I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
ABC’s new series DECEPTION airs tonight, March 11th at 10|9 central. Interview with Creator Chris Fedak and Magician David Kwong.
Magic. Just the word “magic” is intriguing, it’s the mystery of it all! Is it real? How did he/she pull off that magic trick?! Oh, the deception of magic pulls everyone in. Which makes the new ABC series named DECEPTION a show that will “magically” pull you in after the first episode! What if David Copperfield joined the FBI and used his tricks to solve cases? While DECEPTION does not have the magician David Copperfield, it pretty much has the same premise. While in Los Angeles a couple weeks back, I was able to view the first episode and chat with DECEPTION Creator Chris Fedak and Magician David Kwong about the making of the show.
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion – the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. “Deception” stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as FBI Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen. DECEPTION will premiere Sunday, March 11 after the premiere of American Idol.
On The Making Of Deception
Chris Fedak: I really wanted to make a fun network show, I wanted to make a show that was like you’re going to sit down, and I’m going to entertain you, and this is going to be the most fun you could possibly have. And that’s where this show comes from, it was designed to be a network TV show and that’s why ABC was the perfect home for it. But to your- too what you’re saying, it’s like for me, I love when shows take other shows and- you sort of mush them together and you get something special out of that, so there’s definitely elements of this show that have a bit of- like Castle elements or Sherlock.
I’d love for those comparisons and essentially that’s a big part of Deception because that’s what I watch. But the other thing too is I also like romance and I like comedy. And since this is ABC, it’s like I want those elements to be a part of the show too. My cast is wonderful. And so we want to have- this will be a much more emotional cop show with bad guys than you could- than even I knew I was going to have.
On The “Trick” In The Show
Chris Fedak: We try to do it as real as possible. When you’re making a show, you’re always up against time constraints, so occasionally we have to juje something. But it was important for all of us to make it- to make them all tricks that could be possible, that I could actually do. So it’s all real sleight of hand. Jack’s doing almost all of it himself. That opening, that opening trick, that’s a one-take of him shooting cards and catching them, he’s really doing that whole thing.
On The Magician Community
David Kwong: We we don’t know at large, but we were very careful and my partner in crime and I, we would show our friends and call people up and run things by them. And it’s these are people build their careers on these trade secrets, so we had to be very-very careful to stay away from anything that would ruin anyone’s magic show. So there’s a couple of rules. If something is a hundred years old, and no one is doing that anymore, you can usually put that on screen.
That’s an important caveat. If someone has resurrected something from a hundred years ago and they’re now doing it and they’re making a career out of it, like leave it alone. The other fun thing is if we just come up with it on the spot and we invent our own new method, new trick, we can put that on screen, because it’s our own thing. As Chris said, it’s all about engineering. We we don’t know at large, but we were very careful and my partner in crime and I, very-very careful to stay away from anything that would ruin anyone’s magic show. So there’s a couple of rules. If something is a hundred years old, and no one is doing that anymore, you can usually put that on screen.
I personally think that a little peek behind the curtain is good, I think it helps people like magic a little more, it intrigues you.
I truly enjoyed viewing the first episode of DECEPTION and looking forward to seeing where the show goes in the future! And I know what everyone is thinking, will there be an “Magical” guest appearances? The answer is: “We hope so. We have Penn and Teller in this one. And we want this to be something that magicians love and respect and they’re going to pop up in it. We hope so.“
Tune in tonight on ABC 10|9C to watch DECEPTION and join me on Twitter as I live tweet the first episode by following the hashtags #Deception #ABCTVEvent