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Magician reveals insider's tricks

Cosentino the illusionist visited Toowoomba on his Distortions tour.
Cosentino the illusionist visited Toowoomba on his Distortions tour. Nev Madsen

IT IS not every day you get to meet a magician and get an insight into some of his tricks.

One of Australia's most popular illusionists Cosentino visited the Empire Theatre last night to present his final show for the Distortions tour.

The theatre holds fond memories for the magician.

"I was here in 2007 for a sold out show," Cosentino said.

It was in the days before he hit the "big time" and remembers taking a photograph of himself in front of the packed theatre.

"I have fondness for your theatre," he said as he opened the stage door.

Despite his hectic schedule, the famed Melbourne magician agreed to take us on a tour of his set.

It's a set-up that features an eclectic mix of nic nacs, a photo of his idol Houdini, hats and little gifts from his fans including a mini-magician figurine, no bigger than five centimetres, complete with a deck of cards.

Indeed, a pack of cards is never far from the real magician's hands, such is his passion for his art.

Five-and-a-half hours out from the start of his show, Cosentino's pre-show preparation begins.

Hours of work go into the 90-minute performance.

Everything has to be precisely in its place, including a famed pair of socks and jocks which he wears for every performance (freshly laundered, of course).

On stage props include a spiky apparatuses, which Cosentino revealed is made from steel.

"People think these are plastic," he said of the spikes.

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