Ning Cai

Info Author, Award Winning Magician

 

Recognised by Channel News Asia as "South East Asia's First Professional Female Magician", Ning Cai has also been credited by media and magic organisations around the world for constantly pushing boundaries and popularising the traditionally male dominated art of magic.

After putting herself through night classes at Uni and having her last $300 in the bank, Ning realized that her heart was her best GPS, so she decided to take the plunge in becoming a professional illusionist/escape artist after graduating with her BA in Mass Communications from RMIT. Back then, as sole breadwinner of a family of 5 with her two sisters still in school, Ning’s hunger for success fueled her.

She didn’t expect it but through blood, sweat and tears (backstage - where nobody sees the true happenings behind the scenes), the tenacious Singaporean evolved into an international artiste who has entertained royalty in Oman; been watched on stage and television by millions in Japan, France, Italy, Kuwait, England, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; also performing complex and newsworthy mega illusions ‘live’ before crowds of 12,000 at major events like the National Heritage Board’s Singapore Night Festival, Singapore Press Holding’s Straits Times: Part of My Life, the Singapore Tourism Board’s Singapore River Festival and more.

The feisty Singaporean trailblazer also received a few awards and world records, including:

·        “Outstanding Achievement & Contribution to Magic” Award, International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore)

·        "First Tandem Suspended Upside Down Strait Jacket Escape", Singapore Book of Records

·        "Patrons of Magic" Award, International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore)

·        "Largest Mind Reading Feat: 100 Minds in 60 Minutes", Singapore Book of Records

·        “Special Recognition Award for Contributions to the Arts & Media Community” from the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

·        Merlin Award for "Most Original Female Illusionist", International Magicians Society

·        "Most Number of Grand Illusions Performed in 5 Minutes", Singapore Book of Records

·        "Special Achievement Award", International Brotherhood of Magicians (Singapore)

An honoree of the Singapore Women's Weekly’s “Great Women of Our Time” and ambassador for Singapore’s official “Power Over Cervical Cancer” (POCC) awareness campaign, Ning has always been a strong proponent of “girl power”. She has spoken about it at Passion:Unleashed and Tedx.

A cancer survivor herself, Ning regards her close brush with death at 21 as a powerful catalyst that inspired her to start living and not simply exist. She passionately believes in paying it forward and has worked on several projects for Sharity Elephant, the Children’s Cancer Foundation and had also supported a Mongolian child through World Vision. Ning was also involved in the Best of You social movement, inspiring kind acts through art and real life stories.

A published author who is often invited to share at Singapore Writer’s Festival and National Library Board events, Ning’s latest book was recently nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize 2016. She has 2 more books coming out at the end of the year... and many more tricks up her sleeve.