FULL OF TRICKS

Ray­mond Crowe has carved out a unique show­biz niche for him­self with his blend of mime, magic, pup­petry and phys­i­cal com­edy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - JAMES GORMAN

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.

Pic­ture: CHRIS PAVLICH

Ray­mond Crowe is bring­ing his un­con­ven­tional artistry to the Gold Coast.

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