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Discovery to explore the science of magic

Discovery Channel will pull the curtain back on the scientific processes behind street magic tricks in the part factual, part hidden camera series Breaking Magic. (Pictured: magician Ben Hanlin)
October 11, 2012

Discovery Channel is to examine the scientific processes behind street magic tricks in a part factual, part hidden camera series that will begin airing on the cable network in the United States and globally on November 11.

Produced by London-based Objective Productions, Breaking Magic (9 x 30-minutes) will use hidden cameras to capture magicians performing tricks on the streets of London, Warsaw and New York City in front of confused bystanders.

Following the illusions, each magician will then explain the physics, chemistry or biology behind the trick. The four magicians featured in the series are American Wayne Houchin, Briton Ben Hanlin (pictured above), Australian James Galea and Canadian Billy Kidd.

The show will air on Discovery Channel in the United States and on globally on Discovery Channel International.

Breaking Magic is executive produced by Objective Productions’ Andrew Newman and Paul Gilheany, Discovery Channel U.S.’s Brian Dean and Paige McKenzie, and Discovery International’s Sarah Davies, Rob Holloway and Marion Said.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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