Magic for Humans

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Magic series mixes illusion with humor, has some language.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

Magic can be used to address some of life’s questions in a comical way. Issues like free will, self control, others are discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Justin Willman is personable, charismatic, kind. 

Violence

Nothing violent, but in one case a child cries. Another participant panics before the reveal. 

Sex
Language

"Hell," "damn," and bleeped cursing. 

Consumerism

References to iPhone; Pepsi cans and other items occasionally visible, but not in a promotional context. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to crack in a joking manner.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the series Magic for Humans features lots of fun magic tricks offered with a lighthearted sense of humor. There are a few references to crack made in jest, and on one occasion a little boy cries after a trick, but the event is handled kindly. On occasion products like iPhone and Pepsi are briefly mentioned or shown. Despite some bleeped cursing thanks to people's reactions, the overall content is teen-friendly. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStewstro December 12, 2019

Episode included subject matter about jerking off and a sex doll

This is a delightful show and totally not for kids-which is terribly sad. My 11 year old was enjoying it with us until Justin started talking to college student... Continue reading
Adult Written byanotherboymom February 26, 2019

Skip the last episode, unless you hate life

The show was cute and funny, and our (younger than teen) boy enjoyed it. But the last episode went full on into Netflix nihilist agenda mode. Highlights: lots o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byandrew1442 May 7, 2020

Inappropriate Content

All in the first episode, there were mentions of sex, sex dolls, condoms, jerking off, and is very inappropriate. The actual show is very entertaining and very... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymurdermystery June 28, 2020

Magical and Funny

Parents will need to know that MAGIC FOR HUMANS contains mild coarse language. It's okay.

What's the story?

MAGIC FOR HUMANS is a Netflix series featuring illusionist Justin Willman ​​​​​​as he seeks to answer some of life's questions while stumping bystanders one magic trick at a time. From personalizing the foam designs on lattes without touching the cups to levitating himself during goat yoga, Willman manages to both charm and impress everyone he performs for. 

Is it any good?

This fun series combines magic tricks, elaborate experiments, and good-natured wit as Justin Willman shows off his illusionist skills. Adding to the entertainment are people's reactions, which range from an adult stunned into silence when Willman pulls his wife out of a bag to young girls telling him that one of his tricks should be more gender inclusive -- all of which the illusionist takes in stride and with a sense of humor. 

The tricks are impressive, and it's easy to find yourself accusing Willman of using the magic of television to make them happen, despite his assertions to the contrary. But Magic for Humans is as much about the easygoing, charming way Willman interacts with his audiences. Even if you're not a magic buff, it's an entertaining series that offers some lighthearted teen and adult fun. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about magic. How do illusionists trick people into thinking that what they're seeing is real? 

  • What magic tricks impress you the most on Magic for Humans? Is it the trick itself, or the way that Willman goes about pulling it off?

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