'The Naked Magic Show'

Aussie ma­gi­cians re­veal what's down un­der

GA Voice - - Front Page - By JIM FARMER

When Aus­tralian ma­gi­cians Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler were think­ing about how to shake up the in­dus­try, they hatched the idea to in­cor­po­rate some full-frontal cheek­i­ness into their act. Sud­denly, “The Naked Magic Show” was born. Af­ter sold out en­gage­ments around the world, the show vis­its At­lanta this week­end. We spoke re­cently with Wayne, him­self an LGBT ac­tivist, to find out about the bare-assed fun the night brings – and whether he ex­pects more straight women or gay men at the show.

Howdy Chris! How did you get into magic?

I have been do­ing it for 10 years. It’s been my job since I was a kid. Three years ago Mike and I came up with this idea. He had been do­ing magic for eight years. Magic was our first love.

How did you and Mike meet?

We met at an event where he was the en­ter­tain­ment and I was the guest. We were the same age, liv­ing in the same city, in the same in­dus­try but we had never crossed paths. I went to an event and he was one of the best acts I had ever seen. I had to meet him and we be­came best friends.

Tell us about the idea to do this.

We felt that the in­dus­try was dated. It has all been done. Magic needed to be re-evolved or re-en­er­gized. We asked our­selves, what can we do that has never been done be­fore? We re­al­ized that in the whole his­tory of magic, no one had ever taken it to that naughty place. We spent over a year putting it to­gether. We wanted it to be the most hi­lar­i­ous show you could pos­si­bly see, and naughty and sexy as well.

What was it like the first time you did it?

We had six nights booked in Bris­bane. Three weeks be­fore it was sold out. We thought, this bet­ter be good! That was in 2014 and we have not had a chance to stop since. The first time was ter­ri­fy­ing. We weren’t strip­pers be­fore. We had never been naked in a room full of strangers. I al­most threw up. We took our clothes off and peo­ple started clap­ping and cheer­ing. We knew we had some­thing good. The best part of our day, bar none, is when we are naked in a room in front of peo­ple.

So you don’t start off naked, cor­rect?

We de­cided it would be more re­ward­ing for the au­di­ence to wait. We wanted to make them work for it. Let’s put a bit of fore­play in it. We lose our clothes bit by bit through­out the show.

What are your au­di­ences like?

It can be a girls night out, but we have a huge gay fol­low­ing as well. It’s a fun show for cou­ples. In D.C, 95 per­cent of the au­di­ences were guys.

You are very much an LGBT ac­tivist, cor­rect?

I was a Chris­tian pas­tor and I de­nounced my faith when I was 25 years old. One of the rea­sons was, I couldn’t deal with the church’s stance on mar­riage equal­ity. I had friends who are gay and les­bian. We are one of the last coun­tries in the West­ern world not to le­gal­ize gay mar­riage. It breaks my heart that my friends who love each other the same way I can love aren’t al­lowed to get mar­ried. I have seen friends who want to adopt and it takes twice as long. When this show be­came pop­u­lar, I had a voice, and it was a great way to share my opin­ion on mar­riage equal­ity. I want peo­ple to know that a straight boy from Bris­bane is on your side fight­ing for you.

‘The Naked Magic Show’ plays The Buck­head The­atre July 8-9.

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