Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Females: ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, illusionist and escape artist

When we interviewed the spunky Ning earlier this year, we knew we had to nominate her to be one of our Fun Fearless Females in the “Media and Entertainment” category; she didn’t just have the guts to carve a career out of a male-dominated niche industry, she’s also backpacked around the world and is working with her best friend (whom she travelled with) on a book about their adventures.

Tell us about some of your achievements.

Together with my partner JC Sum, we’ve set two world records to date – for the most number of illusions done in five minutes, as well as reading the most number of minds in one hour.

 How did you get to where you are today?

With a lot of tenacity and unending support of my family and friends. In my uni days, I gave tuition and helped my dad sell curry puffs to put myself through school. It wasn’t easy, but it was then I realised the importance of perseverance and sheer hard work; you can achieve anything as long as you put your mind to it.

What’s the biggest misconception about your job?

That all we do is perform at birthday parties and pull rabbits out of hats! My feats are usually quite complicated and I need to put in 16-hour days when I’m rehearsing for a show.

Is ‘Magic Babe’ Ning your Ultimate your Ultimate Fun Fearless Female? If so, show your support by voting for her. SMS the promotional code COSMOSG09Z*12 to 1460 77877 in the following format: COSMOSG09Z*12*NRIC*NAME*EMAIL*ADDRESS.

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