Magic Numbers (game show)
|Created by||Paul Brassey|
|Presented by||Stephen Mulhern|
|Voices of||Peter Dickson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Location(s)||The London Studios|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||CPL Productions|
|Original network||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||17 July– 28 August 2010|
Magic Numbers was a British television game show which aired for one series of seven episodes in July and August 2010.
The show was hosted by magician Stephen Mulhern, who was joined each week by a number of celebrity guests. In the first part of each episode, the celebrity guests answered questions or took part in challenges to generate a sequence of 6 numbers. Members of the public then called a Premium-rate telephone number if their home or mobile phone number contained two or more of these digits. Callers were entered into a prize draw, the winner of which would compete in the final round for a prize of up to £350,000. Throughout the show, Mulhern would also perform a number of magic tricks or illusions, assisted by some of that week's celebrity guests. While the initial public phone-in was taking place, Mulhern would also perform a featured grand illusion, again assisted by one or more of that week's celebrity guests.
Similarity to previous ITV game shows
The show was very similar to a previous ITV game show, Talking Telephone Numbers, the key difference being that viewers of Magic Numbers could call in if two of the numbers matched their phone number, rather than five as on the previous show. This was a technique employed by ITV to generate more calls, and hence higher revenues from the show.
|Show||Air date||Guests||Featured illusion|
|1||17 July 2010||Holly Willoughby, JLS & Twist and Pulse||Clearly Impossible sawing in half of Holly Willoughby|
|2||24 July 2010||Diana Vickers, Alistair McGowan, Amanda Holden & The Baseballs||"Sawing in thirds" - Diana Vickers being sawed in three|
|3||31 July 2010||Louie Spence, Paddy McGuinness, The Magnets & Scouting for Girls||Louie Spence being guillotined|
|4||7 August 2010||Emma Bunton, Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes, Peridot & The Saturdays||"Compressed" - Vanessa from The Saturdays being crushed until she's just 18 inches tall|
|5||14 August 2010||Kym Marsh, Alex Reid & McFly||"The Head Mover" - Kym Marsh having her head cut off and placed on a table on the other side of the stage|
|6||21 August 2010||Alexandra Burke, Pamela Anderson, Flawless, Stevie Starr & Bjorn Again||"Light as a feather" - Pamela Anderson being levitated|
|7||28 August 2010||Denise van Outen, Katherine Jenkins & Olly Murs||"The Crystal Sawing" - Katherine Jenkins being sawed in half by Mulhern and Murs in the UK premiere of the Les Arnold-designed clear sawing in half illusion|
- TV ratings: Tonight's the Night returns to beat Magic Numbers The Guardian, 19 July 2010.
- Stephen Mulhern is busiest man on TV as he hosts Catchphrase, Britain's Got More Talent AND Big Star's Little Star, Daily Record, 17 March 2014.
- Simon Cowell, BGT and babies: Mirrorgirl plays Catchphrase and gets goss from Stephen Mulhern, Mirror, 17 March 2014.
- ITV's Magic Numbers win saves gran from the street, Daily Star, 9 August 2010.
- Full House The Sun.