This article is to acquaint performers and enchantment aficionados with the rich history of enchantment in Singapore. It praises the outstanding accomplishments, unmistakable quality and criticalness of nearby performers from the over a significant time span.
The start of Modern Magic in Singapore
It is the general accord that cutting edge enchantment in Singapore (post World War 2) started with the late-Ng Bo
Oen AKA The Great Wong. Data on nearby enchantment 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 entertainer of his time in Singapore and performed crosswise over South East Asia. He was known for his sharp stage enchantment, Linking Rings routine and Sword Basket figment. He was likewise a specialist expert who constructed the majority of his props by hand. He had the endowment of making sense of the mechanics and approach of enchantment props and manufacturing them without any preparation.
In 1962, The Great Wong made a huge commitment to the worldwide enchantment team building singapore network by distributing his acclaimed connecting rings routine with English content composed by Tudor Brock. Davenports Magic in London disseminates 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 data 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 nearby performer who was instrumental in developing present day enchantment 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 supernatural innovations. His belongings and thoughts are still advertised seller things today and have been distributed in innumerable productions (of that time, for example, Gen, Spinx, Pentagram, New Pentagram, Swami Mantra, Abracadabra and even Tarbell’s Course in Magic. He is the main Asian entertainer 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 performers who have made ready for who and what is to come.
It was simply after the war and during the British Military Administration that enchantment 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 novice entertainers, including English-instructed experts.
In 1951 the Singapore Magician’s Club got their sanction 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 current performers. Other than the establishing individuals from the IBM Ring and The Great Wong (who joined the Ring in 1952 by greeting), some noticeable original entertainers included Lim Hap Hin, Tan Choon Tee, Tan Bah Chee, Yeo Soon Kian and his understudy Michael Lim.
The Great Wong worked the primary enchantment shop from his home cum showroom/workshop in Singapore at 255-A Jalan Besar where he sold his very own carefully assembled props just as imported seller things from Japan. (This home/shop was wrecked in a fire in Dec 1988 making him lose a large portion of his books and props)
During this period, entertainers like The Great Wong, Tan Bah Chee, Lim Hap Hin and Tan Choon Tee directed enchantment courses at the National Theater Club and the YMCA. They were answerable for delivering dynamic entertainers, 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 enchantment with entertainers performing at various scenes the nation over. Other than neighborhood entertainers performing in night clubs, outside entertainers, for example, Socar played out a stupendous 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 enchantment shop in Singapore at a shop house along Robinson Road. Around that time, mainstream performer Victor Khoo’s dad Khoo Teng Heng who was an entertainer, a ventriloquist and hypnotherapist opened his enchantment shop at Bras Basah. (where Carlton Hotel stands right now).
During this decade, Tan Choon Tee was becoming famous in the worldwide enchantment network in the field of Mentalism. He won a few global Linking Ring Awards for his One-Man Parades and has two books distributed by Micky Hades. He was likewise a standard supporter of various universal enchantment magazines, for example, Gen, New Pentagram, Magicgram, Magicana and The Linking Ring.