The gang of magicians behind Breaking Magic (aka The Science of Magic) will return for a 14 episode second season.
The series has been shooting throughout Europe over the past few months. Fans will notice one major change, James Galea of the first incarnation has been swapped out for Nate Staniforth in the new eps. Original Breakers Billy Kidd, Wayne Houchin and Ben Hanlin remain.
Congrats to the team and Objective productions (Derren Brown, Barry and Stuart, The Real Hustle) for another successful magic franchise.
The press release came from Discovery Networks International and touted a premiere across 224 countries in February 2014. It wasn’t clear on if us Americans will get a chance to see it on the mothership network, hopefully we can get clarification on that going forward.
Posted by Editor on July 18th, 2013
Wayne Houchin had one hell of a 2012, but it’s good to see him now fully healed during interviews for an Australian news magazine.
The creator/performer again demonstrated his straight jacket escape prowess alongside his wife Fran, this time for the Melbourne Magic Festival. But he could stand to brush up on his communication skills with the Mrs. when it comes to his other stunts.
Fran reveals before filming a stunt for Discovery’s Breaking Magic (which we hear is about to gear up for season two) wherein the California native bungee jumped with a cut cord, Wayne only gave his wife a heads up… via email. We assume he’s learned his lesson.
Posted by Editor on January 23rd, 2013
Ellusionist reports that they’ve raised $1,600 going directly to injured magician Wayne Houchin by putting rare items up for auction to their fans.
Thanks to your generous bids, we raised more than $1,600 to donate directly to Wayne (total reflects final amount after eBay fees). That money will go directly to him and his recovery.
Thank you so much for helping us help him. Houchin is an influential magician whose impact is still felt among our customers. His man-of-few-words approach is often imitated. He is one of magic’s most generous teachers and skilled performers, who had just recently hosted the Discovery Channel’s “Breaking Magic.”
Houchin was injured when a Dominican television host dumped a handful of flaming cologne on his head resulting in burns on the California magician’s hands and face. Although he is making what looks to be a full recovery, Houchin was forced to cancel dates through the holiday season and early 2013.
A Blue LTD prototype deck of cards went for the most amount of money, raising $420.
Posted by Editor on January 14th, 2013
Wayne Houchin will soon be back on the road.
The Chico Press-Enterprise reports that Wayne is not only healing well from his much-publicized injuries suffered in an attack from a rogue television host but he’s also set to get back to touring and performing by the end of January. Taking a quick look at his website, this might mean he would fulfill his dates in Europe which would were scheduled to begin at the end of this.
Although, things might have changed since then.
No matter where he is, I am sure magicians would love to turn out and support Wayne. Hopefully we can get some more information for you before the dates come around.
Posted by Editor on December 13th, 2012
Wayne Houchin is now safely back home in Chico, CA recuperating and spoke to his hometown newspaper The Daily Democrat about why he didn’t immediately leave the Dominican Republic after his injury.
He would have returned to Chico sooner, but Barazarte was not yet in custody, but was traveling in the United States.
“Our lawyers advised us to start putting out press releases to get international pressure,” for Barazarte’s return. Barazarte is from Venezuela, Houchin said.
Barazarte’s attorney was in contact with the judge in the Dominican Republic, and Houchin was able to give his statement to the judge, and thus return to Chico.
The strategy of creating an international controversy hopefully sped up the process in brining Barazarte to justice. It’s very weird to think what would have happened if this had remained a story local to the caribbean.
Posted by Editor on December 11th, 2012
Very good news coming from Wayne Houchin. The man who dumped flaming cologne on his head resulting in serious first-degree burns has been brought into custody in Santo Domingo. Franklin Barazarte had previously left the Dominican Republic after the incident. He was interviewed by several outlets, he said he was there on unrelated business.
I can only hope this is one step closer to justice for Wayne. After his life and career were threatened in such a sudden, serious way it’s the least he deserves.
Posted by Editor on December 10th, 2012
Through what has unexpectedly become the most talked about magic story of the year, the foremost thought on anyone’s mind following the events was the health of Wayne Houchin. According to his Twitter, he returned to his home in Chico, CA this weekend.
Although he will now continue his recuperation in his own bed, the man who put him there still evades arrest. There have been no updates on the search for Franklin Barazarte who spoke to Univision last week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
We encourage everyone to wish Wayne a quick recovery on his Twitter and Facebook.
Also, Ellusionist (for whom Wayne has worked with on some of his most memorable products) is selling rare items in a charity auction. We encourage you to bid early and often.