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Cath Jamison is set to delight the punters at this
year’s Gangsters’ Ball. Cec Busby reports.
Thanks to the likes of JK Rowling and her beloved Harry Potter series,
magic has ne ver be en more popular with the punters but one person who
jumped on the magic train long before R owling ’s wizards and witches came
to the fore, is Cath Jamison, a renowne d Master Magician who runs her own
‘Hog warts’ if you like, in the form of Australia’s Academy of Magic.
Jamison has loved magic since childhood and could often be found reg aling
her family and friends with magic tricks and illusions. Her first trick was the “cup
and balls” perfected at an early ag e – “the sense of amazement on my family’s faces
(and mine) was magic in itself ”. Her passion for magic soon became a full-fledged
care er when she answered an ad in the paper to attend the Melbourne Magic
School. “I ended up being a student and never looked back,” she comments, con-
fessing that she “absolutely loves it”.
“Maybe I ’m just a big kid and love bringing out the same from other people,” she adds.
While magic and illusion are often se en as one of the last male bastions, with
male magicians often holding court centre-stag e as their female assistants sashay
around them, Jamison says she was soon accepted into this boy’s club, although
she re calls the old magicians often sug gested that she should do “‘nice’ magic with
silks” and the like.
“I disagreed with them and now have created my own unique style of ‘female’
magic, because I refuse to conform on how a female magician should act and
These days, Jamison is one of the most sought after magic performers in the
world and is well respected for her craft. “I was accepted really well and respe cted
due to my dedication to the ar t form,” she says. “Even more so when I started to
win magic awards including the most prestigious award given to a magician here
in Australia (I am the only female to win it.) I now have magicians coming to me
for advice and direction...”
Asked to describe her show to the uninitiated, Jamison says: “Style with an edge.
I’m the edg y female magician of Australia. I ’m ver y dominant on stage at the same
time, cheeky and playful. I ’ve created my own distinctive style to let me stand out
from the rest. I ’m the female magician who loves pushing the boundaries.”
Next month Jamison is gearing up to g et the crowds g oing wild at the Gang -
sters’ Ball. “Ive be en ver y excited about this gig ,” she enthuses. “It’s a huge event.
It’s going to be a night full of creativity. There will be a fantastic variety of enter-
tainment and a g reat chance to dress up and dance your socks off... Three of my
favourite ways to spend a night out.”
The Gangsters Ball takes place in Sydney on September 3 at the
Metro Theatre; in Brisbane on September 10 at the Tivoli Theatre and
Melbourne on September 17 at the Forum Theatre.
More info: gangstersball.com.au
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