A Royal Evening aboard the Royal Albatross

It was 8pm in the evening and I was at Sentosa Island’s berth, awaiting for the Royal Albatross to dock. I was hired to perform magic aboard one of the most exquisite super yachts in the waters nearby Keppel Harbor—The Royal Albatross. This 4 masted 22-flagged tall ship was beautiful, and as it docked, the jazz music from the ship encompassed the berth.

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The guests had just arrived from the ship’s signature sunset sail, whereby the ship leaves the port at 6pm, sailing in the sea, while the diners enjoy their dinner on the deck as they watch the beautiful sun set. More information can be found on their website here. As I got on the ship, I was greeted by the friendly crew and was introduced by the emcee aboard the ship. Emi, the lady who contacted me, was extremely personable and glad to have me aboard.

 

I got prepared and brought my props onto the bow of the ship, on netting that was 10 metres above the sea water! After setting up, I began my opening act, starting out by asking everyone to observe what I was about to do very carefully. As this was happening, the ship rocked gently from the waves of the sea, and the cooling evening breeze set the tone of the luxurious evening.

 

At the end of the opening act, I proceeded to the bunks to store my stage props away. The interior of the ship was perfectly carpeted, matching the colors of the wooden walls and ambient lighting. The bunks had purple-blue lights around the beds, accompanied by beautiful silk décor and each had an individual toilet. After keeping my props, I proceeded back up to start my roving magic.

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Edward Loke

I began this segment with a couple, by which were celebrating the husband’s birthday. They were delighted to have a magician aboard, and even told me that they really enjoyed my opening act! Thrilled, I performed a special birthday card trick for them. I then went to various other tables on the deck, performing for couples, families and groups of friends as they enjoyed the wonderful evening weather.

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Eventually, I had finished performing for all the guests left aboard the Royal Albatross both upstairs and downstairs. As they left the ship with smiles on their faces, I knew I had given them a magical experience indeed. I then thanked Emi for having me aboard, and after performing for her and the crew, packed up and took one last picture at the berth.

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Edward is a professional magician, working with Meta Illusions to deliver high-quality magic shows for restaurants, corporations, MNCs and other businesses. For more information, contact info@metaillusions.com.

Last night performing at VLV

Awesome bar located at VLV with drinks, and a live band. Exactly the place I have been dreaming to perform at!

I arrived half an hour earlier to set up my equipment and had a great chat with the manager. He told me the response from our magic has been great for the past few weeks that we have been performing here. There was also an awesome band performing live music for the customers to enjoy!

The crowd at VLV had people from many countries, from China to Thailand to Vietnam!

So I approached the first table with the Thailand customers. After showing them some magic, they were so impressed! One of them was in awe when an X appeared on his hand without me going anywhere near him.

They even asked to take a group photo together!

They even asked to take a group photo together!

You can see from their shocked faces that they thoroughly enjoyed my magic.

You can see from their shocked faces that they thoroughly enjoyed my magic.

Man who who could not believe his eyes when a ball appeared from this clothing

Man who who could not believe his eyes when a ball appeared from this clothing

After performing for around an hour past, I thanked the manager who was genuinely happy for giving us the opportunity to perform here for the past few weeks! Really looking forward to come back to this place to showcase my magic again!

Check out Yu Ji performing at VLV that day and also other casual events!

 

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Yu Ji is an up and coming semi-professional magician doing close-up performances and stage acts suitable for corporate events, casual events and even carnivals/funfairs. For further inquiries, do contact info@metaillusions.com 

Magic at BANDAI Celebratory Night

Bandai was the company that brought my childhood to life. Digimon, Mega Man, Dragon Ball Z,  Cardcaptor Sakura and the recently hyped MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS just to name a few. When I heard that I was going to be performing magic for them, my inner child smiled gleefully. It’s MORPHING TIME

It was a very intimate private function held by Bandai Corporation at the Hyatt Hotel. A cosy atmosphere, the guests were directors and shareholders of the company (or so I’m told).

Not unlike how Bandai brought my favourite kids show to life in the form of toys and collectibles, I worked my magic on the guest and made impossibilities happen. You can see that they enjoyed my performance!

My favourite part of the night was when I printed the name of my participating spectator on the back of a name card using magic. The look on their face when they see their name appearing on the card that was firmly in their hand was priceless. One guy got so startled he shouted expletives that I shall not repeat here because after all, Bandai is a kid’s friendly brand name

 Here’s a video of my performances at that event:

 

 

All in all, it was an amazing night, getting to meet the faces behind one of my favourite childhood toy company. Now to binge watch all those old Nostalgic cartoons

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Joel is a professional magician, working with Meta Illusions to deliver high-quality magic shows for restaurants, corporations, MNCs and other businesses. For more information, contact info@metaillusions.comSee his profile here!

Another awesome night at VLV

Drinks, magic and live bands, what’s not to love at VLV?  The atmosphere was chill, and I’m sure the crowd would love to see some magic.

As I arrived earlier than expected, I saw the live-band getting ready to perform. Using this chance, I decided to do a bit of "warming up" and perform a bit for them.
Magic really helped to break the ice!

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VLV has two areas, one which was the open-air bar, and the other was the exclusive club area. I performed around both areas, and each area had its unique points. The open area is where the live band is, it has a really chill vibe; great for drinks and catching up. Inside VLV, it is a lot more posh and quieter, there are nice couches and sofas. Great place to talk business/

The crowd at VLV quite international, there were a good mix of foreigners and lcoals. These two guys were from Japan and I had a great time performing for them

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About midway, I went inside to perform my brand of close up magic. You can see from their smiling faces that they enjoyed the magic very much.

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Here’s a nice photo of the live band jamming away behind me while I was up to my magical trickery.

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Shout-out to the live band Mischief for their awesome renditions of requested songs.

I met many interesting individuals at VLV, ranging from an American who claims to be a Hollywood actor to professional dancers taking stage. I’m revving to go again next week. I wonder who would I be performing to next week?

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Joel is a professional magician, working with Meta Illusions to deliver high-quality magic shows for restaurants, corporations, MNCs and other businesses. For more information, contact info@metaillusions.comSee his profile here!

 

 

Entertaining Guests at VLV (International Women's Day)

Great Evening Performing at VLV!

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On Wednesday, the 8th of March, I was called to perform for VLV, a restaurant/lounge located in Clarke Quay. It is next to Attica, one of Singapore’s most happening clubs, and I had a great time performing for many groups of friends and some families.

I began the night by performing for a couple located near to the entrance. They said that they were just chilling by the Singapore River, and even pointed out that they enjoyed my magic too!

I then moved from table to table, performing more and more magic. It so happened, that that day was international women’s day, and I had come prepared. I managed to perform some very interesting effects, designed especially for this day. Everyone was laughing continuously as I made a pen penetrate their selected card!

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I also made my way around, and performed for a few more couples. It was heartwarming to see so many people having a good Wednesday evening spending time with the people they love.

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At my last table, I performed for a group of foreigners. There was a Canadian and 2 Belgians! In my first trick, one of them tried to sneak out a card, and was caught. However, I bamboozled them hard when that same card floated in the air!

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It was indeed a great night performing at VLV, and I would definitely do it again. Happy International Women’s Day!

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We will be performing every Wednesday Night at VLV for the month of March! Join Meta Illusions and be amazed on Ladies Night!

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Edward is a professional magician, working with Meta Illusions to deliver high-quality magic shows for restaurants, corporations, MNCs and other businesses. For more information, contact info@metaillusions.com.

Magician at NTU Festival

This post was written by Joel Lim

Being part of NTU U-festival 2017 was an eye-opener. A NTU student myself, I never had the opportunity to perform for one of NTU student union’s event so I was understandably excited for this chance to amaze and astound my fellow students.

For the first time in quite a while, I felt nervous about performing. These are university students, forged hard in the brimstones of the education system. I looked around, and realise that there is nothing to fear. Everyone is here to have fun. Let’s bring the fun to the crowd.
 

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After breaking the ice with a group of business students, the butterflies in my stomach went away. 

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There was a group of S.T.E.M(science, technology, engineering and maths) students and I could literally see the gears in their heads grinding to a stop while I was performing to them. It’s such a sight to see people who deal with certainties get completely baffled.

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These two Red Bull "Angels" were great audiences. Also, who can say no to free Red Bull?

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The lovely emcees for the event. The girl on the right couldn’t stop laughing uncontrollably. I take it that she’s just too flabbergasted.

It was amazing to perform for my peers. I got to brighten the days of people whose daily dredge I fully understand as a student myself.

I’ll gladly perform around NTU again! Now, if I could convince NTU to set-up a school of magic like Hogwarts….

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Joel is a professional magician, working with Meta Illusions to deliver high-quality magic shows for restaurants, corporations, MNCs and other businesses. For more information, contact info@metaillusions.com. See his profile here!

Celebrating the Rooster Year with Close Up Magic

This post was written by up and coming magician, Joel Lim.

On the 2nd Feb, I was invited by Amundi Asset Management for their event at Xi Yan Private Dining. This establishment was founded by Celebrity chef Jacky Wu and his artistic taste is immediately evident in the décor and art pieces in the restaurant.

Xi Yan restaurant

Arriving early at their location, I can see that no expense was spared for the event itself. There were even inflatable roosters on each of the dining tables to signify the Year of the Roosters.

There was a long wait before the guest started arriving, and I took it as my duty to entertain the event organisers during their downtime. The event organisers were entranced and kept asking for more. I even gave a personal psychic reading to one of them (disclaimer: I am not a psychic or claim to have psychic abilities)

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In time, the guests started arriving in troves and I immediately got to work.  The guests were delighted by my sorcery and wizardry. They were even more impressed when the magic happened right in their hands.

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Alas, I immediately recognised that the area I was performing in was getting too crowded, thus I moved out to the dining area, where I could reach out to more guests and bedazzle them with my sleight of hand.

There were thunderous applause and even dead silence as they looked upon in disbelief. However, all good things must come to an end. As I entertained my final group of the night, I walked away knowing that I brought smiles to all of them that night.

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It is always a pleasure to perform my magic for a great crowd!

Joel is an up and coming magician doing close up magic and mind reading. For further inquiries, do contact info@metaillusions.com

Wedding Magic at Temasek Club Singapore

Wedding Magic: Written by Edward Loke

I was invited to perform for my friend’s wedding on the 18th of December in 2016 at Temasek Country Club. It was a beautiful hall, well decorated with many lights and flowers, setting the tone for the evening. The tables were all set up and there was even a dance floor right in front of the stage!

Singapore Wedding Magician

Although I had arrived slightly early, I made use of my time by checking out the venue’s entrances and exits, and spotted out potential locations where groups of people may gather. Upon speaking to the event organizer and the groom, I then stood outside the wedding hall at the reception area, waiting for the guests to arrive.

When the guests arrived, the atmosphere of the entire hallway changed. From a quiet and empty hallway, the bar and cocktail area had become full of people chatting, laughing and drinking! I began performing my routines from table to table, while at the same time being sure not to bump into anyone.

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Many people were very suspicious of me initially. However, with my opening act, I managed to break the ice between the guests and myself, and we all had a great time together. I even managed to perform for the groom’s family, of which said that they were amazed, despite the groom’s brother telling me that it is hard to amaze them!

Magician for Weddings Singapore

It was a great evening performing close-up magic, and the guests were all very delighted. When the doors opened and all the guests had finished proceeding into the grand ballroom, I thanked the event’s organizers and then proceeded to prepare for the small stage act that I was to perform later that evening.

Edward is an up and coming semi-professional magician doing street shows, close-up performances and stage acts. For further inquiries, do contact info@metaillusions.com

Close Up Magic For Corporate Dinner at Singapore’s Cricket Club

 Yu Ji was invited to perform for AMPOL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caltex Australia, on the 15th of December 2016. The event was a dinner in a restaurant in The Singapore Cricket Club—The Padang, where the company will be serving dinner for a large group of tables, and therefore invited Yu Ji to perform for their dinner.

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The Singapore Cricket Club has several fine dining restaurants, with The Padang being its award-winning restaurant that serves fine Western and Indian cuisine. Located on the second floor of the clubhouse, it has clear windows that display the skyline of Singapore’s city, and at showcases the beautiful lights of the city at night.

To start off the night, Yu Ji started performing his usual close up repertoire, and amazed the first table of people he approached. His routine was polished, fine and visual, gaining a loud applause at the end of his first effect! This announced to everyone present at the dinner that there was a magician, and Yu Ji smiled widely as he continued on with his routine.

Corporate Magician Singapore

He then moved to the next table, then on and on. There was a lady who was so shocked, that she screamed when he made a cross appear on her hand that she was watching the entire time! He also entertained the VIP guests for the night, and everyone had a great time overall.

Singapore Magician Corporate

After thanking the event organizer, Yu Ji took his leave at the end of his booked timing. It was a pleasant experience, and Yu Ji had a great time performing for AMPOL.

Yu Ji is an up and coming semi-professional magician doing street shows, close-up performances and stage acts. For further inquiries, do contact info@metaillusions.com

Interactive Roving Magic for Kajima at Raffles Hotel

Kajima Overseas Private Limited invited Joel to perform for their company dinner at Raffles Hotel. They had over 10 tables of people, and wanted to celebrate their evening with a magician to entertain their company’s staff.

Singapore Close Up Magician

Joel’s specially designed close up magic dazzled and entertained the Japanese company’s staff and members. He arrived early at the location, and checked out the stage in the grand ballroom and prepared for his performance backstage. After so, he spoke to the emcees and the event organizer of the event, before eagerly awaiting the guests to arrive at the front door.

Joel began the evening with his favorite routine, winning the hearts of the Japanese staff from the company. At his first table, he performed a unique routine with some poker chips, and received an astounding round of applause. He laughed when a child asked him to do It again, and, amazed her for the second time.

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By moving from table to table, Joel was gathering the attention of numerous people throughout the room. The photographer of the event had even decided to follow him closely and take shots of him performing his magic. In addition, there was a lady who could not believe her eyes from one of Joel’s effects, and she would not let go of the card that she had signed, even after Joel moved on to the next table.

Singapore Roving Magician

 

After covering all the tables in the room and performing for the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Joel approached the event organizer, and thanked them for the evening. He then took his leaving, knowing that he had left many smiles and given the participants of the event a magical time.

Joel is an up and coming semi-professional magician doing street shows, close-up performances and stage acts. For further inquiries, do contact info@metaillusions.com