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Magic for Humans Review 2018 TV-Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Stars: Justin Willman, Jillian Sipkins, Erika Anderson
Review: This show has had me laughing so hard and overall giddy with how much fun and amazing it is. Justin’s humor resonates right on point with me. He’s really just doing amazing tricks and messing with people of all kinds. There’s all kinds of lgbt representation in his show too which is really heartwarming. Will most certainly be hoping for more episodes and staying on the lookout for any local shows from him.
Magic doesn’t come without patience. The payoff to a well-executed illusion doesn’t come without some sense of buildup or anticipation about what might be coming (or in the case of a handful of card tricks, where they’re coming from). “Magic for Humans,” the new six-part unscripted series hosted by Justin Willman, shows a vital appreciation for a comedic patience that takes the whole thing from a set of mild curiosities to a finely tuned exploration of what kind of magic can still command people’s attention.
Willman is seemingly the perfect magician/comedian hybrid prototype to pull off this kind of show, to help “Magic for Humans” exist in the perfect middle ground between comedy series and street magic special which can sustain a certain creative spark over the course of its six episodes. Also helpful is that each installment centers on a different universal theme. Some episodes center on love and companionship, others investigate guilt as a fundamental driving force for humanity.
Instead, “Magic for Humans” becomes a solid showcase for some incredible comedic timing, where the prestige is as much in the punchlines of these tricks as the magic itself. That shock that comes from wondering how a cell phone got from someone’s hand to all the way under layers of duct tape quickly morphs into a delightful celebration of how human perception works.
“Magic for Humans” also draws some spiritual inspiration from food shows. Much in the way watching a chef ply their trade make can make an audience member more interested in the art of cooking, “Magic for Humans” is savvy in the way it teaches its viewers to think about how to be a better performer. Watching Willman and his very specific style of comic misdirection, part of the fun is slowly developing that same mindset over the course of six episodes. It gets to the point where you start to anticipate how Willman heightens each successive tricks. Once you start to see a move or two ahead, but can still be surprised by the final destination, it unlocks a new level appreciation of the work and the show.
Even though precision is required to pull off plenty of these illusions, there are still times when the show allows a bit of uncertainty and even failure into what goes on. But even some of those steps that don’t quite go according to plan are ultimately baked into the DNA of the trick itself. In that way, it’s an ongoing lesson about the nature of perceived failure. It’s one philosophical idea that shines through, even if it’s one that’s not hammered explicitly. Being a magician is just like being a comedian or an actor or any other kind of performer, in that the job is turning rejection and disappointment into a secret asset that can subvert people’s expectations.