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Raymond Crowe has carved out a unique showbiz niche for himself with his blend of mime, magic, puppetry and physical comedy
There is more than meets the eye when it comes to “unusualist” Raymond Crowe, who is bringing his unconventional and eclectic show to the Gold Coast this weekend.
From appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman to performing in front of the Queen, Crowe’s career arose from a magician’s kit given to him as a child.
Fresh from more than 50 sellout shows with The Illusionists 2.0, Crowe’s delightful originality has maintained his presence at the forefront of Australia’s entertainment scene.
The grand finalist in Australia’s Got Talent 2013 says his flourishing career in magic and illusion was a byproduct of his inability to play sport as a child.
“I guess most of the people who do this kind of work share the same thing in common,” he says.
“It all usually started with a magic kit given to them by their parents for Christmas.
“That is pretty much the way it started for me.”
Crowe says the gift help lead him in a new direction
“I wasn’t very good at sports and it probably helped pave the way for me to do something I wanted to do because I couldn’t even catch a ball,” he says.
“But I loved puppets and I loved comedy and over the years I started bringing the two together.”
The acclaimed performer attributed his success to some simple advice given to him by his parents as a child.
“I used to do a lot of practice when I was kid and my parents told me not copy other people’s work but instead be original, and this is pretty much the advice I have held on to my whole life,” he says.
“When it comes to performing I am true believer that the less you show the more you see.”
Combining elements of mime, with magic, puppetry, ventriloquism and physical comedy, Raymond’s show offers fans a little bit of everything.
“All my shows end up being quite sweet, so it’s great for mums and dads as well as grandparents,” he says.
Raymond Crowe is bringing his unconventional artistry to the Gold Coast.