Cabaret de Paris Tricks and treats

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - – ROSE SADLEIR

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.

– Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Il­lu­sion­ist Michael Boyd and his as­sis­tant, Si­mone Wool­ley, star in Cabaret De Paris.

Marissa Burgess

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.