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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.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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