The king of magic, Dynamo, returns to TV screens in an explosive new Sky original
After five years away from TV due to a career-threatening illness, award-winning magician Dynamo returns to screens next year with a new, jaw-dropping three part special, Project 7 (w/t), for Sky One and NOW TV that promises to change the face of magic on television.
The Sky original will take viewers on a journey across the globe to watch Dynamo perform close-up miracles, impossible predictions and unbelievable feats of magic that will have a lasting effect both on him and the people he interacts with.
The ambitious, visually stunning special co-produced by Phil McIntyre Television, Inner Circle Films and Motion Content Group will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland in 2020.
Dynamo says: “This show has been a passion project of mine for almost 3 years and represents a whole new approach to the genre. I believe that now more than ever people need a sense of magic in their lives so I can’t wait for everyone to see what I’ve been working on.”
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Sky’s Head of Entertainment says: ”Dynamo has carved out an illustrious reputation in the world of magic and his skill and mastery is going to astound our viewers beyond belief. I can’t wait to see him in action.”
Abigail Adams, Executive Producer at Motion Content Group said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Dynamo and his unique take on magic to Sky. After five years without Dynamo on our screens, this series will be a long-overdue treat.”
Dynamo’s ascent from a working-class magician, hailing from the poverty stricken Delph Hill estate on the outskirts of Bradford, in the north of England, to multi award-winning, global star, has been nothing short of miraculous.
His critically acclaimed live tour ‘Seeing is Believing’ quickly erupted from a 10-date run into a three year-long behemoth, selling out across the world, and with two Sunday Times best-selling books and the only non-American in Forbes magazine’s ‘top 5 magicians’ list... it’s a far cry from his humble roots as the eldest son of a local Bradford hairdresser.
A recipient of the prestigious ‘Magician of The Year’ award from the Academy of Magical Arts and The Magic Circle’s Maskelyne Award for services to British Magic, Dynamo has redefined the shape of modern magic for the millennial generation.
The show was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK and Ireland, and Phil Edgar Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Sky’s Head of Entertainment. Shirley Jones is the commissioning editor and the series will be executive produced by Lucy Ansbro for Phil McIntyre Television, Dan Albion for Inner Circle Films and Abigail Adams for Motion Content Group.
The special is the latest in a string of recent commissions as Sky continues to invest in original productions. Forthcoming Sky originals include Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren; Code 404 with Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays; Brassic with Michelle Keegan and Joe Gilgun; Hit Men, Mel and Sue’s first scripted comedy series and a second series of movie panel show There’s Something About Movies, hosted by Alan Carr.
2019 has been a record year for Sky originals with 19-time Emmy-nominated Chernobyl becoming the most watched original ever with over 4 million viewers of the season finale. And away from the screen, Sky secured a record BAFTA haul with seven awards, including A League Of Their Own winning Comedy Entertainment Programme.
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Steven Frayne aka Dynamo emerged into the UK’s magic scene in 2004 after moving to London to pursue the creation of the first ever magic ‘mixtape’. Performing his magic on the streets of London - Dynamo’s fan base exploded as he fast became the hottest performer on the party circuit; amazing A-Listers whilst continuing to grow his online fanbase via YouTube.
Dynamo's subsequent debut TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible became a huge international hit, enthralling over 250 million viewers across 193 territories. The show was awarded TV Show of the Year at the 2013 Virgin Media Awards as well as Best Entertainment Programme at the 2013 Broadcast Awards and gained a hat-trick of BAFTA nominations, with three subsequent nominations for Best Entertainment Show.
Meanwhile, Dynamo remains the first magician in history to headline world famous arenas such as the O2 in London (3 nights), Manchester’s MEN arena and the Rod Laver arena in Sydney. His critically acclaimed live tour Seeing is Believing erupted from a 10 date run into a 3 yearlong behemoth, selling over 750,000+ tickets and filling arenas across the UK, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand. Both of Dynamo’s book releases ‘Dynamo – The Book of Secrets’ and ‘Nothing is Impossible – My Story’ reached no1 on the Bestsellers Lists, making him a Sunday Times Bestselling Author.
Dynamo’s worldwide following has continued to grow online, with a social media footprint of 8.2 million making him one of the most followed magicians in the world. Most recently, Dynamo was included in Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Magicians in both 2016 and 2017, cementing his status as one of the most prolific magicians of all time.