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For those of you interested in ‘Bian Lian’ or Mask Changing, magician ‘Alex’ performs the elusive Sichuan Opera art of mask changing or better known as 'Bian Lian'. He’s done up to NINE mask changes in a single performance. You can view a brief outdoor performance by Alex at you tube here:


To visit Alex’s webiste:

For those interested in the movie ’ The King of Masks ‘ , it’s available for $24.99 w/free shipping on DVD from This story has nothing to do with Singapore’s Master of Mask Changing ‘Alex’.;n=130

Editorial Review for ’ The King of Masks’ from

The King of Masks tells a tale steeped in ancient tradition, simultaneously challenging the sociosexual inequity still plaguing China today. On the streets of Szechuan Province in the 1930s, the aged King of Masks, sole living master of "change-face" opera, delights and frightens audiences with the secret art of lightning-quick mask-shifting. His fondest wish is to pass on his skill to a male heir before he dies. Famous female impersonator Liang Sao Lang craves knowledge of the king's secret technique, offering to relieve the old man's poverty by taking him into his opera troupe. The king declines: what sort of heir would this half-female creature make? Instead, he buys an orphan on the black market, joyously showing him off as his grandson and heir. But soon the child is forced to disclose a dreaded secret--one that effectively renders him a person of no value according to Chinese custom. In the king's eyes, the kid goes from "beloved grandson" to "stupid crook," and both the old man and the child must pay dearly for his bigotry before they can know joy again. A deeply moving film, simply told and superbly acted. --Laura Mirsky
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Beaten to it again!

I spent 2 hrs watching magic videos on Youtube last week and saw this movie too.

Awesome art, this guy was good.

Pity it is a sacred art that can get you killed if you tell the secrets Smile

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Hes really good. awsom movie.
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Thanks for the link, Randy!

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