Well after a solid week of kids’ books, what’s the next logical thing for me to review here at This Charming Mum? Something with full frontal nudity! Put this one on the ‘date night’ list if you’re heading out in Brisbane this month.
Ever asked yourself what Magic Mike would have been like if it had included actual magic? That’s the thinking behind The Naked Magicians, the hilarious ‘R-rated’ magic show starring two Brisbane boys, who swear their mothers are still proud of them. The show makes a return to Brisbane from 19-29 June, following successful runs at the Brisbane Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Fringe. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek (so to speak…)
Performers Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne have solid theatrical and TV backgrounds and both of them are, indeed, ‘real’ magicians. You may well come to this show for the nudity – but you’ll stay for the properly tricky tricks, which are all the more intriguing given that these guys literally have nothing up their sleeves. I was front and centre at the press preview – 2nd row with an excellent view (*cough*) – and I could not tell you how any of the clever collection of rope, card and disappearing tricks were done. Impressive! The big laughs came from cringe-worthy audience participation moments, double entendres and sight gags, all delivered with mischievous, good natured humour. There’s nothing ‘dirty’ going on in this show, despite the obviously suggestive premise.
In addition to being skilled magicians, the boys have clearly been studying the art of the tease, finding many nifty ways to hide their nether regions behind strategically placed props, like top hats and bunnies. In fact, if you’re expecting to see a showcase of man bits, this may not be the show for you. But anyone who likes their eye candy packaged up with a good old belly laugh is going to love this combination of novelty nudity and mystifying magic.
The Naked Magicians will bring their mighty fine abs to the Brisbane Powerhouse later this month and conquer the world soon after. Tickets on sale now!