Experience 'Magic Mike XXL' In Real Life With These Scintillating Male Revues & An Actual Stripper Convention
It was a long, hard wait, but the highly anticipated Magic Mike XXL was released in theaters July 1, with Channing Tatum undulating his way back into our hearts as the stripper with a heart (and torso) of gold. Joined by fellow hunks Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez, Tatum's Mike Lane embarks on a road trip for a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach for the Magic Mike sequel. I won't give too much away, but if you have a penchant for inimitable dance moves, pulsating music, flashing lights, and men taking their clothes off — this movie is for you! As the film offers audiences a vicarious front row seat to a stripper convention, some people (me) may feel hard-pressed to learn whether or not the Magic Mike XXL stripper convention is real. Get your singles ready, guys, because I am here to report that there are a plethora of events that parallel the showstoppers in Magic Mike XXL all across the nation! Schwing!
In a 2014 interview with Ellen Degeneres, Bomer confirmed that stripper conventions are in fact a real thing, and Tatum more recently recounted his experiences with conventions of the stripper persuasion during an interview with GQ. Moreover, several high-end male revues that exist in cities like New York and Las Vegas take their most elite on the road for tours, so you won't have to book a plane ticket in order to see a G-string-clad adonis.
Without further adieu, let's take a look at six scintillating male revues and events that can make all your Magic Mike XXL fantasies come to fruition.
Hey there, sailors! If you weren't impressed by those acrobatics in the video above, you need to re-watch it immediately. If you were impressed, you can still re-watch it immediately, because why not? Hunkomania features some supremely sexy talent as a high-end male revue with primary locations in New York City, Atlantic City, and Connecticut. If you can't make the trip to the aforementioned cities, the dancers go on tour across the United States and even gyrate overseas from time to time — they are currently slated to perform in Portugal this August.
You probably could have guessed that Chippendales was going to make the list. Bowties have never looked so good since the male revue was established over 30 years ago. The show is a popular fixture in Las Vegas, but for those that don't live in the area, the troupes frequently tour the globe.
The dancers of Savage Men were featured on America's Got Talent, proving that a lot of talent can go into disrobing. If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, Travel Channel noted that Savage Men's "...male waiters walk around the room, giving back and neck rubs to female audience members..." before the show (I'm so tense right now!) The male revue is featured in clubs in New York City, Atlantic City, Florida, and Connecticut, but the dancers also go on tour to various locations. Interested parties are advised to call 888-572-8243 to learn more information. One final note: Savage Men totes that their performances are inspired by Magic Mike. YAS!
Thunder From Down Under
Do you dig a guy with an Australian accent? Of course you do. Thunder From Down Under has become a popular fixture on the Las Vegas Strip with its bevy of Australian dancers. The rugged blokes frequently go on tour, with upcoming shows in Baltimore, Maryland on July 9 and 10. Sidebar: I live in Baltimore, and of course they are coming to my hometown the one month I will be going away to Los Angeles. Just my luck.
The Hollywood Men
I think the above photo is all you need to know that these boys can deliver the ultimate Magic Mike experience. The Hollywood Men seem to stay put in Los Angeles, California, but the show is good enough to make you book a ticket to the west coast if you don't already reside there. If you need more convincing, several of the dancers were also featured on ABC's The Bachelorette. BOOM!
This Actual Stripper Convention
Apparently People was curious about the existence of stripper conventions too. In a July 3 article, they noted that an event titled "Stripper Convention Party Bus Atlanta" was held in New Orleans. I don't really get why "Atlanta" was in the title for a convention in Louisiana, but who cares when you have "striptease workshops" on the agenda? The convention was held in August 2014, so we can only hope a second installment is around the corner.
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