This article is to introduce magicians and magic fans to the wealthy records of magic in Singapore. It honours the exceptional achievements, prominence and importance of neighborhood magicians from the beyond and gift.
The beginning of Modern Magic in magicien Paris
It is the general consensus that cutting-edge magic in Singapore (publish World War 2) began with the past due-Ng Bo
Oen AKA The Great Wong. Information on local magic pre-struggle is very scarce. The best information located has been on The Great Wong acting at the New World Amusement Park (then placed at Kitchener Road) in the 1930s.
The Great Wong become born in 1908 in Shanton, a metropolis of the Guangdong Province, China and immigrated to Singapore in 1933. He was the handiest expert magician of his time in Singapore and carried out throughout South East Asia. He become recognized for his sharp level magic, Linking Rings routine and Sword Basket illusion. He turned into also an expert craftsman who constructed all of his props via hand. He had the present of identifying the mechanics and technique of magic props and fabricating them from scratch.
In 1962, The Great Wong made a large contribution to the worldwide magic community via publishing his well-known linking earrings routine with English script written by way of Tudor Brock. Davenports Magic in London distributes his manuscript so far. In 1982, he became invited by the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM) to perform on the 15th World Congree of Magic in Lausanne, Switzerland.
(For extra info on The Great Wong; confer with ‘The Great Wong Story’ in The International Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring 115 The Quantum Ring Golden Jubilee Issue)
Another nearby magician who become instrumental in growing modern-day magic in Singapore all through the beginning become the overdue-Tan Hock Chuan. He changed into a trainer via career however accomplished for annual special occasions, charity shows and personal parties. He was (and nonetheless is) the world over recognised for his magical innovations. His outcomes and ideas are nonetheless marketed supplier items these days and have been published in countless publications (of that time) which include Gen, Spinx, Pentagram, New Pentagram, Swami Mantra, Abracadabra or even Tarbell’s Course in Magic. He is the primary Asian magician to acquire the Spinx Award (1936-37)
Both The Great Wong and Tan Hock Chuan have been critical influences to most of the first era of Singapore current-magicians who have paved the way for destiny generations.
It became most effective after the battle and at some point of the British Military Administration that magic in Singapore commenced its upward push to in which it is nowadays. 1950 was the 12 months that the Singapore Magician’s Club turned into fashioned by using a collection of novice magicians, comprising of English-educated professionals.
In 1951 the Singapore Magician’s Club received their constitution from The International Brotherhood of Magicians HQ in America and was from then on was formally referred to as The International Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring one hundred fifteen. Founding participants of the membership at that time blanketed 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 birth to Singapore’s first era of contemporary magicians. Besides the founding individuals of the IBM Ring and The Great Wong (who joined the Ring in 1952 by way of invitation), a few prominent first era magicians blanketed Lim Hap Hin, Tan Choon Tee, Tan Bah Chee, Yeo Soon Kian and his pupil Michael Lim.
The Great Wong operated the primary magic store from his domestic cum showroom/ workshop in Singapore at 255-A Jalan Besar where he sold his very own handcrafted props as well as imported supplier objects from Japan. (This domestic/ shop became destroyed in a hearth in Dec 1988 causing him to lose most of his books and props)
During this period, magicians like The Great Wong, Tan Bah Chee, Lim Hap Hin and Tan Choon Tee performed magic publications at the National Theatre Club and the YMCA. They had been responsible for producing active magicians which include Charles Choo, Wong Fok Choy, Chia Hearn Jiang, Gwee Thiam Hock and the past due-Vijeyacone.
The early 60s also saw the ‘Golden Age’ of magic with magicians acting at special venues throughout the united states. Besides neighborhood magicians appearing in night golf equipment, overseas magicians inclusive of Socar achieved a grand phantasm show to a full residence at the Capitol Theatre (alongside Stamford Road) and The Great Nicholas at the Sky Theater in The Great World Amusement Park at Kim Seng Road (Now, Great World City).
In the past due 60s, Wee Peng Guan (Uncle of Charles Choo), opened the second one magic store in Singapore at a store residence alongside Robinson Road. Around that point, popular entertainer Victor Khoo’s father Khoo Teng Heng who became a magician, a ventriloquist and hypnotist opened his magic shop at Bras Basah. (in which Carlton Hotel stands presently).
During this decade, Tan Choon Tee changed into creating a name for himself inside the international magic community in the area of Mentalism. He won several worldwide Linking Ring Awards for his One-Man Parades and has books published via Micky Hades. He was additionally a regular contributor to numerous international magic magazines together with Gen, New Pentagram, Magicgram, Magicana and The Linking Ring.
Overseas magicians whom exceeded through Singapore included Milo & Roger, Milbourne Christopher and Maurice Fogel.
The 1970s saw the beginning of the second generation of Singapore magicians. Some famous magicians who were given commenced throughout this time blanketed; The Great Wong’s son Ng Kee Chee, John Teo, Tang Sai Thong, Ng Seow Kiat, Tang Yeng Fun, Bob Chua, Eric Leong, Tan Teck Seng, Lawrence Tham, Tan Tuan Seng, Lawrence Khong and Andrew Kong.
The Singapore Association of Magicians become founded on 10 March 1973 in pleasant ‘competition’ to the IBM Ring. The club changed into led by means of Tan Bah Chee with outstanding founding contributors consisting of Lim Hap Hin, Tan Hock Chuan and Charles Choo.
Magic shops in Singapore began to spring up all through the late seventies. Ng Kee Chee set up a magic stall at Yaohan in Plaza Singapura and Wang Leng opened his shop in Peninsula Plaza. Charles Choo opened his keep in August 1978 at the 6th floor of Far East Shopping Centre. (It would circulate numerous instances to various department shops however eventually back back to Far East). His store would quickly come to be an group where magicians could buy diverse magic products as well as meet up and learn from each different.
It was a spread hang-out for many magicians in the future years till the shop closed in the new millennium.
During this period, The Tropicana Night Club, which was situated at Pacific Plaza, became a venue that had normal magic performances. Several well-known magicians also visited Singapore within the 70s. In 1970, John Calvert accomplished at the National Theatre. In 1972, Albert Goshman visited Ring 115 to give a lecture. In that equal yr, “The Professor” Dai Vernon also visited Singapore, lectured and interacted with local magicians. Other journeying magicians covered Andre Kole, Billy McComb, and Ali Bongo.
By the Nineteen Eighties, the nearby magic scene become flourishing with healthy memberships for the two important magic golf equipment as well as a surge inside the wide variety of appearing magicians. Many of trendy veterans made their call inside 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 were appearing often at public and personal suggests at some stage in this decade. Popular neighborhood venues for public magic indicates through magic clubs hung on a normal foundation at that point protected the Drama Centre and the National Museum Theatrette.
The reputation of magic stores also grew and in 1982, Chew Kin Song opened a Magic & Novelty Corner at the Chinese Book Section of Popular Book Co Pte Ltd on the 4th Floor of Bras Basah Complex. Gician Tan also unfolded his first magic shop at Parkway Parade which eventually moved to Marina Square and become controlled by using Richard Ang. Besides this primary store, he dispensed magic objects and sets through branch shops
in Singapore and South East Asia.The Singapore audience became additionally uncovered to global-class magic through numerous magic tv suggests and series that had been aired on neighborhood TV along with the David Copperfield specials, Magic Magic and The Best of Magic.
Foreign magicians who visited Singapore at some stage in this time protected David Copperfield, Mark Wilson, Ben Harris, Paul Daniels and Gene Anderson.
The beginning of this decade saw the advent of the united states of america’s third technology magicians into the neighborhood magic scene. Prominent budding magicians blanketed 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 changed into fashioned, based with the aid of its President, Tan Bah Chee; even though the club’s presence in Singapore become quick-lived.
The overdue-Nineteen Nineties saw a massive surge in magic global recognition because of David Blaine’s road magic specials. Many human beings commenced to ‘get into’ magic and had new mediums to research the craft together with the introduction of DVDs and the Internet.
A new magic keep, Magic Castle & Promotions, unfolded through Vijay Kumar at Shaw Towers quickly have become ‘the vicinity to be’ in which new magicians might hang out and meet.
During this decade, Wang Leng’s keep in Peninsula Plaza turned into offered to Patrick Wan. The keep changed into subsequently offered to Richard Ang and is now nicely referred to as Ang House of Magic. Patrick Wan opened his new keep, Magic Wand, which has spawned into numerous retailers in various parts of Singapore. Steven Sim additionally opened Magic Supreme at Coronation Plaza which has ultimately moved to Park Mall.
The 90s was an thrilling decade with many visits and performances via well-known magicians. Apart from lectures through Michael & Hannah Ammar, Mark Leveridge and Wolfgang & Sonja Riebe there were also public theatre performances with the aid of the Pendragons, Princess Tenko, Andre Kole, Franz Harary, David Copperfield, Rudy Coby and Robert Gallop. Other traveling magicians covered Larry Becker, Tim Ellis, Terry Seabrooke, Phil Cass and Albert Tham.
2000 – Present
Magic has persisted to flourish at the neighborhood degree in this decade. New opportunities and abilties have emerged to raise the artwork in Singapore. In May 2000, J C Sum staged the primary ever neighborhood complete-night theatre show ‘Magic on the Theatre’ at Victoria Theatre. Just a month later, more than a dozen magicians from america and Canada came down to Singapore as a part of the Magic Festival organized by means of the Malls of Centrepoint. Magicians consisting of Robert Baxt, Rocco and Peter Gossamer performed multiple suggests at diverse Centrepoint Malls for over per week.
In 2004, the Singapore Magic Circle (SMC) was created via Aloysius Yeo and with its on line discussion board drew a new pool of magic fanatics together. SMC has seeing that grown to over a thousand contributors and often organize gatherings, events in addition to the latest Concept:Magic Micro MAGIC Convention in January 2007.
Through a huge-scale theatre magic musical ‘Magic of Love’, Lawrence Khong, a pastor with Faith Community Baptist Church and his daughter Pricilla, spread the gospel message.
The multi-million dollar manufacturing has been staged normally over time internationally to unfold the word of Christ. Subsequently, the same group prepared two International Festival of Magic conventions in 2003 & 2005. The first of its type huge magic events protected competitions, lectures, a sellers’ room and performances. International performers which includes Jeff McBride, Max Maven, Johnny Thomspon, The Pendragons, Lee Eun Gyeol and Tommy Wonder have been booked to perform on the gala suggests and lectures.
In current years, J C Sum has end up arguably the most prominent Singapore magician of this generation. His magic has been seen by means of thousands and thousands thru his stay performances across Asia as well as his landmark mass media initiatives on MediaCorp Studio’s Ch eight as well as subsequent ‘Street Illusions’ compilation DVD/ VCD.
His 24-episode ‘Magic in Motion’ collection can presently be seen each day on Singapore Press Holdings MediaBoxOffice through 2007. In the international magic network, J C has additionally mounted himself as an elite illusion fashion designer from Asia with the ebook of his three severely acclaimed phantasm books that have been offered in extra than 30 nations to this point.
Another gifted award-prevailing magician, Jeremy Pei, is elevating the profile of Singapore magic within the nearby magic network together with his theatre shows, organized lectures, workshops and active participation in magic conventions & competitions in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and Australia. His unique North-Asian have an effect on style of magic overall performance has garnered him a following with new budding magicians whom he teaches and guides. He has additionally released a couple of unique magic merchandise which might be to be had to magicians international.
In some other first, award-winning junior magician, Kyle Ravin secured a 13-episode weekly Street Magic collection, “Maya” on MediaCorp Studios’ Vasantham Central. This 30min series noticed him perform magic for the Indian community and celebrities throughout the united states of america.
This decade has seen the creation of even more magic shops and dealers run by means of younger magicians to fulfill the demand of magic enthusiasts and magicians. These consist of new ‘brick & mortar’ magic shops which include Street Magic with the aid of Tan Wei Ping, Tricky Business by Jimmy Wong, The Magic Hall via Kenneth Peh in addition to on-line shops like The Little Magic Shop by means of Ning.
Visiting magicians to date for the brand new millennium have blanketed Joshua Jay, Shoot Ogawa, Charles Gucci, Nicholas Einhorn.
And the Magic History of Singapore continues to be written…