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​The Real Life Magic Mike Who Can Make More Than $3,000 A Weekend

​The Real Life Magic Mike Who Can Make More Than $3,000 A Weekend

You'd think being the spitting image of a Hollywood actor would be good enough, but one Channing Tatum lookalike has taken it one step further by channeling his inner Magic Mike - and absolutely raking it in as a result.

Will Parfitt, 27, is Australia's answer to Channing Tatum, the star of cult male stripper flick Magic Mike, in which a young bloke accidentally falls into the world of male stripping and ends up not only being pretty good at it, but also enjoying it.

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Will doesn't just look like Channing, either - there are further parallels with the film because, much like in Magic Mike, stripping wasn't exactly the first thing that sprung to Will's mind as a way of making a living.

"I was travelling, just enjoying the party scene in Australia," he told the Daily Mail.

"I met a club promoter who started calling me 'Channing' as a joke. I didn't really take him seriously - he was the one who introduced me to Magic Men."

The self-taught stripper was born in London, but he is now Melbourne-based, and has been for the past three years.

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Will strips exclusively for Magic Men, a Melbourne-based agency that specialises in girls' nights out like hen dos and birthday parties.

Will first started off as a topless waiter, moving into shows but also has a day job of a removalist.

Credit: Magic Men
Credit: Magic Men

He's even got his own dedicated Facebook page, where he gives fans updates of forthcoming gigs and also shares behind-the-scenes photos of him and his fellow performers.

He then has a steady stream of gigs at the weekend, sometimes performing up to 15 acts in just two days.

Performances run between 20 and 30 minutes, and people get to choose what the strippers dress up as, meaning Will often dons policeman, fireman and even karate instructor outfits.

He also earns himself a small fortune for stripping off, too. According to the Daily Mail, Will charges $220 (£120/$170) for each performance - a third of which goes to his agency. Multiply that by the 15 shows he said he can be booked for, and that's around $3,300 (£1,600/$2,300) for just one weekend of work. Especially amazing given that it's not even his day job.

The real Channing Tatum. Credit: PA
The real Channing Tatum. Credit: PA
Credit: Magic Men
Credit: Magic Men

Apparently there's not really a universal set of rules when it comes to touching or etiquette from fans, as Parfitt says it varies from performer to performer.

"They [the shows] start off pretty tame but the later the night goes on, the crazier things seem to get and it can be pretty hard to control a roomful of women.

"And the later it gets the more 'hands-on' they [the girls] get too.

"Generally it's the brides-to-be, definitely, who are making the most of the opportunity to blow off some steam before they get hitched."

But it's not all bad, as Will says one of the perks of the job is that it keeps him fit, which is obviously a top priority for his role.

Featured Image Credit: Magic Men/Warner Bros

Topics: Entertainment, Channing Tatum, UK, Australia

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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