via press release:
DISCOVERY CHANNEL GOES GLOBAL TO FIND THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ILLUSION IN “BREAKING MAGIC”
-New, Nine-Part Series Premieres November 11th at 10PM ET/PT-
(NEW YORK) Is science the secret sorcery to creating a successful magic trick? Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel International go on a worldwide tour with today’s most innovative magicians who transform pure science into mind-boggling magic tricks. Get ready to learn the chemistry, physics and biology powering the world’s greatest illusions. The new nine-part series comprised of 30-minute episodes, BREAKING MAGIC, premieres on Sunday, November 11th at 10PM on Discovery.
BREAKING MAGIC fuses the showmanship and mystery of street magic with the raw power of science. Watch as each trick surprises unsuspecting bystanders with mystifying results. Discovery Channel recruits today’s freshest and most creative magicians to show how science works with shocking tricks including knocking down a wall with the power of one’s voice, turning a sliver bracelet into gold, slowing the speed of a dropping cannonball and many more. Hidden cameras on the streets of London, Warsaw and New York City capture bystanders completely baffled by these magicians’ unexpected tricks. Immediately following these demonstrations, each magician explains the scientific reality behind each illusion.
Meet our magicians:
- Wayne Houchin (United States of America) – Houchin made headlines when he escaped from a straitjacket while hanging 50 feet above an intersection at the age of 16. Since then, Houchin has worked with famed magician, Criss Angel, and co-founded magic site theory11.com - all while breaking world records in magic.
- Ben Hanlin (United Kingdom) – Hanlin is one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle and hit U.K. fame with a 2011 appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent.” At only 25 years old, Hanlin continues to stun audiences globally with his amazing skills.
- James Galea (Australia) – Galea is an award-winning magician who consistently headlines numerous venues with his magic shows across the world. His high-profile debut to American audiences occurred when he mystified everyone with his 673 King Street routine on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2010.
- Billy Kidd (Canada) – one of the few female magicians in the world, Kidd has mastered the art of magic. She was trained under the world famous magician Gazzo and has traveled worldwide to show audiences her unique sense of comedy, personality and slight-of-hand magic tricks.
BREAKING MAGIC is produced for Discovery Channel by Objective Productions. For Objective Productions, Andrew Newman and Paul Gilheany serve as Executive Producers. For Discovery Channel US, Executive Producer is Brian Dean with Paige McKenzie. For Discovery International, Executive Producer is Sarah Davies with Rob Holloway and Marion Said.
To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.1 million U.S. homes, can be seen in over 180 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visitwww.discovery.com.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries
and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.