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Nothing up their sleeves - or anywhere else
Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler were working as professional magicians in their hometown of Brisbane when the movie Magic Mike gave them an idea: was it possible to perform magic tricks when they literally had nothing to hide? It was, and The Naked Magicians were born. Now after sold-out shows in more than 200 cities worldwide, the Naked Magicians have returned to Australia on a national tour starting in Perth from 1 - 3 February. This boisterous show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions and a hilarious adults-only night out.
Amid the howls of laughter and applause, there was plenty of head-shaking as people asked "How did they do that?" Forget about the Naked part (as if!), these guys are really good magicians. As I write this review I'm still wondering how they managed to get a sold-out theatre crowd to perform a trick without leaving their seats – and make it work.
Audience participation is a comical part of the show and a variety of people gave their all in helping cast a homemade porn movie, numerous card tricks and some mind-blowing mindreading. An older gentleman had his equally old iPhone disappear and then reappear in a very awkward place. All the "assistants" were treated with courtesy and it was definitely a case of the audience laughing with them, not at them.
As you can see from the photos, the boys are easy on the eyes, even when fully clothed making this show a popular girl's night out, but there were also plenty of couples and mixed groups of friends in the audience. The humour and jokes have a naughty, sexy vibe and the show is R rated and restricted to those 18 plus.
Don't be put off by the warnings of coarse language and adult themes – go with an open mind and laugh your head off as the Naked Magicians take everything off.
The Naked Magicians Australian tour is part of the Perth Fringe World Festival, showing at the Regal Theatre from 1 - 3 February.
Tour dates and tickets for all shows can be found here. This is an 18-plus show.