Extreme trickster unleashed
Renowned Australian magician and illusionist Cosentino is gearing up for a night of thrills and fun ahead of his two sold-out shows at Karratha Leisureplex this Saturday.
Ticketholders can expect death-defying escapes, grand illusions, street magic and a little bit of audience participation.
Cosentino said his show had developed a lot since his last visit to Karratha in 2008 and would be sure to keep spectators on the edge of their seats.
“The illusions are more baffling, the street magic’s more tricky, the escapes are more death-defying, everything’s just pushed to the extreme,” he said.
“We bring a lot of people up on stage. They get to examine everything — make sure the locks and chain are real, that the handcuffs are real.”
Cosentino has been performing magic and tricks since he was 12 but hit the big time when he made it to the grand final of Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.
He then went on to win Dancing with the Stars in 2013, star in his own TV show, tour all over the country and internationally, and write a book, Anything Is Possible.
He was also the first Australian magician to have his own show on prime time TV and in 2013 was voted international magician of the year by his peers. “For fans that know of me from TV, they can expect all the things that I’ve done on TV, whether that be death-defying escapes and grand illusions, people appearing or disappearing, as well as close-up sleight of hand street magic, and I guess it kind of swings both ways for people who don’t know who I am,” he said of his live tour.
Cosentino said Karratha audiences could also look forward to seeing him perform a particularly nerve-racking trick, called Smashed.
“I’m placed inside a regulation straight-jacket, examined by the audience, and I’m put into a chair and I’m strapped and bound to the chair — locks and chains, my ankles, my wrist, my chest — and in front of me is a 30-inch axe hanging above me and it’s on a water timer,” he said. “Once the water timer hits a certain level of water and it gets to a certain weight, it releases a pin which drops the axe straight down my centre. “That’s pretty full-on. “There’ll be a video of it before cutting through watermelons and when you see the axe, you realise that we’re not really playing around here ... that’s scary.”
Magician Cosentino is performing two sold-out shows in Karratha this Saturday.