Lawrence Khong, PBM

Lawrence Khong, PBM

Founding Chairman, Gateway Entertainment
Founding Chairman, TOUCH Community Services
Asia's First Elite Diamond 
Merlin Award Recipient – Magician of the Year

With over 40 years of experience, Lawrence Khong, PBM has established himself as one of the most skilled magicians and foremost entertainers in Singapore.

He is the creative brain and fuel behind Gateway Entertainment (GE), a Singapore-based creative entertainment business which he founded in 2000. Together with his daughter, Priscilla, GE has produced and staged some of Lawrence's most astounding performances under the label Magic of Lawrence & Priscilla (MOLP).

As Singapore's only father and daughter illusionist team, Lawrence and Priscilla have fronted some of the finest mega productions and performances and have successfully brought MOLP's label and world-class magic entertainment to audiences around the world.

Co-produced and directed with Priscilla, MOLP's unique brand of theatrical entertainment combines the best elements of magic, music, drama and dance to go beyond the stereotypical magical performance.

Lawrence's ambitious, inspiring and innovative style of magic has earned him recognition and partnerships with internationally acclaimed maestros of magic such as master illusionist Jeff McBride, who collaborated with Lawrence onMagic of Love. After seeing his acclaimed work in From Illusion to Reality, McBride said, "It is a huge show that impressed the professional magicians in Las Vegas, and I knew at that time that this man had a VISION, a big VISION for one of the most spectacular magic shows ever produced!"

Other than magic, Lawrence has also been in the vanguard of Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2002, he pioneered Project SMILE ("Sharing Magic In Love Everywhere"), which is Gateway Entertainment's companywide initiative to advance magic literacy in Singapore and across Asia through hands-on, enquiry-based magic learning and employee volunteerism. 

Lawrence is also the Founder and Chairman of TOUCH Community Services, a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation that has a singular purpose of serving the less fortunate and needy in Singapore. 

In recognition of his various contributions to the community, Lawrence was conferred the prestigious PBM Medal in 1998 at the Singapore National Day Awards Ceremony. In 2007 and 2008, he was a finalist for the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for his community outreach through Project SMILE. That same year, TOUCH Community Services was also awarded the Outstanding Nonprofit Organisation Award, which recognises best practices in volunteers and donors management, including fund-raising practices in a non-profit organisation. 

Outside of work and the magic circle, Lawrence spends his free time playing polo. In 2007, he was a country representative for the sport and won a silver medal for Singapore at the 24th Southeast Asian Games held in Thailand. Subsequently, he was also nominated as one of Team Singapore's Top 10 Male Sports Idols. Lawrence is married to Dr Nina Khong and has four children, Priscilla, Anthony, Michelle, and Daniel. 

In 2010, Lawrence became the first in Asia to receive the Elite Diamond Merlin Award for the Magician of the Year conferred by the International Magicians Society. This prestigious award, presented to the highest achievers in magic, is equivalent to the Academy Awards, or Oscars, for films and the Emmy Awards for television productions.

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