TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks

TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

“Magic is a mix of art, skill and subterfuge,” says the press information. Let’s hope the show’s content is a little less obvious than that. There was no preview DVD at the time of writing (vanished into thin air?) but we’re promised contributions from such magical stalwarts as Penn and Teller, Paul Daniels and new wonderkid-on-the-block Dynamo (you may remember he “walked” across the Thames earlier this year). This countdown explores which is best: astonishing set pieces, mind-bending stunts or simple rabbit-out-of-the-hat tricks.

About this programme

TV illusionists have been sawing ladies in half, catching bullets between their teeth, reading minds and performing feats of escapology for decades. Channel 5 counts down the best, including the astonishing set-pieces of Penn and Teller, the mind-bending of Derren Brown and the street magic of David Blaine. It features spectacular illusions, such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear, intimate card tricks and the lighter side of the business, thanks to the inclusion of comedy great Tommy Cooper. Paul Daniels and Dynamo also appear in this magic compendium, with contributions from Joe Pasquale, Dick and Dom, and Stephen Mulhern.