Sharing my love of Melbourne with Melburnians and guests of this great city!
Let the magic begin
Band of Magicians (photo courtesy of TimeOut Magazine)
It's been almost 6 years since James Galea wowed audiences at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala with his 673 King St card trick and since then, he's only returned home from the US to Australia less than a handful of times. Disappointing for us but who can blame someone when they're off becoming BFF's with Ellen and appearing in several TV shows in the US and Australia.
But from January 7 to 17, James is in Melbourne with 3 other incredibly talented magicians (Justin Flom, Justin Willman and Nate Staniforth) who have joined together for "Band of Magicians" at The Palms, Crown Casino.
One could gush about how "wowed" and amazed you will be when you see the show, but it is hard to tell you why without giving away any of the surprises. I can tell you that it is a magic show – but not like any other magic show you may have seen before. This is not a show where everything is grandiose, the music is too loud and you can't breathe or see due to too overuse of the smoke machines. Nor is it someone in a cheap costume who fumbles their way through tricks – although a clown does make an appearance.
Instead it is simply four young (and easy to look at) guys who want to entertain you and leave you with a sense of wonder. It is very personable magic - instead of all of the elaborate smoke and mirrors, there's tricks in there that make you think that you could do that. But, for every trick that you think that you have figured out and can dismiss the next one leaves you astounded. For example, the group have been banned from playing at the card tables by the casino that has hired them – and you find out why. You also get 2 for the price of 1 as the guys are very funny and very relaxed, so not only does the brain get a good work out from trying to work out how something is done, you get to laugh and interact with others as well. But don't be scared of audience participation – it's harmless and fun, perhaps with the exception of the classic sawing a person in half act.