Local Magic Man Cardone To Unfurl Beach Bunny Burlesque at Rustwoods


Luscious go-go dancers, a sultry hula hoop artist, internationally-known burlesque dancers and even a sword swallower—it’s all coming to Rustwoods on Saturday, July 20. Rockaway Beach resident and big-name magician, Adam Cardone is bringing an epic Beach Bunny Burlesque circus variety show to town and the magic virtuoso will not just be emceeing the frolics, but will also unleash his own world-class magic.

Cardone produced the first burlesque show in Rockaway Beach five years ago at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club (RBSC), and it was such a big hit, he produced several more. Cardone, always the innovator, even teamed up with RBSC co-owner Bradach Walsh to produce the first annual Rockaway Beach Sideshow and Strongman Festival on the boardwalk in the summer of 2016.

This time, Rustwoods will provide the perfect stage for this round of revelry. “I wanted to do a show on a bigger scale, and the Rustwoods/Whit’s End event space is large, not to mention beautiful,” Cardone said. “I don’t do too many of these shows because my standards require high quality, and this location is the perfect space for me to showcase something different that is upscale. I promise that this show is going to be a burlesque/circus/magic spectacle like no other, and the best part? It’s in Rockaway Beach, the community where I live. So it has to be good.”

And Cardone is not exaggerating. When doors open at 8 p.m., attendees will be wooed by an alluring line-up of seasoned, sparkling go-go dancers, each a singular, sensual delight. Then the circus begins at 9 p.m. with a bevy of acts that Cardone says will make jaws drop. World-class hula hoop artist, Miss 360, well-known for her circus-like performances will combine dance, acrobatic elements, and even fire with her fierce hula hoop prowess. International burlesque performer, Penny Wren, aka the "Perverted Pixie of Burlesque," is a wide-eyed danger, known for her performances with the renowned Wasabassco Burlesque and has danced professionally for musical artists such as Bon Jovi, Vampire Weekend and Harold Haven. Get ready for her whirlwind antics, chock-full of seductive charm and kookiness. Then drum roll please…sword swallower, Playboy model, burlesque and fire dancer, Gnarly Marley, will bring in a hurricane of circus acts that will leave eyes wide open with wonderment. She has been featured on Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, NYC's Museum of Sex, Playboy TV's “Badass," Playboy's “Sexy 100,” and much more! Marley and Cardone even just recently teamed up for NYC’s Rainbow Room’s Pride event, Love Above All Ball, that benefitted Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. While the show is expected to be tasteful, keep the kids at home.

What would a Beach Bunny Burlesque show be without Cardone stupefying the audience with his magic? Cardone wouldn’t give details about his performance, but said, “One of the tricks I am going to do is something I have never done in Rockaway. It’s a bit larger with more props. Definitely not one to miss!”

So mark your calendars. Cardone’s Beach Bunny Burlesque show will be held on Saturday, July 20 at Rustwoods (97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd., behind Whit’s End). Doors open at 8 p.m. $20 admission. For more info, check out @cardonemagic on Instagram.