Cosentino Grand Illusionist
Cosentino, the international magician of the year, is now firmly established as one of the biggest and most popular entertainers in Australia. In his own unique and award-winning style, Cosentino fuses traditional sleight of hand magic, grand illusions and physical demonstrations into cutting-edge presentations. He escapes the boundaries of the past and performs the most original and progressive effects witnessed today. Cosentino is “the most dominant figure currently in Australian entertainment” says Alan Jones, radio 2GB. 2013 was a break out year for Cosentino that featured top rating TV shows, sold out tours and the release of his signature magic kit. In 2013 Cosentino was bestowed an incredible honour, with his official acknowledgment as the 'magician of the year' by the International Magicians Society, New York (the International Merlin award). This prestigious recognition is the highest honour in magic with past recipients including David Copperfield, Criss Angel and Penn & Teller. “The Merlin Award is to magic what the Oscar is to motion pictures, what the Emmy is to television and what the Tony is to theatre” says Max Toth, IMS Merlin Award Committee Chairman. Considered an entertainment pioneer and the catalyst for the resurgence in magic's popularity in Australia, Cosentino was the first local magician to have his own prime-time television specials on a commercial network. He has now written, produced and starred in 4 top rating specials which were viewed by over 6.1m people nation-wide (OzTam ratings). Cosentino's extraordinary TV specials have been embraced internationally and have now been broadcast in Spain, India, South East Asia, New Zealand and Latin America. “He understands the visual medium and that is rare thing – an overnight natural at TV” - Herald Sun In 2013, Cosentino was international promoter Live Nation's highest-grossing Australian artist. His commanding stage presence and enigmatic personality, combined with impeccable technique, sets him apart from the ordinary performer. Cosentino's productions are amongst the most powerful, riveting and sought-after in the entertainment industry today. New York’s Wall Street Journal has featured him as a stand out talent and the Canberra Times says “his show is a spectacle of stunning mastery of mind-bending wizardry”. 2013 also saw Cosentino fulfill a life-long dream of releasing his signature Magic Kit. 'Master Illusions by Cosentino' was an instant hit and broke all established sales records for magic kits in Australia. The magic kit was retail giant Australian Geographic's biggest selling item for Xmas 2013. Cosentino's impressive resume of success also includes: Runner Up Australia’s Got Talent 2011; Winner of Dancing With The Stars Australia 2013; a Guinness World Record holder and Winner of the 'Most Original International Magician' 2012 by the International Magicians Society. Cosentino the Grand Illusionist is a unique and brilliant entertainer and his presentations are a quantum leap forward in the art of magic and illusions. His deserved recognition as 'magician of the year' underlines his technical & creative excellence and the respect his performances receive internationally. "Australia has never, ever had a performer like Cosentino" - Dannii Minogue.