MMF 2022 show spotlight: Headliners

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This final spotlight is for a show, rather than a performer (or performers). The show is “Headliners” and it stars three legendary, well known magicians who have all been on TV – Simon Coronel, Dom Chambers and Dr. Vyom Sharma! “Headliners” is a highly anticipated magic show, which is sure to be full of jaw dropping moments and world class magic. I sat down with the stars of “Headliners” to learn more.

Describe the show in 3 words: Loose, yet tight. 

Each of the performers in ‘headliners’ are internationally known – what makes this combo of performers ‘work’?
Big line-up shows like The Illusionists have as many as seven stars in them. That’s a lot! We only have three, but I think the experienced chemistry within our cast will really carry the show. 

Will the stage be big enough for you all / for all your magical talents?
It’s approximately 7x larger than necessary. 

What are you looking forward to the most with ‘headliners’?
Two of our team are competing at FISM (think the international olympics but for magicians) in a few weeks, and will be doing their final rehearsals and act development as part of this show. The big stakes are definitely adding some exciting tension. 

I know this isn’t your first time performing at the Melbourne Magic Festival – tell us about your favourite Melbourne Magic Festival memory.
Dave Lee: It’s About Time. Still the greatest show ever to exist. Also the only one in MMF history to provide its own entire room full of custom chairs to create raked seating on a flat floor. 

Talk about dedication to the magical arts (and performing arts)! Definitely sounds like this show includes some truly special content, so don’t miss out on seeing it! In the past I have seen acts at the MMF that have included FISM rehearsals and it’s always been highly memorable, mind blowing stuff so run for these tickets – grab them here while you can!

“Headliners” runs from July 5th – 9th (8:45pm each night) at The Houdini Theatre – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Chi Han Yeo

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This week, I was lucky enough to sit down with talented local magician Chi Han Yeo. Equally adept and astounding with his card manipulation as he is with his rich storytelling, I settled in for a riveting interview as we discussed Chi Han’s new show “Warning against games of chance”.

Describe your show in 3 words
This is really a tough one.  The show twists and turns depending on the whims of the audience, but if I had to pick three based on what I’m hoping it is…tongue in cheek!

Why should audiences come and see your show?
A great question.  Well this is something with a bit of a theatrical blend.  If you’re looking to see great magic, but also something with more of a storyline, where you also get to interact without being put in the spotlight, and have a unique live experience, this is the one for you!

What’s your favourite card game / game of chance?
Funnily enough I don’t gamble!  I’m a sucker for board games though, currently enjoying a game called Destinies most right now.  It’s an automated role playing game, so effectively a game where story is paramount, you’re in an interesting world, and you get to experience magical things hmmmm…I wonder if there are any parallels with that and my show….

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival?
Always seeing great magic.  The Melbourne Magic Festival is a truly special event.  Not many places in the entire world have a festival dedicated to magic.  If I have to single out one it would have to be MagicSports.  I’ve never been able to see it as it always clashes with my own show, but this year we’re doing it super late, so yay!!!

Do you have a favourite card? If so, what is it?|
Six of diamonds.  I received it from a former card cheat who I learned a variety of gambling techniques from.  Oddly enough I never met the person face to face, but that’s a story for another time.

Sounds like audiences are in for another treat this year with Chi Han’s show- it sounds fascinating! “Warning Against Games of Chance” runs from July 5th – 9th (8pm each night) at The Close Up Gallery – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Don’t miss out – get your tickets here while they are still available.

WARNING: The show on Wednesday July 6 2022 will NOT be a performance of ‘Warning Against Games of Chance’, but will instead be a showcase night of the students of the Magic School of Confidence.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Davo

Davo (Dale Trueman) – image supplied

Well, they say the The Melbourne Magic Festival attracts all different kinds of performers…..and in 2022 there’s a performer with a particularly Australian flair that is keen (as mustard!) to meet everyone – and his name is Davo. Armed with a beer can in one hand, and an Aussie flag in the other, I caught up with Davo for a yarn at the local pub.

Describe your show in 3 words: Magical bogan theatre

Tell us a little about yourself. Can bogans really do magic (or are they too lazy / distracted)?!
I’ve been on or near the magic my whole life. My sadly departed granddad was the local magician when I was a kid, the ‘Wizard of Woy Woy’ they called him. He taught me magic and how to spin a yarn, though he did tend to go on a bit when he’d had a beer or three. Also my Nan’s family had the Gypsy magic in them and that’s passed on to me. I’ll tell you a bit about it all in the show and why it’s been so important to the way I turned out.

I was gonna go pro when I was a young bloke but got distracted by the bright lights of Woy Woy (you know how it is)…it all went down the gurgler when the love of my life left. She seemed to think I was a bit of a dipstick after a couple of BS incidents. First I lost my job at KFC which totally wasn’t my fault, but she really turned when I was about to propose and the ring went for a bit of a wander. I found it again later but it was too late. So, I’m getting me life back on track and putting on the show. I’ve been doing the hard yakka getting it together in grandad’s shed which is chock-a-block with magic stuff, and I’ll be doing a routine Grandad taught me that won a trophy at the 1979 Central Coast Junior Magic Olympics. It’s gonna rock!

What is your goal?
I defo want to make my Grandad proud of me, but of course he’s dead so it will have to be post-humourously. I’m hoping my ex Rochelle-Chantelle will come see the show and maybe I can impress her enough to win her back. She loved it when I did the magic. I’m lost without her, she was my gardening angel. If I can get her back then everything will be sweet as! Baby if you are reading this come check out my show!

Who inspires you and why?
Grandad. He was an amazing magician. No gig was too small for him. He’d be doing kids parties in the morning, christenings in the afternoon and half time at the bingo in the evening. He never stopped working. Also I’m heaps into music, especially rock. I’ll be singing a song or two including one I was inspired to write for Rochelle-Chantelle about her work in the adult film industry.  

Why should audiences come and see your show?
You like magic, right? Well my show is deadset not like any magic show you’ve seen before, it’s full of laughs and thrills. There’ll be depth defying tricks and some dangerous looking stuff, inventions of me own and classics of magic. There’ll be gnarly rock and roll and a chance for a singalong. I’ll tell you my story about love, family and hope. We’ll have a ton of fun and with any luck you might end up witnessing the greatest love story of all time. Or I might have a bit of a cry. Either way it’s gonna be a 100% fun time – everyone says so (well, all my mates at the pub do at least!)

Davo seems like a good bloke at heart, so he definitely deserves some home grown support! Get off the couch for a night and come to the big city and see a magic show like no other. There’s never been a bogan magic show at The Melbourne Magic Festival before! Come see Davo before he disappears back to Woy Woy (or the pub around the corner, who knows?!!) Catch “Life of Davo” from July 5th – 9th (9:15pm each night) at The Cardini Cabaret – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Get your tickets here!

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Liam Jumpertz (LJ)

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Local magician Liam Jumpertz (LJ) can sometimes be seen busking in the heart of Melbourne, and at other times he has alter egos performing a range of other activities (including wrestling!) Recently, I sat down with this down to earth and fascinating performer to find out more about his upcoming show at The 2022 Melbourne Magic Festival.

Describe your show in 3 words: Funny, Relatable, Amazing

What makes you ‘THAT’ magic guy? What makes you stand out / sets you apart?
Having performed on the streets of Melbourne and at local events around Victoria for over 10 years. I have grown up in front of the people of Melbourne and created a unique brand of relatable, comedy magic that uses everyday objects to accomplish amazing moments.

Who (or what) influences you?
My biggest influences / inspirations in magic are Penn and Teller. Without them I would not be performing magic today. I was lucky enough to see their live show in Melbourne just this week and I got to meet and have dinner with Teller which made a childhood dream come true.

Why should audiences come and see your show?
That Magic Guy is for all who love supporting a home grown, exciting young performer. There are a lot of people who have known I am a magician for years but never seen me live, this year a lot of them will finally be able to watch me perform. I want to share that special experience with as many people as possible and create a personal, relatable show with a performer who loves to make people laugh and scratch their heads in amazement.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival?
As much as I am looking forward to performing for the wonderful people who come to see That Magic Guy. The thing I am looking forward to the most about MMF 2022 is the unique vibe of the Magic Festival, where creative like minded people get to share their art with the public and collaborate with other artists. It’s just such a special time of the year and we are so lucky to have such a brilliant community.

We’re lucky to have such a rich assortment of home grown magical talent here in Melbourne. LJ is: That Magic Guy, and he’ll be appearing from July 5th – July 9th (9pm each night) at The Slydini Showroom – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne. Don’t miss out – grab your tickets here.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Josh Staley

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The next magician I’m lucky to sit down and interview is no stranger to The Melbourne Magic Festival. In fact, in any given year if you attend the festival it is likely he will have a show on! My next guest is none other than talented local magician and card whiz Josh Staley!

Describe your show in 3 words: Conjure. At. CardTable (if we pretend Card Table is one word)

To be serious, the show is about pulling back the curtain and revealing skills both the conjurer and the card cheat use, skills like sleight of hand, psychology and misdirection and I think this is a really intriguing concept for audiences (especially those who have been to the Melbourne Magic Festival before) and are perhaps are a little bit more interested in the methods behind magic. So my 3 words would be – Intriguing, rule-breaking (hyphen saves the day) and fun, because I still want to keep the high energy, humorous style I’m known for, even when breaking the magician’s code. 

Your show title is card focused – do you have a favourite card? why / why not?
My first year at the Magic Festival was not performing a show, but instead, I competed in the Australian Junior championships. In my act, I had someone choose and sign a card, which was the 4 of hearts. I was lucky enough to win the event and be crowned “Australian Junior Champion of Magic” and I had the card and a few other pieces from the act framed as a memento, so the 4 of Hearts has become a bit of a lucky card for me after helping launch such a successful run of Melbourne Magic Memories. 

You’ve performed shows at The Melbourne Magic Festival for many years – what keeps you coming back to perform at this festival? 
I have 2 answers to this; First of all the Magic Festival is without a doubt one of my favourite times of the year, because it brings me so many different opportunities and each year is always a little different. Last year I performed a sell-out run of close-up shows for 50 audience members, whereas this year I get to perform for nearly double that in a larger parlour show. Combined with highlights such as Magic Sports (easily the year’s funniest show) and running along with hosting the Australian Junior Championships and special appearances at events like The Galas or Best of the Magic Fest means there’s such variety each year that it always excites me to see what happens next. 
Second, for each of those shows and events, the audience is so enthusiastic that it would be impossible to stay away. It’s really rare to do a show where each and every audience member is nearly as obsessed as I am, and yet every year I’m blown away by the passion the MMF fans bring to every show they attend. 

Do you have a favourite memory of performing at The Melbourne Magic Festival? 
Before international change (thanks, Covid!) the MMF was lucky enough to host some of the greatest living magicians from all over the world, and being able to meet and then perform for my heroes was a dream come true. From world champions like Shoot Ogawa and Helder Guimarães to prolific creators like Eric Jones and Dani DaOrtiz to magic legends like Wayne Houchin and Joshua Jay, sharing our love of magic, and being able to become friends with these industry giants have led to some incredible memories and opportunities.

What do you enjoy most about performing magic? 
Ever since I was a little boy, the wonder and joy magic created for me was the greatest feeling. Being able to create those sensations for others is easily the best part of performing. Every spectator enjoys the show for different reasons; some people love to be fooled, whereas others want to try to unravel the mystery. Some people really like the comedy and humour, others like the storytelling. Regardless of what attracts you to the show, when that moment of something impossible hits, everything else fades away, and you’re left with that feeling of wonder. I think it’s one of the best feelings in the world, and it is a true gift that I’m able to share that with people every night. 

This interview helps sum up what makes Josh so passionate about magic and sharing his magical talents with his audiences. If you’re headed to The Melbourne Magic Festival this year, make sure you stop and enjoy Josh’s show.

The Conjuror at The Card Table runs from July 5th – 9th (8pm each night) at The Cardini Cabaret – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Tyler Sandiford

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This week, I sat down with Tyler Sandiford, who is making his magical debut at The Melbourne Magic Festival in 2022! The Melbourne Magic Festival is known for making performers new to the festival feel welcome and supported so I hope you’ll read on to discover more about Tyler and his magical background.

I hear this is your Melbourne Magic Festival debut! Tell us a bit about yourself / your background
I’m a self-taught entertainer and magician who from a young age was always interested in the mystical and mysterious nature of magic. The duality of the art between those in the know and those on the outside. I’ve been practicing Magic for about ~20 years and I have performed for countless private parties and corporate events. In fact, it was a great source of income when I was studying. I was first introduced to magic by the clown that attended my 5th birthday and then like many it was the masked magician that grow the passion and taught me some basic concepts to sow the seed. I’ve been in the audience of countless MMF shows and I’ve always enjoyed the inclusive feeling that the various performers brought to the event. Last year my wife and I were able to attend ALL the shows because we lucked out and won the Golden Tickets, this gave us the opportunity to meet all of the wonderful performers and gave me the push to put my hat in the ring. 

Describe your show in 3 words: Games, Fresh, Mentalism

Without giving too much away, what can audiences expect from your show?
The idea of the show stems from the fact that my cheeky younger brother was always cheating at board games. Even now if we fire one up he’ll double-throw dice to get the number that he wants. Coupled with what was a growing strategic mind I found myself in a war of wits. Where I needed to use savory and unsavory skills to get the upper hand and match his similar tactics. 

Do you have a favourite tall tale?
Not sure about my favourite but the first one that comes to mind is a time when my brother offered a stack of PS2 games for a deep discount. Something like 12 games for $50, I had the money and was recently given a PS2 from a friend. Most of the games he had weren’t necessarily in my wheelhouse (FIFA and Madden) but a couple like Bully were certainly on my list of games to play. The thing is we lived in the same house. If I wanted to borrow the game it wouldn’t have been an issue; he just wanted an extra couple of dollars for something he had his eye on. Anyway after a little to and fro I agreed. Not thinking much of it I took the games into my room only to find the cases empty!? We laugh about the cheek to this day and the deception was quickly remedied but that moment when I went back to his room and he was able to say with a straight face “We never agreed that you got the discs?”. 

Tell us about a time where a tall tale helped you achieve a goal or got you out of a tricky situation.
While I’ve called the show “Tall Tales” most of the stories I tell are funny real-life situations where sometimes the thing that happens sounds like it shouldn’t have happened. That being said there is a story from my youth where I was choosing to fare evade and got into a conversation with an undercover ticket inspector. I’ve not been on public transport for a while so I don’t know if much has changed but they used to be reasonably easy to spot in a crowd. Anyway, because I struck up a conversation with him and spun a yarn about school stresses and extracurricular activities, while true they were exaggerated. When it came time to start asking everyone for a ticket he was seemingly extra agreeable with my plight and he wrote me a custom ticket for the rest of the day’s travel. 

From this interview and sneak peek, I can say that Tyler has many stories to tell so I’m sure his audiences will be in for a treat this year. Catch “Telling Tall Tales with Tyler” from July 5th – 9th (at 6:45pm each night) at The Close Up Gallery – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Aiden Schofield

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Returning to The Melbourne Magic Festival in 2022 is interstate magician Aiden Schofield. I caught up with Aiden pre festival, to hear about what he has in store for his audiences this year.

Describe your show in 3 words: Fun. Visual. Quirky    

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started in magic?
I’m Aiden Schofield, a 21-year-old magician from Brisbane. I got my start in magic in 2011 after seeing Cosentino on Australia’s Got Talent. Funny story – He was doing big illusions and death-defying escapes and I thought, “hey, let’s do card tricks”, but I transitioned quite quickly into stage magic. Aside from my stage shows, about a year and a half I took up busking in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast and will be doing the same in Melbourne.

Your show is called “Aiden Schofield: MAGICIAN”….in a festival of magicians, what makes your show different / Why should audiences come and see your show?
The name of the show actually comes from me not wanting to have a cliché ‘magic show’ title, which was a lot harder than I thought so I ended up going with a self-titled show with the word ‘magician’ at the end, so people know what I do. The way it’s styled, with the word ‘MAGICIAN’ in capitals, is a reference to Michael Jackson’s HIStory album. (You might also find a couple of MJ references in the show!)
There is no theme to this show, there is no message, it’s just a guy (me) on stage doing magic for an hour. I’ve tried my best to make it a fun and interactive experience with a variety of magic for everyone to enjoy.

Is there any magical skill you’re particularly proud of?
I saw a magician in 2019 do a routine with bubbles. I became obsessed with it and have finally added my version into my show. Another bit is one I’ve been doing the longest, my Rubik’s cube routine. I’ve been playing around with the Rubik’s cube for almost 7 years.

Without giving too much away, what can audiences expect from your show?
In the show, audiences will get to see magic performed with bubbles, paper butterflies, and sand. Objects levitate, I go back in time, predict the future, and solve Rubik’s cubes instantly and much more.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival?
I’m looking forward to finally performing my new show in Melbourne. It was supposed to premiere last year, but it wasn’t completed yet. It premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival earlier this year, and after a couple months break, I get to come back to Melbourne (after a six-show run at last year’s MMF) and continue onwards to other places. Some other things I look forward to are getting to hang out with other magicians, performing in other shows like the Open Mic Night and the Stage Gala, and of course go busking.

Aiden’s show certainly sounds like it will be entertaining. Aiden Schofield: MAGICIAN will be appearing in Melbourne for one night only: Tuesday July 5th (7pm) at The Houdini Theatre – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

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MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Braydon J. Taylor

Right now, the spotlight is on charming local Melbourne magician Braydon J Taylor. Often found performing / busking on the streets of Melbourne and making special appearances at local markets, this year he brings his exciting upcoming show “(Wannabe) Overnight Sensation” to MMF audiences…wanna learn more? (of course you do!)

Describe your show in 3 words: Awkward, Exciting, Hilarious 

Tell us (briefly) how you got started in magic?
I got started in magic 15 years ago, with the cliché story of my grandparents buying me a magic kit, and me becoming absolutely OBSESSED with magic and showing everyone in my family all of the little tricks from the box. From there, my passion & magic knowledge grew, I started watching street performers from all over the world, which inspired me to become a street performer myself!

Without giving too much away, what can audiences expect from your show?
If you’ve ever seen one of those movies where a guy climbs out of a time machine, runs up to the first person he sees & asks “excuse me, what year is it?” and then runs around looking all confused about the new technology, cars & other things he sees? Think that – but a magic show.

How did you come up with your show name – is it your goal to become an overnight sensation (or are you one already)?
I’m by no means an “overnight sensation”, nor do I particularly want to be. The name of my show – (Wannabe) Overnight Sensation came from the 2020 COVID lockdown – the year where performers lost the ability to express themselves in front of a live audience, and instead had to build from the ground up on social media – some of which, became overnight sensations… I however, did not.

What or who are your influences?
My influences in terms of my whole performing career are my friends, mentors & my environment. 

Sounds like Braydon has a lot of talent and magical content to show to his audiences! I know you don’t wanna miss out on tickets, so catch “(Wannabe) Overnight Sensation” from July 5th – 9th at The Cardini Cabaret – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Luke Blaze

Luke Blaze and his assistant, Cassie. Photo credit: Leah Soraya

Luke Blaze has quite the online following and growing legion of fans, so I felt very lucky when Luke was able to take time out of his busy performing and rehearsing schedule to sit down with me for an interview! How exciting! Join me and discover more about Luke’s new show “Odyssey”

You’ve performed shows in various places and you’ve now landed at The Melbourne Magic Festival. Why should audiences come and see your show?
I believe audiences should come see my show as I offer a new experience at The Melbourne Magic Festival for both regular and newcomers, being the festival’s first ever illusion show at The Houdini Theatre (Arrow Hub). My show has it all, from grand scale illusions, close up routines and dance numbers. Throughout the show I take people on an ‘Odyssey’ into a world where their imagination can become reality.

Your surname is ‘Blaze’ – is that a Tinder reference or because you like hot things? 
‘Blaze’ definitely comes from me liking hot things, from the general weather to hot sauce on all of my meals… to Tinder – I never had success with Tinder, perhaps it was because I always made the girls disappear….

A popular question I’m asked is how I came up with the name ‘Blaze’ and it came down to this. I wanted a name that would represent my personality on stage, I feel like I’m able to light up a room when I’m on stage with the charisma I share with my audience and so “Blaze the stage” came into mind, I added it to ‘Luke’ and it was quite memorable, “Luke Blaze”, don’t you think?

Your shows are often billed as immersive experiences for audience members. Without giving too much away, what can audiences expect from your show?
My passion lies within the incredible stage illusions however I also enjoy interacting with the audience as I believe magic is experienced better with others, that is why 50% of my show is solely dedicated to getting audience members out of their chairs and up on stage with me to experience the magic right in their own hands and even have a keepsake to take home to remember the show.

What does the Melbourne Magic Festival mean to you?
To me, The Melbourne Magic Festival means family. A bunch of relaxed entertainers, doing their passion all over Melbourne. A lot of magicians tend to have the same reason to perform, to put smiles on other people’s faces. When you attend the festival, you can’t help but feel the genuine love and passion from everyone there.

Who or what influences you and your magic?
Back when I was just 10 years old I saw Cosentino perform on Australia’s Got Talent and straight away I was attached to his style and illusions. Ever since then I have looked up to Cosentino and was lucky enough to be mentored by him. The reason I have continued my journey in magic is because growing up I realised that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I noticed a recurring pattern, whenever I would perform for people, whether it was a one minute card trick on the street, or a sixty minute show in a theatre: I had the power to temporarily take people’s problems away. The person on the other side of my magic wasn’t thinking about the bill they had to pay, the partner that recently broke their heart or where their next meal would come from. Rather, I was able to take them into an alternate universe where problems didn’t exist and anything was possible, which is magical within itself.

Sounds like a wonderfully immersive show indeed! If you’re keen to be spellbound by big stage illusions and to be taken away on a special journey of your own, Luke Blaze’s show “Odyssey” runs from July 6th – 7th (7pm each evening) at The Houdini Theatre – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne. Tickets are available here.

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MMF 2022 Performer Spotlight: Davide Kaufmann

Davide Kaufmann – image supplied

Today I say Ciao (Hello)! To Italian born, Melbourne native Davide Kaufmann who is a very busy magician indeed. At this year’s Melbourne Magic Festival, Davide presents 2 family friendly magic shows: “The Great Armando’s Espresso Magic” for younger audiences, and “Once Upon A Time in Milano” for families / suitable for older children. Andiamo allora, let’s learn more.

Describe each show in 3 words:
The Great Armando’s Espresso Magic: high-energy family entertainment
Once Upon A Time in Milano: improv comedy storytelling

What do you enjoy most about entertaining children / families?
I always loved entertaining families. There is something special about the disarming honesty of kids: an adult might make a polite comment, but a child will tell you exactly what they thought about your show. This is why when I see a child coming back to see Armando perform, I know I am doing something right.
After more than twenty years on stage, I have seen how much of a positive impact a show can have on a children’s imagination, especially in this world that doesn’t really have much magic left in it. As a father myself I strive to create a safe space for families, full of magic and stories that can be shared together, which is why even my night show (a more “adult” one) is also 100% family friendly.

Your Italian background is alluded to in both show titles. What made you decide to include your cultural background into your shows?
I used to hide it when I first arrived in Australia ten years ago because I desperately wanted to fit in. Now that I do, and I can proudly call Melbourne my home, I decided to make it my trademark. My accent is real and it’s not going anywhere and people seem to love hearing me talk. This is why I branded myself as “The Italian Magician” owning my italian origin story.

What does The Melbourne Magic Festival mean to you?
The Melbourne Magic festival means a great deal to me. I used to live in Hobart, Tasmania, where I lived and performed for two years. When I moved to Melbourne I found it very hard to start everything again once more. To make matters worse, my then partner broke up with me after ten years together, and I found myself kind-of stranded in a new city. The Melbourne Magic community really helped me a lot and I will always remember how Tim Ellis (our artistic director) took a chance on me, allowing me to perform at the festival for the first time in 2016. I still cherish the feeling of acceptance and love I’ve got from the festival and that was really the turning point for me and the start of my new life in Melbourne.

Melbourne is a city that sure loves its coffee! If you were a coffee, what coffee type or style would you be?
Magic of course! There is a special feeling in ordering a coffee that’s not really on the menu. It’s also a double ristretto, just like me: a coffee made of two halves: Armando and Davide, coexisting in the same cup.

Well, this interview sure has me reaching for my next cup of coffee! If Davide’s shows sound like they match your tastes, please find more information and ticketing links below! Andiamo (let’s go)!

The Great Armando’s Espresso Magic runs from July 5th to July 9th (at 2pm each day) at The Cardini Cabaret – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Tickets available here.

Once Upon A Time in Milano runs from July 5th to July 9th (at 7:45pm each evening) at The Slydini Showroom – Arrow Hub, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne. Tickets available here.