BE enthralled by the mystique of magic at the Subang Parade’s Festival of Magic 2012 this weekend with lots of magic shows and opportunities to mingle with famous magicians.
The event that has been on since June 4 will culminate this weekend with special performances from magicians from around the world. The gala shows will be held tonight from 7pm to 9pm and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm at the West End stage.
Special guest Mikael Szanyiel of France will perform a comedy act accompanied by music.
Another special guest is Shawn Farquhar from Canada. His most notable performances were seen on television shows like The X-Files, Highlander and in movies such as Spooky House.
Other internationally renowned magicians include Caramel Machine (Sada & Odaji) from Japan, Fukai & Kimika from Japan, Do Ki Moon from South Korea, JC Sum & Magic Babe Ning from Singapore, Chipin Huang from Taiwan and Xiao Run from China.
Subang Parade centre manager Chay Siew Mun said they decided to hold the first event six years ago when there was a brainstorming session to decide on a community event to be held at the mall.
“We wanted to revive magic because it was not so popular at the time. Magic helps children to be more creative,” he said.
Together with Vincent Tan, who has been spearheading the project, the festival has grown to become a popular event that attracts a number of magic enthusiasts and fans.
“Magic is diversified and it is family entertainment. This time we have included a number of comedy magic shows in the schedule,” added Tan.
The event was launched yesterday by Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, witnessed by Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne, IBM advisers Datuk Patrick Tan and Datuk David Hew, Federal International Societies of Magic president Eric Eswin and Hektar Property Services chief executive officer Tanaka Hadashi.
There will also be a Junior Magician Competition and the International Magicians Competition featuring participants from Asian countries.
Prizes up for grabs for the International competition includes RM6,335 for the first prize winners.
There are also magic booths where visitors can buy a number of magic gadgets and accessories.