She needs to feel a sword's 'magic'

She needs to feel a sword's 'magic'

Ning Cai, better known as Magic Babe Ning, loves swords.

The 30-year-old illusionist has spent about $10,000 on her treasured beauties, which are displayed on racks at home and in her office.

"Swords are one of my guilty pleasures. They are a treat for myself after a big project," says the owner of 50 blades, mostly samurai swords and Japanese knives.

"Swords are pieces of art. The design of the handle, the engravings on the blades, these make each sword special and beautiful."

Her interest started when she was a 14-year-old student at Methodist Girls' School.

She says: "I was a tomboy. Other girls played with Barbie but I liked He-Man.

"I love knives - they are cool, sleek and sexy."

She would save her pocket money to buy foldable knives. She collected 16 of them over a few years. But her mother threw them out when she stumbled upon her collection.

"My mother felt that having such blades in the house was bad for fengshui and for our family relations," says Ms Cai.

"She was a traditional Chinese and could not understand my interest in knives. Back then, I had to accept her decision because I was living under her roof."

In 2006, she began collecting again.

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