To put on a magic show, you need a great story.
That's the view of magician and illusionist Cosentino, who returns to Horsham on November 24 as part of his Cosentino Live regional tour.
The show comes 15 years after he first performed in Horsham. Since then he was runner-up on television show Australia's Got Talent, became the first Australian magician to have his own television show and toured the world.
He said he hoped audiences would get the same experiences watching his new stage show as they would watching an action film.
"There are highs and lows," he said.
"There is a dramatic escape at the end of the show when I put my head in a perspex box with 18 kitchen knives and I have to escape before they plow into my face. Then there are things that are romantic between myself and my assistant, who is my partner Priscilla. There is comedy, too.
"When I watch Marvel movies, I realise their formula is one we have been using for many years - high, intense action with a little bit of comic relief and reliant on special effects.
"And on top of that, the special effects fall short if you don't have a great story that captivates the audience and engages them emotionally.
"The difference is my product happens in real time. I am the stuntman. If you twist your ankle a little bit when you jump off a particular apparatus or you're hanging upside down and you over-rotate, you damage things."
In the years he has been performing, Cosentino has cracked ribs, ruptured an eardrum from not equalising properly while underwater, and needed 12 stitches in his cheek after mistiming the knives in a box stunt.
He said despite the risks, the rewards were high.
"With a stunt that's a one-off, there's a huge rush because you spend six months practicing," he said.
"For example, after holding your breath for five minutes and taking in your first bit of air, that automatically is an inherent rush.
"But, of course, you've accomplished something that is seemingly impossible. There's a sense of power that comes with that, and the applause gets me really excited. It's a very addictive type of profession."
While Cosentino doesn't shy away from his title of trailblazer, it is one he wears with some regret.
"When I first started more than 15 years ago, there was no one doing what I was," he said.
"When I told my parents I wanted to be a magician, they thought I was mad - and my father, being an engineer, wanted a plan.
"There were no schools and no teachers, so they asked where I was going to go to learn. I couldn't point to anybody who had been successful at it in Australia, which was really disheartening. I was forced out of necessity to be a pioneer.
"By educating people through my TV show, I like to think I have to some degree helped with the magic resurgence in this country."
Cosentino performs at Horsham Town Hall on November 24, with tickets available via the venue.
Weekend events for your diary
Palm Beach film screening at Nhill Cinema, 75-79 Nelson Street from 7.30pm to 9pm. Tickets $7 to $30.
Spring Yoga pop-up at the Sawyer Park Soundshell, Horsham from 9am. Cost is $10 per person, bring your own mat.
Creating 3D Abstract Forms art demonstration with Donal Molloy-Drum at Horsham Regional Art Gallery from 1pm to 3.30pm. Tickets $35, pay at the event.
LUV Saturdays Horsham District league grand final after party at the Commercial Hotel, Horsham from 10pm featuring Brynny, Lockdown and local DJs. Features free meal and drinks and meet-and-greet with DJs.
Produce swap at the Patch at the Salvos, Lynott Street, Horsham from 11.30am to noon. Free.
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