The Band

Band of Magicians uses the best in young, internationally recognized magical talent.
Every version of the show is different and is produced with four hip, cool, magicians doing mind-boggling magic tricks, performing to a rockin' soundtrack and a hilarious sense of humor."
James Galea

James is an award-winning magician, writer and producer and Australia's Number One Magician. Constant television appearances, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, “TODAY”, “The Late Late Show”, “Access Hollywood”, his own series “Urban Magic” and the Discovery Channel series“Breaking Magic” have seen James in constant demand in his home country and internationally - including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle & The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

He has most recently been seen as the star of his own series on ABC (Australia) "Best Trick Ever".


Stuart
MacLeod

Stuart is a Scottish BAFTA nominated magician who along with hit TV shows on BBC, Hulu, National Geographic and CW, has racked up over 40 million views on YouTube while delighting and offending audiences worldwide. Stuart has also written and presented two national tours and five live shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As one ­half of the critically acclaimed UK duo Barry & Stuart, the double act have a devoted fan following and are known for their comically dark performing style and unique brand of twisted magic. Their multi award-winning mix of humor and subversive performances earned them the title of 'Best Comedy Illusionist' at the World Magic Awards.


Brett
Loudermilk

Brett Loudermilk is from Los Angeles, CA. He has performed for celebrities and royalty in more than 15 countries across the globe. He specializes in blurring the lines between what's real and what isn't. He starred in the Las Vegas hit show Vegas Nocturne and his work has been featured on countless TV shows including “The Tonight Show”, "Just For Laughs", “Kids Choice Awards”, "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", “Top Chef” and most recently, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us."


Joel
Ward

Joel hails from San Diego, CA. He is a regular at The World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle and has headlined the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus “Boom A Ring”. Joel has been seen on constant TV shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0”. He starred in “Masters Of Illusion” and most recently on “Penn and Teller: Fool Us.”


Creative Team

Craig Ilott

Director

Craig Ilott is a multi-award-winning Australian theatre director. He has worked worldwide with a diverse range of arts festivals, theatrical companies, corporate partners and brands across multiple forms and genres; for theatre, opera, circus, variety, stand-up comedy and concerts. His production of Smoke & Mirrors played festivals around the world and was awarded three Helpmann Awards, the Australian equivalent of a Tony Award. Craig was appointed Creative Director for Pacha Sydney at The Ivy, the flagship Merivale Group venue, directing site specific performance and entertainment from 2012-14. Other credits include La Boheme for Opera Queensland, La Clique Royale for The Famous Spiegeltent, Love Song (MTC), Pig Iron People (STC), The Pillowman for Company B Belvoir and Dealer’s Choice for Critical Stages. Most recently he directed Velvet, which has just completed its eighth successful season, The Virgin Bride for Frontier, and B-Girl for Sydney Opera House.

PETER ENGLAND

SET DESIGNER

Peter England is one of Australia’s most acclaimed set designers. His most recent focus has been the production design for Global Creatures’ astonishing King Kong, which earned Peter his fourth Helpmann Award, the Australian equivalent of the Tonys.  He was previously honoured for his sets for Opera Australia’s Sweeney Todd, Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Unaipon and his work on the Awakenings section of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Peter was Production Designer on three of Sydney’s world famous New Year’s Eve celebrations, including Millennium.  His work has been seen internationally via a series of productions for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC and more recently across the globe via his award-winning design for the Arena Spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs for Global Creatures and the BBC and How to Train Your Dragon for Global Creatures and DreamWorks Animation.

MATTHEW MARSHALL

Lighting Designer

Matt is an award-winning designer and a long-time collaborator of both Craig Ilott and James Galea. He works consistently across cabaret, theatre, opera and contemporary dance, designing regularly for companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Sydney Dance Company, Perth International Arts Festival & New Zealand Opera.

Recent designs include La Cenerentola (Oper Leipzig & SD Opera), Billy Elliot (Auckland Theatre Company), Velvet (Adelaide & Edinburgh Fringe), B Girl (Sydney Opera House) and BeatBox (JB World Events) for DreamWorld theme park on the Gold Coast.

STEVE FRANCIS

Sound Design

Steve has created sound designs and composed for most of the leading performing arts companies of Australian, including Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre of South Australia, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare and Griffin Theatre Company. His dance work includes a number of scores for Bangarra Dance as well as The Australian Ballet.

He has written music for numerous films and television shows and also composed sections of the Olympic and Rugby World Cup opening ceremonies.

Steve has won three Helpmann Awards, the Australian equivalent of the Tonys, and a Sydney Theatre Award.

MARCUS KELSON

Technical Director

Marcus started work in the theatre as a follow spot operator shortly after his arrival in Australia from England in 1986. After a long stint at Sydney Theatre Company as Head Mechanist, he was promoted to Technical Manager for the production arm of the company, then to Technical Manager of the new Sydney Theatre, setting up the technical systems and procedures. Marcus moved on after a few years to work as a freelance Theatre Consultant, specifying technical infrastructure for a number of new theatre projects. In 2009 he was appointed as Technical Manager at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. In 2013, he became Technical Director of BAND OF MAGICIANS. He says that being a part of the show is the most fun he has had in 30 years of working on stage.

Credits

BAND OF MAGICIANS

A Soft Tread, James Galea and Barbara Meyer Production
a SenterStage Co-Production

CREATED BY: JAMES GALEA

MAGIC BY:
JAMES GALEA
STUART MaCleod
BRETT LOUDERMILK
JOEL WARD

WRITTEN BY: JAMES GALEA

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY: STUART MACLEOD

PRODUCERS:
JO DYER
JAMES GALEA
BARBARA MEYER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STEVE STERLING

DIRECTED BY: CRAIG ILOTT

SOUND DESIGN: STEVE FRANCIS

LIGHTING DESIGN: MATT MARSHALL

SET DESIGN: PETER ENGLAND

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: MARCUS KELSON

STAGE MANAGER: SARAH STAIT

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: PETE CLINGAN

MAGIC COORIDNATOR:
CHRIS CHELKO
MARK MAYER

STYLIST: KRISTIN BJORGE

PHOTOGRAPHER: CAMERON RAD

LIVE SHOW PHOTOGRAPHER: JILLIAN SIPKINS

BAND OF MAGICIANS OFFICIAL SEAL DESIGN: CARL KNOX

SPECIAL THANKS – MAGIC

JUSTIN WILLMAN
JUSTIN FLOM
NATE STANIFORTH
BEN HANLIN
ADAM MADA
BLAKE VOGT
PAUL DANIELS
RUNE KLAN
DAN WHITE
Daniel Martin