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Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  24 November 1997 (USA)
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The following "big" secrets are revealed: Lady to a Tiger in a Cage, Levitating a Lady, Chinese Lantern (From Shadow to Flesh), Zig Zag Lady, Exploding Crate, Sawing a Lady in Half, Lady in a Sword Basket, Elephant Vanishing from a Cage.

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The following "big" secrets are revealed: Lady to a Tiger in a Cage, Levitating a Lady, Chinese Lantern (From Shadow to Flesh), Zig Zag Lady, Exploding Crate, Sawing a Lady in Half, Lady in a Sword Basket, Elephant Vanishing from a Cage.

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One of the most interesting reality specials I've ever seen!
7 October 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Magicians do interesting tricks, and when most people see them, they want to know what's going on. There has to be some explanation to these acts, they can't be magic. Well, this show will tell you exactly how these tricks are done, as demonstrated by a mysterious masked magician, and narrated by X-Files star Mitch Pileggi. It's both interesting to watch and very informative!

We start off outside an abandoned warehouse, where Mitch Pileggi walks out of what seems like nowhere. He tells us how magic tricks will be shown to us, and how the magician will remain masked and anonymous as to not be out casted by other magicians. Inside the warehouse, a very scarily dressed magician and his four female assistants show the tricks behind many magic tricks, from pulling a rabbit out of a hat, to making an elephant disappear. You'll be surprised at how simple some of these actually are.

The warehouse setting sets up a very creepy mood which lasts throughout the entire special. The masked magician is very mysterious and spooky, and the music played here is pretty scary. It's almost like they set this up at a haunted house. The tricks are obviously what people tune in for, and are really interesting. I found I didn't want to get up during commercials as to not miss any parts on how these tricks were achieved. Mitch Pileggi makes for a great host, and his voice is pleasant to listen to for about 50 minutes. The only negative that can be said is that some of the tricks had corny elements to them, such as the dancing assistants, over the top fake seduction and staged hypnosis. It was more funny than anything else, but I can see how some people would dislike that. I can't see anyone hating this special, except for other magicians.

Overall, this was one of the best specials I've seen. I was entertained throughout and I learned quite a lot about magic. I can't wait until they air part 2!

My rating: **** out of ****. 50 mins. TVG


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