WATCH MY MAGIC HERE!!!

This magician I think you will LOVE LOVE LOVE. He’s not like other magicians. He’s not… creepy.
- Ellen De Generes

I’m gobsmacked! He’s VERY good. VERY talented.
- Sir Richard Branson

James Galea has REINVENTED the art of trickery.
- Daily Telegraph

Meet MAGIC’S BEST card shark.
- Sydney Morning Herald

I can’t imagine there’s a magician on the face of the planet who could make him look ordinary.
- Australian Stageworks

Wizard of Oz.
- Variety

James Galea has breathed new life into the art of magic.
- Queanbeyan Age

A winning mix of bravado and youthful candor.
- The Australian

His tricks are as funny as they are slick.
- Sunday Magazine

An irresistible fusion of comedy and sleight of hand.
- 3D World

As fun as it is visually intoxicating.
- Express Media

James Galea has reinvented the art of trickery, taking it far from its traditional comfort zone.
- Daily Telegraph

Meet magic’s best card shark.
- Sydney Morning Herald

Sharp, Intelligent, Funny… Pure Entertainment.
- Sunshine Coast News

Truly entertaining… I can't imagine there's a magician on the face of the planet who could make him look ordinary
- Australian Stage

The audience was frequently gasping in awe or rolling with laughter, usually at the same time
- The Pun

As fun as it is visually intoxicating, making I HATE RABBITS an absolute addition to your list of must-see shows
- Express Media

A masterful performance.
- Stagenoise

Sharp, intelligent, funny… Pure entertainment.
- Sunshine Coast News

Remarkable.
- The Canberra Times

‘THE MAGICIAN’ – FINALLY!!!

November 16th, 2013

Hey friends,

I’m really excited to be able to share the brand new trailer for ‘THE MAGICIAN’ (Directed by Adam Scott-Franklin). There were a lot of people working really hard to bring it to life, and I’m pumped to be able to share a little piece with you!

TAKE A LOOK HERE!

 

IT’S OFFICIAL!!! – ‘BAND OF MAGICIANS’

October 22nd, 2013

OMG OMG OMG! I’m sooooooo excited!!!

I can officially announce that the latest project I’m part of is going to have its World Premiere at the Sydney Festival in January 2014!!! Yaaaaay!!!

I’m joining forces with three of the brightest magicians on the planet and we’re combining all our skills and talents to create a magic and illusion show more extraordinary than the sum of its parts. It’s called…‘Band Of Magicians’.

I truly couldn’t be more pumped to be a part of it and hope you’ll come and see. I’m too excited to write any more right now, but will soon. Yay!

Watch the short promo here!

COME SEE THE BAND!!!

James xo

FIELD OF DREAMS COME TRUE

September 27th, 2013
As a child I remember seeing ‘Field Of Dreams’ over and over and over again with my family. As a teenager it would make me feel that dreams really could come true. As an adult it makes me weep, the nostalgia beginning to take over from the second the pan flute from James Horner’s amazing score blows its first note. It’s a movie I know by heart, yet one of those rarities that can still make you feel every emotion you felt when you watched it for the first time (like Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me for me)
So, it has always been a dream of mine to go to Iowa. Any American I tell this  to laughs at me, but I truly have wanted to go there ever since seeing the film. Luckily for me, brilliant magician and very close friend of mine, Nate Staniforth lives there. It just so happened, that I had to go out to shoot some footage in Iowa for a new show we’re doing together. Did you hear that…I HAD TO GO OUT TO IOWA! Yay!
It’s hard to share a dream being realised, but perhaps you can empathise sitting on the same wooden bench that Karen fell from looking out at the field. The Field hasn’t changed and is in perfect condition, like Kevin Costner just walked off the bleachers and James Earl Jones was sitting next to me saying ‘Basebaaaall’. I pitched a ball from the mound and said out lout “See if you can hit my curve… Yeah, you can hit the curve ball.”
Then, I couldn’t help being overwhelmed when I got to do this…
While I’ve been l
ucky enough to be living my dream for some time now, this truly was a #bestdayever.
And if it wasn’t already the most American day of my life, Nate’s wife baked me the greatest Apple Pie (from scratch) I’ve ever tasted.
Thanks for the memories Iowa.

NEW MAGIC!!!

August 30th, 2013

Hey guys

SOOOOOO stoked to share this with you. I know many of you never got the chance to see my series ‘Urban Magic’ in Australia (and I actually forgot some of the fun pieces I created for the show myself) so am thrilled to be able to now share this with you. Also, for those who missed out on ‘Breaking Magic’/’Magic of Science’, we have some highlights.

I’ll stop talking now.  CLICK HERE FOR NEW MAGIC and tweet me or send me a message on FB to let me know what you think.

Cheers for the love,

James xo

‘NOW YOU SEE ME’ $5000 Instagram Competition winner!

August 29th, 2013

Massive congrats to instamagician Oliver Forbes for winning the ‘Now You See Me’ instagram competition by having the best appear/disappear submission. His winning video is here and is awesome!  Congrats!!!

Thanks to everyone who put in a lot of work into making their videos interesting and entertaining and a special shout out to Hopscotch for creating such a cool platform to do so!

TOUR, TOMATOES, TOWED & ‘THE MAGICIAN’

August 20th, 2013

Hiiiiiii!!!

Wow, a month between posts is a little ridiculous, but I’ve been working! This last four weeks, I got to travel to Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Noumea, Vanuatu, Vegas and now I’m back home in LA. It’s so nice to be home.

There’s so much going on that I really don’t know where to start. So,here goes…

– this was my view for pretty much 6 weeks at sea. I also got to sail through most beautiful harbour in the world many times.

– Sydney was FREEEEZING but looked like this so it was okay.

– Figs and Heirloom Tomatoes are in season!!! Had such a good time making the most of them with mates.

– Went to Big Bear. It was incredible.

– Finished the final cut of the short film, now titled ‘The Magician’. It has been entered into Tropfest so I can’t show anyone till we find out what’s happening there. But it won’t be long now! Woo!

Abby is really sick and being away from her is terrible. I will see her in a month.

– Have had some incredible donuts and cronuts while back in LA. Wow.

– I have a new favourite sweater/jumper that I loved wearing to one of my favourite Diners. (who now follow me on twitter! Ha!!!) .

I’ll be doing shows in Virginia and Norther Cali this week and will update more frequently now that I’m back in the US.

Thanks for all your support and I hope you’re enjoying an amazing donut and having a #bestdayever wherever you are.

Cheers!

James xo

 

DIS/APPEAR ON INSTAGRAM TO WIN $5,000 (FOR REAL!!!)

July 18th, 2013

Hey guys,

$5,000 is up for grabs for one imaginative cookie who can make a kick ass instagram video using the guidelines below…

‘To celebrate the Australian release of Now You See Me, we want you to make an up to 15 second video on Instagram that features the most imaginative appearance or disappearance you can think of, using the #nysm5000 hashtag. This illusion could feature yourself, an object, a pet, cash – anything. Your illusion could be created from simply pressing pause to add or remove something, to the wildest illusory plans you can concoct!’

Yours truly will be judging the competition so get working and get creative. I can’t wait to see the great insta vids you all come up with!!!

Good luck!!!

James

WORLD’S BEST DONUT, CROISSANT, POOF! AND TOUR

June 18th, 2013

I know it has been a month since I posted. Sometimes, you gotta just enjoy your life and not spend the precious moments taking an insta. So, in a nutshell, I celebrated my 32nd birthday in the Sequoia National Park with my closest friends and spent 4 days cooking, drinking, laughing and playing spoons (that’s one dangerous game). Yep, that’s moonshine you see (I didn’t hate it).

It was National Donut Day and I celebrated by going on a pilgrimage to the undisputed best donut place in LA, The Donut Man. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful their fresh strawberry donut was. So, if you’re ever in LA. Go here! (I brought back a box and ate them all with zero guilt)

I then went straight into production for the short film/music video I’ve been dreaming about for more than twelve months. It was a ridiculous amount of fun. A few months ago I met a director who clearly had a great sense of humour, knew how to shoot magic and was willing to go on an adventure. My adventure with Adam Franklinhas exciting, scary, challenging and nothing but fun.

I was lucky enough to shoot at some of my favourite places around LA (Astro Burger, Brookledge, Hollywood and Sunset Blvd’s, ) put on a clown suit and made balloon animals for the first time in 15 years, made a dove appear (the same on that was used in Arrested Development! – thanks Joel!), played with the coolest rabbit I’ve met (Hugo) and some incredibly gifted friends made cameos throughout (one even put a sword down his throat).

After our last scene at LAX, I boarded a plane for Auckland where I met a ship and was heading to Vanuatu before the roughest of seas changed our course and took us to Noumea. So that’s where I am now, having just finished eating what I think is the best chocolate croissant of my life (I’m getting another one the second I finish writing this) about to head to the airport to go back to Sydney for a few days.

I’ll put some production pics up in my next post (photography by the wonderful Zoe and Cameron Rad).

I’ve updated the tour page, you can check it out here

I had the second croissant already. Definitely having a third.

About to board my flight to Sydney. Speak soon!

(I had a third on the way out)

AMERICA, AGUSTINA, ABSOLUT & ABBY

May 23rd, 2013

Shooting a scene riding in Abby through Sunset Boulevard into Hollywood was one of the most exciting things I did this week…

I was part of a big project for ABSOLUT where I was paired with the innovative artist Agustina Woodgate so that I could bring her into and show her my world.

I always get excited when I meet someone who truly loves magic. Agustina has been obsessed with the art form  since she was a child so we had lots to talk about (in fact she even taught me a way of shuffling I’d never seen before). The idea was to teach her a trick she could learn to amaze someone on the streets of Hollywood – later that day.

We began at the studio in my house and I can’t wait to show you the results. This is a sneak peak at what we got up to and the people we met.

IF I REALLY COULD DO MAGIC…

May 7th, 2013

What a ride its been. A little over a year ago my good mate Justin asked me to go on a charity ‘open-air booze bus’ around Los Angeles. I didn’t need an excuse for a good time so was totally in. Fast forward an hour and we’re going through a tree-lined street and I could see that some idiot was going to get clotheslined. As I stood up to warn people who were imminently about to get taken out by the perfect tree branches, I should have remembered that no good deed goes unpunished. As my mate came to my rescue, he too was taken out by the most dangerous tree in Malibu. This is what happened.

I got home that night nursing so much pain amidst the realisation of absolute stupidity. So, we drank a bottle of Laphroaig (which I don’t recommend). During the drunken self sorrow, I took to my piano and sung it out. Amidst my stupor, I started to answer the world’s questions in song…the most common in my world, “Can you really do magic???”

I woke up the following morning with a sore head, a painful eye and unknown music I couldn’t stop hearing. Later that day I received a voice text which I had forgotten ALL about. It was 15 minutes of babble; me singing on the piano answering all the questions I had. Amongst the noise, were the lines:

“Do you really think if I could do Magic

I’d be spending Sunday afternoons

Making f&*%ng dog balloons for your s^&* kids”

It started me on a journey I’m so glad to be on. I’ll elaborate more about POOF! (A New Magical) another time, but for now I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be shooting the short film/music video for ‘If I Really Could Do Magic…’ in Hollywood this month (and will have it out to you all soon after). I’ll be working with director Adam Franklin to bring the story to life (check him out, he’s awesome) and can’t wait to share!

In the meantime, you can buy the track on iTunes and Amazon for only 99 cents! (WARNING: Explicit lyrics)

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