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World Record Magic Attempt to Take Place in Singapore 27 June 2009

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On Saturday, 27 Jun 2009 at 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 magically 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 and mentally challenging feat of attempting 15 grand illusions in 5 minutes.

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 unofficial record.

“The Impossible Record” is free and open to the public.

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