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Beyond Magic with DMC

National Geographic - 8pm

Who's in it?

Prepare to be wowed, awed, gob-smacked, and generally really rather impressed as the newest telly magician puts a hip spin on Harry Houdini.

In a nutshell

Cumbersome title that, "Beyond Magic with DMC". Who or what is DMC, exactly? A corporate sponsor? A new hip hop band? Nope: DMC is a person who goes by the unlikely name of Drummond Money-Coutts. He dresses to match his moniker, being a dapper dandy with a taste for Savile Row suits so sharp you could cut cheese with the lapels. And he goes around doing off-the-cuff feats of street magic.

In other words, he's a sort of poshed-up, Waitrose version of Dynamo. Of course, part of Dynamo's very charm was the fact he had no airs or graces, so whether DMC will have quite the same offbeat charm, or seem like just another vain and preening illusionist, remains to be seen. What we will dare to assume, however, is that his magic will be spellbinding – especially as he brings Houdini's classic "walking through a wall" trick kicking and screaming into the 21st Century…

What's the verdict?

With Dynamo off our screens for the forseeable, there is a gap in the schedules for another modern trickster. And hey presto, National Geographic have produced one out of the hat. Hopefully DMC will work his magic on us all.

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