Singapore River Festival 2009 to Close with World Record Magic Act Of Performing 15 Illusions In 5 Minutes
Come Sat, 27 Jun 2009 @ 9:30pm, the Singapore Tourism Board will close the 9-day long Singapore River Festival with a world record magic act held at Central Promenade by the Singapore River.
Set to a countdown timer in front of an expected audience of 5000 people, two illusionists will attempt to perform a world record-setting 15 grand illusions in 5 minutes.
Grand illusions are defined as large-scale stage magic acts that involve physicality and usually utilize, but not limited to, large props. Sleight of hand acts, card tricks, magic with birds or handkerchiefs do not constitute as grand illusion.
The one-off spectacular is aptly entitled “The Impossible Record” and will be adjudicated by the Singapore Book of Records and the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore & U.S.A). The record is the first ever magic record of any kind to be adjudicated by the Singapore Book of Records and is also being submitted to Guinness World Records.
The two illusionists selected to helm this act are local celebrity magic duo, J C Sum & ’Magic Babe’ Ning. Last September, the pair teleported 3 people across the Singapore River in 2.5 seconds for the inaugural Singapore River Festival in what Channel News Asia called “South East Asia’s Biggest Magic Event”. The mega illusion was a huge success that led to the duo being invited back by STB for this year’s Singapore River Festival.
For “The Impossible Record”, J C Sum & ‘Magic Babe’ Ning will be making themselves appear, vanish, teleport, exchange places, dissect their bodies, pass through solid objects, making a motorcycle appear, and much more in this physically & mentally challenging feat of attempting 15 grand illusions in 5 minutes.
The difficulty of “The Impossible Record” is the precision, physical & mental stamina and technical illusion ability needed to execute all illusions successfully at break-neck speed. J C Sum & ’Magic Babe’ Ning have taken 3 years to master the 15 illusions that will be presented. Each illusion took approximately 120 hours of rehearsal. They have been training for this event since early-Mar 2009 when they were first contacted by STB for the event.
Dutch illusionist, Hans Klok, who presented 10 illusions in 5 minutes last year during a TV studio recording, set the current un-official record.
“The Impossible Record” is free and open to the public.
For more info, visit: www.jcsum.com/record.html
About the Illusionists
In recent years, J C Sum & ’Magic Babe’ Ning have cemented themselves as Singapore’s celebrity magic duo. Channel News Asia highlighted that they represent “The New Faces of an Age-Old Art Form”. Millions across Asia have seen their performances in live shows, high profile mega events and on television.
The duo currently stars in “Ultimate Magic” at The Arena in Clarke Quay, Singapore’s only magic tourist attraction endorsed by the Singapore Tourism Board. Info on tickets & promotions is available www.ultimatemagic.sg
Last Sept 2008, J C Sum & ’Magic Babe’ Ning teleported 3 spectators across the Singapore River in 2.5 seconds during the inaugural Singapore River Festival in what Channel News Asia called "South East Asia’s Biggest Magic Event”.
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