Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
|Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed|
|Starring||Val Valentino (Masked Magician)
Mitch Pileggi (host)
Mark Thompson (announcer)
Jennifer Lee Keyes
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||18 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||1 hour|
Don Weiner Productions
Alfred Haber Distribution
|Original release||November 24, 1997
- October 29, 1998|
May 15, 2002
October 2, 2008 – February 21, 2009
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.
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. The Masked Magician was promoted as a well-known magician who wore a mask to avoid recrimination from fellow magicians. He revealed his identity in the fourth episode. His assistants are also left unidentified. They are Michelle Berube, Denise Holland, Jennifer Lee Keyes, and Sybil Azur, in the first special. The fifth special featured a second unidentified Masked Magician, now sporting a silver and purple mask, a long black wig and a black outfit comprising trenchcoat, suit, and boots. His identity remains a mystery to this day and rumours has it, it may not be Valentino reprising this role. The assistants to this magician were Kelly Cooper, Kimi Bateman, Kadee Sweeney, and Noelle Naone..
The setting of the show is an abandoned warehouse set up with an eerie atmosphere in an undisclosed location somewhere in the United States. The show features a memorable soundtrack of ominous music.
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. Val Valentino was credited as a producer and Mitch Pileggi returned as narrator, although he did not appear on camera. The assistants in this version were Lyndsay Haldorson, Samantha Faye, Lauren Melendez, and Allie Cohen. 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 DID, essentially a duplicate of the American version only with a different portuguese narrator