We’re pretty excited for the upcoming documentary The Science of Magic. And if you’re itching to learn more about the making of the film like we are, you can tune in to Toronto public radio station CIUT 89.5 FM on Friday at 9am Eastern for an interview with the film’s co-director Daniel Zuckerbrot.

Zuckerbrot will be speaking with Daniel Garber, a film critic, interviewer, and host of a film show called Cultural Mining that airs every Friday on CIUT. The film itself will take a look at the intersection of psychology, scientific method, and prestidigitation, following a who’s who of the best working performers in the field (like Tom Stone, Billy Kidd, Juan Tamariz, and so many more), and the researchers studying their work to bring some magic into the laboratory. It sounds fascinating.

This isn’t Zuckerbrot’s first foray into movie magic: he previously filmed David Ben’s wildly macabre performance of “Call of the Colors” inside the house of late artifact collector Bill Jamieson.

If you’re unable to listen to the live broadcast (or, like me, don’t live in Canada), you can find links to livestreams on CIUT’s official website. If you end up missing the program, you can download the latest episode here. The Science of Magic will air on CBC’s The Nature of Things program on Sunday, March 18, and will be available to stream on CBC’s website as well. The documentary will eventually be available worldwide at a date yet to be determined. 

We love a good magic documentary, especially having grown up watching shows like Nova’s Secrets of the Psychics with James Randi. The CBC’s science, wildlife, and technology show The Nature of Things is going to air a special on Sunday, March 18 called The Science of Magic, and the lineup of included magicians sounds incredible.

According to Canada’s Magic, the show will feature performances by and interviews with the likes of Julie Eng, Ronald Rensink, Jay Olson, Gustav Kuhn, Anthony Barnhart, Amory Danek, Matthew Tompkins, Thomas Strandberg, Billy Kidd, Tom Stone, Thomas Fraps, Pit Hartling, and Juan Tamariz. The show will be hosted by executive director of Magicana, Julienne Eng. 

For those of you living in Canada unable to catch the televised broadcast, the CBC will host the video on its website for streaming a few days earlier on Friday, March 16 at 5:00pm EST. No word yet on when the documentary will be available to view in other countries, but the press release in the report above mentions that this is the “world broadcast premiere”, so hopefully the rest of the world will get a chance to check it out soon.