After watching a magic television special at just nine-years-old, Jonas Jost had his heart set on becoming a magician.
“I got a taste of magic because of my grandfather,” he said.
“My parents told my grandfather in Germany that I formed a keen interest in magic so he sent me a magic book by Siegfried and Roy with a magic kit.
“I performed a few magic tricks for mum and dad and then when I went to visit my grandfather a little while later he gave me one of his old tuxedos and a silk top hat, to use as performing attire.”
He said although it was a “very cliche start”, you need the important people in your life to encourage you to do what you love.
More than 20 years later, the former Hills resident is still wowing audiences with his enchanting acts.
These school holidays, the virtuoso will unleash fire, comedy, illusions and doves when he performs not one, but two shows, at Castle Hill’s Harvey Lowe Pavilion.
After performing for corporate events, at clubs and birthday parties, he said the family crowd are still his “absolute” favourite to perform for.
“The kids really love the magic and the parents love to see the kids having a good time,” he said.
“It’s a nice combination. Plus my show is not just for kids, but for adults as well. My style is for all ages.
“It’s a bit like a Disney show. It’s mostly for the kids but there’s quite a lot of humour in it which the adults really love too.”
It’s a bit like a Disney show. It’s mostly for the kids but there’s quite a lot of humour in it which the adults really love too.Jonas Jost
The show will run for approximately 50 minutes, and throughout, Jost will be inviting the audience to participate.
“I love performing with volunteers on stage, it’s always a lot of fun for me and the volunteer,” he said.
“Anything can happen.
“It’s always fun to have kids on stage because they do the craziest things and you never know what they’re going to do.”
He said doves are a big part of his act, and many of his tricks involve birds appearing and disappearing out of fire, silk and thin air.
- 11.30am and 2pm on Wednesday, July 5 at Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Doran Drive, Castle Hill. Tickets: $17 or $15 per ticket when booking for four or more. Bookings: jonasjost.com