Cosentino is Australia's premier illusionist and escapologist - a magician to his fingertips, a man who constantly challenges our notions of what is possible. The LA Times has said of him that 'Cosentino mirrors the legendary Harry Houdini' - and like Houdini, he is a true pioneer and trail blazer. Cosentino was the first Australian magician to have his own prime-time TV shows and these TV spectaculars have now been broadcast in over 40 countries. Recognised by his peers as the 'International Magician of the Year', he has become one of Australia's most popular live performers and continues to stage his award winning live show to full houses across the globe. But Cosentino's greatest trick of all? Well, that's something completely different. It was learning how to read.
He was a twelve-year-old boy with learning difficulties, teased and isolated, who struggled with reading and schoolwork. But one day, in a library, he found an illustrated book about magic - and that unlocked something in him. That magic book not only inspired him to learn to read, it propelled him on an extraordinary journey - from a shy boy with low self-esteem to the international star that he is today. This is an uplifting and wholly compelling story for anyone who ever dreamed of achieving the impossible.
'Cosentino's story will provide inspiration for both adults and teenagers, in fact,for anyone who wishes to succeed, to persevere against the odds, and to overcome periods of self-doubt. This is not just a celebrity memoir and it is more than a book about magic. It is a book about self-belief.' Bookseller + Publisher
About the Author
Cosentino has been called ‘a supercharged showman’ by the Herald Sun, a ‘daredevil performer’ by National Nine News and is said to ‘mirror the legendary Harry Houdini’ by the LA Times. He fuses traditional sleight-of-hand magic, grand illusions and physical demonstrations into novel and original presentations. His many accolades include: runner-up on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, winner of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, a three-times Australian Award Winning magician, a nominee for the prestigious Helpmann Awards, a Multi Award Winner of the Merlin from the International Magicians’ Society and winner of 2015 Levante Award.
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This book brings magic alive again. Even for a person that doesn't normally read autobiographies, this was brilliant. Not only was it about Cosentio's life, it brought magic back to life. It shows how tricks are done. Tells you what it takes. It made me get involved with magic again. I throughly enjoyed it
I love this book. Very enjoyable
The book was excellent. It shows everyone goes through some hard times every now and again but he's determination is unstoppable so anything is possible when you put the hard yards in. The only thing was it would of been nice if some of the references about the great magicians were at the end of a chapter and not in between a chapter as I had to finish reading the chapter then go back to have a look but other than that It wouldn't of stopped me buying it. The books an inspiring.
'Cosentino's story will provide inspiration for both adults and teenagers, in fact,for anyone who wishes to succeed, to persevere against the odds, and to overcome periods of self-doubt. This is not just a celebrity memoir and it is more than a book about magic. It is a book about self-belief.' - Bookseller + Publisher
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 24th October 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 17.4 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.82