A Mega Illusion is defined as a large-scale illusion spectacle that involves a large or iconic object and/ or covers a large area or distance and most importantly; is performed for a live audience and in an uncontrolled environment. Notably Mega Illusions from the past include David Copperfield’s “Walking Through the Great Wall of China” and “The Vanishing Statue of Liberty”.
J C is one of the very few mega illusionists in Asia. Since late-2002, J C has developed five original mega illusions that are each unique, distinct and spectacular.
In Aug 2007, J C made history by staging South East Asia’s FIRST EVER Mega Illusion. The spectacular feat was covered by national and regional media outlets including Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, Channel 5 News and AsiaOne. Subsequently, the story was picked up by news agencies worldwide.
In a historic magic event that made featured news in national and regional media outlets, J C Sum successfully presented South East Asia’s FIRST EVER Mega Illusion - “The Impossible Teleportation”
On 18 Aug 2007, J C teleported himself from street level while surrounded by thousands of spectators and reappeared on the roof of a skyscraper, 50 floors above, within a ring of witnesses.
The Mega Illusion was staged at Raffles Place, the heart of the business district in Singapore. The official count is that more than 9,000 spectators turned up to witness “The Impossible Teleportation” live.
This landmark illusion marked the largest single live illusion ever staged in South East Asia.
Part of the 9000 strong audience that turned up to witness the illusion
The spectacular first of its kind mega illusion was covered by national and international media outlets including Channel News Asia, The Straits Times, Channel 5 News and AsiaOne.
"A Singapore magician has attempted what's believed to be the largest 'live' illusion staged in Southeast Asia - teleporting himself from the ground to the rooftop of a 50-storey building in just 5 seconds.
Over 5,000 spectators who turned up to watch the act were spellbound.
"It's unbelievable. It's amazing. It's fantastic to see this in Singapore," said one spectator."
~ Channel News Asia
"His show (The Impossible Teleportation), the first mega illusion in South East Asia, left the spectators awe-struck and they showed their appreciation by applauding him."
~ The Sunday Times
"Performed before a crowd of more than 9,000 people who turned up for The Straits Times' 162nd anniversary celebrations, Southeast Asia's first ever mega illusion was a mega success."
The Mega Illusion in Action
The venue was Raffles Place, the heart of the business district in Singapore. The skyscraper that J C teleported to was the iconic OUB Centre.
OUB Centre in the background of J C's teleportation launch platform
J C vanished from a specially constructed elevated launch platform that was literally surrounded by thousands of spectators on street level.
J C's teleportation launch platform that was surrounded by thousands of people
J C enters teleportation launch platform
Four panels close around J C whose hands are still visible seconds before the teleportation
J C vanishes in a blaze of pyrotechnic showers
Seconds later, J C made an incredible reappearance on an identical teleportation platform on the 50-storey roof terrace of OUB Centre. This reappearance platform was surrounded by a committee of witnesses that included audience members and pre-selected individuals that included lawyers, media professionals and radio personalities.
The teleportation reappearance platform on the rooftop 50 storeys above ground,
surrounded by witnesses
J C's makes his impossible reappearance seconds later
The audience on the street watched J C's reappearance on the roof
via giant video screens throughout the venue
The entire teleportation took less than 5 seconds to complete. That’s right; 50 floors of time and space covered in less than 5 seconds!
The illusion occurred in real time and the entire audience witnessed the illusion live, assisted by giant video screens throughout the venue.
The spectacular mega illusion garnered tremendous publicity making J C the most celebrated magician in the history of Singapore.
J C being interviewed by Channel News Asia
J C being interviewed by AsiaOne