TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks

TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks

TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks

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From Houdini to the present day, illusionists have been catching bullets between their teeth, sawing people in half and reading minds. But which ones stand the test of time?

Escaping from peril is the theme of many tricks. Many acts have been seen in which performers free themselves from the constrains of handcuffs, strait jackets or ropes while being suspended in, above or under a tank of water, fire or ice. Are today’s big show-stopping events, such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear, any more spectacular than playing Find the Lady with a skilled card sharp? Channel 5 takes a look at the tricks that still maintain the magic.

Comments (25)

  • morgan

    6 months ago

    morgan

    the best tricks I have every seen but is there any where else I can see it again

  • Allassandra

    over 1 year ago

    Allassandra

    The tune during the hummer trick is 'Trona-Don't remember'

  • clemente

    over 1 year ago

    clemente

    gaz & sarah lou, the singer name is saleh sokhanvar but i dont know the song name.

  • Justind

    2 years ago

    Justind

    Bring back to demand5 please!

  • iLovePeteNMel!!!x

    2 years ago

    iLovePeteNMel!!!x

    Love Pete! His trick on The Magicians with Mel was hilarious and mind-bending!

  • Gaz

    over 2 years ago

    Gaz

    Sarah Lou - that has been driving me crazy too... I've been searching everywhere for it... If you happen to find it, please let me know too

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  • Kizz Kizby

    over 2 years ago

    Kizz Kizby

    Coldplay - Sparks is the tune,... The program was excellent, and magic is whatever you perceive it to be,. astounding, exciting, dumbfounding, incredible,.. at all levels, it is skillfull, I couldn't choose the best ever trick, all deserved equal merit..

  • Sarah Lou

    over 2 years ago

    Sarah Lou

    What's the song at 1:21:03, the trick with the Japanese guy & the hummer in the desert? The lyrics are "in the back of my mind i really do, yes i do let me tell you i really do". Someone help, it's driving me mad :(

  • mr williams

    over 2 years ago

    mr williams

    What was the name of the Korean card manipulater magician?

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  • Mr.Smith

    over 2 years ago

    Mr.Smith

    That's what magic tricks really are - expert 'misdirection' & 'sleight of hand' (note the correct spelling) equals 'entertainment'. Does anybody actually believe that they actually used 'magic' and caught the bullets in their teeth ? Anyone can be an armchair critic and self-styled expert about anything whatsoever . Just enjoy the array of talented people .

  • DickyMint

    over 2 years ago

    DickyMint

    Penn & Teller wouldn't have been my No.1 - although it appeared to be dangerous there was obviously 'slight of hand'. However it was thoroughly enjoyable programme to watch.

  • madonna-fan

    over 2 years ago

    madonna-fan

    anyone know what the onscreen competition prize was? tuned in just in time for Q&A and address.

  • robert

    over 2 years ago

    robert

    anyone know what the onscreen couned in to see mpetition was- to see q&a for comp- what was the prize? thanks

  • Hannah

    over 2 years ago

    Hannah

    "Nadia, the transsexual winner of BBwhatever". Sorry, where does her being a transsexual matter in the realm of that trick? Why couldn't they just say "assisted by Nadia, winner of BBwhatever"?

  • indi

    over 2 years ago

    indi

    penn and teller really deserved winning it! they and paul are all legends what more could you ask for. :D

  • Mitesh

    over 2 years ago

    Mitesh

    I'm a magician and thought this show was rubbish, Its about the top 50 best tricks not magicians. And the order its wrong.

  • Mitesh

    over 2 years ago

    Mitesh

    totally agree its rubbish, Who decided the order?

  • Ian

    over 2 years ago

    Ian

    Ignore 'Paul' aka a troller / flamer - if he truly believes Penn & Teller, Paul Daniels etc. are not the greatest magicians of our time then they obviously have no taste or common sense whatsoever!!!! They’d probably prefer to watch reality shows or other such garbage instead - saddo lol P.S. if you like magic then make sure you also watch Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006) and the eight episodes of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Happy new year!! :O)

  • Frank Ward

    over 2 years ago

    Frank Ward

    Some absolutely brilliant tricks

  • indi

    over 2 years ago

    indi

    how is it rubbish ?

  • :)

    over 2 years ago

    :)

    ?!?!?!??!

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  • paul

    over 2 years ago

    paul

    what a load of rubbish!!

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