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IN CONVERSATION — Peninsula’s Lachlan has the magic touch

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Magic caught Mornington Peninsula-based magician Lachlan Wilde at just eight years old. Now 22, he’s already a multiple award-winning magician. Lachlan made his Melbourne Magic Festival debut with his show The (un)conscious Mind in 2019, where he had multiple sell-out performances. Kate Sears speaks to the talented artist who is best known for the smooth and sophisticated charm he brings to the stage.  

When was your love for magic ignited?

It all began when I was around eight years old, when my parents took me into a magic shop on Southbank. There was one trick in particular that the magician in the shop performed for me called the Gypsy Thread. It’s a beautiful piece of magic, and since then I was pretty much hooked. The Harry Potter books and movies were also a big part of my childhood, and still are to this day, so I would say magic has always been part of my life. I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t doing magic.

Your previous clients include McDonald’s, Bunnings, Crown, Monash, and Chisholm, to name a few. If you could choose your favourite gig ever, what would it be?

I’ll never forget the time I was on KidsWB (Channel 9). When I was younger, I used to watch KidsWB all the time and it was a dream come true being on the show. Everyone there made me feel extremely welcome, and it was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.

You took out the title of Australian Junior Champion of Magic. How did you feel when you heard the news?

It was very surreal. I’d been preparing my act for nearly a year, and when Australian illusionist Paul Cosentino announced that I’d won first prize it made me feel like I could do anything. It was a childhood dream of mine.

How have you been spending your spare time during lockdown on the Peninsula? 

I’ve been using each day as an opportunity to keep creative and learn new magic. Luckily, I have my family to test all of my new jokes on for six weeks and they haven’t left yet, so it’s looking promising. I’m also taking this time to learn the piano. I’m no Mozart, but I’m getting better each day.

You’ve received compliments that you’ve got a wow factor and that you leave the audiences wanting more. What’s your secret?

Every time I perform my goal is to be better than I was at my last show. If I can amaze my audience, that’s great, but if I can amaze them and make them laugh, then that’s a recipe for an even greater show. My job isn’t to only fool people, it’s to entertain them and surprise them with something they haven’t seen before. Oh, and wearing a cool tie will also do wonders for you.

What’s next on the agenda? 

I would love to do shows in London, and my biggest goal is to perform on either the West End or on Broadway. I think as long as I’m pushing myself to be a better magician every day and learn as much as I can about the entertainment industry, then I see no reason why I couldn’t achieve those goals.

To keep updated on Lachlan’s magic adventures, you can find him on Facebook at TotallyWildeMagic or on Instagram @lachlanwildemagic 

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