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Michael Woolf

Actor, Entertainer

Putting on magic and Punch and Judy shows as a child led Michael Woolf to a career as a broadcaster and performer. After joining the NZ Broadcasting Service he became an announcer, presenting TV in Wellington in the 60s and performing the country’s first televised puppet show. As an actor he appeared in Goodbye Pork Pie, and played a villain in Rangi’s Catch.

Any fool can find out how to do a magic trick. You go and buy it in a shop or you go and buy a book and learn how to do it, and you can perform it… The only thing that’s important is how do you use it and your words to entertain. Michael Woolf on the importance of performance, in an interview with RNZ National, 11 January 2011