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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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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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My all original HONEY LEMON PASSION FRUIT marshmallow recipe

“Ning, this is what Heaven tastes like. You’ve managed to catch whiffs of Heaven and infused in into the most melt-in-your-mouth marshmallow ever.

My mom-in-law had the first bite – and said “Now THIS is gourmet marshmallow.” You gotta tell me how you got the flavouring!

And as per Pam’s request, I tried it with a white wine (not bad) and Baileys (REALLY GOOD). But I really like it solo. More please! (PS I’ve rationed everyone to just 2… and the rest are for me!).” – Theresa Tan, co-founder of Nanz Inc / ex-editor of Female, Elle & Vanilla magazine.

I’m quite pleased with the results of my latest creation… my very own homemade marshmallow recipe of honey-lemon passion fruit, which seemed to go down very well with the lucky food tasters who have sampled the yummilicious treats :)

The consistency of this delicious fresh batch is springier (but not tough, which is important, because tough equals what most off-the-shelves marshmallows are like) than my first attempt and the flavors are completely different.

The fruity smell is what I’d describe as “flirty and light” and it permeates the air when you open the container/ bag. The exotic taste explodes on your tongue in little shivers of bliss after biting into the soft, fluffy marshmallow.

Some gave feedback that it was still a bit sweet for them, but they were in the 50 – 60+ age group. The 95% majority (kids, teens and adults below 50) said they loved the flavor and shared that the sweetness balance of the honey-lemon passion fruit marshmallows was just nice. Perfect!

Aesthetically there’s some improvement, having been cut better than my virgin attempt earlier this week of making pure Maple-Vanilla marshmallows, and besides the texture, the shade of white is different too.

Note to self: Get decent pizza cutters. It took me far longer than anticipated to cut them up better, because I still used my pair of trusty kitchen scissors – haven’t the time to get the pizza cutter I last blogged about!

Interesting, my “tofu inspired” maple-vanilla ones were still rated better to dunk in with strong black coffee, while the honey-lemon passion fruit ones were unanimously agreed upon to be perfect for relishing solo.

Again, there’s no pictures from me again because yours truly was quite eager to distribute them (truly love their wonderfully FRESH taste, unbeatable when compared to the brands retailed at supermarkets) to my loved ones for their sampling and review.

Here’s a couple from different friends :)

J C Sum: “Had the best homemade marshmallows in the world from Ning! Metled in hot chocolate! Be envious… very envious…”

Mang (in response to Pam): “It’s good huh! All my friends who tried it today gave ‘em the thumbs-up and had seconds… And thirds! ;)”

It was really cool because a surprisingly ego-boosting number of people came up on Facebook, asking for my homemade marshmallow recipe and also, if I took orders *grin*

I’m truly so sorry to disappoint but we professional magicians don’t divulge our secrets and Magic Babe won’t be selling her sweet treats anytime soon :P Perhaps one day in the future when I open my own little Patisserie after coming back from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris!

However, I do know some folks here who teach baking workshops… Not marshmallow making of course, but on scrumptious cakes and the yummy lot. More on that later, I promise!

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