***** "seriously awesome" (Talk Fringe)
**** "Roberts drew one of the biggest crows of the day and justified the attention" (NZ Herald)
***1/2 "Charismatic Muso-gician Tony Roberts captures the audiences hearts and minds" (The Advertiser)
"Magic like this is hard to come by...one smok"in nights entertainment" (Fringe Benefits)
Aussie-born, New Zealand-raised and UK-based stand-up, magician and escapologist, Tony Roberts has been performing full-time since his 40th birthday.
Starting his professional life as a chef in New Zealand, Tony Roberts was cooking for the likes of Frank Renouf and Sylvester Stallone, when he started his own restaurant “Tony’s” in Paraparaunu.
When the restaurant went out of business due to embezzlement by his business partner, Tony started a new career in the motor industry, first in sales and then coming to be Business Manager Finance and Insurance for Orix New Zealand.
Third time lucky. Tony had achieved great success in both his former careers but following a marriage breakup, at 40 years of age, Tony turned his back on corporate life and decided it was time to follow his true calling - making people laugh.
In five years of performing Tony has played at festivals and events around Australia and internationally with his stand-up and street theatre show, and developed and produced solo card magic and comedy theatre shows.
Tony Roberts - Shuffle Me Straight, Tony’s flagship card magic, song and comedy show, has played three seasons and received glowing reviews at the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, and Adelaide Fringe.
In 2011, Tony Roberts decided to make London his home where he is performing regularly at Covent Garden Piazza, MC-ing at the Top Secret Comedy Club and writing his new solo show.
Recent Solo Show Seasons:
2011 Adelaide Fringe - "Late Night Ace High" (Sold Out)
2011 Adelaide Fringe - "Shuffle Me Straight"
2010 Adelaide Fringe - "Shuffle Me Straight"
2010 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival - "Shuffle Me Straight"
2010 St Kilda Laughs Festival - "Shuffle Me Straight"