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Master magician Steve Cohen explores legendary effects that have perplexed the pros for generations
New York, NY, October 2, 2012 – Some magic effects are so mysterious, they've confounded illusionists for hundreds of years. How can a mechanical man defeat a world chess champion? How can a live bullet be stopped in mid-air? Magic has an ancient history, and one master magician, Steve Cohen, is on a quest to uncover the secrets behind these legendary feats and more.
In LOST MAGIC DECODED, a new two-hour special premiering Thursday, October 18 at 9 pm ET on HISTORY, Cohen tracks down, decodes, and resurrects ten of the most thrilling and shocking magical illusions ever witnessed. He gains access to the ancient incantations, secret sorcery, and mysterious contraptions that have gripped audiences for centuries. As he explores these legendary effects, he uncovers how they were influenced by their times, and how the illusions themselves changed the course of history. And the more he discovers, the closer he becomes to taking the same death-defying risks that conjurors have been taking since magic began more than a 1,000 years ago for the sake of an illusion.
Some of the most legendary illusions of all time are brought back to life in LOST MAGIC DECODED. They include:
Intertwining the fascinating history of magic with the thrill of the highest caliber magic performance, LOST MAGIC DECODED is a unique roller coaster ride into the deepest crevices of history and back again to the present day, where Cohen proves that even the most mysterious lost magical effects can be performed and shock audiences hundreds of years later.
Cohen, an esteemed Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, awarded by The Magic Circle in London, has mystified audiences all over the world. His long-running weekly show, Chamber Magic, is consistently reviewed as one of New York’s best kept secrets and must-see theatrical events. His performances include mind reading, telekinesis, conjuring, acrobatic card tricks, and an assortment of baffling physical tricks that include stopping his own pulse. His signature trick, "Think-A-Drink," finds him pouring any drink from a single silver teapot as requested by randomly selected audience members. Cohen gave his first public show at age 10, and by 2012 he was standing on the stage at a sold-out Carnegie Hall presenting his 2-hour solo show, Theater of Wonder.
LOST MAGIC DECODED is produced for HISTORY by Sharp Entertainment. Executive Producers are Matt Sharp, Peter Greenberg, and Steve Cohen. Carl H. Lindahl is Executive Producer for HISTORY.