While you may know Lawrence Khong for much of his sentiment towards members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as Pastor Lawrence Khong, some may remember photos of him tied up to metal chains being circulated on social media — as illusionist and magician Lawrence Khong.
That illusion show is coming back to Singapore after a run in China, in time for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. VISION 2015 will be staged at the Esplanade Theatre from 3-12 July and is touted to be one of the biggest illusion shows in Asia.
Its previous run in 2011 garnered some 16,000 ticket sales according to organiser Gateway Entertainment. The show is set to cost a whopping $2 million, with an international dance troupe of 16 dancers, 100 costumes and more than 35 illusions.
Joining him will be daughter Priscilla Khong, who is his partner-in-crime on the VISION illusion show. She is the first in Asia to be named Female Magician of the Year by the International Magicians Society.
In a release, Lawrence said, “Being the highest form of artistic expression of our craft, this new rendition of VISION pays tribute to our nation and the significance of its historic milestone”.
VISION 2015 will be directed by renowned theatre director Samantha Scott-Blackhall (she directed the play 8 Women in 2013) and choreographed by Lisa Keegan (she did the footwork for W!ld Rice’s adaptation of La Cage Aux Folles). Theatre veteran Felina Khong from Gateway Entertainment is the producer for this event.
Ticket sales have yet to be announced.
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