Performance clips and photos from America!

Hi all!

Photos and videos of my performances from America are here! Here you go!

Las Vegas, The Wonderground:

Magic Monday LA:

Looking at these videos brings back memories…missing the time there!

And some photos from Vegas:

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Look forward to being back in America again in the future :)

Magically yours,
Ming Da

End of the trip… start of a new journey

So i am sitting here at my desk in my hotel, and tomorrow i have an early long flight to catch back home to Singapore. Have some time to do some reflections before getting down to packing up.

How can i describe this trip? Magical. Unbelievable.

I still can remember having this plan in my mind last year:

    I want to perform in America.

That was it. I am not the best, i am not famous, i don’t have the most original creations, or the best new moves. But i knew there was only one me, and i believed that was enough.

I didn’t tell many people, especially local magicians, because i was afraid to be judged. I was scared to be said to be “thinking too highly of himself” But i took the leap of faith. I listened to the small still voice in my heart.I researched, looked for places that i wanted to perform and emailed the places. Some were open, some were not. Of course i do not blame them. “Who’s this guy? A guy nobody knows, wanting to performing in the great America, how can we trust that hes good enough?” They didn’t say that of course, but i knew that was what they were thinking.

But some were open, some gave me their faith, and i think i did not disappoint them. Looking back at the trip and places i have performed…how unreal is this! I have met people i have only heard of, seen on magic tapes, seen their name only in a magic book…Legends from a far away land. And fast forward to now, i have met some, talked to some, sat on the same table to session, and even performed with some! And many who i can really now say are my friends. How crazy is this.

Here are some photos from Vegas where i performed at The Wonderground Cabaret:

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California Magic Dinner Show, where the show was sold out!

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The Bay Area Dinner Show:
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And finally Magic Monday LA:

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It has been an incredible journey, nothing short of amazing. I am leaving this place with ideas to work on, acts to practise and showcase one day, new goals to be achieved in the future, new business ideas to start when i am back home and most importantly memories that will last me a lifetime, friendship in magic that makes this craft and passion and hopefully art that i pursue so much worth it.

This is the end of the trip, but a start of a even greater journey i’m going to take. America, i will be back, wait for me.

Magically yours,
Ming Da

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

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

Reflections on Europe

Hi everybody!

Alas, the time for me to return home is near.

The Amsterdam Magic Show was a huge success with the tickets selling out before the day and standing tickets were even sold. I was honored to be on the line-up with fellow dutch and international magicians: Aljaž Šon, Arthur Gerards, Quintus De Paarse Goochelaar, Alex Blackwood, Timon Krause, Fritz Alkemade, Ryan Millar. We had such a fun international crowd (Saudia Arabia, Norway) and because we streamed the show live, people from South Africa and Czech Republic could see the show as well! My part of the show went very well and i had people coming up to me to shake my hand and tell me they enjoyed mine the most. Happy and humbled at the same time, very thankful for this opportunity.

Here are some photos from the show:
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The last of my performances happened at the Illusions Magic Bar in Bristol and what an experience it was. Illusions is like a cross between a club and bar. It has a corner for bands and a DJ where music is blasted out for the guests to listen and a mini dance-floor in front of it.

At another corner is the elevated platform stage for the the close up magic show. It is custom-made from an actual poker table and it is a beauty!

Illusions Bar Table: Every close up magician’s dream table
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Illusions Bar House Rules:

Performing at Illusions has been a big learning experience for me as a performer. Over the 3 days, i had to impress skeptics, deal with drunk and rowdy people, and learn how to work to get tips. One of the experiences was quite funny: I remember a guy who brought his wife up to watch my show and the wife was obviously not interested and did not bother to keep it in as well. Throughout the first 2 tricks that i did, she refused to be cooperative and was complaining to her husband that he dragged her up for the show. I knew i had to do something and i said: ‘ Look, the rest of the people here are here to enjoy the show, if you do not want to watch, no one is forcing you and you can leave anytime.’ She was stunned for a moment and kept quiet. It was then that i did my favorite trick with a lime and she was amazed and smiled and clapped. I have to say: That was a satisfying experience :)

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As Singapore does not have a tipping culture, it was also my first time doing banter and trying to get tips. And i absolutely love it. I shall not say how much i got for tips but let’s just say that i could eat comfortably for the 3 days just from the tips that i earned on the table, excluding my fee. Many people came to me after my sets and told me they really enjoyed and were impressed by my show. There were also regulars at the bar that told me they have been there before and my show was the best they have seen there. All these coming from the English public means a lot to me. I remember one group that was screaming to the bar manager: ‘ What is Ming doing here at Illusions?! HE should be at f—ing Las Vegas!’

There were also people who asked about my performance fee for overseas shows and were interested in booking me…so if things go on well: I will be back sooner than i thought! :) Thanks to Mark Bennett, owner and creator of Illusions Magic Bar for arranging everything!

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Being the first Singaporean magician to perform at Illusions, i have my own picture frame that will be up on the bar wall too!

Testimonial from Mark Bennett, owner and creator of Illusions Magic Bar:

“Hi Ming, Just wanted to say thanks and what a privilege to have you tread our boards at Illusions Magic Bar, many famous magicians have worked here from Paul Daniels to Paul Zenon and John Archer and I can say for someone who has never experienced a bar like this you took to it like a duck to water. especially the TIPS!!! I’m glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon.”

During my time in the UK and Europe, i also had the privilege to work with and watch many other magicians and make some friends. i have seen so many different kinds of magic: wonderful storytelling magic, silent acts on stage, stand up magic, great visual creations just for eye candy, bar magic done right. I have also learnt a lot from the magicians that i have talked to and spent time with. And all these add to my overall experience as a performer and gives me a broader perspective. Many thanks to everybody that i met and made me feel welcome and given me opportunities over here!

And big thanks to Brendan Rodrigues, The Magician of the year 2016 at The British Magic Circle, for sending me this:

I will be back 😉

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Magic Muse at Canvas, and more good news :)

Greetings!

The 2 runs of Magic Muse at Canvas have come to an end and it has been an awesome experience. Thank you to all who turned up for the both nights. It was a humbling feeling seeing the turn out increase significantly from show to show.

I have many people to thank for making all these happen. Firstly, a big thank you to Canvas for believing in the concept and trusting in me with this initiation project, and also providing support both in terms of venue and marketing. Next, thank you to Shawn and Shaun (If you are confused, you haven’t been to the show, booo) for being part of this show, this couldn’t have happened without them. Thank you for all the magicians that came and provided feedback for the show as well. A special shout out to J C Sum for coming down to the 2nd show and providing the valuable feedback. Lastly, to every single audience that made your way down to the show and showing support to local magic.

I’m happy to say that due to the response received from the audience, we have been asked to do another show! This will be a brand new show and we are looking to tighten things up, consolidating all the feedback and putting on a better show. In all honesty, it was not an easy decision to make when i was asked to do another show as i know that the general public is still not used to the idea of paying to watch a magic show. Ticket sales has been something that haunt me during the nights, wondering whether we will be going up on stage with just 2 people in the audience on the actual night. Hopefully, this concept will catch on and we will be having a healthy growing audience base. Do show us your support! More information coming your way :)

Here is the show reel of my show at Magic Muse:

In other news, the 2nd episode of ‘Black Magic’ online magic series on JTV has just been done this week. This was a fun and hilarious episode with Shaun T and Kevryn, you can check the live replay here:Black Magic Episode 2: Flirty Magic

The episode will be out on JTV youtube channel in a few weeks! Stay tuned!

Magically yours,
Ming Da

Magic Muse and ”Black Magic” both a success!

Hi everyone!

Time for some updates again, and once again thank you for keeping track with this blog :)

For those of you who still don’t know, i am working with JTV on a brand new online magic series called ”Black Magic” directed by J team director Shawn Tan and executive produced by Jack Neo! It is a great honor and fun to be part of this new project.

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I’m happy to say that the first episode was a blast! I had the cast from the movie ‘Long Long Time Ago’ Charmaine and Jing Jing Ahma, they were both so adorable and were amazed by the feats of magic that i did. I am already looking forward to develop content for the episodes coming up. I will have to up my game with each coming episode- both challenging and fun! Check out some photos:

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Guests for the 1st episode of ‘Black Magic’ Charmaine and Jing Jing Ahma

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The very pretty Rani :)

What makes this project more challenging than other magic series is the fact that it is broadcast live. This means that i have to keep track of angles and many other factors that might change during a live magic performance situation and work closely with the director to ensure nothing goes wrong. And you can be assured that there are definitely no camera tricks here :)

For those of you who missed the Live broadcast, you can watch the replay here: Black Magic Episode 1

In other news, the first show of Magic Muse at Canvas Singapore was a success! This was my first ticketed public show and i am glad to share the stage with Shawn Chua and The Sensational Stefano, and Shaun T from 91.3 fm who hosted the night. It was a fun night of laughter and magic as promised and many of the guests feed-backed that they enjoyed the night, so we are all glad to hear that!

Here are some photos from the night:

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The 2nd show of Magic Muse will be on the 10th of May, if you did not make it for the first show, do come down for this one as it may be the final one till further notice :) Don’t wait to get the tickets, take advantage of the early bird price now!

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The second show will not be entirely the same as the first, and we will be tightening up certain details and feedback from the first show. In short- it will be better! :)

Here are the details on the facebook event page: Magic Muse 10th May Facebook Event PAge

Get your tickets here: Magic Muse 10th May Tickets

That is all for now! Look out for more updates the next time!

Magically yours,
Ming Da