Illusionist Andrew Lee is first Malaysian cast in London’s New Year’s parade


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  • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

Lee navigated through the challenges of performing to thousands of people outdoors and managed to pull off spellbinding magic tricks. Photo: instagram/andrewleemagic

First, he cast a spell all across Asia with his stunning magic tricks in the second season of Asia’s Got Talent (2017). Then, he wowed audiences and even got a standing ovation from hard-to-please judge Simon Cowell at last year’s Britain’s Got Talent in the audition round.

And once again, Malaysian magician and illusionist Andrew Lee has made the country proud by becoming the first ever Malaysian to have performed at the London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) at this year’s new year’s day celebration.

Themed London Welcomes The World, the 2019 parade was broadcast across the United Kingdom on Jan 1 and saw cheerleaders,marching bands, giant inflatables and motor stunt teams, to name a few, parade through a 3.2 km stretch.

The route began in Piccadilly and ran to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and finally ending at Parliament Square.

The 31-year-old Lee, together with assistants Cindy Teh and Jamie Mcloughlan, captivated the spectators with his signature danger-induced magic tricks.

After all, it was his knife-throwing card trick that earned the Klang-born the standing ovation from Cowell and the other three judges in the first place.

Lee is the first Malaysian illusionist to perform at the London New Year's Day Parade.
Lee is the first Malaysian illusionist to perform at the London New Year's Day Parade.

Lee probably faced his biggest audience yet (a crowd of over 500,000 people) in his already impressive career. But nothing could get in the way of this Malaysian wizard.

But of course, performing in a controlled environment like a proper stage versus performing outdoors are completely different matters.

“This is definitely my first time performing on a flatbed truck,” Lee wrote on his Instagram (@andrewleemagic) post. “The challenges were limited movement space, audience and camera on all sides, strong winds and try not to fall of the truck.

“Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!”

Lee navigated through the challenges of performing to thousands of people outdoors and managed to pull off spellbinding magic tricks. Photo: instagram/andrewleemagic

Lee’s love affair with magic began when he was 16 and throughout his student days in the US, Lee continued practising magic as a hobby. After his graduation, Lee returned to Malaysia, where he worked as a sales manager and nutritionist with a gym for six years.

Yet his love for magic never waned, and Lee uploaded videos of himself performing tricks onto YouTube and Facebook. It was from those videos that Lee landed his first international gig in Mumbai, India.

Since then, the trained nutritionist from the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine in California has performed all across Asia and countries such as Egypt, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and Australia. He also performed in Genting Highlands as their in-house magician.

Here’s hoping that Lee will continue to make Malaysia proud across the globe.

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