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Don't Trust Andrew Mayne

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Edgy magic show is fun but reinforces iffy messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a magic showcase, but many of the tricks are motivated by revenge or the desire to teach someone a lesson. Occasionally messages about things like bike safety and other issues are discussed. 

Positive role models

Mayne is a talented magician, and is unapologetic about tricking people. He also occasionally insults his victims, but most of the time he is joking. 

Violence

Many of the stunts are potentially dangerous and can result in injury. Crossbows and other weapons are occasionally used in stunts; others require victims to break glass (cuts and blood occasionally visible). Concerns are sometimes raised about being in danger during a trick. Occasionally frustrated people get angry and yell. 

Sex

Contains some occasional sexual innuendo, like references to being attracted to a man's "bits." References are also made to being "a real man."

Language

Words like "screw" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Andrew Mayne. Apple iPads are used, but the logo isn't prominently featured. Local Los Angeles-area haunts are sometimes visible. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Don't Trust Andrew Mayne features magician Andrew Mayne performing tricks and illusions on unsuspecting victims. It will appeal to magic lovers, but occasional innuendo, strong language, and the frustrated reactions of victims make it an iffy choice for tweens. The tricks played on people are often motivated by revenge, which doesn't send a great message either. Viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try what they see here at home. 

What's the story?

DON'T TRUST ANDREW MAYNE features magician Andrew Mayne as he uses magic to fool, tease, and seek revenge against people. From going through solid glass to steal someone's cell phone at a restaurant, to helping a wife teach her husband a life-long lesson about the dangers of motorcycles, Mayne uses his talent and his unapologetic attitude to perform stunts that surprise, frustrate, and even anger folks.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Andrew Mayne offers viewers a chance to see the magician's magic and stunts, which range from the interesting and clever to potentially dangerous. It also shows how willing (or unwilling) people are to participate in them. 

Mayne's efforts are often motivated by the desire to frustrate or teach people lessons. As a result, his tricks aren't always well-received by the folks he plays them on. But it's meant to be fun, and if you like magic and illusions, you'll definitely like what you see here. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the messages TV shows like this one send about tricking people. At what point does playing a trick on someone go too far? Should tricks and stunts be played on people to get back at them or to teach a lesson? Should there ever be a risk of someone getting physically or emotionally hurt? 

  • What kind of training do magicians and illusionists need to be successful? Is it the willingness to do crazy stunts? A specific kind of personality? Where do people go to learn the tricks of the trade?

TV details

Cast:Andrew Mayne
Network:A&E
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Magic and fantasy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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