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Trapped underwater in agonising pain, shackled and sinking and desperately trying not to give in to the urgent need to breathe, I really thought maybe I had pushed myself too far this time. The scar was still fresh from my most recent near miss, when a razor-sharp knife had carved into my chin in a stunt gone wrong. But at least I’d lived through that one. The situation I was in now was exactly the kind where one small problem starts a chain reaction that ends in serious injury or even worse. And it was all of my own making. Scrabbling for the chains, I knew I had only seconds before water started to fill my lungs…

 

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 trailblazer.

Cosentino was the first Australian magician to have his own primetime TV shows and these TV spectaculars have now been broadcast in more than 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 12-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.

His memoir Anything is Possible is an uplifting and wholly compelling story for anyone who ever dreamed of achieving the impossible.

At Byron Writers Festival Cosentino will be taking part in the session Overcoming Adversity with former Sudanese child soldier Deng Adut and human-rights lawyer Graeme Innes (Friday August 4) and Reach for the Stars: Literacy in Children with Tristan Bancks and Sally Rippin (Friday August 4).

 

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