A magician who once appeared on Australia’s Got Talent under the stage name ‘Ghupi’ has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys. 

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD’s, where he performed magic tricks and escape routines for passing shoppers. 

He was found guilty of sexually abusing three teenage boys over a four-year period beginning in 2011 on September 30, WAtoday reports. 

On Friday, Venter was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims. 

A magician who once appeared on Australia's Got Talent under the stage name 'Ghupi' has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys (pictured, Dewald Venter)

A magician who once appeared on Australia’s Got Talent under the stage name ‘Ghupi’ has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys (pictured, Dewald Venter)

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD's where he performed magic tricks as well as holding children's masterclasses across the city (pictured on Australia's Got Talent)

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD’s where he performed magic tricks as well as holding children’s masterclasses across the city (pictured on Australia’s Got Talent)

State prosecutor Joel Grinceri said Venter approached his first victim, a year eight boy who felt confused about his sexuality, on an online chat forum. 

Venter told the teen he was looking for ‘experimental fun’ before meeting him at a skate park. He then drove the boy to a construction site and assaulted him. 

The abuse continued, once in a public toilet, before the boy contacted police. 

Venter was acquitted of two charges involving a girl who was 15-years-old at the time of his offending. His sentence was backdated to February 5, 2022.

He will be eligible for parole after 11-and-a-hald years behind bars.

Venter, who holds world records for his escape routines, also held magic masterclasses for children across Perth and in the United States.  

On Friday, Venter (pictured) was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims

On Friday, Venter (pictured) was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims

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A magician who once appeared on Australia’s Got Talent under the stage name ‘Ghupi’ has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys. 

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD’s, where he performed magic tricks and escape routines for passing shoppers. 

He was found guilty of sexually abusing three teenage boys over a four-year period beginning in 2011 on September 30, WAtoday reports. 

On Friday, Venter was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims. 

A magician who once appeared on Australia's Got Talent under the stage name 'Ghupi' has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys (pictured, Dewald Venter)

A magician who once appeared on Australia’s Got Talent under the stage name ‘Ghupi’ has been jailed for 13 years for the sexual abuse of three boys (pictured, Dewald Venter)

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD's where he performed magic tricks as well as holding children's masterclasses across the city (pictured on Australia's Got Talent)

Dewald Venter, 29, was once a familiar face in Perth CBD’s where he performed magic tricks as well as holding children’s masterclasses across the city (pictured on Australia’s Got Talent)

State prosecutor Joel Grinceri said Venter approached his first victim, a year eight boy who felt confused about his sexuality, on an online chat forum. 

Venter told the teen he was looking for ‘experimental fun’ before meeting him at a skate park. He then drove the boy to a construction site and assaulted him. 

The abuse continued, once in a public toilet, before the boy contacted police. 

Venter was acquitted of two charges involving a girl who was 15-years-old at the time of his offending. His sentence was backdated to February 5, 2022.

He will be eligible for parole after 11-and-a-hald years behind bars.

Venter, who holds world records for his escape routines, also held magic masterclasses for children across Perth and in the United States.  

On Friday, Venter (pictured) was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims

On Friday, Venter (pictured) was sentenced to thirteen-and-a-half years behind bars with the court hearing he used magic tricks to get close to his victims

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