09 March 2014

Kiki Tay's Episode of "My Heartland Carnival" 2014 on MediaCorp Channel 8!

Recently I was featured in an episode of MediaCorp's "My Heartland Carnival"
 If you missed it on TV, here it is!

Click on the video to watch!

Check back soon on updates and some behind-the-scenes photos!

With Love,
  - Kiki Tay

04 March 2014

Kiki Tay in "My Heartland Carnival" on MediaCorp Channel 8

I was featured in an episode of MediaCorp Channel 8's "My HeARTland Carnival"!

"My HeARTland Carnival" is a Mandarin television program that feature artists bringing their art into the heartland community.

Catch my episode on Saturday 1st March, 10:30pm on Channel 8!

Check back on my blog for updates and behind-the-scenes photos!

- Kiki Tay

22 December 2013

The day I got ZAPPED BY 3,500,000 VOLTS!! - Tesla Coil Act


I'm extreme blessed with all the experiences that my career had brought me, all the exciting things I get to do, all the places I get to go. Today's experience was one of the most exciting ones!
(Watch the video at the end of this post!)

The Science Centre Singapore was a special place for me. You can say I grew up at the Science Centre. Back in my primary school days, I used to hang out there almost every day. Back then, I was a latch-key kid and I got a "Friends of Science Centre" pass which gave me unlimited free entry to the Science Centre. And every day after school I would hang out at the science centre, immersing myself in this fascinating world! It was like a playground to me, and what a playground! It was filled with exciting and expensive "toys"! Now that I think back, the Science Centre was the root of many inspirations that had crafted my life and career today.

Through the Singapore Maker Faire, I got to know the awesome people behind the Science Centre and had the opportunity to work with them on a number of projects. With all the fascination I had in the past, this was a childhood dream come true!

This was the "first taste" in preparation for a show I'm trying to put together.
If you have been an avid reader of my blog or have been keeping track of my progress, you would have realised that I took a big leap in my career. I started out as a Magician, but now my obsession with special effects and electronics took me to another level. Not that far from what I used to do, but definitely more exciting or should I say... "electrifying"!

A Tesla Coil is an electrical resonant transformer circuit invented by Nikola Tesla. He was also the reason behind many of the things we use today, including AC current, short-wave radio and many more! Read about his top 10 inventions that changed the world.

Where can you find a Tesla Coil in Singapore? At Science Centre Singapore of course!
Science Centre Singapore houses a huge Tesla Coil capable of generating voltages of up to 3,500,000! To give you an idea of how high a voltage it is, your standard household socket (in Singapore) outputs 220 to 230 Volts. This Tesla Coil produces about 15,000 times that voltage!

Preparations for the act took a long time as this was after, all a highly dangerous act! A number of safety checks and procedures were put into place and at any given time, if any one of them were to be compromised, the technician have to call off the act. Even up till the last moment before flipping the switch! After all, it is not just my safety that is in concern, there are also up to a hundred spectators at times surrounding 3.5 million volts of electricity running loose!

 James thoroughly checking through every inch of the suit to make sure there were no gaps.

The suit used in the act was made of heavy chainmail! Not that kind of chain mails you get in your mailbox asking you to forward it to 10 others, but an intricate suit made up of tiny chains tightly weaved together.

Getting into the suit was a major task!


Every inch of my body had to be isolated from the metal suit. I looked like a terrorist inside!

A terrorist with a sexy pair of shades...

When in doubt... Use duct tape!

Looking not-so-sexy in a chain mail suit!

All set! Ready to be zapped!


 There were of course several risks involved in this act. But I was in a building filled with over-qualified technicians, scientists & professors, I feel safe! :-)

Mr Abdul, the man behind the equipment is an extremely qualified technician who is dedicated to his work. His dedication and professionalism is highly remarkable. You'll need someone like him to handle a sophisticated piece of equipment like this!

Ready for some action!

Doing the final check!
(I love the reactions from the people in the background!) 


"You send shivers down my spine" has new meanings...


The show ended with an EXPLOSION!!

Watch the video!

This is Clarence, Deputy Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore.
Professor Lim (Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive) & Clarence have been extremely supportive of the things I do and had given me lots of opportunities! Some exciting developments are on the way! Look out for it in my upcoming posts!

This was one of my wildest dream came true! Thank you everybody at Science Centre Singapore for this ELETRIFYING experience!!

You can catch a demonstration of the Telsa Coil (equipment demo only) showing twice a daily at the Science Centre Singapore! Showtimes are at 12pm & 5pm. Head to the Science Centre Singapore website to find out more!

With gratitude,
  - Kiki Tay

18 September 2013

President of Singapore Graced Kiki Tay's Robot!

During the launch of the "Sketches of Science" Exhibition, I had the honor of having the President of Singapore grace my robot by activating it to symbolize the official launch of the exhibition.

The "Sketches of Science" is a touring exhibition by the Nobel museum. The exhibition is a display of 50 portraits of Nobel Laureates (Nobel prize recipients) shot by German photographer Volker Steger. 
During the event, I got to meet Sir Richard Timothy Hunt, the 2001 Nobel Prize recipient!
Find out more about the exhibition here

The event was held at the Maxell Auditorium at the Singapore Science Centre

The "Show Robot v4.0" was a robot that I built from scratch. The initial purpose was to serve as a prop delivery system for my new show, The EFX Show

See a video and read more about my early prototype in my previous post here
Or see it in action with my LED Jacket here

Here are some pictures of my Robot taken before the event!
(Click to Enlarge)

The robot can travel in all direction without having to turn and face the direction. It has a fancy robotic door-opening sequence and a linear actuator with guiding rails that lifts its content up into view. In this instance, I had my LED Ball inside the robot. The LED Ball uses the "LED Magician v2.0", a circuit I designed to easily create running light sequences. Read about the LED Ball & The LED Magician here!

The robot also has an LED screen that I designed and built from scratch. The LED screen consists of 200 individually addressable RGB LEDs with a smart controller chip embedded into each of the LEDs. The screen is capable of displaying video contents.

The robot is on 8 omni-directional wheels, the robot can be controlled either via a radio transmitter, or made to move into position via a pre-recorded sequence.

The Singapore Science Centre was a place I loved to hang out during my primary school days. I had a "Friends of Science Centre" pass that gave me free admission, and I would spend hours there after school just to indulge in the amazing fantasy world created by all the amazing exhibits. I guess it influenced me a lot in many of the things I do today. To be part of the Singapore Science Centre's project is a dream come true for me!

This was a priceless experience made possible by the nice folks at the Singapore Science Centre. It was indeed an honour and thrill to be part of the grand occasion!

Here is a video of the launch in action!

Thank you everybody at the Singapore Science Centre, for making my life an amazing adventure! Looking forward to future opportunities!

Catch the "Sketches of Science" Exhibition at the Singapore Science Centre before it's over! Find out more from the website here!

With Love,
  - Kiki Tay

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