On a brisk Sunday morning, I sat in the Melba Spiegeltent with a close friend, surrounded by excited families and children to watch Luigi Zucchini’s performance of “Spaghetti, Spaghetti”. An alias of well known Melbourne magician Anthony DeMasi, Luigi Zucchini hails from the wonderful country of Italy. Although the show was in English, Luigi delighted the audience with an opening speech in Italian which added a multicultural element to the show.
I felt lucky to be at this show as Luigi’s shows are predominantly during the week (while I’m at work). All the hallmarks of an Anthony DeMasi magic show appear within Luigi’s show, as well as an additional couple of surprises. The famed and well loved doves and rabbits of course make their appearances alongside plenty of pieces of classic magic and some awesome productions. If you’re a fan of Anthony DeMasi’s fantastic magic, then I’m sure you’ll be a fan of Luigi’s magic as well! I enjoyed that the magic words for this show matched the show title, and that there were plenty of chances for audience members to wiggle their fingers and chant the words to help make the magic happen.
If you think kids or family shows can be a bit dry or boring, then you haven’t been to a Luigi Zucchini show! Many puns and jokes are included for adults in the audience, and the show kept pace well. A hot tip would be to remember some comfy shoes for the fun dance that happens at the end of the show.
VERDICT: If you’re after a fun, vibrant magic show with that special Italian flair, then Luigi Zucchini is the guy to see. Bravo Luigi! Luigi è fantastico!