Pete Booth & Sean Mergard are Turning Tricks, a magic duo based in Brisbane. Pete, a comedy magician and Sean, a mentalist, combine their skills to tell the stories of scammers, pranksters, hoaxers, and the downright unusual. The first show, Turning Tricks, was written and performed for the Brisbane Fringe Festival in 2013, and was re-staged for Anywhere Theatre Festival and Wonderland Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2014. The original show explains the workings behind history's biggest scams and deceptions, including the mind-reading acts performed by charlatans
in past centuries.
In 2015, Turning Tricks returned to the Anywhere Theatre Festival with Mystics, Maniacs and Murderers, their second show, culminating in a live seance that attempts to contact a suspected Jack the Ripper suspect. The show was performed to sold out audiences at the festival, and again on Halloween at Metro Arts.
In 2016, Miracle Mongers was born, that tells the stories of eccentric personalities throughout history, with performances at Brisbane Powerhouse and Anywhere Festival.
Turning Tricks is also available for corporate and private events to present selections from their theatre shows.