Fresh from more than 50 sell-out shows of The Illusionists 2.0, The Unusualist – Raymond Crowe comes to The Byron Theatre for a very special performance next Sunday.
Magician, comedian, inventor, master of illusion, ventriloquist, shadow and mime artist – he’s a multifaceted Aussie genius who keeps you guessing until the last moment.
Brimming with originality, he’ll make you laugh, cheer and gasp with his uniquely breathtaking skills and hilarious audience participation.
A grand finalist in Australia’s Got Talent, Crowe has performed alongside Bon Jovi and Russell Brand, and for David Letterman and Queen Elizabeth.
Raymond, how does a person become an illusionist? I don’t imagine there’s a Tafe course!
Now has never been an easier time to learn magic. There are numerous DVDs and books to teach the technique of magic; however, the real secret of magic for me is the ability to perform and be able to share magic with other people. My suggestion to anyone is to take dance, acting and/or voice classes because you also need to be a good actor to perform magic.
How much time do you have to dedicate to working up your illusions and magic tricks?
I am continually developing and experimenting ideas and illusions and this keeps me busy most of the time.
Why do you think people love magic so much? Like we know it’s a trick, but it seems unfathomable!
Magic is many things to many people. To some it’s a challenge and to others it’s the joy of being surprised and the wonder of it.
And perhaps in this high-tech virtual age people are looking to be amazed by a person and not a machine.
Do you create your own tricks and illusions or are they often inspired by the masters?
Yes, I create many of my own illusions. It’s like learning to play an instrument. You must first understand the fundamentals before you can write your own music.
Who are the masters, btw?
My masters have been many, from magicians to silent-comedy greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
What does it mean to be an unusualist?
I loved magic, puppets and ventriloquism as a child and slowly over the years as I grew up I developed other skills as a performer.
These skills were so varied that I called myself an unusualist.
Tell me about your show – what should people expect?
It’s the only show in the world that features a rock-ukulele-playing baby, a romantic performing flea, where paper butterflies come to life and live goldfish are caught in the audience! Now that’s unusual!
Byron Theatre Community Centre on Sunday at 2pm. Tix at the Byron Centre – 6685 6807 or www.byroncentre.com.au.