Ex­treme trick­ster un­leashed

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

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.”

Pic­ture: Pierre Ba­roni

Ma­gi­cian Cosentino is per­form­ing two sold-out shows in Kar­ratha this Satur­day.

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