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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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The Impossible 4D Lottery Prediction: Official Video!

Hey everyone :)

The official video for our recent lottery prediction which wrapped up last week is finally out! *grin* It was a Singapore first, which saw the event stretch over 2 weeks and featured in various media – both local and overseas!

J C directed this video, which is starkly different from our usual… fans of movies like Momento & Vantage Point may appreciate the non-linear way of story telling. Check it out!

In all honesty, I really really believe storytelling to be an extremely important creative process. It’s really TRAGIC that this fact is sadly overlooked by many. The trick is to artfully weave something interesting and unique, to stand out from the usual.

It is a strategy that needs to be plotted from the start – if you don’t have a good plan, it’s not going to work.

Anyway, I personally felt that our recent psychological illusion was a success on many levels because it’s reached its objective and produced the best outcome possible – a successful entertaining local talking point which helped us plug our show at St James, coupled with a positive social message and a wonderful charity which benefited from it all!

So yes, it was a positive WIN-WIN-WIN :) :) :)

Righty, before I go, I’d like to thank RAZOR TV for featuring J C & myself on their list of top Asian celebrities! More details on J C’s blog *grin*

Ta for now, more later… we’ve got a big, customised illusion show for Singtel at Zouk tomorrow, so we gotta prep for that :) Woohoo!

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Thank YOU :)

Last night was awesome – truly awesome. Tony Hassini, President of the International Magicians Society, is a very cool dude… smart, world-wisely, and very experienced having traveled the world all over. The animated man’s also got a personality that’s as big as his hair ;)

I was having a short quiet moment of solitude to myself, resting as I perched myself on the edge of the stage, quietly swinging my legs freely like I always do, whenever I allow myself moments of fleeting thoughts since the guys were maneuvering the next illusion to rehearse on the St James stage.

My mind was drifting to news that someone from my team shared with all of us moments ago… which didn’t perplex me, but I was quite honestly, rather disappointed. Only for a beat however, because I do accept the fact that despite age or supposed maturity, people are people. They and aren’t perfect so you should never expect them to be so.

But political small-minded pettiness and jealousy, isn’t healthy at all and I was pondering why I unfortunately got all that from someone I’d looked up to as a trusted friend… when the charming Tony came up to me.

Maybe it was my eyes or something on my face that must have betrayed me, because Tony spoke in a soft voice as if to cheer up a younger person, me. On his own accord, the gentle man talked about professional jealousy from peers and shared that it happens all over. I really appreciated him telling me all that, since he’s had so much more worldly experience than I have had, in my twenty something years here on this planet.

Schadenfreude! The higher you climb, the more people want to try to pull you down. But it’s okay, just stay positive and concentrate on your game. You cannot control what people feel  or choose to think or do, but you can ignore all that negativity and simply continue to do your best and not lose focus. It’s not just show business, but in every other industry as well.

Rehearsals for the show went along okay mostly, though there was a slight issue with the curtains but the AV team from St James were wonderfully professional. I love working with true professionals, they are good at what they do and they have solid pride :) I can’t wait to work with the same team again, come Jan 2010 when we do our stint at the club!

The turnout was amazing and the Marketing Manager of St James shared that they’re most happy and impressed with the packed turnout, considering it’s a Tuesday night. Several celebrities turned up, the who’s who, besides media… and our wonderful families, friends, loved ones, clients, industry partners, supportive fans and peers in the magic scene.

Thank you so much everybody, for your tremendous love and support – not just for last night’s event which saw a sneak preview of our St James stint to come & the Merlin Awards presentation – but for every single thing.

It truly means so much to me :) I just want to continue trying my best to continue putting Singapore on the world magic map, and giving a voice to women in magic. J C & I are glad to be in the position to help Singaporean magicians get recognition for what they do in the future… Dean Wong, for instance, is a young magic talent I truly have high hopes for!

Anyways, I’m rambling… yesterday was pretty crazy and I reached home way past midnight, after  all the various media interviews and meet-and-greet sessions. Last evening was a fabulous experience and I was truly glad to see so many familiar faces. I feel really blessed!

Later today, we’ve got another two in-studio Mediacorp radio interviews with 938LIVE this afternoon at 1:50pm & again with 987 (Muttons to Midnight) at 8:30pm. I also have a newspaper cum photoshoot interview with a SPH newspaper ;) More on that later!

Meanwhile, check out some pictures (kudos to Angelia, Hanlin, Weili & Vincecarlo Photography) from last evening’s St James event… more to come soon, I promise!

For more pictures, add me on Facebook :) Ta for now, more later!

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