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My name is JOHN-PAUL HUSSEY and I am a Melbourne based performance artist, writer, director and installation artist. I do a wide range of work from theatre, special events, MCing to performance art installations. My main focus though, is with text  based storytelling through live performance with a multitude of characters and interconnecting narratives. All of my projects are supported by a strong emphasis in design through imagery, costume and multimedia. Enjoy!

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“…trips the light fantastic between autobiography and surreal imagination…Hussey is a hypnotic performer, with a daunting arsenal of characters, accents and high-octane physical comedy at his disposal…”

- The Age

“Hussey is a human dynamo!…a consummate comic character actor with a rubber face and a compact build that allows him to glide and prance around the stage like a dancer…his comic timing is impeccable as he switches physicality and accents.”

- Herald Sun

Dr Evil

“…a densely layered chunk of performance blending hilarious autobiography, lyrical fiction, speculative philosophy, psychoanalytical symbolism, pop and high culture references with cheap clowning…it will be on your back for some time to come.”

 - Sunday Age

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John-Paul Hussey playing Dr Evil for the Mars Pet Food corporate event at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney. 

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I’ve had this wooden elephant in my family for a very long time. My parents bought him in Zambia where I was born. They may have got him elsewhere, like Kenya or Malawi, and Im sure my father will chip in at some point and tell us exactly where.

So he’s at least 45 years old, if not more. Recently I gave him an olive oil bath and he looks much better; some might even say, younger. But at some point he was dropped and his head broke off, and as you can see it was glued back on with ‘some’ success. This happened ages ago, in the 70s and how it happened I cant really recall.

There’s a tusk missing too. It’s highly likely the tusks are made of ivory, so replacing the missing one has its own ethical minefields. I can live with only one tusk. The rough line of glue curling round his neck I think can be improved.

My question is, can I re-brake him and glue his head back on more seamlessly. Any wood experts out there, is it possible or am I dreaming? And of course what kind of glue should I use…

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I find rabid cynicism to be VERY unsexy. Pathological Rationalists come a close second and now we’re at it, let’s throw in those who always pepper their arguments with, “that’s not logical…” There’s nothing wrong with Logic, per say, but these party stoppers, I believe, are just adverse to new information.

The above pic is a definition from John Ralston Saul’s book, The Doubter’s Companion – A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense. I bought it in the 90s and I still pull it out and read his highly insightful and often very funny definitions of all sorts of assumed truths. He covers all kinds of subjects, love, democracy, management, bankers, orgasms, economics, growth, answers, education. You name it, and it’s still available to purchase on line.

His book Voltaire’s Bastards is well worth a read too. From memory there’s a funny section on Nazis uniforms and the birth of the business suit and then there’s his big theory that corporate culture is a re-invigoration of the old European Military Bureaucracies.

Generally speaking, I love reference books and think they are the heart of anyone’s library. Google or Wikipedia don’t cut it, simply by the fact they are not carefully curated, like a published book that has gone through many hurdles to come into existence. Because what’s on the Internet is usually posted by agenda pushing pedants and those who simply love to type. THINK BEFORE TYPING, should really be a mandatory pop up on every browser.

Recently a friend of mine came back from New York with the gift of a book, The Classical Compendium – a miscellany of scandalous gossip, bawdy jokes, peculiar facts and bad behaviour from the ancient Greeks and Romans.  

I’ve only scanned it briefly and it looks great. One example is of Aristotle believing “that men with small penises were more masculine, in that they were more likely to father children. He believed that semen cooled once it left the scrotum and lost more and more of its potency the further it had to travel.”

Extraordinary really, considering how hot and ribald it can get down there, that such a criteria would really matter. But if Aristotle is right, then one could also assume that if you are a few inches short, at least Evolution has picked you for the winning team and not some Brazilian porn star.

The Roman writer, Pliny’s Natural History is also a great shopping list of imaginative ignorance. Nothing wrong with ignorance, as long as you acknowledge it, because there’s always a jumping party of new information round the corner. And that’s logical…nor is it cynical.

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NEW SHOW. NEW TITLE. NEW APPROACH. NEW CHARACTERS.

BAM! WHATEVER IT TAKES!

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