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:
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.
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.
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!