James Galea

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James Galea
Born 1981 (age 35–36)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation magician, illusionist, actor
Known for 673 King St, Band of Magicians
Website www.jamesgalea.com

James Galea is an Australian magician and actor based in Sydney and Los Angeles.

Early career[edit]

Galea was introduced into the art of magic at age 14. He spent most of his youth studying sleight of hand magic, practicing for eight hours a day.[1] He also attended Marcellin College Randwick, graduating in 1998. In 1999, at age 18, Galea performed at James Packer's first wedding - the same year that saw him open his own stage show in Japan.[2]

In 2002, Galea became the Australian Close-up Magic Champion.[3] In 2005/2006, Galea headlined venues including the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood and the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Returning from the U.S., Galea filmed a six-part series for the Nine Network titled "Urban Magic".[2][4][5]

In 2008, Galea premiered his one-man show I Hate Rabbits at Sydney's Enmore Theatre to a sell-out crowd.[2] The show featured in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival before heading to the Forum Theatre in Melbourne as part of the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. During the Melbourne season, Galea appeared in the nationwide broadcast of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala Show and performed his award winning routine 673 King Street.[6][7]

After a chance meeting in 2007, Galea teamed up with writer/actor/director Nicholas Hammond to co-write a play, Lying Cheating Bastard. The plot features a young man drawn into the seedy underbelly of Sydney, the story of infamous con-man Jimmy Garcia (aka "Cricket") and how he became the most successful con-man in Australia by the age of 27.[8][9]

In 2014 James formed the Band of Magicians with Justin Flom, Justin Willman, and Nate Staniforth and performed a string of sold out performances in Australia.[10]


  1. ^ Iaccarino, Clara (23 April 2008). "I Hate Rabbits". Theatre Review. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Neill, Rosemary (29 November 2008). "The Face: James Galea". Profile. The Australian. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  3. ^ Unlimited, Magic (2 May 2007). "Australian Magic Conventions". Blog. Magic Unlimited. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  4. ^ Cuming, Angela (5 February 2006). "Touch of Magic to Boost Nine’s Ratings Bid". Television News. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ Jones, Sarah (26 June 2009). "Sexy, cool magic". Arts Preview. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  6. ^ Poxon, Kim (8 April 2009). "James Galea I Hate Rabbits". Arts Review. Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  7. ^ "James Galea I Hate Rabbits". Show Listing. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2009. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  8. ^ Armstrong, Anne (29 May 2009). "Lying Cheating Bastard". Theatre Review. ABC North Coast NSW. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  9. ^ Simmonds, Diana (3 July 2009). "Lying Cheating Bastard". Theatre Review. Stage Noise. Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  10. ^ Time Out, Band of Magicians - Sydney Festival 2014, October 23, 2013

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