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29/04/2021
Cosentino returns to the magical stage
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

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Named by CNN as one of the world’s best magicians, Mornington Peninsula resident Cosentino is preparing his return to live shows after last year’s COVID-19 lockdown postponed his regional tour. It’s been 14 months since he’s performed a live show, and Cosentino is itching to get back out there to entertain once again. Australia’s best magic showman will be performing in his own backyard on Thursday, June 3, at 7.30pm at the Frankston Arts Centre. The Cosentino Deception Tour will amaze audiences and have people of all ages in awe at what they see before them.

“I always get nervous because I care so much – I want people to enjoy it,” Cosentino said. “You can expect to see the four pillars of magic. There’s grand stage illusions with lots of juicy parts, close-up magic with sleight of hand tricks, and street magic-style performances. There is death-defying escapes and stunts of my own creation. I make them difficult and really challenge myself. I add in some humour, dance, great lighting and costumes. There’s a bit of everything in this world-class show.”

Recognised as Australia’s most successful magician, illusionist and escape artist, Cosentino is a dominant figure in Australia’s entertainment industry and is also making a name for himself on the world stage. As the first Australian magician to have his own television show, he’s without a doubt a trailblazer for his industry. This is evident through the impressive nine highly successful prime-time specials that he’s written, produced and starred in that have been broadcast in 40 countries and seen by more than 500 million people. Cosentino’s prowess has even landed him writing tricks and scripts for other magicians who perform in Las Vegas shows.

“I can be inspired to create new tricks from a piece of music, a book or a sci-fi film. If something inspires me, I think to myself, ‘Can I bring that to life on stage?’. Often when people come up to me, the wife will ask if I can make her husband disappear. And the kids ask me if I can saw them in half. So I’ve incorporated that into my shows.” 

Among the countless awards up his sleeve are multiple Merlin Awards, which are the highest accolades in the magic industry and are presented by the International Magicians’ Society in New York. Cosentino has been acknowledged as both the International Magician of the Year and the International Escape Artist of the Year. After struggling with learning and reading difficulties, Cosentino was 12 when he found an illustrated book about magic. That not only inspired him to learn to read, it also propelled him on an extraordinary journey where he’d teach himself magic through books. He’s now a successful author with an autobiography Anything is Possible and an animated book series called The Mysterious World of Cosentino, which is a four-book series for ages 8 to 12.

For Cosentino, it’s not just a career, it’s a passion that is all-consuming, so it was natural for him to pivot his career during lockdown last year. Performing shows on Zoom became the norm, as did running classes teaching amateur magicians.

“It’s a wonderful thing when young aspiring magicians come up to me. I’m very passionate about my artform and unfortunately, when I grew up, I had to look abroad for inspiration. Now I’m aware that I’m now that person for younger generations in Australia. I have that responsibility and I don’t take it lightly.”

Catch his award-winning production in Frankston and you never know – you may be inspired to get your hands on his set of playing cards or magic kit – which is an Australian best-seller – to learn the craft.

KATE SEARS

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