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The definition of the word “Deception” means the action of deceiving someone, and I can tell you ABC’s new TV show “Deception” will leave you on the edge of your seat after watching an episode.
We recently had the opportunity to interview David Kwong, a magician and producer on the show, as well as Chris Fedak, creator of the show. We also had the opportunity to watch the first episode of “Deception”. If you are intrigued with magic, thriller and action packed TV shows, this is the show for you!
When we sat down, Chris said “I sat down with Greg Berlanti and he’s like, I want to do a show about magic. I said, I don’t know, I didn’t have any magic show ideas. And he had the idea for the brothers. And then the more I thought about it, the more I thought about the fact that if you’re a magician or if you’re an illusionist like Copperfield or David Blaine, it’s like you have a team, and I love shows about teams and I love shows about teams because they’re shows about family, in a way. And so for me that was a great opportunity to kind of think about like I hadn’t seen a show about a group of people putting together deceptions like this, and I thought that could be cool. And then the other part of it that I liked is that I thought, this is Magician Impossible. What we’re going to be doing every week is essentially an action show with mystery and deceptions and all that.”
After I watched the first episode, I was intrigued by all of the magic tricks they were doing! When I say magic tricks I mean some pretty BIG magic trick! Not only that but we found out that Jack Cutmore-Scott, who plays Cameron Black, is the one performing almost all of the tricks. David Kwong told us “Well we got very lucky that Jack Cutmore-Scott is very dexterous and loves magic. And he didn’t have the skills already but he worked very-very hard and continues to work with me and our New York magician Francis Menotti, and he’s always got a deck of cards on him, just like your son, he’s always got a pocketful of coins.”
A lot of you might think that since the show involves magic that it may not be realistic or that it might be some type of cheesy pull the rabbit out of the hat type tricks. Chris Fedak’s response: “We try to do it as real as possible. When you’re making a show, you’re always up against time constraints, so occasionally we have to juje something. But it was important for all of us to make it- to make them all tricks that could be possible, that I could actually do. So it’s all real sleight of hand . Jack’s doing almost all of it himself.”
And with a show like Deception that involves magic, a lot of magicians may think this show could give our tricks away. On the contrary say David Kwong. “We’re also very respectful of magicians so we have to be able to walk a very fine line. Llike you’ll learn a lot about magic and the theories of magic and deception and illusion, but we’re not going to ruin tricks. So sometimes if something specific comes up and you see me pausing like this, it’s my- magicians censors setting in. But for the most part, we really do give you that kind of behind the scenes perspective.”
Another aspect of the show that intrigued me was that it was not only a show filled with magic and suspense, but it is also funny. This is a show that will captivate you, and you will be asking yourself “how did they do that?” or “what is going to happen next?”
“Deception” airs tonight March 11th 2018 on ABC at 10/9C
This is a video of David Kwong showing us some of his magic tricks.