or Mechanical Engineer
article extracted from Singapore Polytechnic Newsletter
by Hendra Gunawan
It all began when I was nine years old, I was struck one day by a
demonstration at a magic shop. The man was changing red hankies
into purple ones right in front of me, I was thrilled. Ever since
then, I've been buying props every weekend to try out all kinds
of magic tricks."
"My first audience were, of
course my parents" revealed Ee Kang. " I spent $4.50 buying
a 'magic set' called 'Cups and Balls'. I was totally innocent then.
I believed that when I hit the ball, it would go through the plastic
cup like magic. I didn't know that there was a trick behind it.
So I hit the ball, expecting it to go through the cup. It didn't,
I still remember what my father
said before bursting into laughter, "Son you took my $4.50
just to get a few plastic cups and balls and you call it magic?"
Not deterred by his first failure,
Ee Kang was ready for another performance two year later, this time
for his fellow classmates, By then he was multiplying plastic balls,
restoring torn newspapers, making milk disappear....
At the moment he is trying to perfect his dove magic - namely releasing
his doves and making them fly back to him. "Magic tricks involving
life stock are tedious and time consuming. Many people do not have
the patience to do such tricks," he confided.
In secondary school, he started taking up courses on magic by joining
clubs. In March last year he performed at the auditorium for his
department's MM Day. In May 1996, he performed with a well-established
foreign magician at the Concorde Hotel. That you can say, has put
him on par with world class magicians!
What about the future! Is he going to be a Magician or a Mechanical
Engineer? " An Engineer of Course," was Ee Kang's quick
reply. "Magic is just my hobby only."
Well, if only day we see Ee Kang
walking through the Great Wall of China we'll know that, he has
taken the 'Magic' route for his career; if not he must be the best
'magical' mechanical engineer around town.