Talent for trickery on small screen

Dewald 'Ghupi' Venter has reached the TV audition stage for Australia's Got Talent. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d401705
Dewald 'Ghupi' Venter has reached the TV audition stage for Australia's Got Talent. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d401705

Dewald Venter (19), who uses the stage name Ghupi, entered Channel 9’s television competition Australia’s Got Talent in March.

Ghupi said he was keeping his tricks secret ahead of the television auditions, but he planned to include a ‘powerful mentalism performance’.

The show will air in August, with Dawn French, Geri Haliwell, Timomatic and Kyle Sandilands on the judging panel.

Last December, the Times spoke to the Mindarie Senior College graduate about his escape artist techniques, including his speedy method of removing a straitjacket.