Cosentino: Distortions – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

It has been a number of years (I think maybe 4 or 5) since a magician was part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. While this year’s program is emphasised as going outside the box on what defines cabaret and looks at art in all its forms, magic is possibly not what would spring to mind.

Cosentino was runner up in Australia’s Got Talent 2011. His act includes a range of close-up, sleight of hand tricks as well as the more showy production magic.

The audience was captivated by escape tricks, multiplying money and some pretty speccy card tricks.  I think my biggest problem with magic shows is the need for camp dance interludes and additional drama (think Copperfield… the magician, not the Dickensian character).  While Cosentino demonstrates a very modern take and is obviously an accomplished dancer himself, the presentations between tricks seemed forced.

This reviewer also admits to spending the entire show wondering who is a plant and trying to work out exactly how each trick works… I’m sure that doesn’t help!

There is no doubt that there were some very cool tricks.  The broom levitation trick is pretty awesome, as was the end trick with the “random” facts. However, the trapped in a tin box trick was pretty tame and nothing to oooh and aaaah at.

Overall, Cosentino is a contemporary version of an artform many of us remember well… this is a good production for the family. Perhaps don’t bring any notes bigger than a fiver though!

Cosentino is playing at the2012  Adelaide Cabaret Festival until 9 June.  Full details can be found at

Cosentino: Distortions
Review Date: Friday 08 June 2012
Presented By: Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide
Closing Date: 09/06/2012
Online: BASS
Phone: 131 246

Hayley was an arts worker in South Australia for twelve years working freelance for small to medium clients as well as for companies such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Theatre Company SA, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and the Australia Business Arts Foundation. As part of her freelance work, Hayley founded the ATG Curtain Call Awards (which is now an annual gala event), co-produced three 24 Hour Show charity fundraiser events, has judged for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and reviewed for Aussie Theatre and the Adelaide Theatre Guide. Hayley now runs a boutique events and arts management business, Footlight Events and in her spare time, is involved with Adelaide’s amateur theatre community as a producer, performer and director.

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