Rushing down all the way from Jurong Bird Park to the River Promenade, the RDM duo managed to reach Central at 9.15pm which we thought was pretty decent considering that the record breaking feat was due to start at 9.30pm. Boy were we wrong…
Filled with a sense of mission to capture history in the making, we went to higher grounds to recon the place. The view was breath-taking. Our sharp eyes spotted many magicians, most notably John Teo and Enrico Varella, who were both in the judges’ panel to witness the feat. Noticing small gaps in the crowded, we took the chance to jostle in and got the best view we could get!
We took the whole record breaking feat in the highest quality mode ever, which is ironic in some sense because the 5 minute video takes up a whopping 175MB and I don’t know how to compress it and upload to youtube yet. (Give us time, we will learn!) So… I’ll do my best to describe it in words for those of you who missed out the event. We will update this post once the official video from Concept:Magic is up!
15 in 5
J C started strongly with an appearance inside a smoke chamber, and he was calm and composed. Not forgetting his showmanship, he took the time to pause before and after the effect, and the second illusion (Crystal Appearance) took half a minute to complete. After that, things got pretty intense. They wasted no time and proceeded on to do the Crystal Metamorphosis, an instant teleportation of J C and Ning. Their hard work and effort was palpable in the fluidity of the illusion, as they seemingly breezed through the second illusion.
Up next was Full Trottle, the appearance of a sports bike, followed by a production of two lovely assistants. The teamwork between J C and Ning was almost flawless as they executed their moves with such synchronicity that amazed the audience. The illusion was followed up by a body through steel routine from Ning and an extremely visual illusion of J C walking past Ning.
Time was ticking and the fatigue started to set in. They were almost at the half way mark when Ning performed the Spiker, a routine from Ultimate Magic. The next effect they performed was called Light and Space, whereby Ning vanishes and reappears in a blink of an eye (literally!). The crowd was left gasping to catch up with all the action.
In an instant J C and Ning went on to do the Extreme Burn, where Ning escapes from a spear and magically reappears in another illusion, the 360 sawing where her head was sawed off and rotated 360 degress around her body. Poof, and time was up. It was the fastest 5 minutes ever. We could barely even blink!
After the official from the Singapore book of records tallied the total number of illusions successfully performed, we were left in awe as J C and Ning set a new record of 15 illusions in 5 minutes, smashing the previous record by a whopping 5 illusions.
John Teo went up the stage to present them the award. After which, the media bombarded them for a long long time. Vogue and I took the opportunity to eat our dinner! Haha. We came back and still didn’t miss out on the meet and greet session, where we took the chance to grab a group shot with them and posters of “The Impossible Record”.
But J C and Ning wouldn’t be able to accomplish such a feat without their remarkable crew. The backstage crew which consists of Adeline, Larry, Matthew and Ashraf played a pivotal role in ensuring that the stage was set in place for J C and Ning to do their job!
All in all it was a night to remember. It was a night where dreams became reality, where effort ripened into results, where thoughts become actions. J C and Ning have not only done themselves but also Singapore proud! I left the place feeling that Impossible is NOTHING.
“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Disney
RDM Readers! You can post your well wishes to both J C and Ning in this post