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Cosentino the Grand Illusionist
Reviewed by
Cameron Grimes
on
Cosentino the Grand Illusionist Review If you were a die-hard follower of Cosentino during his Australiaís Got Talent journey youíll certainly find some enjoyment while viewing The Grand Illusionist. For those who havenít heard of him, your levels of skepticism surrounding the art of illusion will rise.
Rating:
3.25

Feature 5.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 43 Minutes
Reviewer: Cameron Grimes
Classification
: PG

6.0

 
Cosentino the Grand Illusionist

Iíve always found the art of illusion intriguing and impressive, yet I feel watching a pre-recorded stage show ruins some of the mystery, thus making Cosentino: The Grand Illusionist a bittersweet viewing experience for me. While the former Australiaís Got Talent runner up undoubtedly has a unique talent that many other illusionists wish they possessed, this home release showcasing sections of his live show and his street acts unfortunately ruins some of the magic through staged interviews and unnecessary addition of content. 

The Grand Illusionist isnít particularly long; this 43 minute long feature mainly focuses on the highlights from Cosentinoís live stage show at the Regent Theatre in Sydney while throwing in some of his street acts every now and then. A better focus on either of the two wouldíve been preferred, as the short run time doesnít allow you to get fully involved or excited about either of them, and before you know it the main feature is over. Luckily the special features make up for some of it, however Iím confused as to why they werenít included as part of the main feature to begin with. 

While his magic is certainly impressive itís hard to believe its authenticity from merely watching a DVD. Thereís plenty of cuts between cameras in scenes which Cosentino states that parts of his trick are in plain sight the whole time, yet watching it on this documentary this is not the case. During the street magic scenes the reactions from his audiences are far from believable, and some of the tricks are even less believable, such as Cosentinoís ability to guess what someone has written down on a piece of paper without being shown what it is. Itís not mind reading like he claims; itís having the ability to follow someoneís writing patterns while also having the ability to edit out any attempts that failed. 

If you were a die-hard follower of Cosentino during his Australiaís Got Talent journey youíll certainly find some enjoyment while viewing The Grand Illusionist. For those who havenít heard of him, your levels of skepticism surrounding the art of illusion will rise.






 
 



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