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

Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed is a series of television shows in which the methods behind magic tricks and illusions are explained. In its original incarnation there were four shows in 1997-1998 and a special in 2002 broadcast on the Fox network in the United States, and on Sky and ITV in the United Kingdom. In 2008-2009, a new series of thirteen shows was broadcast by MyNetworkTV in the United States and ITV4 in the United Kingdom. On May 1, 2012, reruns of the first season began airing on BIO in the United States.

Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
Presented byMitch Pileggi
StarringMasked Magician:
Val Valentino

Principal Performers:
Sybil Azur
Kimi Bateman
Michelle Berube
Allie Cohen
Kelly Cooper
Marisa Gilliam
Lyndsay Haldorson
Denise Holland
Jennifer Keyes
Diane Klimaszewski
Elaine Klimaszewski
Kelly Danielle Jones
Samantha Faye Lee
Lauren Melendez
Noelle Naone
Elizabeth Ramos
Kadee Sweeney
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18 (List of episodes)
Running time1 hour
Production company(s)Fox
Nash Entertainment
Don Weiner Productions
Alfred Haber Distribution
Original networkFox,


Original releaseNovember 24, 1997 (1997-11-24) –
February 21, 2009 (2009-02-21)



The first four specials and the full series featured incognito magician Val Valentino as the Masked Magician performing large-scale illusions and a few smaller-scale close up magic tricks before revealing the secrets of the tricks.[1]

The performers for the 1997-1998 specials were Sybil Azur, Michelle Berube, Marisa Gilliam, Denise Holland, Kelly Danielle Jones, Jennifer Keyes, Diane Klimaszewski, Elaine Klimaszewski, and Elizabeth Ramos.[2][3][4][5]

The show returned for a special in 2002. Kimi Bateman, Kelly Cooper, Noelle Naone, and Kadee Sweeney performed with the magician.[6]

A 13-part series was televised across 2008 and 2009. Allie Cohen, Lyndsay Haldorson, Samantha Faye Lee, and Lauren Melendez were the principal performers.[7]



The series is made by production company Nash Entertainment. The title alluded to the magician's code: the promise by working magicians not to reveal the basis of their tricks, or else risk getting blackballed by fellow magicians. Fox returned on May 15, 2002, with Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed 5. A new magician was wearing a new mask with artificial hair, and a purple glistening outfit. It was never revealed who portrayed the magician in this episode.

MyNetworkTV bought thirteen new episodes for broadcast in the U.S. starting in the fall of 2008, with the first episode shown on October 2. They were shot at a secret location somewhere in the U.S. during the summer of 2008. The assistants learned the illusion the same day they shot it and filmed four to six illusions per day. These specials were also shown on TVB Pearl in Hong Kong, with the first episode shown on June 13, 2010.[8] Valentino was credited as a producer and Mitch Pileggi returned as narrator, although he did not appear on camera. The show also aired in the UK on ITV4, and in Australia on 7Two with new narration by Grant Denyer. WWE divas Maria Kanellis and Eve Torres appeared in the first episode as part of a trick.

There is an Australian version of the show that first aired at 7:30 Monday, June 14, 2010 on Network Seven and has changed to Sundays at 6:30 on 7Two. This is the same show as the US version with some minor changes. This show also began to air on Australian pay television network Fox8 on Wednesday September 21, 2011. This version is a duplicate of the American version. Since the first run of the series, the shows have been rerun many times on Sundays on Channel 7. The show also had a Portuguese adaptation in the public TV Channel SIC, essentially a duplicate of the American version only with a different Portuguese narrator.


  1. ^ "Valentino: The Masked Magician".
  2. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code first special".
  3. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code second special".
  4. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code third special".
  5. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code fourth special".
  6. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code: 2002 special".
  7. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code: 2008-2009 series".
  8. ^ "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed - Episodes -". Retrieved 2010-08-08.

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