16.8.14

MAGIC - Programme Two: Levitation (Rpt)
1am on Saturday 16th August (1 hour) on Watch.

The Dream of Flight, the Indian Rope Trick and how magic becomes big business.
In 1847 the great French Magician Robert Houdin performed an illusion called The Ethereal Suspension – where he magically levitated his own son. From the ancient legend of Icarus man has always wanted to fly and magicians were now able to make this dream come true. Robert-Houdin was inspired by reports from India which suggested that holy men there could float on air, and so began Magic`s fascination with the Mystic East. In the hands of a master illusionist Levitation has a special potency – and this newfound power to defy gravity quickly became the centrepiece of every big magician's act. At the time when huge travelling shows toured the world illusionists would do anything to outdo one another with more and more fantastic levitations – even by getting up on stage and stealing their rivals' techniques. So it was that these competing stars of Magic began the search for the mysterious Indian Rope Trick which legend suggested dated back to the 15th Century. They offered huge rewards to anyone who could teach them how it was done, but the Indian Rope Trick held a trick of its own. It was a hoax started by an American newspaper article in 1890. This programme includes rare archive footage of faked demonstrations of the Indian Rope Trick, beautiful reconstructions of some of the greatest levitations ever performed in Magic's Golden Age, the tragic story of The Great Lafayette – the magician most hated by other magicians - who died in a fire trying to protect his secrets, and never before seen footage of Chung Ling Soo – the magician's favourite magician.

 

16.8.14

Archive on 4

8pm on Saturday 16th August (1 hour) on BBC Radio 4.

You Are Feeling Sleepy. The history and science of hypnosis in medicine, illustrated by sometimes inspiring, often eccentric, tales of the maverick medics who have harnessed its powers. Interviewees include psychiatrist Dr John Butler and illusionist Derren Brown.

 

17.8.14
Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic
(Rpt)
12.30pm on Sunday 17th August (25 minutes) on CBBC.
Iain Stirling presents the show in which four of the UK's hottest magicians visit primary schools posing as supply teachers to deliver some surprising magical lessons to the unsuspecting pupils.

 

18.8.14
Ben Earl: Trick Artist
(Rpt)

2.15am on Monday 18th August (1 hour) on E4.
"Ben Earl is a master of sleight of hand and deception - he is the ultimate trick artist. Ben has spent the last few months based in an old warehouse in London devising four specials on set themes that fuse deception and mind-blowing stunts."

 

18.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Monday 18th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

18.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11pm on Monday 18th August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

19.8.14

MAGIC - Programme Three: Close-up Magic (Rpt)
1am on Tuesday 19th August (1 hour) on Watch.

Sleight of hand, misdirection and the Kings of Cards.
The Cups and Balls routine is regarded by many as being the oldest trick in the book and is still being performed today. Taking years of grueling practice to perfect, it has become the ultimate test of a magician's skill and can be performed in an infinite number of ways to reflect different personalities and stage personas. This edition tells the story of sleight-of-hand magic, including brief slow motion card manipulation interludes from Duncan Trillo, and looks at performers such Cardini, a card manipulator who learnt his skills in the WWI trenches, and Paul Daniels who re-enacts great magic tricks of the legendary Max Malini. Some of the world's greatest magicians, kings of close-up card manipulation like Guy Hollingworth and master of dove production American Channing Pollock, explain why the subtlety and sophistication of close-up magic still has the power to enthrall and make us doubt our own senses. The programme also tells the story of the "bible" for card sharps, "The Expert at the Card Table" - a slim book which describes every way of cheating at cards known to man. First published in 1902, no one has ever been able to discover who wrote it. Finally, from high up inside the London Eye, Paul Zenon performs the biggest close up card trick ever, which he created specially for this programme.

 

19.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Tuesday 19th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

19.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11pm on Tuesday 19th August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

20.8.14

MAGIC - Programme Four: Disappearance (Rpt)
1am on Wednesday 20th August (1 hour) on Watch.

How magic appropriates science, and the art of disappearance.
The Phantasmagoria shows in the 18th century were one of the earliest examples where a scientific breakthrough was used to magical effect. The shows were held at midnight in church crypts and a newly invented magic lantern was used to make images of ghosts appear onto smoke. The customers were amazed – and terrified. Magic has always had a special relationship with science. From Victorian demonstrations of a phenomenon called Pepper's Ghost at London's Royal Polytechnic – where a ghost would apparently walk onstage with live actors – to the Proteus Cabinet – a revolutionary vanishing illusion which was the first to ever use mirrors – through early filmmaking special effects to modern television camera trickery. They have all been applied to the magician's favourite illusion – making things appear and disappear. This programme features some of the most impressive "grand illusions" ever achieved in magic and culminates in an effect never before seen on TV. American magician Franz Harary attempts his biggest ever disappearance – London's Tower Bridge.

 

20.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Wednesday 20th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

20.8.14
Auction Kings
(Rpt)
8.30pm on Wednesday 20th August (30 minutes) on Discovery Shed.
A 1951 Ford F1 truck, an Olympic table tennis table, and an authenticated letter signed by Harry Houdini are up for auction. Will the sellers be pleased with their profits?

 

20.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11pm on Wednesday 20th August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

21.8.14

MAGIC - Programme Five: Dangerous Magic (Rpt)
1am on Wednesday 20th August (1 hour) on Watch.

The legacy of Houdini
Even other escapologists think that American Robert Gallup is mad He's famous for performing the Death Dive 18,000 feet above the Mojave Desert. He was handcuffed, chained inside a mailbag which was in turn put inside a locked metal cell which was then pushed out of an airplane. A parachute was on the outside of the cell so Gallup had to free himself, pick the cell's lock, grab the parachute and open it in 45 seconds – while he and the cell were falling at 120 mph. The idea for the stunt came when Gallup was trying to think what sort of death defying escape Houdini would attempt if he was alive today! Houdini was such an extraordinary showman that he continues to dominate the world of "dangerous magic" long after his death in 1926. A short, aggressively competitive, mother fixated, psychologically complicated immigrant with a squeaky voice, Houdini came to represent the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. His act was a metaphor for everyone who hoped to throw off the shackles of repression, persecution and poverty. This programme shows how every magic generation has been influenced by Houdini. He was once buried alive and struggled for years to achieve an escape from a block of ice – David Blaine followed his example. But there was one trick that not even Houdini would attempt. The Bullet Catch has claimed 12 lives of which the most spectacular was the death of Chinese illusionist Chung Ling Soo on stage in London in 1918. Shot when the trick went wrong it was discovered that Chung Ling Soo was actually New Yorker William Ellsworth Robinson Campbell – whose greatest trick was to fool the world into believing he was Chinese for more nearly 20 years. In this show Robert Gallup (photo) performs an escape that he designed specially for the programme and that has never been seen before. High above the banks of the Thames he's strait-jacketed inside a Blaine like Perspex box. But this is no feat of endurance – the floor of the box has been fitted with a hair trigger and unless Robert Gallup escapes in time he'll be sent hurtling down to be impaled on a rack of blazing spears...!

 

21.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Thursday 21st August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

21.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11pm on Thursday 21st August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

22.8.14

MAGIC - Programme Six: Violent Magic (Rpt)
1am on Wednesday 20th August (1 hour) on Watch.

The magician destroys ... and then restores
January 10th 1921, and a brand new illusion is performed in London. Sawing Through a Woman was to become an immediate and enduring sensation. It might be a magic clichι today but a member of that first ever audience described it as "like watching a murder in your own living room". This programme tells the story of how magicians have always been drawn to illusions which feature the power of death and restoration. From the Decapitation of John The Baptist – the grisly highlight of the Elizabethan Mystery Plays – to performers like Penn and Teller and The Amazing Johnathan. The programme also features Paul Daniels, David Copperfield's sensational Buzz Saw illusion and rare archive footage.

 

22.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Friday 22nd August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

22.8.14

Dynamo Top Ten Greatest Moments (Rpt)

9pm on Friday 22nd August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Voted for by viewers. An exciting look back at ten tricks with the wow factor that the magician has performed, featuring well known personalities who talk about their favourites."

 

23.8.14

David Blaine - Magic Man (Rpt)
8pm on Saturday 23rd August (1 hour) on Watch.

America's David Blaine performs jaw-dropping magic tricks which elicit screams of disbelief from unsuspecting passers-by. He takes to the streets of New York, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans.

 

 

23.8.14
David Blaine's Street Magic
(Rpt)

11.55pm on Saturday 23rd August (1 hour) on Watch.

Award-winning entertainment with magician David Blaine, who tours the streets stunning unsuspecting members of the American public with tricks using cards, coins and levitation.

 

 

24.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11.50am, 12.50pm, 1.50pm on Sunday 24th August (3 x 1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

24.8.14
Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic
(Rpt)
12.30pm on Sunday 24th August (20 minutes) on CBBC.
Iain Stirling presents the show in which four of the UK's hottest magicians visit primary schools posing as supply teachers to deliver some surprising magical lessons to the unsuspecting pupils.

 

24.8.14
David Blaine's Street Magic
(Rpt)

11pm on Sunday 24th August (1 hour) on Watch.

Award-winning entertainment with magician David Blaine, who tours the streets stunning unsuspecting members of the American public with tricks using cards, coins and levitation.

 

 

24.8.14

Dynamo Revealed (Rpt)

12 midnight on Monday 25th August (1 hour) on Watch.

"Inspiring documentary in which Zane Lowe meets the magician, talking to him as he reveals how from growing up in a rough part of Bradford, he became the success that he is today."

 

25.8.14
Ben Earl: Trick Artist 4/4
(Rpt)

2.15am on Monday 25th August (1 hour) on E4.
"Ben Earl is a master of sleight of hand and deception - he is the ultimate trick artist. Ben has spent the last few months based in an old warehouse in London devising four specials on set themes that fuse deception and mind-blowing stunts. The final show in the series is all about money. Ben invites a select group of people to join him as he turns his head into a million pounds with the aid of diamonds, uses his incredible skills to ensure wins and losses at the casino, shows how unsafe online banking can be and how easy our passwords can be hacked and attempts to steal £10k from a secure vault. And finally he jumps from a four-storey building." Writers: Ben Earl and Mark Elsdon. Magic Consultant: Ben Hart.

 

25.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

12.50pm, 1.50pm, 2.50pm on Monday 25th August (3 x 1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

25.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Monday 25th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

25.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

7pm, 8pm, 9pm on Monday 25th August (3 x 1 hour) on Watch.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

25.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

10pm on Monday 25th August (1 hour) on Dave.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

26.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Tuesday 26th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

26.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11pm on Tuesday 26th August (1 hour) on Dave.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

27.8.14

Tricky TV (Rpt)
1.50pm on Wednesday 27th August (25 minutes) on CITV.
"Packed full of surprise stunts, wicked wind-ups and top tricks. Stephen Mulhern goes undercover on the streets of Britain performing some classic wind-ups on members of the public."

 

27.8.14

Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Rpt)

11.30pm on Wednesday 27th August (1 hour) on Dave.

"Following Dynamo and his incredible skills of illusion, as he travels around and amazes everyone he meets."

 

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