Magical Sentosa (also known as Sentosa Magique [in French] or 神奇圣淘沙 [in Chinese]) was a multimedia nighttime show hosted at the Sentosa Musical Fountain on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore. The multimedia show is the last musical to be staged on the fountain itself. The musical; oriented to children; ran for less than five years before being eventually discontinued in 2007 and replaced by Songs of the Sea. Magical Sentosa has been mainly noted as the most popular performance ever staged at the musical fountain, with 3,176,000 spectators from 2005 to 2007 alone.
Plans for the performance began in 2000 when Yves Pépin (who also designed Songs of the Sea) decided to design a show to suit Imbiah Lookout's theme of fantasy. Using ideas from an earlier ECA2 production in France, Pépin created the show within five months, using some of the characters and plot elements of the previous show. After the restoration of the fountain, engineers began installing new equipment to create the all-new nighttime show which placed then Sentosa mascot, Kiki the Hyperactive Monkey of Sentosa, as the host of the show. It was also the first time that viewers were able to see him in CGI. The show was known internally at ECA2 as "Sentosa Water and Fire Fantasy Show".
In mid-2011, research showed that Magical Sentosa is actually a replacement of another earlier ECA2 production titled, Le Lac Aux Images. Le Lac Aux Images was made to celebrate French theme park, Futuroscope's tenth anniversary in 1997. The show; which operated in Futuroscope's own musical fountain in France, closed down in 2002, the same year of Magical Sentosa's release.
Its plot used some of Magical Sentosa's own plot elements and characters, but possibly the most prominent character to appear in both shows was Princess Pearl, with most of her scenes reused for Magical Sentosa. The musical centers on a character by the name of Ouïatouké, who is voiced by renowned French voice actor, Luq Hamet. Ouïatouké's name is a French pun on the abbreviation, "Y2K" or the year 2000 problem; a possible reference to him as a glitch.
Both shows were produced by ECA2, but the names of most of the cast and crew have not been released, possibly to protect their identities. Despite this, credits in French are seen rolling at the end of the DVD footage from Le Lac Aux Images. Some similar names can also be seen in the cast and crews of both shows. Amongst the names that are credited was the then unknown Pierre Coffin, who would later go on to direct the critically acclaimed Despicable Me franchise.
Much has not been known about the show's developmental period other than it's soundtrack development. This is due to the fact that there was very little press material released by the media and ECA2. A majority of information sources have directed viewers to the show's credits and reviews. Bang Productions managed the show's technical design while Fischer Media Group helped ECA2 produce and remaster graphical elements based on Claude Lifante's original models from Le Lac aux Images.
Concept art pieces by Dominique Fages; originally found in ECA2's 2010/2011 annual report, shows Kiki posing with some somersault moves similar to that of the Monkey King. Some of these poses have ended up on the show too. Many official sources mentioned that the show was developed over the course of five months at the cost of SGD$4 million. The show, was eventually opened on the 19 September 2002 to a much anticipating audience of an estimated 150,000.