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Dynamo: Magician Impossible

Watch - 9pm

Who's in it?

How does the coolest, edgiest, most astounding magician of his generation end his trailblazing TV series? By going shopping with his nan, of course.

In a nutshell

We're still having trouble understanding, or accepting, that this really is the last ever series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. It doesn't... compute. Popular things that make lots of money don't just stop for artistic reasons. It's silly. It's like if Michael Bay announced there wouldn't be any more Transformers movies because he felt the format just wasn't doing it for him, aesthetically, any more. Except Dynamo isn't Michael Bay, thank goodness, and still clings to that cute, quaint, old fashioned thing we call "integrity".

So yes, he's bowing out because he thinks it's the right time to do it. Let's not get too sentimental though, because the street illusionist isn't actually going into retirement. More a kind of creative hibernation, to hatch new plans and work out more ways to make our jaws hit the floor. In the meantime, here's the big finale: an episode which sees him playing tricks on Sam Smith and Foxes (they're pop stars, granddad), levitating above the Shard in London, and going for a wander around the shops with his nan. Bless.

What's the verdict?

Quiet, self-effacing and totally un-magician-like, Dynamo has been a breath of fresh air for the whole magic industry. Let's hope he pops up again soon, like a rabbit out of a hat.

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