You’d be forgiven for thinking Melbourne-based stripper Will Parfitt was the Hollywood-stirring Channing Tatum.
Parfitt, originally from London, has gained millions of followers on social media through his uncanny resemblance to magic microphone stars – and he made a lot of money along the way.
With nearly six million followers on TikTok, the British-born singer is now Australia’s most requested male entertainer, says podcast news.com.au I Have News For You he earns between $700 and $1000 per show, “depending on how long they want me to stay”.
The co-owner of The Magic Men has been performing since 2015, and shared with host Andrew Bucklow the sex question “every girl” asks male strippers – are they “excited” during the show.
“We always get this question. But it’s very different – when you have that adrenaline rush and you’re nervous, and you’re obviously performing in front of sometimes up to 1000, 2000 girls in a crowd, that’s the last thing you think about,” Parfitt said.
“Even if you make sexual moves or you grind the girls, you’re not in that frame of mind. You don’t think of it as sexual. Because it’s like, I guess, dancing on stage – so you only think about your choreography.
“But at all times we get this question. The girls were like, ‘How can you not get horny on stage?’ But every guy I’ve played with says the same thing – we just don’t think about it.”
Asked if women get handsome, Parfitt admits that “they do sometimes”.
“Because I always come in at the end of the show, I always get drunk girls, and they’re always the hardest to deal with,” she explained.
“We did pick the girls out of the crowd, so you try to communicate with them while you’re on stage, or try and give them a little bit of instruction so they know what’s going on, but they become a little bit useful. I must have left the stage with a few scratches.
“But some girls don’t care. If they’re wearing a dress – sometimes I try and pick a girl in pants because I’m like, if you’re wearing a dress, there’s a good chance it can go over your head when we do different moves and things – but they don’t care.
“They were like, ‘I don’t care, I just want to get on stage’. They’re on stage in their underwear – they’re sometimes more naked than us on that stage.”
As to whether women ask him to perform “another service” after the show, Parfitt said it was unusual.
“They do it sometimes. I think with the industry we’re in, obviously, they put us in the same category by doing more than just show,” he said.
“I definitely have some offers for that, especially at the private events you go to. But no, I’m just a player.”
You can listen to the full chat with Will Parfitt here.