The Carbonaro Effect is a practical American hidden camera prank reality television series hosted by magician and prankster Michael Carbonaro, who performs tricks on people caught by hidden camera. British magician Derren Brown (see our list of the top 10 magicians) has dominated the airways for most of the 21st century. He has had 13 television specials, six television series and six of his theatrical programs broadcast on television. What differentiates Brown's television appearances from other magicians is his ability to constantly challenge preconceived notions of how the medium can be used to take magic in new directions.
Some of his specials are controversial. For example, in one program he apparently programs someone to push another individual from a tall building, and in another, he plays Russian roulette live on television. The fact is that Brown is constantly reminding audiences to question exactly what they can expect (and want) from magic performances. In %26 Of Itself, by Derek DelGaudio, was defended by Neil Patrick Harris (who produced the show) and Stephen Colbert (who co-produced the film).
Both the Off Broadway career and the film were directed by Frank Oz. Tim Gunn, Larry Wilmore, Bill Gates and Marina Abramovic can be seen in the audience. But defining In% 26 Of Itself by its celebrity influence goes against its central premise. More performance art than special magic, In %26 Of Itself is a meditation on identity, on how the world defines you and how you let that determine how you define yourself.
That's not to say that there aren't some really impressive magic tricks to see here, just that the framing meant that I was left wondering “Why? instead of “How did he do it?. There are specials with real magicians and fiction shows that show the magicians' interpretations of television writers. Unbeknownst to twentysomethings who just want to be regular magicians and sign up for Brakebills, the magical world they thought was fiction is based on truths, truths that were part of a series of books they read as children. From David Blaine to Harry Houdini and ancient egyptian sorcerers, magicians have captured public attention since humans have been able to manipulate the senses of others.
Starring the Academy Award-winning actor, Adrien Brody, as the famous magician, Houdini plays a lot of notes, right?. The show is also important because it is where John Gaughan honed his skills by making illusions before going on to build some of the best-known illusions of the 20th century for magicians like David Copperfield. While Celebracadabra (see special honor below) followed the format of reality television that has been developed over the years, there is a completely different formula at work when you look at how magic and magicians are portrayed on scripted television. Canadian magician Doug Henning ushered in the modern era of magic with his first television special during the 1975 Christmas season.
Quentin Coldwater enrolls at Brakebill University of Magical Pedagogy to train as a magician, where he discovers that the magical world of his favorite children's book is real and represents a danger to humanity. The Peruvian was a third-generation magician, and would appear on NBC's Magic of the Stars, in addition to landing his own special, Richiardí's Chamber of Horrors, presented by Vincent Price. Justin Willman is both a comedian and a magician, and his Netflix magic show is light on the show, weighed in bits. Wilson is honored to be considered the first magician of television, having presented the popular series The Magic Land of Allakazam in the early 1960s.
But Fool Us isn't about the magic of Penn%26 Teller, it's a showcase for other magicians to try to trick Penn %26 Teller with their own acts. You just have to take a look at the first episode to see the famous contestants mocking one of the magician's dressing rooms (not that McBride doesn't deserve it) to get an idea of the tone that the show is going to take. With hundreds of shows and more than 300 magicians living there, these are the shows you should definitely see on a 24-hour vacation at Viva las vegas. This documentary about the magician and professional skeptic James “The Amazing Randi” begins as a fairly typical biography of an interesting person near the end of his life.