Magicians are getting many opportunities to shine on the small screen these days. There are so many reality and variety shows now that give illusionists, mentalists, and all kinds of magical tricksters a chance to reach a massive audience. But the biggest audience has to be for China’s The Amazing Magicians. The program boasts a whopping 270 million viewers, making it the country’s most popular show. In other words, it’s a chance for performers to immediately attain international stardom.
Mahdi Gilbert had a chance to perform on the program late last year, and we already got to watch him show off his tricks on air. But he also recorded a vlog with some behind-the-scenes footage of his trip to China and the filming of The Amazing Magicians. If you ever wanted a thorough experience of life for a touring magician, this covers all the bases.
Gilbert isn’t the only magician to make the long trek to China for an appearance on The Amazing Magicians. Matthew Laslo, who you might recognize from season 3 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, recently spoke about his experience on the show, too.