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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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New World Record: Reading 100 minds in 1 sitting

Hey folks, what’s new? My newly layered short hair with shades of electric purple aside, this is the hottest magic news in this part of the world ;)

The Mind Heist – our 9th mega illusion and the latest one to date, will be the most challenging psychological illusion that J C & I have attempted yet, for obvious reasons…

In this ultimate social magic experiment, J C & I will attempt to read the minds of 100 different people in 1 sitting. The International Brotherhood of Magicians & Singapore Book of Records will be present at the venue to officially adjudicate this never-been-done-before event.

Here’s the official trailer we filmed at Sinema Old School, just 2 days after I touched down in Singapore after traveling the world for 9 months.

This exciting new world record stunt happens on 7 Jan 2012 at Sinema Old School located at11B Mt Sophia. Interestingly, this exact venue was where my old school (no pun intended) used to be. Methodist Girls School originally occupied the very same grounds, so this will be pretty nostalgic ;)

Oh, did I mention about the ‘live’ streaming of The Mind Heist yet? That’s right, people from all over the world can witness the groundbreaking event being broadcast free online.  For the various timing at different time zones, as well as, full event details, click here.

And! If YOU want YOUR MIND to be read by us in this historic event, click here now to participate. Fill in the online form and we may just contact you ;) Spread the word about it!

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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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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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Official video for THE AERIAL EXIT now up!

Yesterday, J C & I had a photoshoot and interview with popular weekly lifestyle magazine 8DAYS …check out the little teaser on J C’s blog here.

I had fun during the shoot & interview at our magic studio and turns out, both J C & the senior reporter are big fans of customizing Transformers! Our issue comes out in two weeks or so, do look out for it! :)

But right now, I wanna reveal our official video for our latest mega illusion yet – The Aerial Exit! Thanks to all for your sweet patience and kind support *grin* Please check it out and feel free to share & comment!

Watch it HERE or below:

 

Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

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We made the Hong Kong news!

Besides the video above from Apple Action News (Hong Kong), our latest project (our 8th mega illusion The Aerial Exit, which saw J C & I successfully vanishing 5 people 24 feet up in the air), also made a splash on the following media:

  • Check Out JC Sum & Magic Babe Ning’s Aerial Exit, iTricks Magic News, 15 Dec 2010
  • “魔術師高空變走 5 個人”, Apple Action News, Hong Kong, 15 Dec 2010
  • “The Aerial Exit (Part 1)”, Razor TV, 14 Dec 2010
  • “Total Darkness (Part 2), Razor TV, 14 Dec 2010
  • “Contest winners disappear in mid-air”, Channel News Asia, 14 Dec 2010
  • “新加坡魔術師高超技法 街上5路人瞬間消失”, Now News, 14 Dec 2010
  • “星魔術師驚人幻術 5路人大街消失”, TVBS Taiwan, 14 Dec 2010
  • TVBS Taiwan TV News, 13 Dec 2010
  • CTV Taiwan TV News, 13 Dec 2010
  • “Now you see them, now you don’t”, TODAY, 13 Dec 2010
  • Channel News Asia TV News, 12 Dec 2010
  • “美女帅哥魔术师 让5男女眼前消失”, Lianhe Wanbao, 10 Dec 2010
  • Live in-studio Interview, Class 95FM “Jean Danker & Bobby Tonelli”, 7 Dec 2010
  • Live in-studio Interview, 98.7FM “The Muttons”, 4 Dec 2010
  • “Magic Week in Review”, iTricks Podcast, 25 Nov 2010
  • Live in-studio Interview, 938LIVE “The Livingroom”, 24 Nov 2010
  • “Today’s Video Picks: Entertainment” (Front Page), Yahoo Singapore, 22 Nov 2010
  • Live in-studio Interview, 98.7FM “Desiree Lai”, 20 Nov 2010
  • “JC Sum, Magic Babe Ning Looking To Recruit For Big Demonstration”, iTricks, 19 Nov 2010
  • “探索新加坡2010 体验与探索魔术”, Lianhe Zaobao, 18 Nov 2010
  • “J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning to Attempt Mega, In air Illusion”, About.com: Magic & Illusion, 18 Nov 2010
  • NHB launching campaign to make museums more appealing to all”, Channel News Asia, 17 Nov 2010
  • “曾测中万字号码 两魔术师再出招 将让5男女消失”, Shinmin Daily, 16 Nov 2010
  • “Hocus Focus”, The Straits Times LIFE!, 13 Nov 2010
  • “Magic in the air”, Channel News Asia, 12 Nov 2010
  • Radio Interview “Married Men”, 91.3FM, 12 Nov 2010
  • “Open Sesame!”, TODAY, 12 Nov 2010
  • “Bringing Magic to Museums”, Yahoo News, 10 Nov 2010
  • JC Sum, ‘Magic Babe’ Ning to vanish five spectators during next ‘mega-illusion’ “, Ellusionist News, 7 Nov 2010
  • Asia’s Celebrity Magic Duo: We’ll Vanish Five Two Stories Up“, Inside Magic, 4 Nov 2010
  • It’s certainly been a blast and I’m really thankful for all the awesome support from the media, family, friends, industry partners, supporters and fans! :)

    I’m truly happy that I can make my country proud… I do hope in the near future we’ll see more talented Singaporeans local talents coming out from the woodwork and more local talents getting recognition.

    J C & yours truly at our Merlin Awards presentation (International Magicians Society) in 2009.

    As you know, J C & I are the first Singaporean illusionists to receive the Merlin Awards, which are considered the Oscars of Magic.

    Tony Hassini, President of IMS, specially flew down from New York to present the both of us our individual Merlin Awards at St James in 2009.

    Past recipients include David Copperfield, Criss Angel and more recently this year, Lu Chen from Taiwan. I sincerely hope more Singaporean magicians can get it (or other forms of recognition for their work, milestones & track record) in future :)

    As a professional commercial artiste whose job is to entertain, I love working closely with young talents because they have so much potential. We’ve very healthy numbers of magic hobbyists and enthusiasts, and the number of people becoming part/full-time magicians have increased in the last few years which is GREAT!

    I received an email a little while back from someone who asked how long it’d take him (a relatively new magic newbie) to be able to teleport a car or people, like how J C  & I did for various nation-wide events, and for him to be famous & earn lots of money.

    Well. Of course I’m in no position to suggest that passion should be his key motivation. But I did sincerely advise him to focus on his studies first, finish up his O-levels and at least get a University degree, while he pursues a career in magic.

    I’ve always been an advocate of higher learning. A good education is always important, because knowledge is power. Obviously this also relates to not just books but financial literacy as well. It’s not a one way street.

    Anyways.

    His reply to me was that he wanted to be the next J C Sum/ ‘Magic Babe’ Ning but wasn’t as rich as his classmate who was also a magician and who could afford nice cool props that cost hundreds of dollars because his parents gave him a credit card.

    I shared with him my honest thoughts.

    Having the best/ most expensive props in the world doesn’t make a better magician. A talented writer can still come up with a brilliant piece of work even if s/he uses a crappy ballpoint pen, compared to a wannabe who splashed out money on an expensive fountain pen. It’s all in YOU.

    People like me & J C have what we have entirely through our own means – we worked our way up and nothing came easy. I never took a cent from my folks, though I was down to my last few bucks when I first joined Concept:Magic years back. I really just wanted to follow my heart.

    In fact, J C’s flair for original illusion designs stemmed from the need for good practical magic props and illusions suitable for bread and butter work. And J C’s done tremendously well not just as a performer but also as an internationally-recognized contemporary illusion designer as well, with many people buying his plans and constructing his designs!

    I personally take inspiration from today’s greats like Google, YouTube & Facebook. Their founders are young and have achieved so much because they’re completely in tune with today’s community. They never fail to keep innovating. It reminds me of my favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

    Everyone needs to start from somewhere.

    But real life examples have clearly shown: if you’ve got the right X-factor, a fantastic USP (unique selling point), an all-original open mindset, besides having all the necessary skills required… you’ll definitely go far!

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    16 days left to 2010…

    Heya folks, check it out!

    Razor TV‘s 2-parter is now up :)

    Do watch Part 1 & Part 2 of our most recent mega illusion The Aerial Exit and don’t forget to rate and comment! Last Sunday, J C & I successfully vanished 5 people surrounded, 24 feet up in the air!

    We were also on a bunch of other media and online websites:

    “新加坡魔術師高超技法 街上5路人瞬間消失”, Now News

    “星魔術師驚人幻術 5路人大街消失”, TVBS Taiwan

    December is a really busy and exciting month for us, and we’re already getting so much work for early next year! A few see us traveling out of Singapore, but we’ll definitely update you guys ;)

    It’s the middle of the very last month of 2010 and I’m starting to feel a little whimsical about things. I am very happy and grateful about a lot of things that happened this year.

    I got to meet so many wonderful people, experience new things, explore different places and I have never felt more sure of myself, more sure of things, and more confident about my destiny and path in life.

    Portrait of yours truly, by my artist friend Ocean Wang

    Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.

    And I want a purpose-driven one, not a life where days are just frivolously squandered. Because it’s not how many years in your life that matter, but how much life there really is in those years you are given.

    I turned 28 this October, an age where over a decade ago, I’d carefully written in my private journal that I’d earned a Masters or PhD, own a nice condo, drive a flashy car, written a book, had a cat or two, found the love of my life and having an established career.

    Life is funny because I deviated so far away from the original plan, and I blossomed into Magic Babe. Fire-eating, escapology doing, illusion performing, magazine gracing, sexy looking magician who’s proud of being a Singaporean woman.

    While I am not wealthy, I sincerely feel rich. I am loved and surrounded by wonderful friends and family who when I focus on making them happier and better, dissolve away all unhappiness.

    And as difficult it can be, I try my best to follow the seemingly simple mottos I hold dear to my heart. One of my favorites which I’ve shared on my blog before, being:

    I don’t usually make a New Year’s resolutions list but I’ll be compiling my bucket list before these 16 days are up.

    Maybe you’d wanna make one too – what are the list of things (not just the important – but the crazy!) that you truly desire to do? Where are the places you’ve always wanted to go? Things to be learnt. Become. Experience. Start. Relish.

    Life’s supposed to be an adventure. Are you stagnant or are you enjoying the journey? ;)

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