All posts by James Karp

James Karp is a Producer, Artistic Director of opening cabaret show to the French World Festival and is the creator of The Magicians Cabaret theatre restaurant. James commenced his career in the performing arts as a magician after receiving his training in Las Vegas. James’ list of clients has included The Star casino, Slide Cabaret, Sydney Showboat, Carnival Cruises (Miami) along with numerous corporate companies / brands, such as BMW, NAB, 2UE, Apple, Revlon and media personalities such as the late radio icon Stan Zemaneck, Marcia Hines, Star Wars producer George Lucas, American R&B singer and seven time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton and even Mr. Toyota Jnr. himself. James has also performed magic for his childhood hero, legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, (who was a magician himself in his youth) who described James as a “sleight of hand merchant”. James’ creativity has been recognised by other genres of the arts: Authors – part of the research and development for Australian author Diane Armstrong’s book Empire Day, in which its main character is a magician; actor Jackson Gallagher (Home and Away) with his love of magic, has had James teach him, which was later produced as a feature story for Disney. On the Disney set, James also consulted and directed the magic for three other magicians he manages and producers for, Australian singer / songwriter, dancer and actor Johnny Ruffo – James consulted and directed for the magician and card mechanic, who was featured in Ruffo’s music video “She Got That O”, James produced the magic effect to be taught to radio personality Emma Freedman to present to international magician Dynamo for his 2016 Australian tour promotion. Furthermore James has been invited to speak on the art of magic at Sydney University and to be a judge for the Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival. After performing as a magician over two decades James’ introduction into producing came about when, out of the blue, Sheikh Maktoum of Dubai approached him in 2005 to produce the opening ceremony of his international A1 Grand Prix in Sydney. James went on to then produce three more A1 Grand Prix opening ceremonies in Australia and one in China, all with television audiences of over seventy-million. The success of these opening ceremonies established James as a sought after producer, with projects including two book launches for Australia’s best-selling author, the late Bryce Courtenay (Sylvia & The Persimmon Tree), the official national launch of the movie Madagascar (Hoyts), also German Bank Bayern (Sybos event), major events for advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, French cologne Viktor & Rolf Australian launch and the annual Grande Cabaret Show for the French World Festival to name but a few. In 2012 James created The Magicians Cabaret – a theatre restaurant venue which houses a classic 1920’s box office, proscenium arch stage, a merchandise shop and James’ extensive collection of magic memorabilia. It receives visitors both locally and internationally. James has produced three major works La Fortuna, La Lumiere and La Belle Rose which he all wrote and directed. Resident cabaret dinner show La Fortuna has played continuously for four years and has received many rave reviews - USA-based celebrity magazine Cliché writing “simply amazing, unpredictable and enchanting” and voted The Magicians Cabaret as one of the best three things to do in Sydney after dark and Channel Seven The Morning Show called it “the best in the biz”


RED pushes emotional buttons as it portrays a personal story about a dancer’s ordeal with a life changing disability. Written and directed by Liz Lea (London Contemporary Dance School), who also plays the part of the dancer, she wrestles with issues of loss, love and time passing.

Pulling heartstrings, RED has tragedy as its core but this show is anything but a downer. Having used the beat of her feet and a sense of humour, she weaponised herself against her condition.

Lea communicates patently and with a quick and delicate wit about human sensibilities of illness, whilst all along, never stopping to entertain. With a twirl of her tongue, she turns the audience’s discomfort firstly into tittering, then into giggling and finally into lurid laughter. When her heart leaps, Lea’s audience again follows her with all of their endorphins, leaving their stress hormones at the box office. Continue reading LIZ LEA’S RED @ THE RIVERSIDE