Connections landed beautiful burlesque gig for Magic Mike

August 12th, 2012 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

How did a reporter from The Daily Iberian interview Mike Durdant, aka Magic Mike, and not ask him about the recent movie? Reporter fail. Still, the 35-year-old has made a name for himself in New Orleans and across the continent, working with Jon Racherbaumer (Adam Wilber had a great interview with him) and winning magic convention competitions.

Why should you care?

Because connections are valuable. Durdant made a connection with Trixie Minx, star of the traveling burlesque troupe Fleur de Tease. According to the story, Minx reached out to Durdant about eight years ago because he was known as the Big Easy’s best magician, and her burlesque show needed a little somethin’-somethin’.

“He makes us more than just beautiful girls dancing. The combination of his magic and comedy really brings out the Vaudeville-era in our show and really rounds us out.”

Durdant is a busy man. He’s also a juggler, emcee, actor, model, writer and alien, according to his promo reel. He’s appeared on episodes of “Treme” and in a few indie movies. But most importantly, he’s a networker. He’s making contacts that, every once in a while, pay off big time.

Think about your network. Does it include other types of performers? Do they know you exist? If not, time to think about changing that.


  1. Brian J. Parker on:

    Awesome, I totally saw one of those shows! Trixie is an amazing performer (heck, all of the ladies were) and Mike was a fantastic emcee and entertainer.