Welcome to the world of magic and the world of magician Justin Willman. Magic For Humans is brilliant. It's light, funny and utterly mind-boggling and the variety of magic tricks is simply astounding. Willman hits the streets performing magic for unsuspecting members of the public leaving them all gobsmacked by his abilities.
Now, of course, we know magic is not real, and we've seen Death By Magic, but how on earth he actually does some of these tricks is a real head-scratcher. How do you throw a bottle into the sea and pull it back out with somebody's phone in it? How do you transform yourself into a life-size lego in front of a room full of kids? There is even a trick where he places a marshmallow on a plate in front of a child, leaves the room and when the child puts a cup over it and then removes it again the marshmallow is gone.
These are just a snippet of the wealth of magic that Willman performs in Magic For Humans. And with the episodes only lasting just over 20 minutes the tricks come thick and fast and the time simply whizzes by. Each has a slightly different theme such as ‘Love' or ‘Guilt' or ‘Self Control' and this forms the basis for the main tricks performed.
But better than all of the tricks, and they are hard to beat, is the casual and witty manner with which Justin Willman goes about his business. His running commentary is hilarious and while there are a few innuendos it's all just good fun. I initially struggled to understand the '15' rating and I can only conclude that in episode 4 – ‘Seeing Is Believing' – there are references to the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus that you definitely don't want your little kids hearing. And while episode 6 is entitled ‘Love' it's more about sex – so that too!
Willman has been very clear that his tricks are not aided by camera or editing tricks. So if you fancy a complete change of tv and want to watch something funny and engaging, check out Magic For Humans. And when you're done with that, you can look forward to Magic For Humans Season 2 which airs from December 4th 2019.