M Is For Magic (Babe Ning)

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2014

Continuing our celebration of all things Ning, this episode of the web series M For Magic features JC Sum and Ning performing for the founder of FLY entertainment Irene Ang and some of her top acts.

There were two seasons of M For Magic which featured some of Singapore’s hottest magicians performing on the street and close up in various locales. You can find the rest of the series at the Sinema TVSG YouTube page.

A Night Out With JC Sum And MB Ning

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2014

Well, it is Friday. Thoughts are turning to the weekend and maybe a nice night out on the town… This is how JC Sum and Magic Babe Ning do a night out in Singapore. At least, this is how they did it back in September of 2008.

At the time of writing this post iTricks has not been able to find any statement from JC Sum on Ning’s retirement announcement.

Taiwanese Ning and JC Sum Piece

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2014

From Taiwan CTV comes this profile of JC Sum and Magic Babe Ning. Yeah, it is not in English. Magic is like the universal language, right? Enjoy!

Mat Franco [Magic Week in Review]

Posted by Josh on October 17th, 2014

In possibly the manliest Magic Week in Review ever, Mat Franco joins Michael to talk stitches, wrestling and a little about winning some TV show called America’s Got Talent, too.


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Video Friday: Magic Babe Ning Edition

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2014

It is Video Friday (finally) and this week we are turning our attentions to the career of Magic Babe Ning who announced here retirement from show business (not just magic) earlier this week. It is not uncommon for performers to publicly retire in Asia, as opposed to America where it seems many performers just quietly slow down and fade away. Still, Ning’s retirement was more than a bit of a shock. I’ll admit that making a trip to Singapore to see JC Sum and Ning perform was on my “bucket list” and I figured I had a few more years to make that happen.

Here is a promo of Ning, you know, from back in her show biz days. We’ll bring you more Ning videos later… but be warned: the behind the scenes of her FHM shoot is not on the list. You gotta find that yourself.

Prints Of Magical Patents [Magic on the Block]

Posted by Michael on October 16th, 2014

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Here is a weird one for you, but kind of timely given the recent lawsuit involving Teller. A lister on ebay identified as “patent_museum” is offering a few prints of original patent drawings of stage illusions. They currently have prints of a levitation, vanish and race car illusion from Thurston as well as a Bautier bird cage illusion listed in Buy It Now offerings. Each is $13.95 with free shipping.

Our favorite magic patent print, though, is the diving suit patent shown to the right registered to Harry Houdini. It is also offered on a Buy It Now basis, but it is only $11.99 with free shipping and, frankly, is just a much cooler looking print with lots of intricate detail. All of the items listed are prints, not original illustrations.

NPH And The Oscars, New Houdini Star And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on October 16th, 2014

So, normally the announcement that a magician is going to host the Oscars is going to lead off the day, and it leads off the normal news, but sorry, Neil, Ning really caught us off guard. Congratulations are in order for Mr. Harris, though. It has been a pretty big month for him!

Aceshowbiz is reporting that Ryan Gosling is now in the running to portray Houdini in the adaptation of William Kalush’s Secret Life Of Houdini.

Women24 is suggesting that magicians are a creative way to entertain at wedding receptions. They do consider it kids entertainment, though, while suggesting hiring a caricaturist for the adults. Seriously? Maybe this is a left over prejudice from my art school days (where any money earned through art was considered good and pure… unless you stooped to caricatures) but how are magicians not considered entertainment worthy of adults?