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A Magical Morning

Two hundred orphans and 30 adults from 10 welfare homes namely, Pusat Jagaan 1 Malaysia, Pertubuhan Badan Kebajikan Anak-anak Yatim Darussalam, Pusat Kebajikan Harapan Baru, Yayasan Amanah Am-Nur Maisarah, Praise Girls and Boys Home, Good Shepherd Home, Praise Emmanuel, Precious Gift Home, The Salvation Army Children’s Home and Sekolah Semangat Maju, attended a magic show at the GRC Convention Centre, Gunung Rapat on the morning of Monday, November 27.

The charity show, jointly organised by SJE Resources and Ecart Sdn Bhd, Kiwanis Club of Changkat Jong and Perfect Magic Network, was aimed at providing the underprivileged children a well-deserved break during the school holidays.

The show kicked-off with the classic fire-eating and untangling-the-rings acts.

Even with popcorn and drinks in hand, plenty of eager hands shot up as each magician, who performed three acts each, asked for volunteers. Those who volunteered were rewarded with colourful balloons.

A clown made flowers and a bird appear from the handkerchief he was holding. Next, a magician’s assistant convinced the audience that the tent in front of her was empty when suddenly the magician appeared inside the tent. The illusion thrilled the kids beyond description.

A mask-wearing illusionist amazed the audience by making a small table, covered by a piece of blue cloth, levitate by only holding the edges of the cloth. Music, fog and a multi-hued spotlight accentuated the visual effects.

Annie, the principal of Sekolah Semangat Maju, hoped for more entertainment of this nature for her students. “This is the only time they can come out, interact and have some fun,” she told Ipoh Echo.

She brought 14 of those under her charge, ranging in age between 25 and 40 years old.  They belong to her school’s intellectually-disabled workshop.

The attendees had only one wish – to attend more of such shows in the future.

Shireen & Mei Kuan

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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