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james galea’s ‘best trick ever’ : for the love of magic

James Galea’s ‘Best Tricks Ever’. Production photography by Prudence Upton

This show is an offshoot of Australian comedian James Galea’s television series of the same name which premiered on Australian television back in July 2017. The series saw Galea journey in search of the holy grail of magic, the best trick ever.

Galea is the host for the night and shares the stage with a few very fine fellow Australian magicians; Unusualist Raymond Crowe, Australia’s top escapologist Helen Coghlan and up and coming star Vincent Kuo.

For seventy five minutes without a break we are drawn into the world of magic that is presented to us. Fast moving card and Rubik cube tricks, a ‘miraculous’ escape from a metal  box, wondrous play between light, shade and hands are just some of the things on show.

‘Best Trick Ever’ has been directed by Wayne Harrison, former Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company. James Galea produced and created the show even down to the words and music with Galea tinkling away at the piano, at times, during the performance.

The show was good family entertainment with the kids in the audience having a good time. It came to a  touching conclusion. with Galea describing how he and his fellow magicians enjoyed nothing more than getting together and trying out new tricks. Their magic and they shared it, so well, with a very appreciative audience.

James Galea’s ‘Best Trick Ever’ is playing the Studio at the Sydney Opera House until Sunday 14th January, 2021.

Featured image: premier Australian escapologist Helen Coghlan. Photo Prudence Upton

On Tuesday 5th January 2021 the Sydney Opera House held a Media Call for ‘Best Trick Ever’. Ben Apfelbaum attended to take some pics for the Guide. Here are his pick of the pics.

Dom Chambers
James Galea @ The Piano
James Galea @ The Piano
James Galea on the Sydney Opera House steps
Magician Raymond Crowe
The ensemble on Opera House steps
The Ensemble on stage






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