Singaporean to be first female Asian magician to headline international magic festival

·Senior Lifestyle Reporter
Photo: Ning: Mind Magic Mistress
Photo: Ning: Mind Magic Mistress

Two years after retiring from magic, Singaporean magician Ning Cai is returning better than ever to headline the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2017.

Held in the United Kingdom from 17 to 19 March, this will be the first time the festival is headlined by a female Asian magician.

She will also be debuting her new persona, Ning: Mind Magic Mistress, at the festival. Instead of performing physical death-defying feats that her old persona Magic Babe Ning was known for, she will be showcasing her talents in mind reading, mentalism and psychological manipulation at the event.

“Never underestimate the power of magic! Despite being away from the professional magic scene for the past two-and-a-half years, I have been approached so many times to come out of ‘retirement’ and the lure of making a comeback to perform again for the people who have enjoyed my brand of magic was just too strong,” Ning said.

She continued: “My new show, Mind Magic Mistress, is reflective of my relationship with magic, and the woman I have become. You can call this Ning 2.0 and I hope that audiences will enjoy my new intellectual-yet-playful approach towards modern day entertainment.”

Besides performing, Ning will be giving a lecture at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention about tricks she has amassed over the past 15 years, including fire-eating and escapalogy.

As one of thirty magicians featured in the “Our Magic” documentary that will be screened at the festival, Ning will also be taking part in a special Q&A session at the event.

Mayor of South Tyneside Councillor Alan Smith said: “Ning is a huge name in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and we have been incredibly fortunate to secure her for this, our 14th South Tyneside International Magic Festival.”

“I’m so honoured to be a part of this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival, and I really can’t think of a better way to debut my new brand, Ning: Mind Magic Mistress. It will be a new adventure for me, and it is one that I’m looking forward to bring my audiences on with,” Ning said.

Other renowned magicians from the United States and the United Kingdom will also appear at the event, including Mahdi Gilbert, Asi Wind and Rob Zabrecky.

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