Malaysian makes magic on high seas

Malaysian makes magic on high seas
Zlwin Chew at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

His name is Zlwin Chew and it's a name that many who have met him will never forget.

Last year, this young and dynamic magician from Klang was one of the entertainment attractions on cruise ships, enthralling audiences both on stage and off with his magic performances.

It was five years ago in April 2009 when, as an amateur and armed with only a deck of cards and minimal magic skills, Chew proposed to the Zouk entertainment outlet in Kuala Lumpur the idea of him being their resident magician.

It was an audacious move, to say the least, and one that was motivated simply by a passion for this particular form of art.

"If you have a passion for something noble, go for it. Chase that dream and don't let anyone tell you that you are not good enough," says Chew.

To his surprise, he got the job and for three years, was Zouk's one and only resident magician. During his stint there, he met influential people who were to give him bigger platforms for bigger shows.

Chew has now been performing magic in public for four years, and he was Star Cruises's first Asian magician.

He promotes himself as a mentalist rather than an illusionist. He is happy being a mentalist for now, amazing audiences with sleight of hand and mind tricks.

"An illusionist would be performing with big props in a complicated production," he explains adding, "that may be me some day."

On board the cruise liner, Chew performs on stage three nights a week. But even during the daytime, he continues to perform.

This is when he takes his performance to a more intimate level, the street magician way. This could take place on deck or even in the pool.

He also conducts workshops for those interested in learning the art of being a mentalist.

To Chew, being employed on board a cruise ship is like getting a paid holiday.

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