Not only does the show challenge people’s perception of the word, it also encourages audiences to face their own hidden secrets.
“It all matters how real it is and magicians are all about hiding secrets. Living a queer life openly is certainly the opposite of that,” Galea said.
“If you shine your lights on your secrets instead of holding on to them because you think they’re so dark, they are no longer secrets and they become magic. That is the metaphor for our show and how everything works.”
While Galea collaborated with a US creative team for POOF! Secrets of a Magician, he says it is a very personal performance for him, which will be the first of its kind to premiere at the Sydney Opera House.
“I have obviously grown up all around, and looking at the Opera House, so it is thrilling to be able to bring a very personal show back to Sydney for the first time,” Galea said.
“I started writing stuff for the musical a long time ago and then it progressed into ‘oh that would be really exciting’ to link the musical genre and magician work together,” he added. “There is brand new tricks that have never been seen before, and the magic and music element has never been done. This show will challenge them, it has very edgy stuff that people wouldn’t normally be seeing.”
The magician has produced and written magic-based television and theatre internationally for 15 years, showcasing his viral card trick ‘673 King Street’ on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which generated millions of views on YouTube.
Galea is also a member of Band of Magicians, which is billed as a ‘world first magic supergroup’ and performed at the Sydney Festival in 2014.