Magic Makers

We've heard of David Blaine and David Copperfield and perhaps marvelled at their magic.

But who invents it? In this quirky documentary, reporter and Magic Circle member Hugh Levinson meets the people who devise the impossible.

They spend their days fiddling with bits of cardboard, glue and string in the hope of creating illusions which are both convincing and practical.

The names of these inventors - like Lennart Green, Mark Mason and Pat Page - are little known to the general public, but among magicians, they are legends.

One of these magic inventors, Ali Bongo, was apparently the real-life model for the character of Jonathan Creek.

Hugh Levinson joins a group of Irish magicians meeting for a convention in Dublin and discusses the fine art of creating new tricks.

One old hand tells him the key is to rediscover the sense of wonder felt as a child, when magic seemed real.

Another - more cynically - says the real secret is to delve into musty old tomes on magic, find an old trick and tart it up so it seems fresh to a new generation.

And Hugh sets a test for inventors Pat Page and Ali Bongo.

What kind of magic can they create from a random group of props - some spoons, toy cars and a starter pistol?

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Hugh Levinson meets the hidden geniuses who devise miracles for conjurors, and sets a challenge for Britain's top magic creators Ali Bongo and Pat Page.

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We've heard of David Blaine and David Copperfield and perhaps marvelled at their magic.

But who invents it? In this quirky documentary, reporter and Magic Circle member Hugh Levinson meets the people who devise the impossible.

They spend their days fiddling with bits of cardboard, glue and string in the hope of creating illusions which are both convincing and practical.

The names of these inventors - like Lennart Green, Mark Mason and Pat Page - are little known to the general public, but among magicians, they are legends.

One of these magic inventors, Ali Bongo, was apparently the real-life model for the character of Jonathan Creek.

Hugh Levinson joins a group of Irish magicians meeting for a convention in Dublin and discusses the fine art of creating new tricks.

One old hand tells him the key is to rediscover the sense of wonder felt as a child, when magic seemed real.

Another - more cynically - says the real secret is to delve into musty old tomes on magic, find an old trick and tart it up so it seems fresh to a new generation.

And Hugh sets a test for inventors Pat Page and Ali Bongo.

What kind of magic can they create from a random group of props - some spoons, toy cars and a starter pistol?