A Continuing Journey In The Magic Background Of Singapore
This report is to introduce magicians and magic fans to the abundant heritage of magic in Singapore. It honours the notable achievements, prominence and significance of neighborhood magicians from the previous and present.
The commencing of Contemporary Magic in Singapore
It is the common consensus that contemporary magic in Singapore (put up Globe War 2) started with the late-Ng Bo
Oen AKA The Fantastic Wong. Info on nearby magic pre-war is very scarce. The only data identified has been on The Fantastic Wong performing at the New Planet Amusement Park (then found at Kitchener Street) in the nineteen thirties.
The Excellent Wong was born in 1908 in Shanton, a metropolis of the Guangdong Province, China and immigrated to Singapore in 1933. He was the only professional magician of his time in Singapore and carried out across South East Asia. He was identified for his sharp stage magic, Linking Rings schedule and Sword Basket illusion. He was also an professional craftsman who developed all of his props by hand. He experienced the reward of figuring out the mechanics and methodology of magic props and fabricating them from scratch.
In 1962, The Excellent Wong created a significant contribution to the worldwide magic group by publishing his popular linking rings schedule with English script written by Tudor Brock. Davenports Magic in London distributes his manuscript to date. In 1982, he was invited by the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM) to complete at the 15th Entire world Congree of Magic in Lausanne, Switzerland.
(For a lot more info on The Great Wong refer to ‘The Fantastic Wong Story’ in The Global Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring a hundred and fifteen The Quantum Ring Golden Jubilee Situation)
Yet another local magician who was instrumental in increasing modern magic in Singapore in the course of the beginning was the late-Tan Hock Chuan. He was a trainer by occupation but executed for once-a-year special activities, charity shows and non-public get-togethers. He was (and still is) internationally identified for his magical inventions. His outcomes and ideas are nevertheless marketed seller things right now and have been released in countless publications (of that time) this kind of as Gen, Spinx, Pentagram, New Pentagram, Swami Mantra, Abracadabra and even Tarbell’s Course in Magic. He is the first Asian magician to obtain the Spinx Award (1936-37)
Equally The Wonderful Wong and Tan Hock Chuan had been important influences to several of the first era of Singapore contemporary-magicians who have paved the way for long term generations.
It was only right after the war and throughout the British Armed forces Administration that magic in Singapore commenced its rise to the place it is today. 1950 was the year that the Singapore Magician’s Club was shaped by a group of newbie magicians, comprising of English-educated professionals.
In 1951 the Singapore Magician’s Club acquired their constitution from The Intercontinental Brotherhood of Magicians HQ in The usa and was from then on was formally identified as The Worldwide Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring 115. Founding associates of the club at that time incorporated Tan Ewe Chee (President), Yeo Soon Kian, Lim Kim Tian, Lim Hap Hin, J.H Stafford, L.A Joseph, J.W Jackson (Vice-President) and Tan Hock Chuan (Secretary).
The 50’s gave beginning to Singapore’s first era of present day magicians. Apart from the founding customers of the IBM Ring and The Wonderful Wong (who joined the Ring in 1952 by invitation), some notable initial era magicians incorporated Lim Hap Hin, Tan Choon Tee, Tan Bah Chee, Yeo Before long Kian and his student Michael Lim.
The Fantastic Wong operated the very first magic shop from his house cum showroom/ workshop in Singapore at 255-A Jalan Besar exactly where he offered his very own handcrafted props as properly as imported vendor things from Japan. (This house/ store was ruined in a fire in Dec 1988 triggering him to lose most of his textbooks and props)
In the course of this time period, magicians like The Excellent Wong, Tan Bah Chee, Lim Hap Hin and Tan Choon Tee conducted magic courses at the Countrywide Theatre Club and the YMCA. They have been dependable for producing active magicians this kind of as Charles Choo, Wong Fok Choy, Chia Hearn Jiang, Gwee Thiam Hock and the late-Vijeyacone.
The early 60s also saw the ‘Golden Age’ of magic with magicians executing at distinct venues across the country. Besides regional magicians executing in night golf equipment, overseas magicians this kind of as Socar executed a grand illusion present to a complete property at the Capitol Theatre (alongside Stamford Street) and The Fantastic Nicholas at the Sky Theater in The Great Entire world Amusement Park at Kim Seng Street (Now, Fantastic Planet City).
In the late 60s, Wee Peng Guan (Uncle of Charles Choo), opened the second magic store in Singapore at a store house together Robinson Road. About that time, well-known entertainer Victor Khoo’s father Khoo Teng Heng who was a magician, a ventriloquist and hypnotist opened his magic shop at Bras Basah. (where Carlton Resort stands at the moment).
In the course of this 10 years, Tan Choon Tee was creating a identify for himself in the intercontinental magic local community in the area of Mentalism. He won numerous global Linking Ring Awards for his 1-Male Parades and has two guides published by Micky Hades. He was also a regular contributor to several intercontinental magic publications this sort of as Gen, New Pentagram, Magicgram, Magicana and The Linking Ring.
Overseas magicians whom handed by way of Singapore integrated Milo & Roger, Milbourne Christopher and Maurice Fogel.
The 1970s noticed the delivery of the next technology of Singapore magicians. Some effectively-known magicians who received commenced in the course of this time included The Fantastic Wong’s son Ng Kee Chee, John Teo, Tang Sai Thong, Ng Seow Kiat, Tang Yeng Exciting, Bob Chua, Eric Leong, Tan Teck Seng, Lawrence Tham, Tan Tuan Seng, Lawrence Khong and Andrew Kong.
The Singapore Affiliation of Magicians was started on ten March 1973 in helpful ‘rivalry’ to the IBM Ring. The club was led by Tan Bah Chee with notable founding customers such as Lim Hap Hin, Tan Hock Chuan and Charles Choo.
Magic retailers in Singapore commenced to spring up throughout the late seventies. Ng Kee Chee established up a magic stall at Yaohan in Plaza Singapura and Wang Leng opened his shop in Peninsula Plaza. Charles Choo opened his shop in August 1978 on the 6th flooring of Far East Buying Centre. (It would shift many moments to numerous malls but ultimately returned back again to Far East). manifestation magic by alexander would shortly grow to be an institution where magicians would get numerous magic items as properly as meet up with up and discover from each other.
It was a selection haunt for several magicians in the many years to arrive until the store shut in the new millennium.
Throughout this period of time, The Tropicana Night Club, which was positioned at Pacific Plaza, was a venue that experienced standard magic performances. A number of well-known magicians also frequented Singapore in the 70s. In 1970, John Calvert carried out at the Countrywide Theatre. In 1972, Albert Goshman frequented Ring one hundred fifteen to give a lecture. In that very same 12 months, “The Professor” Dai Vernon also visited Singapore, lectured and interacted with local magicians. Other checking out magicians integrated Andre Kole, Billy McComb, and Ali Bongo.
By the eighties, the local magic scene was flourishing with healthy memberships for the two major magic golf equipment as nicely as a surge in the quantity of carrying out magicians. Numerous of present day veterans made their title in the 80s. Familiar names like Richard Ang, Patrick Wan, Patrick Ng Wang Lin, Tan Hai Yan AKA Gician, Paul Koh, AB Francis and Gordon Koh had been carrying out routinely at public and personal demonstrates throughout this 10 years. Common local venues for public magic exhibits by magic clubs held on a typical foundation at that time included the Drama Centre and the National Museum Theatrette.
The popularity of magic retailers also grew and in 1982, Chew Kin Track opened a Magic & Novelty Corner at the Chinese Book Area of Well-liked E-book Co Pte Ltd on the 4th Floor of Bras Basah Complicated. Gician Tan also opened up his initial magic store at Parkway Parade which subsequently moved to Marina Square and was managed by Richard Ang. In addition to this primary shop, he dispersed magic objects and sets by means of section retailers
in Singapore and South East Asia.The Singapore audience was also exposed to globe-class magic by way of many magic tv demonstrates and sequence that were aired on local Television set which includes the David Copperfield specials, Magic Magic and The Very best of Magic.
Overseas magicians who frequented Singapore throughout this time provided David Copperfield, Mark Wilson, Ben Harris, Paul Daniels and Gene Anderson.
The commencing of this 10 years saw the introduction of the country’s third generation magicians into the regional magic scene. Well known budding magicians integrated Enrico Varella, Sherman Tjiong, J C Sum, Joe Yu (Chan Ee Kang), Nique Tan Li Keong, Prakash Puru, Kiki Tay, Alex Tan and Jeremy Pei.
The local chapter of International Magicians Society was shaped, established by its President, Tan Bah Chee even though the club’s existence in Singapore was quick-lived.
The late-nineties saw a enormous surge in magic world-wide recognition due to David Blaine’s avenue magic specials. Several people commenced to ‘get into’ magic and had new mediums to learn the craft this kind of as the introduction of DVDs and the Net.
A new magic shop, Magic Castle & Promotions, opened up by Vijay Kumar at Shaw Towers before long became ‘the location to be’ in which new magicians would dangle out and meet.
For the duration of this ten years, Wang Leng’s store in Peninsula Plaza was offered to Patrick Wan. The shop was subsequently bought to Richard Ang and is now well acknowledged as Ang Home of Magic. Patrick Wan opened his new store, Magic Wand, which has spawned into numerous shops in different areas of Singapore. Steven Sim also opened Magic Supreme at Coronation Plaza which has subsequently moved to Park Mall.
The 90s was an interesting ten years with many visits and performances by popular magicians. Apart from lectures by Michael & Hannah Ammar, Mark Leveridge and Wolfgang & Sonja Riebe there have been also community theatre performances by the Pendragons, Princess Tenko, Andre Kole, Franz Harary, David Copperfield, Rudy Coby and Robert Gallop. Other browsing magicians provided Larry Becker, Tim Ellis, Terry Seabrooke, Phil Cass and Albert Tham.
2000 – Existing
Magic has continued to flourish at the regional amount in this decade. New options and talents have emerged to elevate the artwork in Singapore. In Might 2000, J C Sum staged the initial ever nearby full-night theatre show ‘Magic at the Theatre’ at Victoria Theatre. Just a thirty day period later, a lot more than a dozen magicians from the US and Canada arrived down to Singapore as element of the Magic Festival structured by the Malls of Centrepoint. Magicians such as Robert Baxt, Rocco and Peter Gossamer performed multiple demonstrates at different Centrepoint Malls for in excess of a week.
In 2004, the Singapore Magic Circle (SMC) was developed by Aloysius Yeo and with its on-line discussion board drew a new pool of magic fans with each other. SMC has given that grown to in excess of 1000 associates and routinely organize gatherings, occasions as properly as the modern Idea:Magic Micro MAGIC Convention in January 2007.
Via a big-scale theatre magic musical ‘Magic of Love’, Lawrence Khong, a pastor with Religion Neighborhood Baptist Church and his daughter Pricilla, unfold the gospel information.
The multi-million greenback manufacturing has been staged many instances in excess of the several years throughout the planet to distribute the phrase of Christ. Subsequently, the same crew structured two International Festival of Magic conventions in 2003 & 2005. The first of its kind large magic functions incorporated competitions, lectures, a dealers’ area and performances. Global performers such as Jeff McBride, Max Maven, Johnny Thomspon, The Pendragons, Lee Eun Gyeol and Tommy Surprise have been booked to complete at the gala shows and lectures.
In modern several years, J C Sum has grow to be arguably the most notable Singapore magician of this era. His magic has been seen by hundreds of thousands via his live performances throughout Asia as properly as his landmark mass media assignments on MediaCorp Studio’s Ch 8 as well as subsequent ‘Street Illusions’ compilation DVD/ VCD.
His 24-episode ‘Magic in Motion’ series can presently be witnessed every day on Singapore Push Holdings MediaBoxOffice by way of 2007. In the international magic group, J C has also recognized himself as an elite illusion designer from Asia with the publication of his 3 critically acclaimed illusion publications that have been sold in much more than 30 nations around the world to day.
Another proficient award-profitable magician, Jeremy Pei, is increasing the profile of Singapore magic within the regional magic community with his theatre displays, structured lectures, workshops and energetic participation in magic conventions & competitions in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and Australia. His unique North-Asian influence style of magic functionality has garnered him a adhering to with new budding magicians whom he teaches and guides. He has also released numerous unique magic goods which are available to magicians around the world.
In one more initial, award-successful junior magician, Kyle Ravin secured a thirteen-episode weekly Avenue Magic collection, “Maya” on MediaCorp Studios’ Vasantham Central. This 30min series observed him execute magic for the Indian neighborhood and famous people across the country.
This ten years has seen the introduction of even more magic retailers and sellers run by young magicians to fulfill the need of magic fanatics and magicians. These contain new ‘brick & mortar’ magic outlets this sort of as Road Magic by Tan Wei Ping, Tricky Organization by Jimmy Wong, The Magic Corridor by Kenneth Peh as effectively as on-line stores like The Small Magic Shop by Ning.