Shazam! premieres with electrifying Tesla coil show

Peter Saunders
April 05, 2019
Video courtesy SkyFire Arts
Shazam! premieres with electrifying Tesla coil show
Photo courtesy DC
April 5, 2019 – The new superhero movie Shazam!, which was shot in Toronto and opens everywhere today, had its red carpet premiere last week in Los Angeles, Calif., where SkyFire Arts delivered an electrifying (literally) live performance.

For the Mar. 28 show, SkyFire founder Michael Ravenwood stood atop a Tesla coil that reportedly produces electrical arcs reaching temperatures as high as 5,000 F. Clad in full-body chain mail, he wielded a staff and threw ‘lightning bolts’ more than 6 ft long in a performance that combined elements of martial arts and ritual theatre.

“Our lighting throwing act was a natural match for the movie because it was a real-life demonstration of one of Shazam’s super powers,” says Ravenwood, who leads a dance team that has practised Tesla coil performances over the past decade. “We hope it expands audiences’ ideas of what is possible.”

He points to the precedent of the inventor who gave the Tesla coil its name.

“Nikola Tesla was electrifying himself in the early 1900s,” Ravenwood says, “creating unbelievable performances to draw people to his work.”

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