TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Improbable but still fun magic-themed crime drama.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Illusions are as much about encouraging self-deception as they are about deceiving others. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cameron Black is narcissistic, cocky, and committed to his brother. 


Gunfire (pistols, other weapons visible). People are sometimes attacked, cars sometimes crash, and explosions can get big. Sometimes people get hurt. Arguments often lead to yelling. 


Occasional innuendo, including references to having good sex.


"Pissed," "hell." 


Chevrolet, ads for Las Vegas and NYC haunts visible. References to famous magicians. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking (hard liquor), some drunkenness. Magic tricks are sometimes performed at bars. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Deception is a dramatic series about an illusionist who uses his skills to help the FBI. There are lots of different magic tricks and illusions featured throughout, as well as some details about how they're performed. It's mild compared to other crime shows, but guns are fired, things explode, cars crash, and there's the occasional bloody wound. There's some sexual innuendo and social drinking, too. Magic is celebrated, and references to famous magicians like Penn & Teller and Criss Angel are common, but viewers of all ages shouldn't try the often dangerous tricks featured here at home. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywindi_94 June 22, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byDotdot.. October 22, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byamirali_as83 June 11, 2018

What's the story?

DECEPTION is a unique crime-themed series featuring a magician trying to solve the ultimate trick. Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) is a cocky and narcissistic world-famous magician enjoying fame and fortune in Las Vegas. But when a scandal ruins his career and rocks his personal life, Black finds himself consulting with the FBI under the suspicious eye of Special Agent Deakins (Laila Robins), and assisting Agents Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera) and Mike Alvarez (Amaury Nolasco) with catching elusive criminals. His magic team, consisting of Dina Clark (Lenora Crichlow), Jordan Kwon (Justin Chon), and Gunter Gustafsen (Vinnie Jones) use their skills to help. But while they impress the agency with their master illusions, Black must also find the mystery woman (played by Stephanie Corneliussen) who is trying to bring him down.  

Is it any good?

This fun but improbable series combines crime solving with illusions designed to deceive and entertain. It highlights how magic tricks are designed to misdirect, deceive others, and encourage the mind to deceive itself in order to make sense of things we don't (or refuse to) understand. It's this thinking that encourages the fictitious investigators to think differently about how they approach each case. 

Like many of the tricks it showcases, Deception is a little over-the-top. Its storylines are pretty absurd, and these larger-than-life illusions are unlikely to play out in a real-life crime solving scenario. But like a good magician, it's a series that is asking you to accept the unbelievable, and enjoy the experience. Some viewers may be willing, but others may not have the patience to do so.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the craft of magic and illusion in Deception. What kind of training do you need to have in order to become a "master of illusion"? 

  • Deception highlights the role our minds play as we're watching and believing that an illusion is real. Do you think people really believe that what they are seeing and hearing is real? How can you tell when something is a trick of the mind?

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For kids who love magic and mystery

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