'I love my job': The real life Magic Mike who traded lucrative career in finance for dancing in a male strip club
18:13 GMT, 2 July 2012
18:13 GMT, 2 July 2012
Paralleling Matthew McConaughey's new film Magic Mike, a 33-year-old man has revealed how he now 'loves his job' after he went from working in finance to a male strip club.
The anonymous Morningside Heights resident, who works at Hunk-A-Mania's Midtown Men in Manhattan, told his story to New York Magazine as a tribute to the new, stripper-focused film.
He said: 'I come from a very sexually conservative background, and this is the antithesis of how I was brought up, or what I would have ever conceived of doing, and I love my job here.'
Male strippers: A anonymous ale stripper, 33, who works at Hunk-A-Mania's Midtown Men in Manhattan, told his story as a tribute to the new film Magic Mike
He added: 'I worked in finance for a long time. [Now] I look forward to coming here every single week. It’s really cathartic.'
Magic Mike, also starring Channing Tatum, is based on the young actor's experiences as a stripper in Tampa, when he was 19 years old.
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Magic Mike: Paralleling the new film starring Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum (pictured, centre) the man has revealed how he now 'loves his job' after he quit finance
The 33-year-old stripper said of his Midtown men colleagues: 'Some of us work in cubicles and have more conservative day jobs; [but] a lot of us don’t live really alternative lifestyles outside of here.
'And a lot of the women who come here work ten hours a day, and they’re single moms, or for whatever reason they just really want someone to care for them and give to them, and they get that here. They’re sponges for that kind of attention, so we get to give that, and it’s good, you know'
He tells a recent story of a 'maybe 45-year-old' mother and her 20-year-old daughter who came in Midtown Men.
He said: 'The daughter went to a great university and the mother was a well-to-do single mom, and they were buying each other lap dances and having fun together. I thought it was so great. We live in this beautiful post-women’s-lib era where it’s possible for women to come here and feel good about it.'
He continued: 'When a man goes to a female strip club, a lot of times he just wants the proximity to an attractive woman, and it’s a sexual thing. A lot of women who come here aren’t in a sexual mood, but they’re in a silly mood and they want to share something that’s novel with their friends.
'Women think so differently from men, and it’s taken me my whole experience here to understand that psychology. I don’t understand it internally, but I understand it like, how a scientist understands it.'
He also tells how the men try and make the shows as 'fun and festive' as possible for their women customers, who are mostly getting married or celebrating a birthday.
He said: 'I’ve seen women come through the door being like, “I am going to hate this,” and they walk out like, “I had the best time.” Being able to do that is exhilarating, and really empowering. I love transmuting someone who’s just kind of blah into “Woo! I feel great and I feel hot.”'
Magic Mike, which debuted strongly at the box office with $39.2 million, is in cinema's now.