Understandably, the library was not a place Cosentino felt comfortable, the books representing pain and humiliation to him. Yet as fate would have it, it was during a visit to the public library with his mother that he stumbled across a magic book, and from that moment, he was transfixed. “I remember it had pictures of famous magicians, including Houdini, handcuffed staring down the barrel of the camera,” he says. “It said, ‘Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner,’ and when I asked Mum what that meant she said, ‘Nothing can stop him, nothing can hold him back, like a superhero, only real’. I was hooked and Mum was delighted I was interested in a book! “I could barely read it but I wanted to know how to do the tricks, so Mum helped me break down the intricate instructions and over time I overcame my huge stumbling block and learned magic in the process.” One of his fondest memories is performing the first magic trick he had mastered to his father. “To me, my dad was a genius, he made bridges stand up using math. I made a coin disappear and my father said, ‘How did you do that’! I smiled at him and there was this transfer of power because I could do something he couldn’t. “It kept growing from there. I had no intention to become a magician but it was a skill I was naturally good at. I remember running around the house eating fire and my brothers would tie me up with rope and throw me in the pool. We did some crazy stuff.” Inspired by the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Walt Disney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cosentino wanted to follow in their footsteps and be an inspiration for other young children. “They are all magicians because whether it be dancing, cartooning or martial arts, they took their craft and pioneered it,” he says. But when it came to convincing his parents magic was his career of choice, he had some work to do.
I could barely read it but I wanted to know how to do the tricks, so Mum helped me break down the intricate instructions and over time I overcame my huge stumbling block and learned magic in the process.”“My parents as educators were happy for me to follow my passion but naturally they were unsure if I could make a living out of it. “I can understand how they were feeling. My father arrived from Italy as an 11-year-old migrant who couldn’t even speak English, yet he worked incredibly hard, got through university and became an engineer. My path was much more unconventional. There was no one to emulate, no one in Australia I could aspire to. I had to make my own path and lay every little brick to get there. “That’s why I made a vow when I went on Australia’s Got Talent, that I would be that person. I wanted to make it a viable career so other kids could say I want to be a magician like Cosentino.” And make a name for himself he did. Not bad for a shy kid who dreamed big.
Cosentino has recently released his first book, Anything is Possible – an uplifting and wholly compelling story for anyone who has ever dreamed of achieving the impossible.]]>