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This blog details the "backstage business" of professional illusionist, illusion designer, author & show producer, J C Sum.
It also explores how creative & artistic individuals can position themselves to be commercially successful in their respective fields.
Whether you are an entertainer, film-maker, designer, musician, artist, actor or animator, this blog strives to offer insights based on the art, science and business of one of Asia’s most commercially successful practitioners of the magic arts.
Category Archives: Design
I just got back into the workshop to begin overseeing the fabrication of four illusion projects that will be featured in various shows this year. While I use the term “illusion projects”, not all are illusions. Two are custom designed … Continue reading
People who follow our work will know that “360 Sawing” is one of our signature illusions, as very few magicians in the world perform it, especially the way the present it. Now, we can safely say that no one else … Continue reading
I’ve just about finished the material specifications for our new illusion. Currently, entitled “Shadow Walk”, it will be made from 95% aluminum and stainless steel so there is a lot of custom cutting and welding to be done for this … Continue reading
It has been almost one full year that we have not built one of my original illusions for our shows. The last large-scale illusion that we built was for “The Aerial Exit”, a complex illusion that saw 5 people vanish … Continue reading
This entry is actually based on a response I made on a forum posted by a young magician for the US. It was regarding illusion redesigning rights and the rights to build an illusion based on an existing creation of someone else’s. … Continue reading
I first came up with the design of a motorcycle appearance in end-2004 and had in built in 2005. The goal was to create a practical appearance that could be performed surrounded and in all conditions. The “perfect” illusion that … Continue reading
With all the principal filming done for our 60min 3D TV Magic Special, I thought I would list all the acts designed for the show. Here is the complete list of magic, illusions and stunts we filmed: Harley Motorcycle Production … Continue reading
We have been prepping the mega escape stunt that will be filmed on Sunday night with a live audience. Particular attention has been made to the technical aspect of the escape. There are two important elements that make this stunt spectacular … Continue reading