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A Continuing Journey In The Magic History Of Singapore

This article is to acquaint magicians and magic fans with the rich history of magic in Singapore. It praises the outstanding accomplishments, magic 8 ball inside noticeable quality and essentialness of nearby magicians from the over a significant time span.

The start of Modern Magic in Singapore


It is the general accord that cutting edge magic in Singapore (post World War 2) started with the late-Ng Bo Oen AKA The Great Wong. Data on neighborhood magic pre-war is rare. The main data found has been on The Great Wong performing at the New World Amusement Park (at that point situated at Kitchener Road) during the 1930s.

The Great Wong was conceived in 1908 in Shanton, a city of the Guangdong Province, China and moved to Singapore in 1933. He was the main expert magician of his time in Singapore and performed crosswise over South East Asia. He was known for his sharp stage magic, Linking Rings routine and Sword Basket hallucination. He was likewise a specialist skilled worker who assembled the majority of his props by hand. He had the endowment of making sense of the mechanics and system of magic props and creating them without any preparation.


In 1962, The Great Wong made a noteworthy commitment to the universal magic network by distributing his renowned connecting rings routine with English content composed by Tudor Brock. Davenports Magic in London conveys his composition to date. In 1982, he was welcomed by the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM) to perform at the fifteenth World Congree of Magic in Lausanne, Switzerland.


(For more information on The Great Wong; allude to ‘The Great Wong Story’ in The International Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring 115 The Quantum Ring Golden Jubilee Issue)


Another neighborhood magician who was instrumental in developing current magic in Singapore during the start was the late-Tan Hock Chuan. He was an educator by calling however performed for yearly exceptional occasions, philanthropy shows and private gatherings. He was (and still is) universally known for his magical creations. His belongings and thoughts are still showcased seller things today and have been distributed in incalculable productions (of that time, for example, Gen, Spinx, Pentagram, New Pentagram, Swami Mantra, Abracadabra and even Tarbell’s Course in Magic. He is the primary Asian magician to get the Spinx Award (1936-37)


Both The Great Wong and Tan Hock Chuan were significant impacts to huge numbers of the original of Singapore current magicians who have made ready for who and what is to come.




It was simply after the war and during the British Military Administration that magic in Singapore started its ascent to where it is today. 1950 was the year that the Singapore Magician’s Club was shaped by a gathering of beginner magicians, including English-instructed experts.


In 1951 the Singapore Magician’s Club got their contract from The International Brotherhood of Magicians HQ in America and was from that point on was formally known as The International Brotherhood of Magicians Singapore Ring 115. Establishing individuals from the club around then included Tan Ewe Chee (President), Yeo Soon Kian, Lim Kim Tian, Lim Hap Hin, J.H Stafford, L.A Joseph, J.W Jackson (Vice-President) and Tan Hock Chuan (Secretary).


The 50’s brought forth Singapore’s original of present day magicians. Other than the establishing individuals from the IBM Ring and The Great Wong (who joined the Ring in 1952 by greeting), some unmistakable original magicians included Lim Hap Hin, Tan Choon Tee, Tan Bah Chee, Yeo Soon Kian and his understudy Michael Lim.


The Great Wong worked the primary magic shop from his home cum showroom/workshop in Singapore at 255-A Jalan Besar where he sold his own high quality props just as imported vendor things from Japan. (This home/shop was decimated in a fire in Dec 1988 making him lose a large portion of his books and props)




During this period, magicians like The Great Wong, Tan Bah Chee, Lim Hap Hin and Tan Choon Tee led magic courses at the National Theater Club and the YMCA. They were liable for delivering dynamic magicians, for example, Charles Choo, Wong Fok Choy, Chia Hearn Jiang, Gwee Thiam Hock and the late-Vijeyacone.


The mid 60s likewise observed the ‘Brilliant Age’ of magic with magicians performing at various scenes the nation over. Other than neighborhood magicians performing in night clubs, remote magicians, for example, Socar played out a fantastic fantasy show to a full house at the Capitol Theater (along Stamford Road) and The Great Nicholas at the Sky Theater in The Great World Amusement Park at Kim Seng Road (Now, Great World City).


In the late 60s, Wee Peng Guan (Uncle of Charles Choo), opened the subsequent magic shop in Singapore at a shop house along Robinson Road. Around that time, well known performer Victor Khoo’s dad Khoo Teng Heng who was a magician, a ventriloquist and subliminal specialist opened his magic shop at Bras Basah. (where Carlton Hotel stands presently).

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