The Magic of the Illusionist

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In the lead up to the launch of Speakeasy HQ on November 2nd, Knuckles auditioned dozens of acts from all parts of the country. But one in particular stood out; a young magician with a gift of presentation and a passion to perform.

Only 16 years old and Josh Tooth has already began making a huge name for himself across the country for his amazing abilities. 

We took Josh aside and asked him the famous five questions in preparation for his debut at Speakeasy HQ. 

Where are you from?
I come from Narre Warren North in Eastern Victoria. 

How long have you been performing?
I’ve always been extremely interested in illusion, magic and show business. I began performing properly quite recently and have been very lucky that the right people have seen what I do and I’ve had a lot of great opportunities that have led up to this. This will be my largest audience to date and in extremely excited. 

Where did you get your training?
I’m self trained and have also honed my skills with books and online videos. 

Where do you get your inspiration as an artists from? 
My inspiration is to bring happiness, astonishment and joy to people. 

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I’ve decided to go with the tricks that my audiences respond best to. I’ll be doing some pretty out there illusions and working with some cards. 

To see Josh tooth in action book your tickets at http://www.speakeasy-HQ.com

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Crooning at the Speakeasy

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With two stages to fill Speakeasy HQ has assembled a stellar lineup of talent to bring some truly world class entertainment to its audience. But none more so than crooner, Chloe St Clair.

As a diva she has a catalogue of songs that span the golden era of jazz along with a vocal range that sets her apart form all other singers.

Performing in the Lounge Bar Chloe St Claire will be crooning for one and all at the 2nd of November launch. 

We took her aside to ask her the famous five questions;

Where are you from? 
I’m from the West of Victoria. 

How long have you been performing?
Singing is like a first language to me. I sing to relax, I sing to lift myself up – it’s what I am. 

Where did you get your training?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had people around me all my life that inspire and help me grow professionally. 

Where do you get your motivation as an artist?
I’d have to say that I take my motivation from the life stories and works of the classic songstress like Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Billy Holliday. 

What will you be performing at Speakeasy?
I’ve put together an arrangement of classics that will speak to the audience at a deep, soul level. 

To see Chloe St Clair in person log onto http://www.Speakeasy-HQ.com

All Things Burlesque

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In its efforts to deliver performers from the widest possible cross-section of the artistic world to our loving audience we are delighted to present you with Miss Lilly Malone.

Known and loved for her offerings in the many burlesque halls around the country Lilly’s chair dance is all things quintessentially burlesque, sounding off echoes of smoky back-rooms and gin joints throughout the ages. 

As she prepares for her performance at the launch of Speakeasy HQ we took Miss Malone aside and asked her the famous five questions;

Where are you from?
I’m Geelong born and bred. 
How long have you been performing?
I started ballet when I was 4 and haven’t stopped performing since. I tried jazz, tap, even calisthenics and gymnastics but burlesque and circus is what I love doing.

Where did you get your training?
All over the place, but my circus training has come from mentors such as Mittens the Kitten. Through her kindness and support I’ve learned a huge amount. 

Where do you get your inspiration from as an artist?
I’ve been lucky enough to see cirque du solei twice and their performances are a huge motivation but other performers like Dita von Teese and Beyonce inspire my burlesque. I just love their confidence and sass.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I’ll be doing a burlesque contortion routine.

To book your tickets to see Lilly Malone log onto www Speakeasy-HQ.com

The Prince of Australian Vaudeville

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Fresh off the back of his first world record Speakeasy HQ will be blessed with a performance at its 2nd November opening by none other than the Prince of Australian Vaudeville himself, Kyle Raftery. 

On the very same day, of 2nd November, Kyle will be smashing out a world record for riding the longest distance ever ridden on a unicycle, laying on its seat and pedalling with his hands!! 

We took Kyle aside and asked him the famous five questions as we brace ourselves for his amazing performance at Speakeasy HQ!!

Where are you from?
I’m from Tamworth NSW but I now live in Victoria when I’m not on the road.

How long have you been performing?
Grew up doing music and drama before finding circus. I’ve been performing all my life but professionally for about 8 years.

Where did you get your training?
I did my formal training at NICA and then learned whatever I can, wherever I can.

Where do you get your inspiration from as an artist?
My inspiration comes from things I enjoy, movies, books, stories, cartoons, things that me laugh. I try to capture the essence of that in the things I do.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I’ll be performing acrobatics and juggling with my partner April. 

To secure your tickets to Speakeasy HQ log onto www.speakeasy-HQ.com

Presenting… The Presenter

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A veteran of circus and hailed as the ‘most identifiable regional celebrity’ by the Weekly Times for his thousands of shows at agricultural shows, festivals and rodeos in regional Australia, Roy Maloy has been described as Australia’s Circus King by media for over a decade.

Now, as he breaks his seventh and eighth world records during the day on the 2nd of November he will be coming straight from his biggest performance to Speakeasy HQ where he will be serving as Master of Ceremonies and host to the launch of the biggest lineup to hit a stage in over fifty years!

We took Roy aside and asked him the famous five questions as we prepare to have him unleash on our opening night!

Where are you from?
I’m from all parts of the world. I was raised in over 23 countries before I was 13, and moved 11 times in Australia from then to now. I’m quite transient actually. But I base myself in Melbourne or Sydney (occasionally Brisbane) when I’m doing meetings.

How long have you been performing?
Not long… I did a short course at TAFE and made a costume from an old set of pyjamas and some pipe cleaners. It was really quite easy now I think about it.
(23 years)

Where did you get your training?
I left home at 16 and went into Melbourne with a small cardboard suitcase, a bag of tying balloons and three juggling balls. I worked all day every day for a few months and met other artists that included David Castel, Tim Tim, Abbey Collins and a few others who were extremely kind to me and taught me a whole bunch of new things. In particular David Castle taught me stilt walking and I’ve always been grateful ever since.

Where do you get your inspiration as an artist?
Televangelists mainly. Sometimes from the voice in my head that yells nothing other than ‘HOT DOWGS!!! HOT DOWGS!!!’ I also get a lot if inspiration from the artists I work with like Mittens the Kitten and the artistic scope that performing gives me to make large scale circus productions for thousands of people to enjoy.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I’m mainly just going to be ripping off material from other artists for the first half. In the second part of my set I’ll try and apologise to the audience for the first half and then in the third half I’ll perform a fire trick and hope for the best.

To see Roy Maloy in full flight book your tickets at www.speakeasy-HQ.com

Circus Comedian Genius

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Speakeasy HQ ‘s latecomer to the November 2nd program also happens to be one of the country’s greatest names in circus hooping.

Sarah ‘Doogs’ McDougal is a cute and sassy power house of energy as well as one of the most highly skilled and gifted female comedians of her generation. Her circus skills reflect intense classical training however her comedy skills lapse into the area of genius for both her amazing material as well as timing. Doogs is able to do what few other artists can do, as she draws upon a veritable banquet of experience from her time performing in front of live audiences to create unparalleled circus comedy.

So Speakeasy HQ took her aside to try and get a handle on her hooping and ask her the famous five questions.

Where are you from?
I am a Melbourne girl, living out in the hills for quite a while which I loved, but most recently closer to the city whilst I finished uni.

How long have you been performing?
I have been performing for about 7 years, unless you include the time I got to be the back end of a horse in my primary school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’… True.

Where did you get your training?
I’ve spent time training everywhere! As far as organised training goes, I’ve trained at Circus Oz, NICA & RUCCIS, but also picked up a great deal from just hanging out with awesome circus people & playing. The great thing about circus is that everyone has something to share or something new to show, so you never become stagnant, there’s always plenty to learn!

What’s your inspiration as an artist?
My inspiration as an artist is to leave the audience with something they can take away to remember and smile about, or to share with someone else. For this reason, I love doing comedic work or fun, energetic acts. Have you ever watched someone describe something funny they saw, without smiling or giggling again as they tell it?

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I’ll be performing my hula hoop act at Speakeasy HQ! It’s the product of a huge amount of training and something that my audiences seem to love.

For more information and to book your tickets log onto www.speakeasy-hq.com or LIKE us on Facebook

The Impresario of the Roller Skate

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Being the best that was and is doesn’t happen over night. It’s usually a life long aspiration, and requires a commitment that would be daunting to the average person.

Andy Carroll is one such individual who has dedicated his life to being the greatest and there can be little doubt that the hours he has put into his craft has been well worth the effort.

In partnership with Madam Fava, Mr Carroll will be guest performing at Speakeasy HQ’s launch on 2nd November. There he will adequately demonstrate why he is indeed the impresario of the roller skate. We took him aside and asked him the famous five questions to give you all a glimpse of what he has in store!

Where do you come from?
I come from Brighton in the uk’s south coast.

How long have you been performing?
Started performing 30yrs ago at the age of 8 professionally,

Where did you get your training?
I trained at a college in London full time for 4 yrs called Laine theatre arts.

What’s your inspiration as an artist?
Being an artist is what and who I am. I guess I draw my inspiration from life and living as who I am.

What will you be performing at Speakeasy HQ?
I will be performing a skate trio act with Madam Fava and Benji and dancing a tango!

For more information log onto http://www.Speakeasy-HQ.com