Tricky TV facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsTricky TV
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||43|
|Running time||less than 30 minutes|
|Original release||September 5, 2005– October 15, 2010|
|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.
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 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 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 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 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||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|
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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