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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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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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Gigs aside, updates in a nutshell…

1) Met Tony Brook aka Darkstone for a wonderful 3-hour lunch in town earlier today after our IBM Ring 115 President hooked us up over the weekend. The man’s such a sweetheart, really glad to be able to meet this knowledgeable magic veteran and consultant… we’ll be catching up this evening again before he flies off tomorrow morning.

We took several pictures on his camera, so I look forward to receiving them via email once he sends ‘em… we didn’t talk about just magic and show business per se.

Like yours truly, Tony’s also very much into martial arts… having learnt Wing Chun from a student of the legendary Ip Man, teacher of the late Bruce Lee. So we had a nice conversation about the Tao philosophies of martial arts too, besides the action…

2) Baked batches of DELISH double chocolate chunk cookies yesterday and really loved the process. I’m proudest of this latest batch of cookies to be honest, IMHO these sinful treats taste the best so far… my chocolate chip cookies coming a close second, followed by my peanut butter cookies.

I truly enjoyed it (despite getting a little burn on my right hand because I got careless using the hot oven)… It makes me so very happy to know the people dear to me actually enjoy my creations and are even asking fore more! What a great vote of confidence :)

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take some time off in the near future to go to the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France for pâtisserie courses *grin* Anyone keen to be a sponsor?

3) Accompanied the BFF for a wonderful ride on the beautiful Orient Express luxury train on Saturday, along with plenty of glamorous well-dressed folks in dresses, suits and ties, the works… We came back to Singapore (the historic Keppel Road Railway Station) after midnight, and it was such a magical experience.

They treated us VIPs very well indeed – everything was well taken care of. Our food was great, as was the service in general (for entertainment there was a pianist & a fortune-teller on board… the latter amused me because he was using an iPhone app, besides his deck of cards). LOL! In general, the Malaysian fortune-teller gave everyone his business card after their reading and asked them to get in touch if they had any queries… but he didn’t give one to me, probably because I was asking him some really tough questions, being so weary of cold-readers!

Anyways… The Orient Express is a fully air-conditioned train and it was very comfy. We took some pictures in the Presidential Suites (very nice WC, complete with a shower!) and at their open-air observation deck near the bar, where we made friends with some of the other invited VIP guests there… media folks from Luxury Insider, Expat Living, etc.

I think it’s a really novel place to bring a date or to just simply experience this novelty with a group of close friends. Just make sure to dress up for the occasion because everyone was in their finest… the Orient Express is definitely not your typical train!

4) Brought my family out to celebrate Mom’s birthday at Chalk @ Old School, Mt Sophia. I refused to give them any hints or clues as to where we were going for lunch because I wanted it to be a surprise for the birthday girl, so Mom was absolutely thrilled when I drove us to where Methodist Girls School used to be.

Like me and my sisters, Mom also graduated from MGS so she was happy to see how the grounds at Mount Sophia was still so different but yet very much the same. The well-known 99 steps were still there and apparently the restaurant was located where the science labs used to be.

The owner Marcus was there, so it was nice to say “hi” again… as always, the service was excellent & the food wonderful. I’m glad Mom enjoyed herself and that we all managed to be there, despite our individual crazy schedules.

5) Spent Friday night with the Queenies :)

I love my girlfriends and it’s just awesome when we’re able to enjoy each others company and basically catch up on anything and everything! I’m so very proud of all of them extremely capable girls *grin* Anyways we feasted (spicy fish head curry… YUMS!) at the surprisingly good Hooked on Heads before adjourning for sweet dessert at Icekimos, drinking lotsa refreshingly cool Coke Zero while we were at that!

As always, I was very sad to leave Spanky, Jas & Nats (Kris is with the other half holidaying in Japan) but we’ll be meeting soon… I can’t wait!!!

6) Went for the SCCPS-POCC blogger’s event at House @ Dempsey, where we ambassadors (the very talented actress/singer/host Karen Tan & I) shared our true stories with Singapore’s top bloggers (and their BFFs) present, while Dr Lisa Wong, President of SCCPS, shared factual findings and statistics with everyone.

This Thursday sees the offical Power Over Cervical Cancer media conference in the heart of town, when we announce the official launch of the newly revamped POCC.sg website amongst other things.

I sincerely hope this is something people share with people, because there’s nothing more powerful than word of mouth. Cervical cancer is the top 6 cancer here that strikes women and it can actually be PREVENTED. There are vaccinations one can go for, besides going for regular pap smear checks.

Now, I’ve always been a great believer of women empowerment – so it’s tragic if women actually know about it, but don’t take any preventive measures to protect themselves. See POCC.sg later this week for more information – there are in fact some places here that give subsidized rates for the vaccinations, so it’s worth a check out… and bring your BFF/ sister/ coll/ neighbor while you’re at that!

7) Did my mid-week photoshoot as a featured personality for Coke Zero’s new campaign… and it was fun!!!

You may have read about it on J C’s blog Backstage Business :) Here’s some pictures he took “backstage” during the studio shoot. Look out for it in 8 days magazine shortly!

8 ) The Urban Circus comes to town this 30 May!

Okaaay… so you already knew that ;) Ticket sales have been doing extremely well, so I’d strongly encourage you to buy them quickly… online at my Magic Boutique, rather than banking on door sales on the day itself.

The talents have been working very hard at it, and it’s gonna be a BLAST! Magic, manipulation, illusions, fire eatting aside, we also have a belly dancer amongst other things. J C Sum plays the role of the show’s producer, while yours truly will be your ring mistress for the evening ;)

Single tickets sell at $15 each, while group bookings of 4 cost only $10 each! Click here for more details… no strings attached. You see… Our main objectives are to bring variety arts to the heartlands anyway, and to give these young up and coming local talents a chance at showing off their chops. The show’s less than a week away, so grab your tickets fast!

9) Met up with Irene Ang early last week for drinks at her pub, Toca Me :)

While most people may recognize her as “Rosie” in PCK, the talented comedienne is in fact a serious thinker in real life… Very much like the brilliant Stephen Chow actually. Hmmmm.

She had her baptism over the weekend, and I’m glad for her. In fact, hearing how passionate the tough cookie is about the stuff that really matters, just makes me happy. I’m glad we’ve got people like her in this world. While she’s a very savvy business woman, Irene doesn’t let money blind or bind her – she’s got a big, strong heart and a very amazing sense of community spirit. We need more people like her.

Anyway. The feisty FLY founder is a real inspiration… always has, actually. I’m really glad we managed to meet up, despite both our busy hectic schedules.

10) The BFF scored us tix to Southbridge Jazz @ 7atenine (formerly known as Jazz@Southbridge), to catch Cherryl “Scat Cat” Hayes in action!

I’d been very busy with various gigs, so it was a very nice winding down session… good jazz music at a cozy place, with delish food and drinks. The BFF had interviewed the singer on her talk show the other day, and the PR people later sent invites… I’m glad we made time for it after work, because you know the cliche… music soothes the savage beast ;)

Righty… that’s all for now. We’ve been busy working 16 hour days – it feels like forever since I’ve actually watched a movie at the cinema. But I feel really fulfilled, and I’m so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people who just radiate positive energy.

Will blog soon, ta for now more later!

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