The Creation of Light & Space

The illusion we presented on the last episode of “Five Stars Carnival” is entitled “Light & Space”. Of the almost two dozen stage illusions that Ning & I present, this is Ning’s favourite or at least one of her top three.

In an interesting tidbit, it has take Ning & I just over 2 years to get all the illusions down in the precise manner we now present them as seen on TV and on stage live 6 days a week.

Check out the illusion on Five Stars Carnival below or on YouTube here.

“Light & Space” is an evolution of my original “Crystal Striptease” illusion that I performed on live TV for the President’s Star Charity 2004 (the same TV theatre that we taped “Five Stars Carnival”). But, I then wanted to move to a more modern-styled illusion which resulted in the creation of “Light & Space” (although, we have also since revived “Crystal Striptease” with ‘Magic Babe’).

When I first performed “Light & Space”, I was the one who vanished and two dancers did the impalement with the light staffs. Subsequently, when Ning teamed up in the show, we switched places/ roles. We have played the illusion at hundreds or corporate events and it goes especially well when we customize the illusion.

The fundamental premise of “Light & Space” is by no means new. The bare bones effect is that a person gets into a box (for lack of a better word). It is then impaled with two strobing light staffs and the person vanishes. The person eventually reappears. Other illusions that follow this basic effect include the classic Sword Basket Box, Tube & Spear and different forms of the Spiker. So what is the big deal with this specific design?

There are some small but siginificant design elements that ensure the illusion elicits spontaenous response of amazement. Firstly, the way the vanish and reappearance is presented is completely different from each other. In practically every illusion of this genre, the girl vanishes and reappears in the same way. Hence, the illusion is telegraphed with an expectant finished. “Light & Space” features an unexpected fast vanish and reappearance that are completely different from each other, which makes it very strong.

The strobing LED light staffs were a deliberate prop to create a high-tech feel and were different from the traditional swords.

The high elevation of the prop also makes the illusion visually even more impossible as there is no place for the person to go because the audience can clearly see beneath and around the table/ box at all times.

Incidentally, this illusion is described in my 2nd illusion book ‘Equilateral’.

Hope you have enjoyed the thinking behind this illusion!

About J C Sum

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17 Responses to The Creation of Light & Space

  1. Khai85 says:

    I simply loved the illusion. Magic Babe disappeared so fast and reappeared in an instant! That’s fantastic. Super duper fast. Fantastic illusion for the last episode. 🙂

  2. cardistry2007 says:

    aww man. thats the end for that show on Channel 8. have to find another fix for my magic thirst. 😀

  3. Aaron says:

    wow, an end with a bang. that was something i’ve never seen before! super impressed. too bad it’s the last episode..

  4. Will says:

    that was really awesome! it’s like so cool la, ning just disappears into mid-air! her hand was still there when you were opening the cover, and the next moment, she’s gone!

  5. Whodunnit says:

    Hey! That’s as great as the first episode!! The one where you and Magic Babe switch locations. Ha… I enjoy getting fooled by magic. Makes me think that anything is possible.

  6. BlueTornado says:

    I don’t know how’s that done and don’t want to know how it’s done. 🙂 Very cool and nice. She vanished in an instant then reappear as fast. Wow. How does she do it?

  7. Amazzo says:

    can be seen around it at all times? meaning can be performed surrounded? ooOOoo.. that’s one fantastic piece of illusion. 360 degrees performable.

  8. blake says:

    its cool but I loved the first episode more.

  9. ACE says:


    I’m reading this blog because I’m travelling to Singapore in early April and one of my friends told me that the Ultimate Magic Show is a must-see. As a fan of Magic and Grand Illusion I would really love to see the show.

    However, I cannot book tickets on the Arena Website for any date after March, 31st and I’m afraid that there won’t be a show while I’m in Singapore 😦

    So please, can someone tell me, if there’s a show (preferably on April 10th or 11th) and how I would get tickets?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

  10. blake says:

    two-week break looks like the time for R&R. 🙂

  11. Ryu2009 says:

    i want to watch Light and Space in real life. any chance its going to be in Ultimate magic? that would be awesome.

  12. GoblinGrenade says:

    Is 2 years considered a long time or a relatively fast time to get both you and Magic Babe to perfect the illusions together? Either way, your training results can be seen and its good. 🙂

  13. Michellllee says:

    not bad but not my favorite illusion..

  14. TootieTweety says:

    waah.. Magic Babe gone and appear back… so fun le.

  15. ACE says:

    Wow, that was a fast answer – and also very good news. Thaaaaaank you!

    I’m really looking forward to see your show 🙂

    Email to Matt is on the way.

  16. goli says:

    very nice. I like this magic but i like the second one more. 😛 hehehe. it was nicer. 🙂

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