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"Behind the Magic: The Value of Being Different" at TEDxNTU


International illusionist, illusion designer and show producer, J C Sum, will be the closing speaker at the first TEDxNTU event on 26 Mar 2011, Sat.

J C draws on his 18 years of experience in the creative arts, entertainment and media industries to share is views on creativity in a talk entitled “Behind the Magic: The Value of Being Different”.

He joins a short list of international magicians such as David Blaine, Keith Barry and Marco Tempest who have been invited to speak at TED events.

Other speakers for TEDxNTU include George Barbastathis, Dr V.Anantha Nageswaran, Chris Tobias, Sonny Liew, Neil Walter, Ngiam Tee Woh, Nitin Krishnamurthy, Dr Foo Check Teck, Mark Cheng and James Norris.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TEDxNTU will be held at the ADM Auditorium, Nanyang Technological University School of Art, Design & Media on 26 Mar 2011, 11am – 6pm.

Watch the live streaming of all TEDxNTU talks at in real time. Subsequently, all talks will be made available online for free.

J C Sum is most well known for his innovative mega illusions such as teleporting and vanishing people & cars over great distances as well as setting a world magic record and successfully predicting the national 4D lottery.

He has performed across Asia Pacific as well as in the Middle East, France and the US and has been seen by millions on Asian television.

J C is the first Singapore illusionist to be awarded the Merlin Award from the International Magicians Society for “Most Original Illusionist of the Year 2009”. He was also presented with a “Special Recognition Award for Contributions to the Arts & Media Community” from the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2011.

He holds a B.A. from the National University of Singapore in Sociology and English Language with a minor in Philosophy.

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