Today, Ning & I headed down to *Scape for the M:idea Youth Choice Awards 2011. Upon arrivial, we were whisked to the dressing room and subsequently were invited down to walk the “red carpet” of the event.
We met lots of industry friends including Irene Ang, Jack & Rai and The Muttons.
As one of the highlights of the awards show, we presented a short act that included material from both our visual illusion show and interactive illusion show. So, it was an electic mix of material but it worked 🙂
After our performance, we were presented with a “Special Recognition Award for Contributions to the Arts & Media Community” from the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. It was a surprise honour that we learnt about only recently so accepted it with gratitude.
In a big way, this is a very significant award for us because it is from a mainstream organization that recognized our contributions to the Singapore arts & media community. It is a great step towards bringing magic to mainstream audiences once again.
Like the Merlin Awards in 2009, which we were the first Singapore illusionists to presented Merlins , this latest award from the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic was not something we applied for or competed for. But the award was presented based on our track record of adding to the local canvas in the Singapore arts & media scene.
Over the years, Ning & I have tried our best to put Singapore on the world map with our brand of urban illusions for live events & TV. The local mainstream has also been so supportive by covering our events and mega stunts. So, it is great that our work is also recognized by an organization that promotes arts & media in Singapore.
Thanks once again and we have many more surprises this year!
Here is an interesting note, our entire “gig’ for the M:idea Youth Choice Awards was documented by a University journalism student who is using us the subject for his project. Let’s see how that turns out 🙂
On a second interesting note, Ning’s youngest sister was also performing on the same stage later with her percussion group, Baracuda Batucada. Talk about a small world… what are the chances! Backstage, I was telling her she has the potential to be the next ‘Magic Babe’ as she’s got the hair, just needs the boots and red corset! lol.
Check back with more photos soon!