Sunday, June 29, 2008

Interesting Chest Xray (2)

This is an Xray of an 11 year-old boy, who presented with 4-month history of coughing, with intermittent fever and generalized lethargy. He has been in contact with his neighbour, who's an IV drug user with refractory chronic cough.

I guess you should be able to get the diagnosis now. His sputum AFB is >50/L (++++)! Bad pulmonary tuberculosis. Xray showed multiple cavitative lesions bilaterally with patchy consolidation in right middle zone.

Beware of your coughing neighbours!=p

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Friday, June 27, 2008

New Card Collection

Yay. New decks arrived!
Top (from left): Split Spades by David Blaine, blue, black and red Lion series, Bicycle Faded;
Bottom (from left): Bicycle Tragic Royalty, Split Spades, Bicycle Guardians

Split Spades are designed by David Blaine and are recognized as must-haves among card magicians. Lion series are the next generation of it, with even more excellent quality, revolutionary design and perfect finish. If you do notice, the "split spades" logo actually symbolizes david blaine's initials. So cool isnt' it.

Master sleight-of-hand magicians - Dan and Dave doing card flourishes with Split Spades.

Bicycle Guardians is another classic. It's designed and produced by theory 11, based on the classic Bicycle Rider Back's design, now the angels are given new images. With the signature air-cushion finish, the handling is simply..marvelous.

Have a look at another of my magic idol, Daniel Madison flourishing with Bicycle Guardians.

My hands just can't wait to "taste" the cards!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Favourite Quotes

Just to share some of my favourite quotes:

* We can live with dignity, we can't die with it. --House MD

* I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he would die for, he isn't fit to live. --Martin Luther King, Jr

* Will you stand in shadows, or step forward and become a leader? It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. --Anthony Robbins

* Will you look back on life and say, "I wish I had" or "I'm glad I did"? You do have a choice. --Vicki Hitzges

* Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. --Jim Rohn

* For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; For those who do not, none will suffice. --Dunninger

* You don't get into magic, magic gets into you... --David Blaine

The last is the coolest=p
What's your fav quote in life?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Simply the Best

I've just watched a vid by one of my good friends, Jeff Teo. I was speechless for a moment. The feeling that i've got is kinda complex. It's a feeling that i've not had for very long time..having been spending times in card magic, I thought I'm not gonna be easily amazed by a card magic anymore, until i see this again. The elegance, the beautiful music, the delicate skill, it's simply one of the finest routines that i've seen. And THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY CARD MAGIC SHOULD BE.

Thanks for the inspiring vids, Jeff.
I still remember those days that we had our jamming sessions..and I really do hope that the day will come again. Enjoy and take good care in HK!

Monday, June 09, 2008

18th Malaysian Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Was invited to perform in the 18th M'sian Congress of Obs & Gyne, which took place in the Genting International Convention Centre in early June. This was my 2nd time performing in medical conference, after the Colorectal conference in Mar. I have a feeling that there will be more coming, and i hope the next one will be cardiology one! Ha. This time i partnered with my very good friend, Robin Lim, one of the top mentalists in town. And we found this combination of closeup card magic with walk-around mentalism superb!=)

I'm really really glad that I met so many of my former lecturers there..i was so excited to see Dato Siva! One of the super senior O&G consultants in the country, he's also my professor in IMU clinical school. Really miss his inspiring teaching so much!=)

Was doing my favourite transportation card routine and the reactions were just marvelous!=)

Had great fun entertaining the crowd! The first pic was taken with Dr Magendra, O&G consultant from Hosp Klang.

I'm much in love with performing magic in medical conference now. Getting to meet many seniors/colleagues and attending the conference at the same time while performing magic..the feeling is just so great. Look forward to performing again in the next conference!=)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Festival of Magic 2008

Went to the Festival of Magic 08 in Subang Parade. Magicians from Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia & Malaysia joined together and mesmerizing audience with spectacular illusions. Gosh I feel so lucky that it's held when i'm back to KL and i didn't have to miss it!
Performance by Korean magician couple: Lee Jei Min & Han Na. Using the theme of Snow White fairy tales, the show was packed with illusions and very captivating. The pic was of him levitating the Snow White on stage.

With J Over First, a rising-star from Thailand. I love to see his dove magic act!

With Korean magician Shin Hyun Jae.

The peak performance of the night would be by Richard Forget, a world-class magician from Canada, performed his award-winning signature act, "An Urban Phantasy". His fire illusion was perfect. I was like back to a small kid, clapping my hands non-stop while watching it!
I think the magic festival was successfully held. Hopefully next year even more international magicians will come!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Testimonials from Induksi

After the magic performances in the Induksi, i've received some testimonials from the participants, which are very encouraging:

"Fantastic and amazing! Very impressive skill and successful performance. Your performance has uplifted the audience..and i'm very suprised that it comes from a medical doctor! Impressive!"
- Dr. Norzi, Hosp Selama

"Your magic is truly remarkable. The close-up magic with cards was really unbelievable..very skillful. I hope to see more in the future!"
- Dr. Vindhu, Hosp Tapah

"Magic's in the air! I'm truly impressed by Darren's magic that he performed to all the participants in the Induction course. The deftness of his fingers amazes me..the his magic just seems so real. I consider myself fortunate to have watched it live!"
- Ling SH, Pharmacist

"Darren's the doctor magician, his performance was indeed enjoyable and full of suspense, to the extent that I would not even blink my eyes to miss out any interesting parts.."
- Fong YY, Pharmacist

"Darren the 'witch doctor', his magic with cards are fascinating and cannot be explained!.."
- Dr. Tan, Hosp P Buntar

"Your magic is very interesting and fantastic, it really brings a lot of surprises. Thanks for showing me how to make impossible things become possible.."
- Dr. Kho, Dentist

Thanks alot for all, I really appreciate it. It's certainly my pleasure to have the opportunity to entertain you all, and i'm glad you enjoyed it. We shall meet again, and i still have a lot more magic to share!=)

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