Interview: Australian entertainer James Steel finds humility in performing and making people happy

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James Steel
James Steel. Photo Credit: Ken Gan Photography

Australian performer and TikTok sensation James Steel (Magic Men Australia) chatted with #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos about his latest endeavors.

Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This wise quotation applies to James Steel.

On performing for Magic Men Australia, he said, “It’s great, it’s absolutely unreal. Magic Men Australia is like a party but you get paid for it.”

Steel has been with Magic Men Australia for the last 2.5 years, and he had great words about veteran performers Will Parfitt and Ceaser Smith. “Will and Ceaser are great to work with and they are two of the most genuine guys out there,” he said. ” Ceaser is almost like an idol. Also, the owner Carlos is honestly great to work for.”

Regarding his daily motivations, he said, “Honestly, I want to put smiles on people’s faces when they are at our shows, no matter what is going on in their personal lives. When you are on stage, it really gives you a movie star adrenaline rush, which is pretty exciting.”

“The best part about all of the guys in Magic Men Australia is that everyone has the same goals and they all relate to one another, it’s like a brotherhood,” he added.

For young and aspiring dancers and performers, he said, “Just stay humble and enjoy your time doing it.”

On the title of the current chapter of his life, he said, “Enjoying the Moment.” “I want to take entertaining and stripping to the next level, and keep up with Will Parfitt and the other guys. I would be quite happy if I ever catch up to Will’s following and fan base, Will’s is off the roof,” he said.

He opened up about being a performer in the digital age, especially now with technology, social media, and streaming being so prevalent. “It does help a lot with the fan base, it’s a very good thing. You can post a TikTok video and you can get thousands of followers from that,” he said.

Aside from performing and entertaining as part of a male revue, he also works in engineering and fabricating. “I do structural steel fabrication,” he said.

He listed “Boogie Nights” and “Me Time” as two of his all-time favorite movies both of which star Mark Wahlberg. “Apparently I look a little like Marky Mark. I am down with it,” he said with a sweet laugh. He enjoys binge-watching “Vampire Diaries” and “The Sandman” on Netflix. “I like a lot of fantasy movies and shows, which are not too realistic,” he admitted.

His favorite cheat meal is the Mexican food Guzman y Gomez, such as a burrito bowl.

He listed the backstroke as his personal favorite stroke in swimming because it’s the most relaxing, and in track and field, he would do the sprints.

On his definition of the word success, he said, “Completing something that’s important to you and showing everyone that you can complete what you put your mind to whether it be completing a gym session or a long-term goal.”

For his fans and supporters, Steel said, “Thank you for continually following my videos, I couldn’t do this without the fans.”

To learn more about Magic Men Australia,  check out their official website.

For more information on James Steel, follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

Steel also took some time to answer a few “Rapid Fire” questions.

Waffles or pancakes? Pancakes
Flying or driving? Driving
City living or country living? City living
Summer or winter? Summer, I hate the cold
Library or museum? Museum
Bath or shower? Shower
Pepsi or Coke? Coke
Texting or calling? Calling
Half-full or half-empty? Half-full
Curly fries or normal fries? Normal fries
Skydiving or scuba diving? Scuba diving
Indoor pool or outdoor pool? Outdoor pool
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Rain or snow? Rain
Singing or dancing? Dancing
Burgers or tacos? Tacos
Long course or short course? Long course
Money or fame? Fame