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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Improbable but still fun magic-themed crime drama.

TV ABC Drama 2018
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

I was a wonderful show, pretty clean from what I remember. It was wrongly cancelled after one season and it ends on a crazy cliffhanger, so beware. But I absolutely LOVE this show! I keep going back to it!! Can't get enough! The cast is phenomenal, the story is captivating, and each episode was brilliant!
age 16+

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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