SA-born magician and illusionist wows judges of Romania's Got Talent

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Brendon Peel,  Li Lau
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  • South African-born magician and illusionist Brendon Peel had the audience on the edge of their seats when he appeared on Romania's Got Talent.
  • No stranger to the international stage, the award-winning magician made Simon Cowell's jaw drop when he previously auditioned for Britain's Got Talent.
  • "It is always a nerve-wracking experience. Especially when the act is so potentially dangerous," said Brendon.

Multi-award-winning magician and illusionist Brendon Peel has once again wowed international audiences. This time in Europe, where he received a standing ovation on the set on Romania's Got Talent

The 28-year-old Gqeberha-born talent, who currently lives in Johannesburg, amazed judges and the audience alike when he appeared on the show alongside his escape artist stage partner Li Lau.

Brendon Peel, Li Lau
Brendon Peel, Li Lau

The pair had the studio audience and judges mesmerised with their on-stage performance, earning themselves a standing ovation and four yes votes. They are no strangers to international audiences after a stunt at the National Arts Festival in 2020, captivated audiences worldwide, and saw Peel and Lau being invited to participate in Britain's Got Talent.

"Whenever Li Lau and I perform any type of massive act like this for the judges, it is always a nerve-wracking experience. Especially when the act is so potentially dangerous, however when performing, I get 'into the zone' which keeps me level headed and focused." said Peel.

Their audition consisted of a combination of escapology and mentalism. While Lau sat cuffed to a chair, trying to pick locks that would set him free, Peel had to solve a bunch of Rubik's cubes and then use them to add weight to a scale which, if tipped in the wrong direction, would set off the crossbow and send it flying directly at his Lau's head.

This amazing feat saw Britain's Got Talent judges Simon Cowell and David Walliams visibly wowed, rising from their seats to applaud the SA duo. The performance gained them so much attention they were given the opportunity to perform on Romania's Got Talent - where they did not disappoint.

"Getting a yes from all four of the judges as well as a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience was a surreal experience. It honestly didn't even feel real, similar to when the audience and David Walliams gave us a standing ovation at Britain's Got Talent," said Peel.

It's almost like I need to remind myself that these things happened.

The humble performer is also known for starring in the Travel Channel's brand new television show, Magic Caught on Camera, where he featured alongside some of the top magicians and mentalists in the entire world.

His stage shows have been dubbed by critics as "world-class" and "undeniably entertaining". Some of Brendon's stage show highlights include; a run of shows in Dubai, performing at the Edinburgh Festival, and taking the stage in London's West End.

Brendon Peel
Brendon Peel

"It's honestly such a blessing to have our work spread out across the world. It has always been a dream of mine to spread my magic to all corners of the globe, and doing my work across various places on major TV platforms in the world is something that means everything to me, and I will keep pushing to spread the magic even more! "

His latest show, Impossible, premiered in Pretoria last month and is set to visit KZN for the Hilton Festival in March and Gqeberha in April.

Tickets for the KZN show are available through Quicket at R150 each.


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