Chinese Magician Liu Chien and Number 8

Inside Magic Image of Liu Chien and Report on His US American Debut at the Wynn Casino in Las VegasWe wrote of Liu Chien’s upcoming debut at the fabulous Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Casino and the date is nigh.  Liu Chien Magic Show 2011 – Witness Of Miracles” to the Encore Theater on April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

We did some reading and found some enticing tidbits about the premiere of this talented young man.

Liu Chien’s performance will be in Chinese without translation but promoters do not believe this will detract from the magic, humor, “exciting audience interactions,” and breath-taking illusions.

Amazing and breath-taking requires no translation.  but we wonder about the “exciting audience interactions” and the close-up portion of the show.

Humorous and unexpected, Liu Chien’s show lets the audience experience the mystery of magic up close, and has earned him a place among the most influential magicians in Asia. The show will be performed in Chinese.

Tickets for this highly anticipated performance sell for $68, $108 and $188.  We thought the pricing was interesting: all of the prices contain at least one number eight.  Perhaps it was a coincidence due to the local tax rates on theater performances within Clark County, Nevada.

We checked with the folks selling the tickets and were told the prices included all service charges and taxes.  We should have asked if the number eight has special meaning in the Chinese culture while we had the representative on the phone.

We checked in with some our Chinese friends.  “D’uh,” said one friend. “Eight is a good number.  It sounds like the word for success or prosperity.”

How could we not know this?  We felt suddenly foolish and strangely cold.  The foolish feeling came from being ignorant of a tradition understood by more than a billion people.  The cold was due to our embarrassment and our failure to put on pants this morning.

Eight, it just so happens, is ?  and pronounced as b?.  B?  sounds like the same word for wealth or financial success or good fortune.  Two eights are like the Doublemint Twins, double the good fortune or success. The word sounds like “Baa” even though it has a line over the “a” in our pronunciation guide.  We thought a line over the “a” indicated a “long a” as in “Bay” or “Say.”  Nope.  So don’t say “Bay” for the number eight in Chinese.  Say “Baa” and sound smart.

The Beijing Summer Olympics started on August 8, 2008 (8/8/08).  Apparently the date was also the perfect time to start married life.  According to the China News Service, nearly 3,300 couples marrying in Beijing that day, along with 7,100 in Shanghai, 1,200 in Guangzhou, 6,000 in Tianjin and 3,000 in Nanjing.

From what we have heard, however, Liu Chien has enough talent and pizzaz to overcome even the worst of luck.  But of course, we wish him the best.

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