Cosentino brings magic back
COSENTINO the Grand Illusionist plans to take his audience on a journey when his national tour, Distortions, is launched on the Gold Coast next month.
He said taking an audience through a story or journey was the difference between an illusionist and a magician.
"It (showmanship) definitely works for me. Even when I was performing parlour magic on stage I would dance or skip around the stage," he said.
Cosentino began his own journey into illusion at the age of 12 when he saw one of his idols David Copperfield on a television special.
"I was blown away and shocked," he said.
"When I was at the library I found a book Encyclopaedia of Magic and it not only had magic but also its history.
"At the time I had to learn it (magic) on my own there were no schools or the internet and it (Encyclopaedia of Magic) showed some pretty complex things for a 12-year-old.
"But over time I gained a unique skill."
Cosentino's first trick was known as the French Drop and his first audience was his father.
The trick involved making a coin "disappear" using sleight of hand.
"I showed my dad who was a structural engineer so quite an intelligent man," Cosentino said.
"When I did the trick my dad asked, 'How did you do that?'
"Here is a man who built bridges and I had shown my father something that he couldn't explain.
"That was the beginning and that was the rush."
Creating that wonder in his father has not been lost on Cosentino who makes audiences suspend their disbelief in his shows.
"It's very challenging because Australian audience can be a little bit cynical," he said.
"But that also positive because when you do something they can't explain then they are even more involved than your average audience."
Cosentino's show, Distortions, is not your average parlour magic with movement and showmanship a big part of the performance.
His national tour begins at Jupiters Theatre on the Gold Coast on September 28.