This is magic done in a way you've never seen before
As I made my way into a dim theatre among a sea of visibly excited people eager to watch a magic show, I couldn't help but wonder where on earth all the magic-loving men were in the female-dominated crowd.
With the power of hindsight, the name of the show alone should have given away the answer to my question almost immediately.
You get everything the name suggests.
As part of Perth Fringe World 2015, The Naked Magicians made a very successful debut in Subiaco's Regal Theatre following an extensive tour throughout Australia. Dubbed as the "cheekiest, sexiest and naughtiest magic show", The Naked Magicians is fronted by comedy duo Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, two of Australia's leading entertainers who have had much experience in the realm of magic and performance on televisions and stages across the globe.
Both their cheeky personalities, quick wit and fun-loving nature resonated quickly with the equally boisterous audience, largely made up of females for seemingly obvious reasons. The show did appeal to a particular target market, with most show goers there on a girls' date night aside from a group of men at the back proudly declaring it was their man date.
The Naked Magicians. Image supplied.
As a large and enthusiastic crowd murmured in the dark and silence of the theatre before the show started, the opening scene of a table, a locked box suspended in mid-air and two fully clothed gentlemen who greeted the audience seemed to leave some slightly baffled.
A wave of perplexity swept through the theatre as many would have wondered something along the lines of "So I'm looking at the magicians part of The Naked Magicians, but where is the naked part?"
Surely enough, the audience had their pleasures satisfied, albeit shortly, further on in the show. This sometimes modest, other times not R-rated show is playfully crude and is certainly not for the conservative type, yet is a far cry from being a show riddled with vulgarity and obscenities as one would expect from a show with full frontal nudity.
The many laugh-out-loud moments makes this a magic-centred show with a very comedic twist, a little bit of naughtiness and a lot of coarse language. Christopher and Mike's unique twist on stand-up trickery ensured that the crowd remained dazzled, entertained and engaged, with a side note of cheerful rowdiness. The spontaneous jokes, bawdy humour and lighthearted fun received encouraging cheers from the audience, who were very much involved with the acts in the show.
In addition to an intriguing sealed envelope handed to every person before the show and being told not to open it until instructed to do so, the show's interactivity level was kept alive with inflatable props and other simple gadgets. The randomisation aspect of the show to select (some very eager) volunteers onstage also produced an electric, upbeat atmosphere with a very infectious vibe and genuine laughter all round.
It's everything you expect, yet everything you don't.
The magic performed on the night ranged from ubiquitous card tricks, rope cutting to more unexpected acts like dagger throwing and pin boards covering you-know-what while the magicians go au naturel (or perhaps unsurprising in a show titled The Naked Magicians!).
The simplicity of the stage's set-up meant that all attention was focused on the magic and the magicians, who, towards the end of the night, were equipped with a top hat and not much else. This reflects the raw philosophy that the magicians hold that "Good magicians don't need sleeves, but great magicians don't need pants". Perhaps that line alone is what drives the hordes to see magicians perform their magic wearing nothing but a birthday suit.
For further information about the show and upcoming tour dates and locations, visit The Naked Magicians website or follow their Facebook page. It has been too long since you giggled like a schoolgirl.
This sounds awesome, definitely something my girlfriend would THOROUGHLY enjoy. So I thought I'd go to the website and buy a couple tickets for her and a friend to go to this.
Oh but what's this? No shows in Perth?? Why post an article in the Perth category about an event that isn't in Perth?
Feeling let down and disappointed.
(Good review/writing though. I enjoyed reading this: clear, concise, interesting)