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TruTV orders hidden camera series “Undercover Magic”

Magician/prankster Michael Carbonaro (pictured) stars in Undercover Magic, a hidden camera series that will premiere on the network next summer.
December 19, 2013

U.S. cable network TruTV has greenlit a reality series starring comedic magician Michael Carbonaro (pictured).

The 12-episode Undercover Magic (working title) is being produced by Fields Entertainment and 11 Television and will premiere next summer. Simon Fields and Kevin Healey are serving as executive producers.

In the show, Carbonaro goes undercover in everyday situations – as a bartender or salesman – and uses magic tricks to play hidden camera pranks on unsuspecting people.

“What we love about Michael Carbonaro’s approach to magic is that in addition to great illusions, he has a unique ability to connect with the marks and keep them engaged comedically without being snarky,” said Chris Linn, TruTV’s president and head of programming, in a statement. “And Michael does this in such a charming, fun way that, as a viewer, you actually wish you were the mark.”

The show is part of the network’s strategy to appeal to viewers of comedic reality. Other TruTV programs targeted at this audience include Killer Karaoke, which will return next year with a new host, Mark McGrath, next year; competition series Panic Button; and a new season of Impractical Jokers, which premieres on January 2.

Watch a preview of the series below:

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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