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Tricky TV
Starring Stephen Mulhern
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 43
Producer(s) The Foundation
Running time less than 30 minutes
Original network CITV
Original release September 5, 2005 (2005-09-05) – October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15)
Preceded by The Quick Trick Show

Tricky TV is a British television show that aired on CITV from 2005 to 2010, presented by magician Stephen Mulhern. The show featured street magic, pranks, illusions, and step-by-step how-to guides for magic tricks.


The show featured magic tricks such as making a tank vanish or making an entire football team appear. The "wicked wind-ups" segment included a gorilla that came to life, a cinema with exploding popcorn, and unstoppable drinks machines. "Beat the Cheat" exposed classic confidence tricks. Each show usually closed with a performance of a classic "grand illusion", such as sawing a woman in half.

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Mulhern performing a magic trick to a child at Chessington World of Adventures during filming of the show.

In Series 1 and 2, each episode featured one or more special guest celebrities, who often took part in a number of tricks during the show, and sometimes participated in the show's closing illusion. In series 3, the format was redesigned with Mulhern presenting and a 'Tricky Team' of young magicians performing the illusions.


Series First aired Last aired Episodes
1 5 September 2005 13 November 2005 10
2 10 March 2006 2 June 2006 13
3 14 September 2010 15 October 2010 20


Series 1

Series 1 consisted of ten episodes, and ran from 5 September 2005 to 7 November 2005.

Episode In series Original air date Special guest Episode details
1 1 5 September 2005 Jennifer Ellison Features: A full-sized model gorilla comes to life, and Mulhern causes a school class's teachers to vanish. Ellison is amazed by a card trick, and then cut into three in the "Zigzag Girl".
2 2 12 September 2005 During a school trip to the Kent Museum of Life, a schoolboy called Josh is flattened after being put through a wringer. Mulhern also attempts to make a tank disappear, and then leads a cookery class that descends into chaos.
3 3 19 September 2005 Caprice Mulhern demonstrates the illusion of levitation, customers at an ice-cream van are served a surprise, and in the closing illusion, Caprice participates in a giant card trick.
4 4 26 September 2005 The Cheeky Girls In this episode, the Cheeky Girls help Mulhern perform a trick with playing cards by sitting on them. Mulhern also demonstrates a trick where a handkerchief turns into an egg. Finally, the Cheeky Girls help Stephen with another trick where he saws them both in half and switches their lower halves.
5 5 3 October 2005 Bradley Walsh In this episode, Bradley Walsh is amazed by a football-related card trick; Mulhern transforms a viewer's old family car; a poster comes to life; a harmless toy terrifies members of the public; and a viewer asks Mulhern to use their mother in a dangerous feat.
6 6 10 October 2005 Rachel Stevens In this episode, magic is involved in a school trip to the cinema, and Mulhern performs a trick involving Rachel Stevens's expensive ring, and then saws her in half while she is standing up. Mulhern also places a bodybuilder on the Table of Death to be impaled by a bed of sharp spikes falling from above.
7 7 17 October 2005 Joe Pasquale In this episode, comedian Joe Pasquale plays a version of Russian roulette, and Stephen tries to turn a pack of cub scouts into brownies.
8 8 24 October 2005 Peter Andre Singer Peter Andre receives a shock when the presenter attempts a trick using a fork, Mulhern shows the secret to making someone levitate, and there is a big trick with a plane.
9 9 31 October 2005 Mulhern visits a sleepover to show a sleeping levitation, rescues a cat with magic, and shows off the secrets of a haunted house.
10 10 17 October 2005 Jack Osbourne Mulhern presents a trick with a box of tissues, guest Jack Osbourne receives some unusual help to overcome his jet-lag, and a bodybuilder volunteers for a dangerous underwater trick.

Series 2

Series 2 ran from 10 March – 2 June 2006

Episode In series Original airdate Special guest Episode details
11 1 10 March 2006 Mulhern visits Blackpool beach; Holly appears from nowhere, and then uses a magical changing room to put on her bikini. In the closing illusion, Mulhern uses a bodybuilder to demonstrate the "Beach BBQ".
12 2 17 March 2006 It is revealed how magicians make ice cream; and a donkey gets a ride. In the closing illusion, a bodybuilder goes to pieces in the 'Bikini Blocks'.
13 3 24 March 2006 David Beckham In this episode, Mulhern makes Holly's wedding ring vanish from inside her closed hand and then reappear inside a rose. He also brings a David Beckham waxwork to life, and then makes a horse disappear.
14 4 31 March 2006 Nikki Sanderson Mulhern takes a knight to pieces in a suit of armour, amazes Nikki Sanderson with a trick with a bottle, and brings some magic to a library.
15 5 7 April 2006 Philip Schofield Mulhern amazes Philip Schofield with a close up magic trick, shows off his magic picnic basket, and then makes a viewer's mother float high in the air above London.
16 6 14 April 2006 On Blackpool beach, Mulhern makes someone's aunt vanish. A card trick becomes a donkey trick. Aunty Linsey reappears in a tank of water. Beat the Cheat shares another secret. Aunty Linsey is penetrated by light-bulbs.
17 7 21 April 2006 In "The Disembodied Princess", Mulhern makes a gymnastics coach's body disappear, leaving just her head and legs.
18 8 28 April 2006 Mulhern uses a small tree house for a Big Trick and teaches magic in the Secret Circle. He also visits a gym and stretches and squashes a bodybuilder to impossible sizes in "The Stretcher".
19 9 5 May 2006 Mulhern introduces Holly to his idea of "Modern Art" when he saws her in half while she is standing up.
20 10 12 May 2006 Mulhern attends a school in Denbigh and puts a schoolgirl called Sophie through an illusion called the Wringer where she is flattened. At a gym in London, he performs Bodybuilder Bisection, using a buzzsaw to slice the man in half.
21 11 19 May 2006 Mulhern gets right to the point with a gym teacher, a classic confidence trick is exposed in Beat the Cheat, and a French lesson is cut short by a guillotine.
22 12 26 May 2006 Mulhern surprises a viewer's mother with some conjuring, and helps her dress the part, before she participates in an illusion with pirates. There are magic tips for viewers in the Secret Circle, and Mulhern's volunteer assistant is cut into nine in an illusion called "The Slicer".
23 13 2 June 2006 In "Girl Through Glass", Mulhern pushes Holly through a solid pane of glass, and also cuts her in half.

Series 3

Series 3 consisted of twenty episodes, and ran from 14 September – 15 October 2010. Episodes 1-14 were presented by Stephen Williams.

Episode In series Original airdate Special guest Episode details
24 1 14 September 2010 Girls Aloud Girls Aloud join Mulhern at the seaside, and take part in some magic. Mulhern's apprentices demonstrate their skills.
25 2 15 September 2010 Nell McAndrew Sporty magic with special guest Nell McAndrew
26 3 16 September 2010
27 4 17 September 2010
28 5 21 September 2010
29 6 22 September 2010
30 7 23 September 2010
31 8 24 September 2010
32 9 28 September 2010
33 10 29 September 2010
34 11 30 September 2010
35 12 1 October 2010
36 13 5 October 2010
37 14 6 October 2010
38 15 7 October 2010
39 16 8 October 2010
40 17 12 October 2010
41 18 13 October 2010
42 19 14 October 2010
43 20 15 October 2010

Tricky Quickies

Tricky Quickies was a cut-down version of the show with a duration of five minutes. Series 1 had 10 episodes, while series 2 had 15 episodes.

The Quick Trick Show

The Quick Trick Show was a sister show of Tricky TV, also presented by Mulhern, and also featuring magic tricks, "wicked wind-ups", illusions, and step-by-step guides to tricks. Five series were produced and aired on CITV between 1999 and 2002.

Series Guide

Series Premiere Last in series Episodes
1 13 April 1999 18 May 1999 6
2 23 February 2000 5 April 2000 7
3 27 February 2001 20 March 2001 13
4 24 September 2001 11 October 2001 13
5 16 October 2002 18 December 2002 10

International broadcast

Tricky TV was aired in Southeast Asia on Cartoon Network Asia, in Germany on Super RTL, in the Arab World on MBC 4, in Iceland on Stöð 2, in Norway on NRK Super, in Canada on VRAK.TV, in India on Nickelodeon, in Hong Kong on ATV World and in Japan on Disney XD.

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