Happy Holidays!

Time truly flies! Christmas is upon us and in about seven days, we’ll be ushered into a brand new year! Thank you so very much for joining me in this awesome adventure, as well as, my #SG50books50days passion project that concluded earlier this week. That had me put 50 books about Singapore/ by local writers all around different areas in our little red dot, this special year… SG50!

The last of the 50 books in #sg50books50days …it was a blast going around Singapore and planting these fifty local reads this SG50!

2015 ends on a high note for me as well, with many thanks to VANISH MAGAZINE, the world’s biggest international magic magazine. They have graciously interviewed me for their Dec 2015/ January 2016 feature and you can download the current issue (178 awesome pages!) for FREE here. They were truly sweet in highlighting my decade-plus career as a professional female illusionist/ escape artist, as well as, uncovering what the woman formerly known as ‘Magic Babe’ Ning is up to now 😉



I believe in constant change and embracing (self) evolution. Late last year saw me exchange my show boots and corsets to become an author again, birthing my second book. Who is Magic Babe Ning? is retailed not only in Singapore, but overseas, including being picked up by the world’s largest magic distributor, so it’s also available at all good magic shops worldwide… not just bookstores and their online counterparts!

This year I experimented with writing for the lifestyle/ entertainment section of TODAY, the major English newspaper by Mediacorp. I made use of my Mass Communications degree from RMIT and found myself on the other side of the interview table… speaking with heartthrobs like Kris Phillips aka Fei Xiang and talented musicians like Sungha Jung and Rachael Yamagata; reviewing fantastic local theatre productions like Titoudao and Chinglish, besides checking out fabulous concerts by superstars like Mariah Carey and Katy Perry!

The cherry on top was flying to Perth to catch the amazing Cirque du Soleil artists at work and then interviewing them after. We became friends and when TOTEM came to Singapore, the cast invited me to catch the show exclusively from backstage so I brought along two buddies who I knew would appreciate the experience… and I felt so much pride showing Singapore to them after that; taking them out for local food, checking out Haw Par Villa and Sentosa, etc.


Folks who read my autobiography would know that I had to address change; letting go of what I knew and who I was known for. I was terrified and initially insecure about my decision, but I realized now that taking this much needed step of change in my life was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. I’m super glad I went through everything I did; meeting the most interesting people along the way and experiencing truly inspiring life events. But I’m in a more settled place now and am heading in a different direction in life.

Peace, Love and Contentment is far better than Fame, which is Fleeting…

I’m honestly immensely excited about 2016. Sincerely, there are a few projects I’d always wanted to embark on and oftentimes it’s all about finding the right tribe to make it happen… and for the stars to align so the wheels may start turning! I think now things are set in motion, so stay tuned to more adventures up ahead. But meanwhile, this is yours truly wishing you a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

May 2016 be your very best yet!

Merry Christmas… Can you spot the lone Panda in a sea of Snowmen?



Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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