Writing is Magic

I can’t believe how it’s already June! Time certainly flies when you’re busy!

It has been quite a surreal journey for me after hanging up my Magic Babe boots 🙂 I still love magic, and that’s why I run the weekly magic reviews (steering clear from doing retail so it is all fair) and writing/ blogging plus pursuing interesting projects along the way. Never would I have thought though, as a teen, that I would one day be on the glossy cover of Penguin Magic’s magazine… more so after leaving my former magic management company of ten years!

Ning Cai aka Magic Babe Ning on the cover of Penguin Magic Monthly!

Cast of The Illusionists backstage with my book LOL

2016 has been pretty insane… My second book “Who is Magic Babe Ning?” has been nominated for the prestigious Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (under English non-fiction), which came as a very sweet surprise. I wrote my autobiography honestly, simply because I wanted to be true to my story – how a girl who was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, forged her own path and rose up like a lotus, to be the woman she was destined to be. I only wish to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and chase after the things that truly matter; living life and not just merely existing.

So surreal to see that official sticker on my book!

So surreal to see that official sticker on my book!

While I never expected this nomination or saw it coming, I am mighty thankful for being selected and given the chance to meet people and share my personal story of how I should thank cancer for being that boot on the backside for me to live the life I want, instead of doing what others expect me to. Everything happens for a reason, so there must be a young person somewhere out there who was like me some years ago, struggling with so many unfair burdens while facing dire crossroads and feeling bleak. All is not lost. Life is a beautiful mystery just waiting to be slowly unveiled 😉


At the first public meet-and-greet event for the Singapore Literature Prize 2016


I’m truly so thankful for everything 🙂

This evening, I’ll be giving the last of my series of public talks for Singapore Literature Prize 2016 at the National Library, so come on down if you’re in town! For full details, see the Singapore Book Council’s Facebook page here. The event is free to the public and tonight’s panellists besides myself are Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Loke Hoe Yeong (Let the People Have Him), Tse Hao Guang (Deeds of Light) and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde (I Didn’t Know Mani was a Conceptualist), with Jason Erik Lundberg as our moderator.

Before signing off, I’d like to once again thank you for your support (you know who you all are) and yay heyyyy, I’ve got some very exciting news for you… coming up next week. Yes, something wicked this way comes 😉


Ta for now, more later!

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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