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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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Thank Yous & Consolations…

A short quickie before I go “poof!”:

1) I just completed the last of my Diploma in French studies (Diplôme d’études en langue française) exams and the last part was quite the funny disaster! My written paper went okay but for the private oral bit with the jury, I tripped up with my second section.

Did I tell you trip up? Well, it’s trip up AND fall flat on the face!!!!

The first section of the oral examination had you do a self-introduction for about 2 mins, before you talk about a given topic for about 3 mins, and the oral exam ends with a given roleplay interaction between you and the examiner for about 4 mins. Obviously everything has to be spoken in fluent French, as perfect as can be.

Somehow, I thought “colère” meant color. Needless to say, I was completely thrown off by the topic I was given – which had the word in there and just didn’t make sense to me.

The show must go on, so I started talking about stuff related to “colors”, evening throwing in a dramatic “la vie en rose” for effect… which only made the jury even more confused.

After a moment, the DELF jury kindly stopped me and read out the given topic again, slowly… to which I gave a defeated “Alors… desole mais, je ne comprends pas”. Turns out, “colère” isn’t “color”… but “anger”!

Ahahahahaha. Yes, colère = anger. Not color. Or tomato.

So basically, I totally screwed that part up big time and made a dunce out of myself but it was still okay. My oral examiner (she was greatly amused because we had started off so well!) actually smiled and kindly said “ça va” so I guess it’s still a-okay.

Our role play, which was assigned to me, was an interesting one. The topic had her play French actress Audrey Tatou (who’s now apparently in Singapore) and moi, a local reporter. I actually asked if she liked Geylang durians and spicy chilli crab. Heh.

Anyways. It was definitely an experience and despite the hilarious hiccups, I’m quite sure I’ll pass the DELFs anyway :)

In all, I’m glad I did my intensive three hour lessons at Alliance Francaise every early morning (trust me, it was a great struggle for this nocturnal creature of the night) and I met so many wonderful people, whom I will always forever be in their debt.

I’ll be featured in the next issue of Alliance Francaise’s LIEN, so look out for the fun interview in the magazine :)

2. A visually talented supporter took the time, effort and energy to create a fan-blog of sorts for me, as well as, a super cool ‘Magic Babe’ Ning desktop wall paper! It even has some updates of my upcoming events, like our 8th mega illusion, The Aerial Exit.

Gosh. It’s a really heart-melting surprise and cheered me up, making me smile… See http://www.ilovemagicbabe.blogspot.com

The specially made ‘Magic Babe’ Ning wallpaper consists of many of my favorite photos on Facebook (sorry, my account has been full after reaching the 5,000 max limit earlier this year, please add yourselves to the J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning Facebook page instead) most of the pictures taken by my talented photographer and very good friend, Weili Chua:

I don’t now what I’ve done to deserve this lavish compliment, but I’m really touched and  honored… I think I’ll post this up tomorrow morning as one of the 3 entries for the on-going LG: Life’s Good online event.

Speaking of which…

3) It is the last week for you to vote for yours truly as your favorite LG ambassador. Thanks so much for your time and effort and tremendous support, you guys really rock :)

So as a way of saying THANK YOU, we’re giving away a couple of cool nifty things: My official I LOVE MUSEUMS t-shirt, a super cool mystery prize and my LG Optimus One smartphone!

It’s really easy, click here for details. All you have to do is vote for me as your favorite LG ambassador – Go to www.tinyurl.com/LGmagicbabening and vote for all my week’s entries daily!

You have to be logged into Facebook first and “Like” the LGMobileAsia page to take part but it will only take you less than 2 minutes.

This ends on 15 Dec, so please VOTE for me daily :)

4) I’ve got a whole bunch of media interviews and photoshoots later, so do keep your eyes peeled for J C & yours truly in the local press ;)

But this evening, tune in to Class 95 at 6pm because we will be talking with DJs Jean Danker & Bobby Tonelli!

We’ll be at the Class 95 studios in a bit, chatting about all sorts of things, especially… our 8th mega illusion The Aerial Exit happening this Sunday @ 5pm at the Asian Civilization Museum.

Come on down! Admission is free. Click here for full details. This is to close the final day of the on-going Explore Singapore 2010 campaign, by the National Heritage Board, which J C & I are the stars of.

Stay tuned for pictures and updates coming up real soon! ;)

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Radio/ Magic

Okaaaay, so there was some on-going media buzz about the magic drama being similar (or not) to us real life illusionists… see J C’s blog Backstage Business for all about The Illusionist. Uh, the recently ended Channel U television series, not the Hollywood flick starring Edward Norton.

J C’s written his thoughts about it and I haven’t blogged much about the subject simply because I’m quite impartial about it… I mean… TV is TV, life imitates art but art also imitates life. I think people are smart enough to form their own conclusions about things, and anyway, it’s after all, just entertainment. J C’s never made any accusations, but merely pointed out his own opinions, and it’s his blog anyway. He’s got every right.

My $0.02 is that I think it’s cool that Mediacorp TV’s interested in doing a Mandarin magic drama, and hired a local production company to put it all together. Their research writers must have had a field day :) IMHO, though I haven’t caught an episode because of my  hectic work schedule, I think it really rocks to have a strong female character like Ann Kok’s “Babe Yong” character who also does escapes and illusions :)

Personally, J C & I had a lot of fun working with Thomas Ong (“James Lee”) & Mei Xin (“Ming”) during The Illusionist magic segment for the annual Mediacorp Festival last year, when we were hired by Mediacorp to produce the stage performance bits for them. You saw the videos and pics!

Anyways, I hope the local production company’s got the ratings and response they want for the TV series, who knows… maybe there will be a Part 2! ;) The sequel could feature some loser-ish “competitors” of James Lee who try to pull him down, ALA crab mentality/ tall poppy syndrome ;) “Tio flame!”

One could be a two-faced magician who pretends to be cordial and gentlemanly but actually backstabs James and tries hard to bring him down, trying to give James a foul reputation by fueling untrue rumors about the guy just to feel better about himself because of professional jealousy as he’s extremely unhappy that he doesn’t get the recognition James has.

Another can be a bitter, ungrateful, angry, disgraced ex-disciple or 师兄 of James Lee who lies to the world (or just doesn’t give the whole truth) about the reasons why he was actually told by James Lee to leave years ago, because of unethical decisions the guy himself actually made.

And most importantly, there must be a fat evil clown who pretends to be nice and funny, but is actually very vengeful and black-hearted. He pretends to be James Lee and impersonates him online just to bring down his reputation – but gets found out after awhile because (surprise, surprise) karma always has a way of getting around!

Green with envy, the guys hate James Lee to death because of the illusionist’s stellar track record, fame and success… but they still strangely keep a very close watch on everything he does. And instead of improving themselves to  be better, the funny clique (like they always say – birds of a feather, flock together) try their best to smear James Lee’s reputation instead. But! Karma has a way of getting around, and irate people with bad intentions never ever win, because James Lee has people who look out for him and anyways, good always triumphs over evil – not just in real life but in TV serials too lah! :)

I know, I know… such crazy outlandish ideas huh? ;) I’m no television scriptwriter, so I’ll leave these creative ideas for the real pros *grin* It was fun to think up of such low-life nemesis for the fictional character of James Lee anyways!

:)

So yeah. I didn’t get to watch the finale episode of The Illusion on Channel U last night because I was actually at the Mediacorp Radio Awards *grin* I was there to support the BFF & my other DJ friends who were also nominated… Pamela Ho, Stanley Leong, Melanie Oliverio of 938LIVE; Jean Danker, Glenn Ong, Mark aka Flying Dutchman of Class 95; Ivy Tan & Dennis Chew of YES 933; Justin Ang & Vernon A aka The Muttons on 987 :)

Jean, Justin & Pam were SMSing me during the show and I must say that Justin (who was also with me at the Hall of Fame Awards at our Alma Mata earlier this year) can really multi-task, because he would reply me swiftly backstage and he was emcee-ing with Vernon! LOL…

As usual, the Muttons were stellar, and the pair was brilliant as the hosts for the evening. It’s always great to be on their show, they seriously are a fab duo. There’s just no one else like them :)

Here are some pictures from the evening… which by the way, are taken using my iPhone, so they aren’t very impressive as the hp camera has no zoom function plus I couldn’t wander around to play shutterbug. I spent the whole evening with my bum parked on the seat of my reserved seat arranged for me, and it was a tad weird and took some getting used to because the BFF & I traded places for once – she on stage and yours truly, ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, in the audience. LOL!

From my vantage point, I spy… the pretty BFF in her designer dress & her colls from 938LIVE make their appearance on stage on cue, and go to their assigned seats.

The hosts for the evening were the Muttons and they were wickedly hilarious with zany antics the whole night… ranging from snide digs at Fann Wong & Christopher Lee; Tiger Woods & Jack Neo; Ris Low and her condom ambassador-ship; the works!Everyone was howling with laughter…

Here’s the BFF, #1 on the 938LIVE voting screen… Her partner Stanley Leong, co-host of their “Livingroom” talkshow, received the award :) His brother also received the same award, of Most Popular DJ, for Lush 99.5

My darling friend Jean Danker won her first award after years in showbiz, having gotten the most number of votes for most popular DJ in Class 95 :) Irene Ang, who’s always been an inspiration, gave away the award for the English stations and as always, her antics and wisecracks made everyone laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh…

It was a happy night for the couple as Jean’s other half, Glenn, bagged the Media Personality of the Year award :) The Muttons bagged the same award for their station, 987 …and as expected, YES933′s Dennis Chew aka Aunty Lucy also won a special award. For more information, see Channel News Asia.

Congrats y’all!

Awards galore aside, the evening had various singing acts entertain us – folks from overseas who were having gigs here. Jason Castro from American Idol ended the evening with his lovely voice :) It was nice to be entertained, for a change…

In all, the entire event wrapped up only past 10PM, and the famished BFF grabbed hold of me & we went off for supper. That’s us doing a quick 自拍 on her camera just before heading into the elevator, down to the car park!

It was the BFF’s special night and I’m really proud of Pam… she may not have bagged an award from the evening, but she’d always be a radiant star in my eyes, with all the differences this amazing woman has made! You rock, BFF! :)

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