They Had Winning Digits But Didn't Bet

31 Jan

They had winning digits but didn’t bet
By Gan Ling Kai
January 31, 2010

IF YOU could predict the winning 4-D lottery number, wouldn’t you bet on it and strike it rich?

That’s the question we posed to local celebrity magicians Ning Cai, 27, and J C Sum, 33, regarding their latest stunt.

Their answer: No, because gambling doesn’t pay.

The New Paper had written about how the duo was planning to predict a winning 4-D number in a stunt.

Anticipation grew after they bought a 4-D ticket with $100.

Witnessed by Miss Ranita Sundramoorthy, deputy director of arts and entertainment for Singapore Tourism Board, the illusionists sealed their prediction in an acrylic chest suspended at the entrance of The Boiler Room at St James Power Station last Friday.

On Wednesday night, the moment of truth arrived as J C climbed a ladder to bring down the chest under the watchful eyes of the media and cut open the sticker seals previously signed by Miss Ranita.

Ning then unlocked the chest to allow J C to take out the inner metallic box, which contained a plastic tube with a red packet in it.

Using a key from his own pocket, J C unlocked the metallic box before letting MissRanita remove the red packet from the plastic tube.

Finally, Miss Ranita revealed the contents in the red packet – a cheque of $10,000 to be donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation, a typewritten A4-size note containing the number (5853) predicted to win the top prize and the 4-D ticket Ning and J C had bought on 21 Jan for Wednesday’s draw.

Hey presto, 5853 was indeed the winning number, released minutes earlier by Singapore Pools.

But the ticket they had bought bore the number 0000 instead of 5853.

Doesn’t this twist make the stunt less convincing?

Could the red packet or plastic tube have been swapped using sleight of hand?

After all, Ning and J C, who won the International Magicians Society 2009 Merlin Award, had previously ‘teleported’ a car from the Volkswagen showroom in Alexandra Road onto the stage at Raffles Place Park in 8.5sec last August.

Similar trick this time?

The grinning pair kept mum, but said that ‘no spiritual guidance’ was involved.

Earlier this month, they claimed they had applied numerology and a computer software for the 4-D prediction.

But isn’t it a bit too much to spend $100 on a ticket that’s unlikely to win?

Said J C: ‘If we had spent just $1, it wouldn’t have made a compelling storyline. Spending that amount of money was a ‘necessary evil’.

‘We also want to send out a strong message – gambling doesn’t pay.’


The NewPaper

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