Reviewed:The Magician’s Cabaret

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By June Ramli

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I attended my first burlesque show in Sydney on Friday the 13th, 2023.
Although I had visited Paris more than a dozen times in the past, I have never attended a performance at the Moulin Rouge – a renowned cabaret performance in Paris, France. 
Since I miss Paris I decided to attend the show that is closely aligned to Paris but here in Sydney.
Expecting it to be an Australian version of the Moulin Rouge fortunately I wasn’t disappointed.
I got the tickets just few hours prior to their maiden performance for the year.

Reviewed:The Magician’s Cabaret
Reviewed:The Magician’s Cabaret by June Ramli.


The tickets were $100 including $10 for online parking at the Domain for a three hours show from 7pm to 10pm and a one course meal.
And don’t worry, they do not start at 7pm on the dot but almost close to the 8pm mark.
Drinks were separate and not included in the ticket price.
When I arrived, I was greeted by James Karp, the owner and the producer of the show. 
Since I was alone, James sat with me and we spoke about the show’s origin and the difference between the Moulin  Rouge performance in comparison to the burlesque. 
He even bought me my second mocktail.
Mind you mocktails in that restaurant were not cheap, standing at $15 per glass. 
Although the show was not what I had expected, I had a good time.
I was the only single patron, the rest were either partner up, coming with friends and a father, daughter duo.
I told myself to watch the show with an open mind.
There was nudity throughout the show but it was tastefully done.

The writer right after the show.


There were lots of sex jokes thrown in and the hostess even gave sex toys for free during one of the intermissions.
For those who were not lucky enough to score a freebie they were able to purchase it later for less than $15 per piece. 
The show was about sensual dances and with some x-rated jokes thrown in.
There were three dancers that night with one MC.
The dancers were very tall, close to six feet and absolutely gorgeous.
At times I felt that they looked like giants but the more I looked, it dawned on me that they were actually really lanky girls. 
As for the hostess Nelly she was a great entertainer and comedian.
She would sing and dance occasionally but her main role was to entertain the guests with jokes and make them feel at ease. 
As for the food, although I had requested for a vegetarian meal, when it came to crunch time, I was actually served the Beef Bourguignon.
I didn’t make a fuss but enjoyed the tasty mashed potatoes that came as a side dish and refused James’s offer to swap to a vegetarian meal!
Finally, what did I think of the show itself?
I felt it was similar to watching the Moulin Rouge except there was no can can dancers.
It is a very sexual and sensual show and not suitable for people with conservative and close mind.
There was a lot of nudity in the show but not everything was shown as the girls wore nipple shields at all times.
Patrons were not allowed to photograph the dancers or touch them!
As these are all professional dancers, even though they are skimpily dressed.  
These strict ground rules were made by the producer, James to safeguard his dancers from perverts.
The show had five scenes and each scene came with a lengthy intermission.
Probably about 20 minutes in between each scenes.
These intermissions were designed to give you time to mingle with your friends and other patrons.
Some even walked out of the venue for a breather, while others enjoyed more drinks or went for their toilet breaks.
James came and chatted with me during intermission but most of the time I would be on my phone Googling stuff out.
Would I go back again to rewatch the show? The answer is a no but will revisit the idea when I am in Paris next. 
However, I would like to take up the owner’s offer to help craft a coffee table book on Australian Cabaret.
If you are interested in watching the show, here are some useful information:

Venue: The Magic Cabaret, 91 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

Parking: There is plenty of street parking near the restaurant and paid night parking at the Domain.

Showtimes: Check the website for more information.

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