After the extremely successful pilot last year, (watched by over 3 million people) Killer Magic is back for a 7 episode series on BBC3 starting next week. The show has deathly stakes and features death defying illusions. It stars a new breed of fearless magicians that are willing to put their proverbial balls in the blender in the name of entertainment. Five young magicians each week score each other’s shocking, exciting and dangerous tricks in the hope of avoiding the Killer Trick – a notorious trick that has left a trail of fear and panic-ridden magicians in its wake. A bit like Come Dine With Me but instead of the contestants rating each others inedible Souffle’s whilst feigning interest in their lives, they’ll be judged on whether or not they were impressed by their counterparts capability to boil eggs in their pants.
‘The Gent’ character of the magician pack is Ben Hart. Not only is Ben easy on the eye, he has a fantastic, unique sense of style that really encapsulates his charming, charismatic personality, living up to the young gentleman role in everyday life.
“I had to dip into my own wardrobe when I was given the Gent theme.” Ben said in an interview for MWS. “I got a lot of mileage out of my Vivien Westwood suit and donned an old classic vintage cricket-esque jumper for a lot of the shoots.”
Only 23, he is already an acknowledged expert of the profession, not only performing but also writing and inventing magic for film, theatre and television. At the age of 16, he won the esteemed Magic Circle title ‘Young Magician of the Year’ and now performs all over the world in places such as Monaco and Las Vegas and Stoke-on-Trent.
The killer trick the contestants are competing to avoid is the infamous Bullet Catch responsible for the deaths of twelve magicians. Anyone that has seen the film The Prestige with Christian Bale knows the potential perils of a Bullet Catch. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but in The Prestige Bale blows off a couple of digits whilst attempting the bullet catch, and his twin brother then has to chop off his fingers as well so they can carry on performing the ‘Transported Man’ trick.
Then David Bowie pops up with a crazy accent that could be anything from South African to South Dorset and it all kicks off. Actually I have just ruined the entire prestige of The Prestige, sorry readers. Still, tune in this Tuesday for Killer Magic and lets wish for a better fate for our Ben ‘The Gent’ Hart.
*P.S Ben isn’t really performing in Stoke-on-Trent.
Article by Menswear Style