Cabaret de Paris Tricks and treats
IF a magician never reveals his tricks, how can anyone learn them?
You have to earn the right to share in the secrets of sorcery, or, in the case of illusionist Michael Boyd, inherit them.
Boyd’s grandfather and great-grandfather were both travelling magicians, so the third generation virtuoso says he was born with hocus-pocus in his blood.
Tonight, the Melbourne-bred magician raises the curtain on Cabaret
De Paris – Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino’s new 90-minute stage show which features acrobats, illusions and star showgirls including Marissa Burgess, ‘‘Longest Serving Star’’ in the history of famed French cabaret Moulin Rouge. Boyd juggles two hats for
Cabaret De Paris – as a performer and producer.
The show, which played to sell-out audiences in Sydney and Melbourne, features more than $250,000 worth of spectacular bejewelled costumes designed by Boyd’s wife, Cathie. A traditional variety entertainment show, Boyd says Cabaret
De Paris will give Coast audiences the opportunity to indulge in the decadence of true Parisian-style cabaret.
‘‘They should expect to be taken away, laugh and marvel at the beauty. It’s good, old-fashioned entertainment,’’ he says.
‘‘Not only do the dancers look amazing but technically they are also incredible. This is exactly what you would see at a cabaret in Paris.’’
Boyd has a few prodigies who assist backstage – and who long to discover the method to his magic.
‘‘I am always very secretive with my tricks,’’ he says.
‘‘But the biggest secret? I always tell them it’s an old saying: ‘Steal with your eyes’. Watch how I do it – and that’s how you learn.’’
Boyd believes in magic and says when it comes to being part of an audience, it’s best not to know the technique.
‘‘There are always two types of people – most females have more imagination and they don’t care how it’s done, they just love to watch,’’ he says.
‘‘Whereas most males are very analytical and they have to know how it’s done – whether it’s a trap door or a mirror, they need to know the secret.’’
Boyd’s incredible tricks and mind-boggling illusions aside, Cabaret De
Paris also stars comic acrobatic cyclist Justin Case and adagio act Mysteriaque.
Cabaret De Paris plays Jupiters Theatre from tonight until October 11.
Illusionist Michael Boyd and his assistant, Simone Woolley, star in Cabaret De Paris.