IPOH – Student Young Bok Mun emerged winner for a Talent Time Competition themed “Ode to Old Ipoh”, organized by Sharpened Word (SW), recently.
Young, 18, from St Michael’s Institution displayed his juggling moves using various props, including ladder, plates and plastic knife.
His final act when he balanced a ladder on his forehead received resounding applause from the SOP-segregated audience.
According to Young he got interested in juggling when he was 12 years old, but only picked-up the ladder balancing act last year.
“I used to follow closely the real British circus when they were in Ipoh, watching their movements and learning skills from them,” said Young whose ambition is to be a video producer.
He walked away with RM500.
Second placing was Mohd Fozai Joned who performed a joget dance, while third placing was guitarist Chole Chai who sang an original song composed by herself.
Both won RM400 and RM300, respectively.
For the fourth and fifth placing were Kara Kar Yi (singing) and Christine Dai (modern ballet), who received RM200 and RM150.
There was a total of 13 participants showcasing a range of talents – from singing, modern ballet, rapping, magic show, juggling and drawing.
The SW Talent Time organiser, Peter Bucher who is fondly known as ‘Pak Peter’ the first show was aimed at providing a platform for budding artists to showcase their talents on stage.
“The criteria for winning include 80% (judges) and 20% (popular vote), and also judging on presentation skills and WoW factor,” he said.
Tourism Perak chief executive officer Nurmalis Musa gave away sponsored cash prizes worth RM1,500 to the winners.