Magic, mystery and new moves
Illusionist is hoping to trick the dance judges, writes
OSENTINO may be a master of sleight of hand magic, but he doubts it’s going to help him as a contestant on the Channel 7 hit Dancing with the Stars. ‘‘Perhaps I can hypnotise the judges and make them say good things,’’ he laughs. Joke.
The truth is the magician and illusionist, who dons dancing shoes to raise funds for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, may not have to. After this week’s debut, Cosentino sits at the top of the DWTS score board. Judge Helen Richey awarded him the show’s first perfect 10 and the audience gave him a standing ovation.
Cosentino didn’t sound so confident when he phoned in early this week.
‘‘People say you’re good at performing you’ll be really good,’’ he says.
‘‘I do perform a lot on stage, but the audience is sitting down and I can’t see them – I’m up on the stage under the lights and when I look out everything just looks black.
‘‘This though, is a reality check. You’re out on a dancefloor, the audience is all around you; you perform on polished floorboards.
‘‘I really do feel like a fish out of water. This is different to anything I’ve done before.’’
His dance partner Jessica Raffa mentored show favourites Gerard Gossens, Blair McDonough and Brendan Fevola.
‘‘She’s lovely, Jess; nice and patient. She learns how you work and then finds a way to bring out the best in you,’’ he says.
Cosentino concedes his stage shows require an understanding of timing to get things right. But the moves and flourishes he choreographs for live shows are more hinderance than help when it comes to ballroom dancing.
‘‘I do a few moves inspired by Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, all self-taught,’’ he laughs. ‘‘Jess says my weight’s all wrong. I lean into my right hip and Jess says no, I can’t do that. She trying to break bad habits.’’
Certainly, Cosentino wants to do well. He and Raffa have been practising for six hours a day.
The performer then drives an hour in traffic to rehearse for a new national tour which opens this weekend in Melbourne before it hits the road for stops in big cities including the Gold Coast on November 1 and 2.
‘‘I’m so pumped,’’ says Cosentino of his The Magic, The Mystery and The Madness tour which gives fans the chance to see the death defying tricks, grand illusions and sleight-ofhand magic which feature on his TV show.
‘‘I’ve dreamed of having my own touring magic show since I Dancing with the Stars was little boy. ‘‘ The Magic, The Mystery and The Madness is bigger and better than anything I’ve done before. I’m travelling with two semi-trailers of equipment. It’s massive.’’
Dancing with the Stars: Tuesdays, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.
Cosentino: The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness: Wednesday, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7; live show at Jupiters Theatre on November 1 and 2. New contestants take to the dancefloor ahead of the first round of judging. Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery Wednesday, 9.05pm, ABC1 Julia Zemiro visits the childhood home of Australian actor and comic Noeline Brown.
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