Vaudeville After Dark Cabaret Show combines all things quirky, pretty and just a little bit twisted into one hell of an event! We caught up with Danger Boy, who will be one of the stars of the night.
It’s been quite a while since we last caught up with you; how have things been, and what have you been up to?
Oh, you know – the usual! Loads of research, followed by careful experimentation. Been working on some new stuff – knife throwing, speed archery, escape artistry and more esoteric stuff like mentalism. You know, keeping busy. Idle hands and all!
For those who might not remember or haven’t heard of you, can you introduce yourself and tell us all about what you do?
Oh, hi! Dangerboy here. I’m a sideshow artist, performing feats that test the limits of the human body. I’m probably best known for my “Oral Razorblade Manipulation”.
How did you get started in the circus/stunt career?
Oh, man … if someone had told me I’d become a circus artist, I would have laughed and said there’s no way I’d ever have the confidence to step out on stage. I was heading in such a different direction – a career in environmental science.
It started with fire twirling. Once I started, I could not stop. Practiced every day. Started getting good. Started getting gigs. Fire twirling led to fire breathing, then to fire eating, then on to other oral feats like sword swallowing, etc. I have always been fascinated with the bizarre – what lies beyond the known, the norm. Guess I’ve always been weird – now I just get paid for it.
What have been some of the most thrilling and exciting stunts that you have done?
My favourite act ever was the one we did for the Australia’s Got Talent semis, where my assistant and I tied razors on to string with our tongues. It was epic. But, turns out the real danger was less the razors, more the part where you have to regularly snog your assistant. Like, for practice…
But at every horizon, there’s a new horizon. The most exciting stunts are always the ones coming up, the ones I’m testing, the ones I don’t yet know whether or not they are possible.
You are coming back to Port Macquarie in March, to perform at the Vaudeville After Dark Cabaret Show. What are you most looking forward to, and what can we except from this night?
I’ll be performing solo this time – just me and a suitcase full of dangerous objects. Most shows depend on the audience, how far we can push each other past our comfort levels. It’s a journey we take together.
Port Macquarie is gorgeous, and the audience there always makes me feel super welcome; plus, my agent there, Live2U, is so accommodating and easy to work with, so I take any opportunity to perform there. I’m also stoked to be performing at the Con; how the cash raised from the show goes right back into supporting the local arts scene.
I usually have to bolt from one show to the next, but this time I actually get a chance to stick around after the show and check out a little more of Port Macquarie. So, yeah … I think what I’m looking forward to the most is having a day off in your town!
What do you love the most about performing?
I guess my favourite part is the freedom to devote my life to something I feel passionate about, and the opportunity to share that with an audience and show them things about their own body that they may not have known.
What is next for you after you head home from Port Macquarie?
Port Macquarie is the last of a string of gigs. I have a wee break that I’ll be using to finish up some projects that are near completion, including an underwater escape act that I’ve had in the pipeline for years. Cannot wait to get back to the lab!
How can our readers find out more about you?
If they wanna book me, they can contact Live2U. Otherwise, follow me on Facebook, or @phantasia_events on Instagram.
Grab a group of friends together and grab a table! Tables of 2 ($40pp) or 8 ($30pp) available and limited bench seating ($20pp).
When: March 9th 7pm
Where: 56 Hollingworth Street, Port Macquarie
Tickets: 0427 032 345 or www.cmnc.org.au