July 03, 2015 12:30 PM

It’s time to get back to the grind.

The boys with a thing for thongs have returned in the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike XXL, and this time apparently, bigger is better.

So big, in fact, that the sophomore outing – which reunites cast mates Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash – finds the buddies embarking on an epic road trip to their very own striperrific Shangri-La: a massive stripper convention.

Along the way, they rack up more than their share of booty-shaking shenanigans – not to mention a slew of burning questions.

Let’s attempt to uncover some of those Magic tricks, shall we?

Do stripper conventions really exist?
Have thong, will travel! Last year, a production company organized the first annual "Stripper Convention Party Bus Atlanta" held in New Orleans. On the agenda: striptease workshops, vendors and a “fan appreciation picnic.” Please pass the beef(cake)!

Why does Tatum’s Magic Mike insist on getting sweaty-jiggy while working power tools at his workshop?
Guess Flashdance was on HBO right before? What a maniac. (Also, Jennifer Beals needs her welding helmet back, pronto.)

Who is the drag queen who MCs the live show at the beginning of the film?
Folks, say hello to the sassy Vicky Vox, who in the movie plays Tori Snatch and recently twerked it up with Tatum and crew at the L.A. Pride Parade.

Just who is Andie MacDowell’s character divorced from anyway?
Whoever he was, that relationship ran deep.

Did Richie have to pay for the water bottle he doused himself with in the minimart?
How much was it? A dollar? The dude’s got lots of singles.

And who is the lucky minimart clerk he tries to make smile?
Meet Lindsey Moser, a 31-year-old actress from Atlanta. “I had to prepare a game plan,” she told PEOPLE, of trying not to laugh at Manganiello.

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How many dollar bills were actually used in the movie?
People, there were $5,000 worth of real one-dolla-dolla bills flying around on screen.

And how many dollars were lost in the making of this film?
Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly pocket change. “We lost about $1,800 out of the $5,000 – that was our rate of attrition,” production designer Howard Cummings told PEOPLE. “We started with $5,000 because we thought it would be much higher plus, we didn t know if we could pick it all up really quickly so we wanted to have extra just in case.”

Why do they have to do one last performance before ditching the troupe?
Hey, some people like to go out with a bang.

Was there ever a stripper consultant on-set?
Sort of! Cummings told us that, “during the filming, Manganiello made a documentary about strippers called La Bare, which is this group of strippers. He actually invited them to come and help on the movie. I can’t say that they were consultants, but for instance when he looks out of the curtain and he sees them doing the Twilight routine some of those guys are the La Bare people.” (Insert mental image of the boys’ learning to thrust here.)

What happened to Matthew McConaughey‘s alpha-stripper from the first movie, Dallas?
Apparently, an Oscar for another Dallas – Buyers Club – makes it hard to catch up with the boys.

Wait – is that really Matt Bomer singing in the movie?
Whaddaya know, the fella can sing and dance: Bomer actually makes his big-screen singing debut in the film.

Just how many extras screamed their hearts out in that whopper of a finale?
A supersize movie demands a supersize crowd: The finale was shot with 900 extras.

Those sneakers they wore in the dance numbers were slick – where can I get them?
Womp, womp: They were made especially for the production by Nike, out of snazzy reflective material called Scotchlite. Might be time to petition Nike for its own stripper-inspired line of kicks.

How many rehearsals did the final scene take?
Practice makes perfect. “They pretty much had rehearsal in the preproduction phase every day and they would do dance rehearsals so we set up a mock stage in the Savannah Film Studios where we were doing all the prep work,” Cummings said. “It was really, very rehearsed. But the actual time in the convention center was down to one half-day.”

Why was a food truck the choice of transportation?
Blame Channing Tatum. “[he] had gone on a road trip from Tampa up to that area for a convention,” said Cummings. (Yes, back in Tatum’s stripper days).

“I think it happened to be a U-Haul cube truck and not a food truck so we wanted something that all the guys could interact in and that had something to do with the characters.”

The guys really filmed everything on the road, even when (SPOILER ALERT!) they crashed the truck.

“It had real energy because we weren’t faking it.”

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