We’re in that time of year when people are intently focused on ranking and rating. The retrospectives summarizing the highs and lows of the recently ended year are usually a fascinating read, whether they focus on magic or the entertainment world at large. But one ambitious magician has spent his energies looking not just for the best trick of the last twelve months, but the best trick ever.

Yes, that is the nigh-impossible task that James Galea has set himself. Or at least, it is the title of the show he hosts on the Australian Broadcast Channel. Several clips from the program have been migrating onto Galea’s YouTube channel over the past few months, and they offer a glorious look at some of the most talented, innovative, and mind-blowing performers in the business.

The musically-inclined will appreciate this act, where Galea does a card trick while also playing the piano. If you’ve noticed that magicians tend to be a little, well, odd, Galea interviewed Blake Vogt and got a solid answer as to why. And Galea gets his own awkward situation on in this trick involving a stranger’s phone and the ocean.

And the illicitly inclined will be fascinated by his interview with notorious card shark Doc:

Aussie viewers may still be able to watch the episodes online, but for the rest of us, we’ll be eagerly awaiting new uploads from Galea.

Finally, James Galea asks the question we all need the answer to: Why are magicians so weird? Blake Vogt comes up with a pretty good answer in the below clip from Galea’s show Best Trick Ever. 

Vogt makes some really great points. Magic requires a massive amount of dedication to be able to do even the most basic parts of it well, and the payoff is brief. Only a weirdo signs up for that. The best kind of weirdo. 

We’re being a bit cheeky calling this James Galea‘s best trick ever, but in our defense, his pal Kit also thinks this one is tops. And hey, if the magic thing doesn’t work out, Galea could use his musical chops to get a gig in a piano bar. This clip is from Galea’s show, the appropriately named Best Trick Ever, currently running on Australian TV. 

Life hack: If a stranger walks up to you and asks to borrow your phone, only say yes if they’re a magician. You’ve perhaps seen the set-up for this trick before, but Australia’s James Galea certainly puts a memorable spin on it. This clip is from his Best Trick Ever special, which premiered on Australian ABC and iview just this past week.