“Cosentino: Anything is Possible”, is a magic show which runs from 17 to 27 August 2017 held in Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Mastercard Theatres is owned by Base Entertainment Asia.
Now, what is the link between time and this magic show?
Well, the illusions and “magic” of the whole show is all about time.
“What makes an illusion magical is the timing. If you can change places with your assistant, the quicker you change places, the more magical it looks.
“If you can disappear off the stage and end up in the audience, the quicker that happens, the more magical it looks.
“You know it’s an illusion and it’s a trick but the quicker that re-appearance or disappearance happens, the more magical it’ll be.
“My show is all about timing; everything is about timing,” explains the 35-year-old master illusionist, escapologist and magician Paul Cosentino from Australia.
This explains why Cosentino wears a wristwatch and carries a fob pocket watch in his vest even when performing onstage.
“When I am performing the escapes; when I am wriggling out of a straight-jacket and when I’ve got a big axe coming towards me; it’s all about split-second timing.
“Every lock I pick, I practise [unlocking it] to within a 10- to 12-second time frame. When I am underwater holding my breath, it’s all about time. I am always checking the time.
“For my underwater escape trick, my hands are placed through a grille and are handcuffed. As soon as I am about to go underwater, I activate the stopwatch. I have to keep track of the time so I know where I am supposed to be along the way.
“I know I have five seconds [to undo the lock on] for one wrist, five seconds for the other wrist, 10 seconds for my left ankle and 10 seconds for my right ankle. I need to know if I am behind [time] and make up for the time,” says Cosentino.
What exciting magical and escape acts can audiences attending “Cosentino: Anything is Possible” look out for?
Well, watch out for “Smashed”, an act whereby Cosentino, who is chained and locked to a steel chair, has to free himself from a straight-jacket and pick all the locks to avoid an axe swinging down at him with a force of 100kg.
He’ll make a helicopter appear onstage, levitate his assistant and even bring her magically back to life. Cosentino will also vanish while wearing a cloak and inside a transparent box.
The vanishing illusion, named “Time Machine”, is inspired by a Star Wars movie scene when Jedi master (Ben) Obi-Wan Kenobi disappears, leaving behind only his cloak, after allowing himself to be struck by Darth Vader’s lightsaber.
SAW A WOMAN IN HALF?
Most of us have probably “seen” a woman in half during magic shows, literally. This “sawing a woman in half” is a classic magic act where a lady, placed in a wooden box, is perceived to be sawn in half.
Cosentino has taken pushed this classic illusion to its limits as the lady will be placed in transparent Perspex boxes, allowing the audience to view the “sawing” process. This is a trick that truly excites, says Cosentino.
Well, what else can we say but to expect exciting times when watching this magical show.