‘Death by Magic’ Trailer: Netflix Magic Show Tries Tricks That Killed Harry Houdini

IndieWire | 11/20/2018 | Staff
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After more than two decades of planning and 12 months of intense production - the worldwide release of DEATH BY MAGIC is now a little over one month away. It is of course a magic show - but beyond that it's also a tribute to those magicians who gave their lives in the pursuit of greatness. It is a eulogy and a celebration of the dream-chasers who pushed themselves to the absolute limits of what is possible within our craft. It has been the greatest privilege of my life to create this body of work alongside my heroes within the industry, to capture beautiful magic across four continents - and even to have the experience of staring death in the face on multiple occasions. To feel the paralysing rush of absolute fear, but then the fresh awakening of presence that comes each time the mind is able to transcend that fear. To be reminded of how fragile, ephemeral and special this winning lottery ticket of existence truly is. May the magic of the show entertain you, but also the stories and subject matter serve as a reminder of our own individual transience. A reminder that life is short, that we are each but fleeting streaks of light across the night sky of this life, and that each new dawn is a renewed chance to create something extraordinary. As the legendary Master Oogway says in Kung Fu Panda, "'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery ... but today is a gift, that's why they call it the present." DEATH BY MAGIC is released worldwide on Netflix, Friday 30th November.

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Usually when someone dies doing something, it’s a good idea not to try that thing. That has not stopped popular magician DMC (nee Drummond Money-Coutts) from trying to succeed at some of his profession’s most dangerous magic tricks.

Netflix unveiled the first look at “Death by Magic,” an upcoming series in which DMC attempts tricks that stymied magicians like Harry Houdini. Presumably he’s OK (unless his continued social media presence is part of a very elaborate ruse), so he’s at least managed to not fall prey to his predecessor’s fate.

Attempts - Versions - Tricks - Spins - Roulette

These attempts are updated versions of these classically perilous tricks, including spins on being buried alive and playing Russian roulette. DMC’s pursuit takes him across a handful of different continents, looking into the cases of individual deadly magic stories. Recently, in his own words, DMC described “Death by Magic” as “a tribute to those magicians who gave their lives in the pursuit of greatness....
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