‘I Feel Complete’: Cosentino Reflects On His Time In The Jungle And How It’ll Change His Magic
He was an absolute breath of fresh air in the camp, wowing celebs with his magic, and dazzling us with his charm.
Soon after leaving the jungle for the very last time, Cosentino sat down with 10 daily to reflect on the three weeks he had spent in camp.
Admitting that the experience was a lot harder than he expected, the tiny portions of food took its toll on the illusionist.
“[It] does a lot to you, mentally and physically,” he told 10 daily. “You see people laying down -- that’s not because they’re lazy, they don’t have the energy.
“Your body goes into survival mode to cope for when you have to do something. That lack of food on a constant basis plays havoc mentally and physically,” he continued. “You go, ‘alright I’m going to eat beans and rice again’, you don’t want to… but you know you have to because you might get called for a trial.”
The make-up of camp was also an interesting hurdle for Cos who said he felt like the biggest outsider as the first intruder of the season. Navigating different personalities, the very big personalities and the dynamics of relationships in the camp was made all the more difficult coming in a week after everyone else.
“If you go to a party and it’s loud, which it usually is, and there are people you don’t like you do one of two things: you avoid them and don’t talk to them, or you go home and switch off,” he said.
"You don’t have any of those options, there’s no switch off and you can’t avoid anybody… I got along with everybody but there’s different levels of what clicks with your personality.”
Cos really did manage to seamlessly slide into the camp, bringing with him his bag of tricks to entertain the campmates, and the rest of us watching at home.
“It’s a great thing if we can get more magic on Australian TV,” Cos said, “that’s always been my goal.
“I believe it’s a beautiful art form. It needs to be on primetime! Given that opportunity and taking advantage of that, it’s wonderful. I’m so pleased magic got out there.”
The other part of his life he was able to share was how he used magic to overcome learning difficulties when he was young. Unable to read or write until he was 12-years-old, Cos told his campmates how a magic book was the tool he used to practically learn magic as well as enhance his reading and writing skills.
“For most people in [the camp] it’s a lot of hard work to build your passion, your craft, into a career,” Cos explained. “Everyone hears that story of the person walking down the street who gets spotted and all of a sudden they’re an actor in Hollywood.
“That’s not my story. My story is hard work, dedication, perseverance. I call it ‘sweat equity’. The more you put in, the more you get out.”
When Cos was first starting out there weren’t many Aussie magicians to base his career trajectory.
“There was no blueprint but it can be done. It also shows you that a child who couldn’t read or write or spell can end up writing children’s books,” he said. “That’s a completion of the circle. I couldn’t read, I found a book, found magic, wrote my books. It’s all about completion.”
It was a recurring motif in Cos’ life -- like when he was young and saw his hero David Copperfield at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, then years later he auditioned for ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ he did so on the stage at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne himself.
“When I did my first TV show I went back, on purpose, to the Regent Theatre,” he said.
So it’s no surprise that Cos sees his time in the jungle as the completion of another circle.
“I’m happy with how far I was able to get,” he said, adding, “not so I can be like, ‘Ohhh I made the top four’, but simply because I feel like I got a more rounded experience. I feel complete. I had my graduation last night!”
Spending time in camp has also given Cos the time to re-think how he approaches magic after having everything stripped away.
“I had very minimal tools that I could bring in so I had to get creative, I had to figure out when I was doing tricks who I would get to do different bits and pieces… I had no pyrotechnics, no lighting, no dancers, no big apparatus.
“Bare bones, dexterity and going back to when I was 19 and studying hypnosis,” he said. “I hadn’t pulled that out in like 15 years! I now look at what I can do with the bare minimum and still be entertaining. It was a really great eye-opener for me.”
Now out of the jungle, Cos is heading back to his national tour, with a regional tour coming up.
“I do about 80-100 shows a year,” he said. “So new shows, new tour, new children’s books and… hopefully new television!
“That’s the plan.”