Milestones

From staging magic productions that shaped the entertainment world, to supporting worthy social causes, Gateway Entertainment has been on quite a journey since its founding in 2000. We celebrate some high points.

13 – 15 Dec, Asia World Expo, Hong Kong
The Magic Nova: Christmas Magic shines bright in Hong Kong
Continuing it tour of Asia, Christmas Magic made another stunning debut in another Asian continent – this time in the hub of Asia's film and entertainment industry, Hong Kong. Re-named 'The Magic Nova', the production made its grand appearance amidst much hype and publicity. Presented to an demanding audience well versed with world-class entertainment, 'The Magic Nova' was well received and attended by celebrities and the movers and shakers of Hong Kong's high society. Performing once again to a full house, the Magic Nova hit a total record attendance of 22,000 for the four shows - making it Christmas Magic's largest audience to date. 

28 Nov - 1 Dec, 2013, NTU Sports Centre, National Taiwan University Taipei 
Christmas Magic debuts in Taiwan
An illusion and musical spectacle that mesmerised thousands, Christmas Magic made its unprecedented debut in the heart of Taipei. The first of its kind to be showcased in Taiwan, the colourful and magical production ushered in the Christmas season to Taiwan with the timeless Christmas 'gifts' of faith, hope and love. Performed to a full-house for all four performances, Christmas Magic mesmerised and delighted 13,450 Taiwanese with its cutting edge illusions and world class stagecraft. 

20-22 September 2013, University Cultural Centre Hall, NUS
Gala premiere of VISION 2013
A brand new rendition of the magic-theatre masterpiece, VISION 2013 is the next defining chapter of Lawrence and Priscilla Khong's illustrious career as award-winning illusionists. With a repertoire of more than 35 illusions woven into an expanded storyline, VISION 2013 is the evolution of Gateway Entertainment's 2011 masterpiece that pushed artistic boundaries in the world of illusion and theatre. Significantly, it marked the start of the VISION's world tour which kicks-off in 2014 as Gateway Entertainment continues to fulfil its role as ambassadors to promote and profile Singapore's burgeoning Arts & Entertainment landscape. 

15-24 July 2011
Debut of VISION @ Singapore's Esplanade Theatre
Gateway Entertainment's mega illusion-theatre production debuts at the Esplanade Theatre. The first of its kind in the world, this elaborate million dollar spectacle showcased the highest form of magic by Lawrence and Priscilla who leveraged their theatre illusion skills to deliver an innovative world-class performance to the audiences and magic fraternity. Combing spectacular giant props with state-of-the-art technology, VISION also broke new ground with 3D projection mapping to enhance the illusions for greater visual depth and maximum impact. This masterpiece garnered more than 16-thousand ticket sales (92.5%) over its successful nine day run, making it Asia's largest illusion-theatre production ever. 

31 December 2010
Lawrence and Priscilla are Asia's First Elite Diamond Merlin Award Winners
Lawrence and Priscilla Khong became the first in Asia to receive the Elite Diamond Merlin Award conferred by the International Magicians Society. With this, they joined the ranks of fellow magician luminaries such as David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller and Criss Angel. This award is the equivalent of the Academy Award for the magic world.

13 to 19 July 2010
Qian Qian Shou 千牵手 (Thousand Linking Hands) magic show in China
After a summer camp held in Sichuan, Project SMILE participants from both China and Singapore staged an outdoor community magic show at a transitional camp for victims of the Sichuan earthquake.

19 and 29 June 2010
Magic Circle of Lawrence and Priscilla launches *SCAPE
Magicians from the Magic Circle of Lawrence and Priscilla enthralled the general public with close-up magic in a street parade down Orchard Road, before converging at *SCAPE the Playground for the official launch of the brand new *SCAPE building. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan – the former Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

October 2010
Sponsorship of Hougang Secondary School's multipurpose hall
In line with its commitment towards advancing performing arts education among Singaporean youths, Gateway Entertainment sponsored the refurbishment of the multipurpose hall at Hougang Secondary School. The new multipurpose hall is named MAGICBOX@ HS, after Gateway Entertainment's most successful magic theatrical production. With the sponsorship of this new performing arts venue, Gateway Entertainment hopes to foster a love of the arts among the students of the school.

Gateway Entertainment shares our mission and our commitment to the communities that we serve and we are proud to work with them. With this conversion of our school hall into a performing arts centre, we look forward to working with Gateway Entertainment to stage regular performing arts events for the Hougang community in the hall in the years ahead."
Ng Tiong Nam, principal, Hougang Secondary School
I am excited about the collaboration between Magic of Lawrence and Priscilla and Hougang Secondary School. We see potential in the youths of the school and I have personally witnessed the joy and confidence exuded by these students when they performed in front of an audience at the end of a three-day Project SMILE at a camp we held. I believe our contribution would further ignite their passion not only in magic but also in the performing arts and culture and unleash their potential in these areas."
Lawrence Khong, Founding Chairman, Gateway Entertainment

January 2009
Chingay Parade Singapore
Lawrence and Priscilla led a team of 300 performers comprising dancers, levitators, magicians and skyrunners in the grand finale act at Chingay Parade Singapore 2009. This colourful annual multicultural street and floats parade – often called Asia's largest Mardi Gras - is watched by over 150,000 spectators in Singapore and by millions more around the region via television broadcast. The parade climaxed with Lawrence's death-defying Burning Man stunt. Never seen or performed before in Asia, Burning Man amazed and dumbfounded the audience. 

For its outstanding performance, Magic of Lawrence and Priscilla was named Chingay Champion Of The Year and took home the Best in Float Design and Presentation prize

2008
$50,000 Ticket Sale Proceeds Donated To Victims Of The Sichuan Earthquake In 2008, Gateway Entertainment donated S$50,000, which represented one night of proceeds from ticket sales of MAGICBOX, to victims of the Sichuan earthquake. In addition, after MAGICBOX ended its run, Lawrence and Priscilla Khong flew to Sichuan and staged a benefit performance with the Sichuan Disabled Federation. 

November 2007
Nomura Investment Forum
Lawrence and Priscilla thrilled CEOs from major Japanese companies and senior representatives from blue-chip Asian companies in a performance at the high-profile Nomura Investment Forum held in Tokyo, Japan.

October 2006 
40th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations
Lawrence and Priscilla were headline performers with Magic of Love in a commemorative event celebrating 40 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Japan. 

June 2006
Academy of Magical Arts Awards Banquet
In 2006, Lawrence and Priscilla were headline acts in the Academy of Magical Arts Awards Banquet. Held in Hollywood, California, the annual event promotes the advancement of the art of magic and is attended by illusionists and magicians from around the world. 

March 2003 and 2005
International Festival of Magic or IF Magic
To promote magic as a world-class art form and to create more opportunities for amateur magicians to hone their craft, Lawrence and Priscilla organised the first-ever International Festival of Magic (IF Magic) in Singapore in 2003. The event drew over 950 local and foreign participants, including Kim Jung Kuk from Korea, Dai Peng Heng from China, Maebaya Kyoto from Japan, Panjarat Chairattine from Thailand, PJ Wen from Taiwan and Danny Cole from the United States. The success of this event led to a second edition of the magic convention in 2005. 

December 2005
Singapore's 40th National Day Countdown Party
Lawrence and Priscilla left thousands spellbound and awestruck with The Escape, a daring escape performed atop the Singapore Flyer in the final moments of the year at Singapore's 40th National Day Countdown Party. The duo broke free from their restraints and escaped 50 feet above the ground in a record time of 2 minutes and 45 seconds. 

September 2004
Singapore's Yellow Ribbon Project Charity Concert
Lawrence and Priscilla brought their flagship show Magic of Love to the inaugural Singapore Yellow Ribbon Project Charity Concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in support of efforts to reintegrate ex-offenders back into society. 

November 2002
4th China Shanghai International Arts Festival
Lawrence and Priscilla took centre stage with other world-class artists to perform at this prominent Chinese arts festival hosted by the Ministry of Culture in China.

March 2002
Launch of Project SMILE (Sharing Magic In Love Everywhere)
Gateway Entertainment founded Project SMILE to guide youths and adults in the art of magic and to bring smiles to the needy. To date, Project SMILE has mentored more than 2,400 participants in Singapore and beyond, and has reached out to over 11,000 disadvantaged beneficiaries in day care centres, homes and hospitals. 

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