Is what you see just an illusion?
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While most young boys love to play video games or climb trees, Andrew Basso was more interested in magic. Now 27, he has honed his escapology skills to the highest level and is one of the remarkable performers taking to the stage as The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible.
There are seven of them altogether and they perform outrageous, mind-bending stunts that appear impossible – levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and, for the first time in history, a full-view water torture escape. That's one of Andrew's.
Explosives, water boxes, handcuffs, chains, padlocks, straitjackets and burning cars have all featured as part of his set.
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The young star, who was inspired by Harry Houdini, says that although his set is well rehearsed, things have gone wrong in the past.
"I'm still alive aren't I," he jokes. "In the opening of the show in Sydney Opera House I was really nervous and something didn't go to plan. I was anxious while I was in a water tank, I was in there a lot longer than I usually am and the team around me were thinking they may have to break the water tank open.
"On another occasion I was 'burnt alive' on TV in a stunt and I have burns to my hands and face.
"It doesn't mean I want to stop. I know it's dangerous but I get straight back to it, I just take more precautions."
Andrew, who comes from a little village in Italy, was six when magic first enchanted him.
"To start with I enjoyed the circus. Then one day I saw a magician and it changed my life," he says.
Growing up it was always his goal to be on stage and perform large-scale illusions.
"I'm fascinated by danger and defying death. I love risk and adrenaline," he says. "You can't compare what I do to a magician with card tricks, just like you can't compare a football player with a climber or a bungee jumper."
Each of The Illusionists is a master in their own field, and with the help of an ensemble cast of 20 assistants, they will each be performing the most spectacular feats from their repertoires.