Singapore Magic Duo’s Successful 4D Lottery Prediction Ends with Twists and Surprises
After a full week of anticipation and excitement, “Singapore’s Celebrity Magic Duo” (Channel News Asia), J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning finally revealed their 4D lottery prediction to a hall packed with media, fans and members of the public.
“Asia’s most famous illusionists” (The Straits Times) not only succeeded with their prediction of the top prize 4D numbers “5853” but their revelation included many twists and surprises.
At about 6.45pm, after the results for the 4D lottery were announced by Singapore Pools, the prediction, previously locked into two tamper-proof clear boxes that had been suspended high outside St James Power Station for the past 5 days, was brought down for the first time.
Under the scrutiny of dozens of media and cameras as well as Ms Ranita Sundra (Deputy Director, Arts & Entertainment, Singapore Tourism Board), who had been auditing the prediction from the start, the locked boxes were opened and the red envelope containing the prediction was removed. To ensure that there would be no trickery or last minute switches or secret additions, Ms Sundra, was invited to handle the red envelope at all times.
In a surprise twist, before the prediction was shown, it was revealed that a cheque for $10,000, written out to the Children’s Cancer Foundation, had also been placed into the red envelope one week ago, along with the prediction.
On stage, J C & Ning explained that they were so confident that they would predict the winning 4D numbers that they included the cheque as a donation to a cause they believed in. The cheque was then presented to Mr Ravi Sivalingam, Chairman of the Children’s Cancer Foundation, who accepted the donation on the charity’s behalf.
Only then, was the typewritten & signed prediction taken out of the red packet by Ms Sundra and shown to the audience to be 100% correct.
In a final twist, the magic duo revealed that while they did correctly predict the top prize winning number, they intentionally bought a lottery ticket with a number that they knew would not win; the numbers “0000”.
J C & Ning explained: “We have fulfilled every claim that we have made from the start. We said we would predict the winning 4D numbers and we would buy a single ticket with a single number. But, we never said we would buy a ticket with the number that we predicted.
We stressed from the start that we do not condone or encourage gambling. If we had bought a winning ticket, we would have totally contradicted this claim. Furthermore, when we make a donation to a charitable cause, in this case, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, it must be from our own hard-earned money, just like any other Singaporean in any other profession.”
Since its announcement on 18 Jan 2010, J C & Ning’s latest stunt has made news headlines throughout Asia and created frenzy in the online world in blogs, forums and social networking sites. The buzz created by “The Impossible 4D Prediction” made the term “magic babe ning” the #1 searched item on Yahoo Singapore on 21 Jan 2010.
“The Impossible 4D Prediction” marks the 7th successful high profile stunt that the Singapore illusionists have presented since 2007.
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