Camille Styles

Dream Job

Magician’s Assistant

October 26th, 2015

In our ever-changing city, few establishments (no matter how great) are truly able to span decades. Maybe it’s because Austin’s nightlife is a bit nebulous and always on the move. People go from one hotspot to the next, one style of music to a newer one, one part of town to the hipper, grungier one. Consequently, there’s a surprisingly short list of entertainment venues that have been steadily operating for 35 years or longer. Esther’s Follies is one of those very special places (alongside the Austin City Limits TV Show) that has survived the changing times to emerge as a true Austin establishment. Whether you moved here two years ago or twenty, there’s a good chance you’ve been to an evening comedy show at the little theater on the corner of 6th and Red River. The show at Esther’s Follies is first and foremost funny — and we mean laugh ’til your face hurts funny. You can always count on hilarious and extremely current political satire, charming musical numbers, and magic acts that are just plain fun. We met up with Esther’s cast member Nathalie Holmes to talk about what it’s like to be a part of the funniest show in town, and what it takes to fulfill her role as assistant to magician Ray Anderson. While creating this story, we found ourselves in need of a bunny, and our friends at Tiny Tales to You Traveling Petting Zoo made all our dreams come true by setting us up with Honey Bunny the Lop. In this very special Halloween edition of Dream Job, Nathalie and Honey reveal what it takes to be a working actor in Austin: persistence, charm, and a little bit of magic.

photographed by jessica attie at the little yoga house

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4 Comments under :: Magician’s Assistant
  1. Samantha Lee says:

    Yay, Nathalie is my friend! So exciting to see her featured on a blog I read regularly. Congrats girl!

  2. Chanel Dror says:

    YES to Esther’s Follies and to Nathalie and to that precious bunny! Love this feature 🙂

  3. Kelly Colchin says:

    So fun! Nathalie AND the bunny are so cute!

  4. Abby C. says:

    Halloween costume idea anyone?!?? Very cute.

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