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Short and Sweet – A Short Theatre Festival

Short and Sweet is a performing arts festival that celebrates short-form theatre. You know; like a short film festival, but with live theatre pieces rather than films. Long story short, I’m going to be presenting a performance piece there next week. This year’s Melbourne Short and Sweet is split into three categories; Dance, Theatre, and …

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Simon and Ghostfunkel

A few weeks ago the Variety Collective held its annual Halloween show. Dave Lee and I agreed to put something halloween-themed together. We had some rough ideas, but nothing concrete. On the morning of the show, we decided that we really should probably actually write something. So, over brunch, we put this together… There was …

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The Variety Collective

The Variety Collective is a weekly variety show in Melbourne. It was formed when a bunch of comedians, magicians, musicians, circus artists, and other unconventional performers decide they want somewhere to strut their stuff for the public. While there are a heap of comedy clubs and live music venues out there, places to see variety …

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Five Days in China

Last week I was hired to perform at a Magic Convention in China. It was one of the weirdest – but also greatest – experiences I’ve had in a long time. This was the China Beijing Asia College Magic Convention (trust me, it makes more sense in Mandarin). It was a four day event of …

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Unorthodox Entertainment

A theatre full of orthodox Jews makes for a surprisingly engaging audience. I received a call a couple of months ago from friend, mentor, and 50+ year entertainment industry veteran Chuck Fayne. He wanted to check whether I’d be willing to help out with a charity fundraiser show that he organises each year. The show …

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Simon and Davefunkel – Live on Gay Radio

Back around the time of the Melbourne Magic Festival, mutual friend Jo Prior asked Dave Lee and myself if we’d be up for doing an interview on her radio show. Being shameless publicity whores, we said yes. At the time we were insanely busy with the Magic Festival, and hence didn’t stop to check much …

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A Chunk of Business Cards

One of the best pieces of business advice I was ever given came from Paul Daniels, famous British TV magician of the 80’s and 90’s. The advice: give a business card to every person you interact with. In about 2001, Paul was travelling in Sydney and briefly gave a one day workshop on business skills …

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The Ironic Calm of Air Travel

I find air travel soothing. I’m also aware that this isn’t a common view. As an aeroplane passenger you’re often suffering from cramped legroom, dry air, poor ergonomics, difficulty sleeping, crying children, mediocre food, and all the other thoroughly non-soothing things going on. There’s also the occasional total scheduling clusterf***. But when I’m on a …

  

Magic Is Not About The Tricks. It’s About The Man.

(Andrew Masters is a good friend and frequently brilliant writer. Partly because he is brilliant, and partly because it means I get to take a break this week, I asked him if he’d be up for writing a guest post for this site. If you like it, I can also highly recommend his award-winning piece …

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Serendipitous Colour Combinations

A few weeks ago at The Magic Castle in LA, I got to see a collaboration by two usually independent performers: Bizzaro and Mr (Jordan) Right. Each usually performs solo, but for a special appearance in the Peller Theatre at the castle they had collaborated on a two-person show. One thing about the show immediately …