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WIZARD WARS
August 19, 2014  | By David Bianculli

Syfy, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: The latest magic-show series of the summer (an odd but by now obvious coincidence) stars Penn & Teller, who already headline the CW import Penn & Teller: Fool Us. This time, the gimmick is to have teams of magicians compete for the chance to go against some resident experts in a final challenge – sort of like a sleight-of-hand version of Iron Chef. And while the quickly improvised magic tricks aren’t that amazing, this premiere episode is worth catching just to see Teller’s variation on the old shell game, using tiny tins of breath mints, and followed by Penn Jillette’s revelatory explanation. Kids, do try this at home!

 
 
 
 
 
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