James Galea

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“He’s different from other magicians, he’s NOT creepy!” ELLEN

” I am gobsmacked. He’s VERY good…VERY talented” Sir Richard Branson- Virgin Air

“Standing ovation! ..we had a great night tonight, James was amazing!”- Melalueca -the Wellnes Company

“1000 people in the audience, best show ever”- Augustana College

An outrageous cabaret of wizardry, music and comedy that peels back the magician’s curtain.

POOF! Secrets of a Magician2020 Sydney Festival

Master showman James Galea reveals all in a hilarious, confessional adults-only show that poses questions-in-song such as Are All Magicians Gay? and spills the tea on the enigmas of magic and psychics, from the fall-out when chicanery goes wrong to what happens when you know all the secrets and lose touch with the magic in your own life.

With infectious energy, a deft touch with a grand piano and awe-inspiring sleight of hand, actor and magician Galea spearheads a new brand of modern magic show. He’s wowed Ellen DeGeneres and Richard Branson, headlined Hollywood and Las Vegas, starred in ABC TV series Best Trick Ever, and helmed smash-hit magic supergroup Band of Magicians (Sydney Festival 2014).

James Galea is Australia’s number one magician. Constant television appearances (including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TV’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks, TODAY, Morning’s with Kerri-Anne, Good Day LA, The Footy Show), his own series Urban Magic and his recent role starring in the Discovery Channelseries Breaking Magic have seen James in constant demand in his home country and internationally both in the corporate arena and touring as a headliner world-wide (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle & The Melbourne International Comedy Festival). 

James is an award-winning magician, writer, songwriter, director and producer. He resides in both Los Angeles and Sydney where he chases the sunshine (and rainbows). 

What makes James Galea unique?

James Galea is vastly different to the stereotypical ‘pull a rabbit out of a hat’ magician – he breathes new life into the dying art of magic and trades the traditional rigid tuxedo and stiff top hat for a pair of sneakers, jeans and a tee shirt. Energetic and effortlessly cool, James presents the art of magic with a wicked sense of humour disarming audiences with his youthful charm and astonishing them with his talent.

James started learning magic at age 14 from someone he thought was a magician. He later found out that his mentor moonlighted as a professional con man who cheated in high stakes poker games. While his colleagues were learning how to make hankies disappear from old magic books Galea learnt how to deal aces from the bottom of the deck from a professional card shark.

It was in the field of close up magic that James’ unique talent was discovered. His charismatic performances soon attracted notice and at just 19 years of age, James was awarded ‘Australia’s Best Close-Up Magician’.

In 2009 after sell-out seasons Australia-wide of his live show I HATE RABBITS, James took to the stage as an actor starring in LYING CHEATING BASTARD, a play he co-wrote about Australia’s most successful conman. The critics were unanimous in their praise for the play and Galea’s performance and the show have toured internationally.

Galea produced and starred in the large scale BAND OF MAGICIANS Tour which sold out  The Sydney Festival and toured throughout Australia and New Zealand with a special Las Vegas run. With he new show “Poof” James rocked the Melbourne international comedy festival and has had international success with his TV special “Best Trick Ever”


Review from 2020 Sydney Festival

The College of NJ newspaper review

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