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Masters of Illusion

Masters of Illusion

Photo Credit:  Associated Television International
  • Premiered: 
    August 1, 2014
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  • Network: CW
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Masters of Illusion 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: magic

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Dean Cain, MASTERS OF ILLUSION is a half-hour series that features cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists performing interactive mind magic, great escapes, sleight-of-hand tricks, and large scale illusions -- all in front of a live studio audience. Filming in locations like Los Angeles' Hollywood Boulevard, New York's Times Square and venues in New Orleans and Orlando, each 30-minute episode highlights the feats of eight performers, including: Jan Rouven, Jared & Raja, Michael Finney, Nathan Burton, Michael Grandinetti, Jonathon Pendragon, Rob Lake, Spencer Horsman, Michael Giles, Eric Buss, Johnny Ace Palmer, and more. Beginning on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9:30pm ET/PT, MASTERS OF ILLUSION returned for its winter premiere with four original episodes from the first season. The 13-episode second season of MASTERS OF ILLUSION premiered on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on The CW. Hosted again by Dean Cain, this series continued to feature magic performed by illusionists and escape artists, and performers in each episode display skills ranging from interactive mind magic to comedy routines. The season opener, "Spinning the Classics," featured performances by Greg Frewin, Barry & Stuart, Sos & Victoria, Murray SawChuck, Michael Turco and Rick Thomas. In subsequent episodes of Season 2, these performers are featured: Tommy Wind, Aaron Radatz, Ed Alonzo, Danny Cole, Nathan Phan, Arthur Trace, Greg Gleason and Les Arnold & Dazzle; Greg Frewin, Piff The Magic Dragon, Michael Grandinetti, Chipper Lowell, Michael Turco, Nathan Burton and Jeff McBride; Tommy Wind, Jason Andrews, Mark Bennick, Barry & Stuart, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillion and Jonathan Pendragon; Greg Frewin, John Gabriel, Tom Burgoon, Greg Gleason, Ed Alonzo, Rich Thomas and Mike Caveney; Mark Bennick, Michael Griffin, Tommy Wind, Les Arnold & Dazzle, Jarrett & Raja, John Shyrock and Jason Andrews; Jarrett & Raja, Farrell Dillon, Jonathan Pendragon, Sos & Victoria, Fielding West, and John Gabriel; Nathan Burton, Tom Burgoon, Greg Frewin, Arthur Trace, Matt Marcy, Les Arnold & Dazzle, and Tommy Wind; Ed Alonso, Rick Thomas, Michael Grandinetti, Johnny Ace Palmer, Barry & Stuart, Les Arnold & Dazzle, and Michael Turco; Greg Frewin, Michael Turco, Mike Caveney, Angela Funovits, and Barry & Stuart; and Titou, Aaron Radatz, Tommy Wind, Farrell Dillon, Piff the Magic Dragon, Fielding West, and Greg Gleason. The third cycle of MASTERS OF ILLUSION premiered with back-to-back new episodes Friday, May 20, 2016 from 8-9pm ET/PT on The CW, with Dean Cain returning as host. The season opener (8pm), "Techno Magic, Quick Change and a Guillotine," features these magicians: Greg Frewin, Barry and Stuart, Jason Bishop, Michael Grandinetti, Jonathan Pendragon, David and Dania, Bill Cook and Les Arnold and Dazzle. Then, in the night's second episode (8:30pm), "A Magical Smorgasbord," Tommy Wind, Murray Sawchuck, Trigg Watson, Farrell Dillion, Jason Bird, Tom Burgoon and Jonathan Pendragon perform illusions, escapes and mind magic. On Friday, June 30, 2017 from 8-9pm ET/PT, The CW premiered the fourth season of MASTERS OF ILLUSION, showing back-to-back new episodes, as host Dean Cain returns for another season of astonishing feats of magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists. On Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT, The CW premiered a new cycle of MASTERS OF ILLUSION, with host Dean Cain returning for amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists, escape artists and performers. Magicians featured in this episode include Rick Smith Jr., Ed Alonzo, Samantha Bell, Joel Meyers, Keelan & Keyser, Shoot Ogawa and Andy Gladwin.
On Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT, The CW premiered the Season 5 finale of MASTERS OF ILLUSION, followed by an encore episode, featuring these magicians:

"Fast Hands, Loose Change and a Bird Out of a Cannon" (NEW at 8pm): Chris Funk, Eric Jones, Murray SawChuck, Greg Gleason, Bill Cook, Spidey and Ed Alonzo.

"All About the Benjamins and One Switcheroo" (encore at 8:30pm): Jarrett and Raja, Shoot Ogawa, Spidey, Rick Smith Jr., Joshua Jay, Bill Cook, Greg Frewin, and Tommy Wind.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Associated Television International