Lenny Henry to host TV magic show

Comedian Lenny Henry is to host a star-studded magic contest on BBC One, in which magicians will teach three celebrities top-secret tricks each week

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Lenny Henry is to host a celebrity magic show on BBC One.

The TV comic will present 'The Magicians', which will see three professional magicians teach three celebrities - including include Chris Tarrant, Rolf Harris and hip-hop group N-Dubz - a string of tricks each week in front of a studio audience.

Magicians lined up to appear in the primetime Saturday night show include US star Chris Korn - who has performed for Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and Adam Sandler - master illusionist Luis de Mators and British duo Barry and Stuart.

Lenny said: "I've always been a fan of magic on the TV, from David Nixon to David Blaine, Penn and Teller to Paul Daniels, and the far too glamorous Debbie McGee.

"l love magic and the thing about me is that I don't want to know how it's done - I can't wait to host this show! You know the bloke with his jaw on the floor throughout most of the show? That will be me!"

Meanwhile, magic double act Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod revealed viewers can expect to see a whole host of "inventive, devious and jaw-dropping" new tricks.

They said: "'The Magicians' is the biggest and most ambitious show that we have ever been a part of. We're going to bring the viewers of BBC One some inventive, devious and jaw-dropping new magic that they will have never seen before."

'The Magicians' - the BBC's first magic show in 20 years - will be screened for five weeks on Saturday nights starting in January.

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