The Muttons!

J C & I had a blast with The Muttons (DJs Justin Ang & Vernon A) this afternoon at the 98.7FM radio station. Besides our ‘live’ radio interview, we also did some magic over the airwaves!

We had a chat after, taking pictures and talking about our upcoming 8th mega illusion The Aerial Exit, and more. We also got The Muttons’ latest CD “What the Bleah!”, which is really cool. Get it in stores today, it makes a great Christmas present for music lovers ;)

Our latest J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning: Illusions of the Mind signed poster is now at the 98.7FM radio station studio located at SCAPE. It was a little something we decided to give our dear radio jock buddies, to decorate their new radio station… haha!

For more pictures and updates, join us on Facebook!

PS: Many thanks to the folks who came down to say HI to us after our interview… you’re really wonderful and J C & I truly appreciate your support!

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Red Dot Magic exclusives…

Just out, J C & yours truly’s exclusive video interviews with local magic news portal Red Dot Magic!

We took some time to shoot this the weekend before, and the savvy magic news reporters did ask us some very clever questions. Great job as always, RDM… Mucho kudos to y’all :)

I sincerely hope this 2-part interview will be of help to young magicians who (specifically) want to become a commercial success.

Check it out here (Part 1) and here (Part 2), or click on the embedded videos below and crank up your speakers ;)

This is simply us candidly sharing what J C & myself hold passionately dear to our hearts, and being completely honest about what worked for us.

We’ve never been concerned about being in some kind of popularity contest where magicians like us because we say nice things that stroke their ego. No.

While we may be unpopular because we believe in being completely professional and sincere, I think it’s vastly more important that we share what’s right so we can help others to improve – and at times the truth hurt. More so if one doesn’t have an open mind.

However it’s ok, it’s really personal opinions at the end of the day. I just really wish to see the magic community flourish and blossom, because there is great potential.

It’s just a bit of a waste when young magicians choose to perform safe and seen-plenty-of-times-before “same ole, same ole” when they can be so much better.

Anyways, J C & I have been doing workshops periodically here in Singapore for the magic community. We do not do it for money. We do it because we care about helping raise the bar of magic here.

Next year we’ll be in Penang, Malaysia and we’re looking forward to share our knowledge with the magicians across the Causeway. Do come by if you’d be in the area ;) It’d be FUN!

For full details, visit: www.jcsum.com/penang See you then! :)

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Thank you for the AWESOME support! :)

Our series of shows at the Mint Museum of Toys went SWELL yesterday, with 4 sold out shows. Thank you for the AWESOME support! :)

It was a full-house and J C & I really had fun… Mucho kudos to all the fantastic people who came down, I really love the flowers! *grin*

If you missed our shows for Explore Singapore 2010, check out the official show review here at Yesterday.sg. The folks from NHB have also uploaded some pictures!

If you aren’t aware, we’re having a current Facebook contest – see Backstage Business for full details. Join us on our Facebook page if you aren’t already on it, you’d get the latest news and buzz!

This time around, you get to win that funky cool blue retro robot which you’ve seen us with in all the latest press and media, courtesy of the nice people at Mint Museum of Toys!

See the link above on how – but hurry, contest ends on Tuesday night :)

Now as you can see, the vintage reproduction toy isn’t the only prize… there’s a few more fun things thrown in so join in the fun, it’s easy!

GOOD LUCK ;)

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Abridged.

It’s 6am and I’m up, blogging. My only companion being my comforting mug of steaming hot chocolate and marshmallows. The world outside my window still seems asleep.

I must apologize for the unusually long absence, but there have been so many things happening in my life recently that’s like a storm.

Unexpected, sometimes beautiful, in a crazy way. It’s made me reflective, somewhat.

As usual work has been busy, which is good, but all that aside, I also experienced a death in the family.

My aunt was only in her 40s when she passed away from heart failure. No one saw it coming, especially when she was at the prime of her life.

I have very fond memories of my aunt Loura. I couldn’t have been more than 12 when she asked me one evening after dinner, at my grandmother’s house, if I’d started my periods yet.

It quite surprised me, because everyone else was mostly very Asian in their values and these things weren’t usually openly discussed. But she was the youngest aunt (in terms of age) and I’d always seen her as the most modern and Westernized.

My cheeky aunt then shared her funny experiences of “surprise” and we giggled about it. I remember going away feeling a lot better about myself, though I didn’t quite understand then, the changes that were going through my body.

I had no clue that the gawky insecure teenager I was, would some day blossom today into who people know  as Magic Babe :)

Aunt Loura’s sudden passing honestly left me numb in shock. My father had shared the sad news and I immediately reached out to my grieving cousins, the older of the two having just got out of NS not too long ago & his younger brother still schooling. Like stoic young men, they took it bravely well. Still, I know we will all miss her dearly.

So it was apt later when Pam brought me to the Esplanade to watch POOP by the Fingerplayers. The BFF & I enjoyed ourselves tremendously and the entire venue was brought down to sniffles. The title is misleading somewhat to the uninitiated but you’d understand its title after experiencing the poignant play about love, life and death.

It made me reflective again, about the delicate truth on how a single death in a family can impact all the others left behind, and how everything changes. POOP was great, and I’m so very proud of the wonderful local talents we have. The production was cleverly “simple” but so touching because it really connected with the audience. Everyone I saw, left the theater red-eyed or sniffling.

Anyway, I had a very good experience in Jakarta for the ‘live’ TV performance for RCTI’s Duel Mahakarya Magician. It was the highest watched show, with a staggering 20 million viewers on that night itself – with the numbers escalating sharply after re-runs were screened.

I had a good time with my wonderful team, and met many professional magicians from Jakarta and overseas, some whom I still keep very close contact with :) The only dampener of the trip was that my bag got stolen from my private dressing room. I didn’t mind too much the items that could be easily replaced by going to a store, but it was the things given to me by friends, that had sentimental value.

But I’m all over that incident already. Perhaps the thief really needed the money and in context, I probably have been more blessed than her this lifetime as I’ve experienced so much and am cared for by so many wonderful people. Besides, the most important thing was that my passport was in our hotel suite, so it wasn’t too big a deal.

Coming back to Singapore, we had a series of shows, some of the most memorable one (to me), being an illusion show at Expo for a crowd of 2,500 guests. There were nuns in the crowd, and I’d expected them to be aghast with my sexy red corset and dangerous knife twirling, but they really enjoyed themselves.

One of them actually reminded me of an Asian Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act, not because she had dark shades on, but she was just very jolly and warm… not at all like the stern, harsh Catholic nuns the movies portray.

I spent my primary & secondary education in a methodist school (Methodist Girls School, to be exact- the same school Mrs Lee Kuan Yew came from… may her recently departed soul rest in peace), not a convent school, so I never had the experience of being taught by nuns. But I imagine me being me (back then), I’d probably have them praying about me and my antics every day. Heh.

During the F1 Grand Prix season, we also helped make American singing sensation Missy Elliot appear and disappear magically on stage & I finally met Franz Harary, a friend of J C’s from way back, and it was certainly an experience.

Anyway, do see J C’s regularly updated blog for full write-ups on all gigs and such we’ve been up to. Also, we’ve been running fun contests on Facebook – check out http://www.facebook.com/jcsum.magicbabening

If you didn’t already know (follow us on Facebook!), J C & I will be doing an all-new mega illusion at year end. Our 8th mega illusion,“The Aerial Exit”, is an unique mega illusion in the air and will be the grand finale of the 2010 ”Explore Singapore” campaign by the National Heritage Board.

Both J C & yours truly of course, are really honored to be chosen as the faces of this year’s campaign. Like I mentioned before, I just want to help raise the bar of magic here in this part of the world. J C & I have some public shows coming up, so do watch out for those! You will soon see publicity for these exciting events splashed all around Singapore ;)

Oh yes, speaking about media and publicity… I’d wish to thank the wonderful team of FHM again for putting me once again for the third year running, in their latest 100 sexiest women in the world list *grin* It comes as a lovely birthday gift, yet again. My FHM cover issue came out exactly a year ago, in Oct 2009.

FYI, J C & I were featured in TNP last weekend and this Thursday sees my exclusive interview published in The New Paper, and again this Sunday in the Straits Times… sorry, The Sunday Times :) The photoshoot for these exclusive newspaper interviews went well, I had a really awesome photographer, so I’m excited how the prints will come out themselves *grin*

Anyways. Our Magic Boutique mega sale is going SWELL since it started weeks ago :) Thanks for the overwhelming support once again, it’s heartening to see how so many new magic enthusiasts have sprung up in this little red dot. We’ve created a magic review blogsite at www.sexymagicreviews.wordpress.com …do check it out for shrewd reviews and more.

By the way, I should highlight that there’s someone pretending to be me in Facebook – using my pictures and everything. I found it quite amusing, especially when s/he writes in Indonesian English :) Just so you know… my personal Facebook account is already maxed out, so please, do join the J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning one instead!

Last week, I was invited to the UNIFEM charity gala at Capella Singapore, and made the acquaintance of several wonderful people. I’m really excited that next year, all the United Nations awareness and charity projects involving women, would be collapsed into one entity- UN WOMAN. Note, it’s not un-woman but UN Woman *wry grin* Stay tuned for more information, I do whole-heartedly belief in what they are doing.

Another awesome event that I’m really looking forward to is this: Our local International Brotherhood of Magicians (Ring 115) is organizing a one-day mini convention on Sunday, 24 October 2010 at the NTUC Auditorium :) The gala show line-up features local and overseas magicians and illusionists including J C & yours truly. You can check out details of the magic convention and buy tickets of the gala Show here.

Be seeing you there ;)

Ta for now, more later…

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