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50 Greatest Magic Tricks

50 Greatest Magic Tricks is a one-off list show that was produced by Objective Productions for Channel 4. The programme counted down the fifty greatest magic tricks, as voted for by members of The Magic Circle.[1] The illusion at number one was Death Saw by David Copperfield.[2] The show was presented by British comedy duo Adam and Joe, who also wrote and narrated the programme.[3] The show was first broadcast on Channel 4 on 6 May 2002.[4]

50 Greatest Magic Tricks
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GenreClip show
Documentary
Entertainment
Written byAdam and Joe
Presented byAdam and Joe
Narrated byAdam and Joe
Theme music composerMike Westergaard
Hansen Bass
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Production
Executive producer(s)Andrew O'Connor
Producer(s)John Godfrey
Editor(s)Jeffrey May
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)Objective
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format4:3 576p
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 May 2002 (2002-05-06)
External links
Website
Production website

The list was noted for including Ishamuddin Khan, an Indian street magician, with his Indian rope trick. Khan's illusion was ranked at number 20 on the list.[5]

Contents

Magic tricksEdit

  1. David CopperfieldDeath Saw (1995)
  2. David BlaineLevitation
  3. The PendragonsMetamorphosis
  4. Lance Burton – Doves (1982)
  5. Robert HarbinZig Zag Lady (1965)
  6. David Copperfield – Flying (1995)
  7. Tom Mullica – Smoking Trick (1996)
  8. Paul DanielsChop Cup (1985)
  9. Richard Ross – Linking Rings (1983)
  10. Hans & Helga Moretti – The Crossbow (1995)
  11. Penn & TellerThe Magic Bullet (1996)
  12. David Blaine – Card Revelation
  13. Harry Blackstone Jnr – Floating Lightbulb (1977)
  14. Lance Burton – Rollercoaster (1999)
  15. Simon DrakeGuillotine (1992)
  16. Siegfried & Roy – Vanishing & Appearing Elephant (1994)
  17. Amazing Orchante – Ball of String (1987)
  18. Robert Gallup – Death Dive (1996)
  19. Derren Brown – Blair Witch Illusion (2000)
  20. Ishamuddin KhanIndian Rope Trick (1999)
  21. Simon Drake – Swords Illusion (1990)
  22. Siegfried & Roy – Interlude (1994)
  23. David Berglas – The Human Body (1986)
  24. Amazing Jonathan – Knife Illusion (1996)
  25. Paul Daniels – TV Camera Trick (1984)
  26. Derren Brown – The Art Gallery (2000)
  27. Paul Zenon – Tax Disc (2000)
  28. Tommy Cooper – Multiplying Bottles (1967)
  29. Amazing Jonathan – The Skewer (2001)
  30. David Berglas – The Table (1981)
  31. Great Soprendo – Torn and Restored Newspaper (Crackerjack, 1982)
  32. Paul Daniels – Electric Chair (1989)
  33. Penn & Teller – Snake Trick (1991)
  34. James Hydrick – Telephone Pages (1980)
  35. Robert Gallup – Straitjacket Escape (2000)
  36. Lance Burton – Osmosis Illusion (1997)
  37. Fay Presto – Bottle Trick (1996)
  38. Stevie Starr – Goldfish (1992)
  39. Spoon Bending
  40. Paul Zenon – Snooker Card Trick (2000)
  41. Melinda SaxeThe Drill of Death (1999)
  42. Derren Brown – Subway Hypnosis (2001)
  43. Meir Yedid – Fingertip Fantasies (1985)
  44. Penn & Teller – Truck Trick (1990)
  45. Mark Mottram – Thumb Tie (2000)
  46. Harry Blackstone Jnr – Vanishing Bird Cage (1987)
  47. Guy Hollingworth – The Reformation (1997)
  48. Shahid & Lisa Malik – Sword Box (1991)
  49. Juan Tamariz – 4 Blue Cards (1996)
  50. Franz Harary – Vanishing Space Shuttle (1994)

ReceptionEdit

In a review of the programme, magician Ian Rowland praised the production of the show, saying that its content was "almost uniformly superb" and that it was a "golden credit to its makers". He was considerably more critical of Adam and Joe's presenting, calling the pair "dismal" and their contributions "an unmitigated disaster". Rowland also questioned the final list – he bemoaned the lack of close-up magic tricks in favour of large illusions on stage.[4]

LegacyEdit

The special was featured in a 2018 episode of the BBC One show Pointless Celebrities. One hundred members of the public had been given 100 seconds to name, from memory, as many magicians on the list as possible. The episode's finalists, Robert Lindsay and his daughter Sydney Stevenson, then had to name any magician who had not been listed by the 100 people. Paul Daniels, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, David Blaine, Tommy Cooper, Derren Brown and The Great Soprendo were the only magicians to be named by the 100 people.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks". London: Channel 4. 2002. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ 50 Greatest Magic Tricks. 6 May 2002. Channel Four Television. Channel 4.
  3. ^ Deans, Jason (14 February 2003). "Adam and Joe lured to BBC3". London: Guardian Media. ISSN 1756-3224. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Rowland, Ian (May 2002). "Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks". MagicWeek. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  5. ^ Bhowmick, Nilanjana (4 March 2014). "The World's Largest Community of Street Performers Is About to Be Torn Apart". Time. New York City: Time Warner. ISSN 0040-781X. OCLC 1311479. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Family". Pointless Celebrities. Series 10. Episode 30. 16 September 2018. BBC. BBC One. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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