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Ben Earl’s magic offers tricks and treats

Ben Earl. Picture: Contributed

Ben Earl. Picture: Contributed

  • by JON HALL
 

WITH Dynamo continuing to stun crowds around the UK, we wouldn’t have thought there would be any room for another illusionist-type on the circuit.

But we’re very wrong, because there’s one man who is finding space. Ben Earl is the latest in a glut of exciting new talents, and this series looks set to be something special.

In each edition, the sleight-of-hand genius focuses on one topic, beginning with crime, upon which Earl offers an array of bewildering illusions, and cunning tricks and deceptions.

“It’s essentially on some level a magic show but it’s also something which infuses deception, creative thinking, sleight of hand and crazy stunts,” he explains.

Tonight’s stunts include a bullet-catch - a trick so dangerous it’s only attempted by the best in the business, and which, legend has it, has claimed the lives of at least 12 performers.

He also attempts to leap from atop a speeding car, goes to prison where he performs with ex-convicts, and teaches an audience member the skills required to become a pickpocket.

Look out for any slip-ups that might give away his secret - but we don’t think you’ll find any.

Earl adds, “I spend a lot of hours partially mentally rehearsing, but a lot time physically rehearsing timings, moves, pieces of sleight of hand, I just never stop practising.” ”Your hands and your body are learning a relationship between themselves, a little secret language about balance, speed and timing.”

• Ben Earl: Trick Artist, Channel 4, 9pm

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