Fringe World Adults Only Magic Show – Sam Hume on Magic After Dark
If you want magic done for the mature person, Perth Fringe World has it.
No hat bunnies to be had from the ‘Adults Only Magic Show’ (unless a bunny in a hat is a sexual innuendo), because it’s the only magic show you can’t take the kids to!
Seductive visuals, lovely stuff, and a wit and humor unlike anything on the circuit, the act was billed with a Kleenheat Sizzle Factor of “very hot” – somewhat ironically, then, that the show, created by independent production company Showmen Productions, is set to take place in an all-girls school. “Not intentionally,” laughs half the act, Sam Hume.
The duo first met in Melbourne in 2012, when Sam was competing at the Australian Junior Magic Championships – “Believe it or not, it’s a real thing”, Sam says sheepishly – where Justin (Williams) saw Sam play and win the competition. . “He introduced himself, he said ‘You’re amazing, I think we’d have a great show together!’ When he tells the story, apparently my answer was ‘Who are you?’ Sorry, you’re below me, blond man with dreadlocks!” Sam laughed heartily with a fake command in his voice.
With a similar acting style and an interest in comedy magic, the rest, as they say, is history. There was a time, however, when Sam and Justin saw a deal to make magic a little sexier. “We started out in children’s shows – which is a little weird in the context of the question! It leads somewhere!
“The first fringe festival we did was a family show, and it was at this fringe festival that we noticed a very large audience showing up for late night shows – cabaret, circus, things that appealed to masses, but there’s never been a late-night magic show on the outlying circuit that we think would appeal to an over-18 market.
“So we started planning ‘Adults Only’, which of course is designed to appeal to a marginal over-18 market.”
Sam and Justin eventually prepared an adult show, with a performance style similar to Penn and Teller; a big build up, the wow factor, but still about the comedy, taking the joke as far as they could go. “The crude humor and that sexual element on stage, we incorporate that into the magic as much as we can,” Sam says. “That doesn’t give us a ceiling either.”
“When we’re improvising on stage, interacting with the audience, and going back and forth, there’s a lot of freedom in what we really enjoy.”
Despite everything the couple handles with the dirty as they dazzle the abandoned daredevils of the night, they’ve never – until now – stepped on their toes. “Comedy is about having fun, we’re having fun all the way and making sure the audience is having fun too,” Sam says. “We never do anything great on the line or cross the line or let’s touch on political things – we want to leave all that at the door.
“We never stepped on toes because our goal is to make sure people have the best time possible.”
In the world of magic you have your renowned sleight of hand, your illusionists, people really out there who make a mark and leave an impression – so how does the association of sensual magic with shameless comedy does it make ‘Adults Only’ a name to remember? Sam says, “I think what people remember more than anything is how they felt when they saw our show.
“People remember the grand finale, they remember the dangerous escape, they remember a few bits but mostly that’s how they feel.
“Our comedy, the way we bounce off each other and the audience all generate this real element of feel good in the audience that they feel watching our show – how happy they were, reminiscing about how it was a good time.”
‘Adults Only Magic Show’ plays in the main hall of the girls’ school (Fringe World) from January 25 to February 6.