A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series isn't educational, per se, but it does teach viewers some tricks of the magic trade -- and to look at illusions critically.
Some of the tricks are very dangerous, so kids should be reminded not to try them at home. But the series is eye-opening and will encourage viewers to view illusions and magic tricks more critically.
Positive Role Models
The host's revelations defy the magicians' code of silence and threaten his peers' ability to shock their audiences.
Violence & Scariness
There's no violence, but some of the illusions include an element of real-life danger, like a massive buzz saw presumed to cut a magician in half. When appropriate, the narrator reminds viewers that the professionals' work should never be tried at home.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scantily clad female assistants are referred to as "sexy," and the narrator frequently says how attractive they are and how enjoyable it is to watch them parade about on the stage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series reveals the secrets behind some of the most famous illusions of all time, including levitation, disappearances, and being severed by a buzz saw. There's no violence, but some of the stunts involve dangerous equipment or situations (underwater escape, for instance) and could be life-threatening, so you'll want to remind kids that the performers they're watching are seasoned pros. Though the narrator often remarks about the attractiveness of the scantily clad female assistants, on the whole this captivating series is perfect for inquiring families with older kids and up, and it's sure to change the way you and your kids look at magic.
Is It Any Good?
First, a word of caution: If you like being mystified by magic and illusions, then this series will be a major letdown. By the end of one 60-minute episode, not only will you be an expert on the stunts you've seen revealed, but you'll come to view any others you see in the future with a highly critical eye. The narrator's explanations of how the pros use lighting, props, and assistants to channel an audience's attention toward -- and away from -- certain aspects of a trick means that from this day forward, you'll find yourself analyzing every move a magician makes to discover what it hides.
But if you crave knowing the tricks of the illusionary trade, then this riveting series is for you -- and with virtually no worrisome content, it's a great choice for families with older kids and up. Magic aficionados of all ages will also enjoy the show's how-to sessions that break down simple tricks that they themselves can use to amaze their friends. Just be sure you restate to kids the obvious caution against trying the more dangerous tricks (those involving buzz saws, for instance) on their own.
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