Being strapped to a spinning object while a man is shooting a crossbow at you doesn't sound like most people's idea of a good time. Unless you're renowned illusionist Cosentino, who does just that for a living.
“With my new show 'The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness', crossbows were being shot at over 108km. We actually had to have someone who loaded the crossbow and had to be licenced to do it. Sometimes people like to play it down and say it's not really that dangerous. If you're eight metres underwater holding your breath, it's dangerous. It really is,” Cosentino says.
‘Australia's Got Talent’ contestant and master illusionist Cosentino is no exception to the rule. A self-taught magician, he's received incredible amounts of praise for his performances, even being awarded the prestigious Merlin Award for the most original international magician.
“That put me in a category with the best in the world with Criss Angel, David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy. You hear artists say this all the time and it's so cliché to say it's really humbling, but it is.”
Having just begun his first national tour since his 'Distortions' Tour, Cosentino is promising grand illusions, death-defying escapes and even basic sleight-of-hand tricks all rolled into the one show.
“I'm very proud to say that what you see me do on TV, you can see me do live and very few people can make that statement. Because my magic — this is going to sound ridiculous — but my magic is real, you can see it with your own eyes. It's about being overly confident, like overly, overly confident. As if, like, I'm about to do the 100 metre sprint and I know I'm going to win it.”
Cosentino performs 'The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness' at Jupiter's Theatre at Jupiters Casino Gold Coast on November 1-2.