WHILE most young boys play video games and love climbing trees, Andrew Basso was more interested in magic.
Now 27, Andrew has perfected his craft and is in the top magic show The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, which comes to Plymouth Pavilions on October 9.
The UK tour follows sell-out runs in Sydney and Mexico City.
The Illusionists are a collection of seven of the finest magicians on the planet, who perform outrageous, mind bending illusions which literally allow audiences to witness the impossible.
They collectively come together for the jaw dropping show including levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time in history, a full view water torture escape.
Each Illusionist is a master in their own field, and with the help of an ensemble cast of 20 assistants, they will each perform the most spectacular, mind blowing acts from their repertoires.
Collectively, these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time.
The renowned performers draw influences from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past such as Harry Houdini, and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that is unique.
One of the main acts is Andrew, who performs crazy escapology.
He thrills with his escapes which take place under water, 150ft in the air and everywhere in between.
Explosives, water boxes, handcuffs, chains, padlocks, straightjackets, cars bursting into flames have all featured as part of his set.
"I realised when I was six years old that I loved magic. To start with I enjoyed the circus. Then one day I saw a magician and it changed my life," said Andrew, who has travelled around the world.
Growing up it was always his goal to be on stage and perform large scale illusions.
"My mother tried to keep me 'normal', but my father was more encouraging as he realised it was all about living my dream," he said.
"Indirectly my mother helped more, as when people say you can't do something it pushes you further to what you want in life."
He's pushed the limit of the spectacle further with his escapology show.
"I'm fascinated by danger and defying death. I love risk and adrenaline," he said.
"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."
The young star who was inspired by Houdini said although his set his well rehearsed things have gone wrong in the past.
"I'm still alive aren't I," he joked. "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 the 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," he said in a matter of fact way.
He's loving life on the road and the standing ovations the show is receiving each night.
"I come from a small town in Italy where they don't know the meaning of the word showbusiness," he said.
"There's never been a show like this in the is history of magic.
"It's like going to the best rock concert with magic.
"There's also comedy in there as well, so it truly is a show for everyone."