some are really big, some are really small and there are some tricks that aren’t tricks — these are probably the ones that will gross you out a bit ….
The guy who eats light bulbs! Or the lady who sticks needles through her arm. Eww. Yeah, that was crazy. And my reactions in the show — they’re all genuine, by the way. Like, that lady with the needle — it freaked the hell out of me. Especially because you could hear it touching bone.
You get magicians to talk about their tricks — without giving anything away. That’s a fine line, surely? I feel like a lot of magicians, while they know how to deal with the press, they never really get into the real goodness of the stuff they do. They don’t like to share, or they’ll only share with another magician. So without giving away their secrets, I was like, ‘How do we show [all that]?’ Because that world is so much more fascinating than the tricks themselves.
In the show you do plenty of amazing tricks yourself. Which has had the best reaction? There are ones that I think are really cool. There are ones that people in the moment thought was ‘The Best Trick Ever’. And then, when you’re doing it for TV, you need to think about [people watching at home] as well. Myself, the director and our ‘head of magic’, Stuart McLeod, would sit down and be like, ‘OK, this is what it needs to feel like for the person we walk up to. Now, how do we have to make it feel for the people watching at home?’ Because that changes it.
You have a term for the way people react to your magic, right? I do. I call it ‘magic drunk’. It was a term we came to when we realised that people, after magic, are just zonked out. Their brain kind of melts.
That was me watching your show. Oh, good. Well I hope that Australia, and the rest of the world, enjoy watching as well.
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