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Real magic on the Gold Coast

10:00 AEST Thu Mar 3 2011
Most people are fascinated by magicians. They are just so clever. Jules Lund is no exception and like most of us wants to know how they do it.

He went behind the scenes at Joe Labero's new show, Genesis: The magic spectacular, which is premiering at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on Queensland's Gold Coast before travelling the world.

Swedish born Joe Labero is one of the greatest illusionists the world has ever seen. It all began when he was 12 when he was given a magic box. He practised, entertained at parties and dances and decided to become a professional way back then.

Joe is renowned for showcasing his magic on a large scale while still being personal and amazingly energetic. Every one of his moves establishes a feeling with his audience. He has been named Illusionist Showman of the Decade at the Merlin Awards.

The multimillion-dollar spectacular show took five years to plan. About 45,000 hours went into creating recorded visuals, 12,000 hours to make the sets and he rehearsed more than 500 hours before the first show. The props fill eight shipping containers.

There's a star-studded cast of 30 performers, including local talent, international acrobats and assistants. The Genesis production team comes from five countries. The Chicago's is an internationally acclaimed acrobatic troupe which performed at the famed Moulin Rouge in Paris for seven years.

Membership in professional magicians' organisations often requires a solemn commitment to the magician's oath never to reveal the secrets of magic to non-magicians.

Even in an empty theatre one-on-one with Joe, Jules just couldn't figure out how he did his tricks. He had to admit being totally dumbfounded, just like everyone else in Joe's audiences around the world.


Queensland's Gold Coast.


Joe Labero's Genesis: The magic spectacular at Jupiters Hotel & Casino starts at $59 per person. Dinner and show starts at $69 and VIP packages $148. It will run until May 8, 2011. Sessions are at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, 4pm on Sundays, 3pm on Saturdays and 1pm on Wednesdays.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to the Gold Coast from:

  • Sydney $79
  • Melbourne $109
  • Adelaide $149
  • Perth $249

There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at March 3, 2011, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at March 3, 2011.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Ph: 1300 888 086

Jupiters Hotel & Casino
Ph: (07) 5592 8303

Joe Labero

Danze Fantasy Productions (Joe Labero's show producers)

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