Ming Da’s Magic MAY-hem America ‘Tour’ !

And here it is, the long awaited news!

Firstly, i would like to say that I am not like a famous magician who can “tour” per say, so i am thankful for all the producers of these shows for having me on their shows! Will be performing 8 shows in Chicago, New York, New Mexico, Vegas, California , and LA! Exciting!

Here is the promo poster for the ‘tour’:

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I am extremely excited to share my magic and performance with the American public and also look forward to meeting many magicians and masters that i have only heard of but never met!

Here some links to the different shows and venues:

The Magic Chicago Show– 3rd May
New York Monday Night Magic– 8th May
Max’s Magic Theatre-10th May
Vegas Wonderground– 18th May
California Magic Dinner Theatre– 19th, 20th May
Bay Area Dinner Show– 22nd May
Magic Monday LA– 29th May

If you happen to be around any of the places, please do buy a ticket for the show! And drop me an email to let me know you will be there :)

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Starting from April- Restaurant Magic Triple Threat!

It is official!

Ming Da and his team of magicians will be performing weekly table magic at 3 new venues, starting this April!

Please do come on down to these places and bring your friends to enjoy a time of good food and entertainment!

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Here are the links and timings for the magic at each venue:
The Bark Cafe, Thursdays 7-9 pm
The Bedok Marketplace, Fridays 7-9 pm
Cafe Football Singapore Cafe Football Singapore 12- 2pm

April Schedule:
The Bark Cafe: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
The Bedok Marketplace: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Cafe Football Singapore: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Ming Da has an external event on dates in italics and another magician will be around.

Ming Da will still be performing 3 times a week at 555 Villa Thai, refer to this link for the schedule: 555 Villa Thai Magic Schedule

Updates!

Hi there all you lovely people!

Time flies and almost a quarter of the year is going to be over. It has been a busy few months since the start of the year and i had not have the time to sit down to write. So, here is a quick update of what i have been up to.

So what have i been busy with? Firstly, it will be shows. Have been really busy and will be so up till the end of next week. One of the fun shows was performing for a wedding in Krabi, Thailand! Look at photo of the beautiful scenery below (Just one of the many!):

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Other than bring busy with shows, i have been busy with a few projects as well, here it goes! I am really excited for a few things that will be unfolding in the next few months:

1) I will be performing weekly regular magic at 3 more new restaurant venues! Will be bringing a magical experience to these new venues :)

2) MAY-hem America Performance tour! I will be performing in various cities in America in the month of May, more details coming soon!

3) A brand new formal close up show, this will be a public ticketed event! Currently in the process of finding a venue and finalising the show.

Thats all for now, will be posting more updates on each of the 3 points above as the time draws nearer. Meanwhile, here is a short magic trick for you:

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Good bye 2016, Towards 2017!

And…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Firstly, i really wanted to post something before 2016 ended but i was too busy with 3 shows on the last day. 2016 has been great and my busiest year so far. I can only imagine it getting better and will be working hard towards achieving new goals and milestones.

A big thank you to every direct client, repeat clients and event companies and partners for your support in 2016, more to come in 2017~
Thank you to every feature i got on both online and printed media: Vulcan Post, The New paper, BBC Radio, LOVE 97.2 , JTV

And lastly a special shout out to my regular gigs: Beer Market (Past) , 555 Villa Thai, and The Royal Albatross!

Some things to look forward to in 2017 include putting out a new show (maybe 2!), a possible new online series on another platform, and more international performances. Have received a couple of possible opportunities to go overseas, but nothing cast in stone yet, so we’ll see how it goes!

Here are some photos from my last days of 2016:

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Happy New Year! Stay Magical!

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Christmas and Countdown to 2017 on The Royal Albatross

Hi all!

Ming Da will be entertaining the guests onboard the Luxury Tallship Royal Albatross with his magic for 5 nights for their Christmas Special and Countdown to 2017!

Tickets are available for 21,22,23,24, 31 December.

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Tickets:
Get Christmas Special Tickets here

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Tickets for 31st December 2016: Here

It will be a night of luxury, good food and world class entertainment. Come and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience onboard!

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Keynote Speaking at Temasek Junior College Leadership Summit Camp

Hi all!

It has been a really busy period recently and i finally have time to do a new blog post.

I was recently invited as a guest speaker for the Leadership Summit organised at Temasek Junior College where i shared about my journey to being a professional magician. From my own experience and journey, i shared about the 3 elements that helped me to work towards my dream: Passion, purpose and perseverance.

Here is the full video of the talk:

After The talk, the students asked me some really interesting questions, and i did my best to answer them:

It was a really great experience going to back to school and talking to students and teachers. After all, i believe that students still have the opportunity to give their dreams a serious thought and i hope what i said have inspired them to start early and have the courage to go after their dreams!

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Featured on Vulcan Post!

Thanks Vulcan Post for this amazing article!

Magic is something that i am really passionate about and thankful that i can call it my work as well. Working hard in this craft that i love and hoping that one day i can fully do it justice as an Art Form. The articles covers almost everything about me, from how i started out performing, the business of magic, as well as my thoughts and hopes for magic. Have a read :)

A Professional Magician Since 2009, This 25-Year-Old NTU Grad Now Has His Own International Web Series

Mentioned in the article: JTV, Canvas Club, 555 Villa Thai , Mediacorp LOVE 97.2FM , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Interview and performance on LOVE 97.2 live radio at Compass one

Hi all!

I had the opportunity to talk about my life as a magician and performed for the DJs and live audience on Love 972 at Compass One this week! It was a fun time and the DJs and crowd was very spontaneous and fun! I did a special magic effect for the DJs in celebration of the station’s birthday and also taught everyone there a simple coin trick.

Here are some photos from the event:

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The full interview and performance video:

I had a lot of fun and so did everyone there, hope you will enjoy it as well!

Magically yours,
Ming Da

New Episode of Black Magic on JTV!

Hi everybody,

The brand new episode of Black magic is out on JTV! This time i spent some time performing some street magic in Bristol as well as the StoneHenge, which is BEAUTIFUL!

Do watch and remember to like and share! :)

Currently working on some new ideas and ventures, so stay tuned! And come down to The Beer MArket on Wednesday to enjoy some close up magic! :)

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Why do people hate magic?

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Imagine this scenario:

‘Hi! I am the magician hired for the event, would you like to see some magic?’

‘a….no thank you, we don’t like magic’

Ouch.

Let me tell you that this is not a made up situation but a very real scenario that many magicians have met with. As a professional magician, i am very aware that magicians are viewed as geeky and nerdy to some people.Everyone has different perceptions of magic. Some people only think of a magician at a kid’s party when you mention a magician, which is far from the truth. Try this out, ask a friend to describe a magician. Often they will describe someone dressed in a top hat, rabbits and doves, or even better- someone in a bright clown-liked costume. And it doesn’t help that there are magicians that still follow and dress this way. I do not want to point out anyone in my local market in particular or say that it is wrong, but personally, it is not the image i want me or my magic to project. I perform for corporate events, weddings and private parties and i definitely do not look like what you would imagine a magician would look like above. And yet when i perform, i still have people saying to me ‘I hate magic’

But here’s the thing:

I DON’T BLAME THEM WHEN PEOPLE SAY ” I HATE MAGIC”

You see the reason that people say they hate magic is the same reason magic is portrayed in a bad light in the media (Watch the Amazing Burt Wonderstone movie, its hilarious). That reason is us magicians. Don’t get me wrong. There are many magicians who are really good, many that i count as friends. However, there are also many who are still stuck in the old fashion times.

You will be able to spot these performers easily. They are the ones with a magic wand or top hat or bunny on their business card. They are the ones that have little social skills and don’t really speak well and within seconds of performing immediately act like they are better than you. The problem is magic is one of the industries whereby you can get some magic props, within a month print some business cards calling yourself a professional magician. Confession time:been there, done that. Now, this may be the way some of us start out. But a professional magician should definitely grow out of this as he matures in his entertainment career. Having said that, there are many magicians that have been around for years an should have quit years ago.

Whatever people have seen or experienced in person is what they attach to it. Unfortunately, this means that if that experience is bad…most likely it will be what they associate with magic.

Once that idea is cemented, nothing can change their mindset except having a different experience.

Now, this means that i have the chance to make the person fall in love with magic again. To change their perceptions, all i have to do is to perform for them once. After that, not only will they be able to appreciate the magic but most importantly they see my skills in interacting with people, engaging the crowd’s attention, and create a genuine connection between us while having fun and being amazed at the same time.

So what do I do as a magician to change perceptions?

ASK – Every client has a preconceived notion of my product or service. I must discover what shaped that experience and created that perception. If the client trusts me, they will tell me why that previously negative experience has impacted them to believe what they do now.

ACKNOWLEDGE – People don’t like to have their opinions challenged or ignored. I need to acknowledge their past experience and understand why they have the perception they do. If possible,i will ask deeper questions so that i can get a more complete understanding of their perceptions.

ASSIST – Help them see the future. A show reel is helpful in doing this. I will try to ask them to describe the ideal scenario that they wish when engaging my services because they cannot see what i do. Other than watching a show reel, it is important that they see a new picture and get a new understanding of what’s possible. I will assist them in imagining things the way they have never imagined them before.

This in its essence is a sales-process. By doing these with patience, providing helpful information along the way, i hope that the client will make the leap of faith for my services and be able to change the perception they have for magic.

As a professional entertainer, my goal when i perform is to make sure they are left with a good impression of both me and magic in a whole. As a full-time business owner, I take pride in communicating to my clients exactly what they should expect and change any negative perceptions they might have about magic.

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If you think magic is terrible there is a very good chance you might be wrong and i would like to help you change that perception. And if you are booking a magician for your event make sure you book a magician that is going create a memorable experience for your guests for the right reasons. Drop me a mail or give me a call here and i will be glad to assist you.

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Magically yours,
Ming Da