Parkinson: Masterclass


Series 2 - Episode 2 Dynamo



Just because this show has the word "Masterclass" in its title, don’t go thinking you’ll be learning how Dynamo walked on water or took a stroll down the side of the LA Times building. What we do get, though, is a rather frank chat about an underprivileged childhood in Bradford and how bad experiences at the hands of bullies inspired him to use magic as a survival technique.

The main event, however, is Dynamo taking centre stage for a performance in front of a stunned studio audience. His trickery is truly amazing, although Parky is sadly underused – there’s little chance of him becoming Barnsley’s answer to Debbie McGee.


Michael Parkinson meets magician and illusionist Dynamo, a man who has walked on the Thames, turned snow into diamonds and brought cardboard butterflies to life. He reveals how he used magic to ward off bullies as a child and talks about the inspiration behind some of his stunts, treating the studio audience to a set of astonishing card tricks, as well as teaching them to mind read.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Michael Parkinson
Guest Dynamo
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