BEN EARL: TRICK ARTIST SEASON 1 EPISODE 1
Sleight of hand Magician Ben Earl will show us his skills at close up magic in an episode based on the theme of crime.
Dynamo magician impossible currently holds the top spot for magic in UK TV so it will be interesting to see how Ben Earl defines himself as something fresh and new. As we have said in previous posts on the blog. A successful TV magician must create a unique persona, to define himself in a crowded niche. Unless Ben Earl has his own direction, he runs the risk of being considered a 'version' of Dynamo, David Blaine or Derren Brown.
The four-part show does seem to advertise something different. The creative team behind the show, includes Mark Elsdon, so we are pretty confident that it will achieve it's aims.
Ben Earl describes the nature of the show:
“It’s essentially on some level a magic show but it’s also something which infuses deception, creative thinking, sleight of hand and crazy stunts – all on four themed specials.
“We have art, science, crime and money – starting with crime. A lot of the stuff that we are doing comes from a creative position and is heavily influenced by the art world, movies and other madness like that. There’s a lot of that fused through all of the shows. It’s much more literal in the art show, but all of them have a contemporary performance art feel to them.”
Ben Earl goes on to explain how the stunts in the show were a challenge for him:
“You can’t help having an adrenaline surge, scared is not the right thing, but it’s definitely exhilarating; whether it was jumping off a building or I do this thing where I climb across moving cars or setting myself on fire. Instead of looking at it like an adrenaline junkie, for me it’s a creative challenge where I go ‘how can I do this stunt and make a narrative out of it’.”
The first show features a bullet-catch – a magic trick that is so dangerous it has taken the lives of over 12 magicians.
The Merchant of Magic supplies magic tricks and advice to Ben Earl, and all the team were delighted when we heard that he had the show commissioned. The team wish him all the success that he deserves. Be sure to watch the show or set your planners. The first episode of Ben Earl: Trick Artist airs on C4 on the 26th April at 9pm