Death By Magic

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Traveling magician performs dangerous, intense stunts.

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Positive Messages

Shows some of the problem-solving required to create illusions and understand why they go wrong. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

DMC is personable, polite, courageous, and committed to his craft. 

Violence

The death-defying stunts featured include shooting guns real bullets, speeding trains, burning fires, and other life-threatening elements. Reenactments of some late magicians’ final moments are featured (but no blood). Audiences often get very emotional and upset during these feats.

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Language

Curses are bleeped, though some are partially audible. 

Consumerism

It’s a promotional vehicle for DMCs acts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some tricks are performed at bars; bottles of beer are sometimes used. Cocktails are visible at some locations. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Death By Magic is a series that features extremely dangerous magic tricks and stunts that should never be tried at home. Tricks include the use of real, loaded guns, speeding trains, fire, and enclosed spaces filled with water. Audiences often scream and get very emotional during these intense performances. The series also highlights the problem-solving skills required to develop illusions and understand why they go wrong. Curses are bleeped, and beer bottles are sometimes used in illusions. Teen magic-lovers will be intrigued, but this isn't magic for kids. 

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What's the story?

DEATH BY MAGIC is a reality series featuring British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, a.k.a. DMC, as he travels around the world to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing dangerous stunts. From Cape Town, South Africa to Miami, Florida, he goes to sites where magicians lost their lives in order to learn more about each trick and the fatal events that followed. With the information he collects, he devises and performs his own interpretation of the death-defying illusion in front of a live audience. Throughout his journeys, he also performs his own trademark tricks, and sometimes reveals a few secrets of the trade. 

Is it any good?

This dramatic reality series will have your heart pounding as DMC theatrically performs over-the-top, life-threatening stunts designed to both entertain and utterly freak people out. The magician successfully builds the tension up in each episode by talking about the dangers posed by each trick, how other magicians died in the attempt, and, on occasion, discussing his personal fears. Adding to this are the reactions of the live audience assembled to watch DMC perform his master illusion at the end of each installment. These include an attempted escape from a locked box while in a straight jacket before getting hit by a speeding train, and getting out of handcuffs and escaping a car filled with water before drowning, 

The stories about the demise of past magicians are interesting, especially when he discovers some deaths were a result of completely unexpected circumstances. However, sensitive viewers may find these harrowing tales, and DMC’s interpretation of their fatal feats, disturbing. But the smaller illusions he performs through each episode are fun, and magic fans will recognize the commitment he has to the craft. They will also understand the homage he is paying to the late magicians by performing their tricks. Even if you’re not a magic fan, Death By Magic offers some great, nail-biting moments that will impress.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of training required to perform master illusions. How much training do you have in order to perform at DMC’s level? 

  • What does Death by Magic teach viewers about problem solving?

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