Saturday, April 15, 2006

Magic Class Graduation

I think the last memorable thing before I came to Batu Pahat was the TzuChi Magic class graduation ceremony. Talking about TzuChi, I joined this organization few years back after participating in one activity "Caring day for the lonely elder" in Singapore. That was the first time I heard of it, and was deeply inspired by it. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan and has been contributing to social and community services, medical care, education and humanism (the Four Missions). To date, it has become an international organization with over 5 million supporters and over 30,000 commissioners around the globe.

Three young volunteers. Jing, Teng Yee & I.

Tzu Chi Foundation in KL is located in Bukit Bintang, just opposite of YTL headquarters building. Here Jing Si library and education center is next to each other. Various classes are provided to public here..Yoga, cooking, flower arrangement, tea etc, and magic was newly added. This was the first magic course provided by the center, and it's planned and conducted by me. A total of 10 classes, with teaching of basic skills and knowledge of card, coin, rubberband and some impromptu magic. The fees collected were fully donated to the foundation. The response was very encouraging, with about 15 students ranging from 7 year-old kid to working adults..hence it's rather challenging, and surprisingly female students made up half of the class! Nevertheless things worked well and they all fulfilled, and some even performed better than my expectation. Seeing their 'graduation' was indeed gratifying. Never thought that i'd be given such an opportunity to teach to a class of students. On the graduation day i gave a short speech on my feelings and expectations, hoping they can do good with what they have learnt, esp in helping TzuChi on charity visits to nursing homes, orphanages and bring joy and entertainment to everyone! Wish them good luck and all the best!

Performed my favourite rope magic on stage (above) and close up card magic to the audience (below).

 With students: Felix, Sheng Wei & Gary

Two of the female students: I-Fun & Maggie. If you could recognize, I Fun actually starred in the movie Third Generation (DongLiang's sister)!=)

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