Undercover magicians surprise kids with magic tricks, while they are on their school trip. John makes his origami creations come to life at the toy museum.
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It's term time again
and our four magicians have left school on a brand-new mission.
But do you think you'd recognise them
if they were outside the classroom? Do you?
Now's your chance, cos they're going deeper undercover with
newer disguises, ambitious costumes and even taller tales.
# La, la, la, laaaa! #
This time, we're taking unsuspecting kids out of school,
piling them on coaches and sending them on school trips.
They're off to visit some amazing locations where they'll
witness incredible magic.
I was like, "Oh, my gosh."
And once again we're hiding secret cameras in every corner,
so you don't miss a trick on any school trip.
The magic is bigger than ever.
It might be term time, but school's out.
I can't believe our teachers did that.
How long will it take before the classes shout...
Help! My school trip is magic!
Hello, it's me, Ian, and welcome to Help! My School Trip Is Magic.
Our magicians are no longer supply teachers,
they are now gallivanting as staff in some popular attractions
and because we know you know them, we've disguised them even more.
We've secretly filmed the results with special hidden cameras.
The magicians are visiting a museum full of children's stuff today.
When I was a child I had an invisible friend,
though I did eventually realise that he wasn't real.
You're not real, you're imaginary.
Here's what's coming up.
Stop pushing me!
I'll show you this. What do you think it is now?
John's origami bird trick unfolds nicely,
but will it set the class' hearts a-fluttering?
-Look at that.
Fergus is raring to let you know the paper tearing secret,
in Tricks of the Trade.
You've been sending in clips of all your best magic tricks
and later on I'll be picking my favourite -
it's the Wannabe Wizards.
And Katherine's at the castle with a trick you'll GLOVE
involving super sharp magic with swords.
You see, she's balancing on three swords now.
It's totally safe, cos she's, like, trained!
Do you think you'd be able to tell if your school trip was magic?
It's John and James, your friends and mine,
though sometimes James can be full of it.
No, really. And John's been known to empty a room,
but they always leave happy.
And this is Year 6,
they're happy they're leaving the classroom for the day.
They think they're going on a regular school trip,
but it's all one big game.
The parents and teachers are in on it, but the pupils don't know
they're going to experience magical malarkey.
They do know they're off to...
The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood.
Inside is a collection dating from the 1600s
including dolls, stuffed toys and bears,
right up to the latest hi tech video games. Ask a grown-up.
The magicians are getting dressed up so they don't get recognised.
Oh, don't scare the kids!
Whoa, that toy coach is super realistic...
Oh, wait, no, it's an actual one, sorry.
Full of pupils who love toys, but our magicians are toying with them
and they've brought a friend to play too.
-Say hello, say hello.
They'll soon be saying "hello" to the school trippers,
cos they've rocked up outside.
Where did James and John go?
There they are, under that arrow.
They better get a move on, cos the kids are darting in.
They're keen to see the toys enjoyed by previous generations.
John enjoys playing the fool.
This time, he's playing a museum curator.
Cameras are rolling in the education room
and it's time to roll the dice, as here come Year 6 now.
-Hello, boys and girls.
Hello. Lovely. My name is Stanley.
Stanley Still, that's my name. You can call me Stan if you want to.
Stan Still?! He's wrong-footed them with his alter ego.
And I work here. I love it - I love toys, I love games,
I love all that exciting stuff. It's brilliant, ain't it?
-Do you all have toys?
Oh, I love toys, I love toys. And we've got toys and games
and costumes and puppets from all over the world here,
going right back to 1600.
1600, that's before I was even born.
-That tickled them.
No, it's hard to believe!
I'm going to tell you about
something really close to my heart!
I'm really into origami.
Honestly, before I actually started working here,
I used to run a little origami factory, you know, up in Leeds.
And it was lovely.
I mean, unfortunately it folded in 2003,
cos, you know, the financial thing
and the price of paper went up and all that.
Oh, it was a disaster, it really was.
An origami joke, and topical too. He's going to have me in CREASES.
But I still love origami. Who knows what origami is?
-Yes, young lass, aye?
-Origami is when you fold paper.
You're right, it's paper folding. Do you know where it comes from?
The paper folding thing? Where's it come from?
Japan, that's right. It's an art, it's an art to paper fold.
It comes from Japan, very good. I've got a few simple ones here.
See if you can work this one out.
Anybody know what that might be?
Oh, look at you with all your hands up
as soon as I show you one of them.
-It's a frog.
-It IS a frog,
and if you just touch his back like that he'll jump, look.
Not magic, but clever nonetheless.
-I can't do frog noises...
-HE MIMICS A FROG BADLY
I can't do frog noises. Look at that one, what's that?
-That's right, it's a boat.
I don't do boat noises either, cos, you know...
And that one won't jump. Oh, it does!
And now, look.
Have a look at that one.
See if you can tell me what you think that is.
-Yes, at the back?
-Is it a cat?
It IS a cat! Exactly, it's a little pussy cat.
Just the head, not the body.
Now, anybody know what this one is?
Of course you don't! Do you know why you don't know what it is?
Put your hands down. You can't know what it is, it's not finished!
By the time it's finished, it'll be magic!
It's not finished yet, but I'm going to finish it
and then you'll know what it is.
You'll be very excited. If I just do a little fold there...
-Like that, that's lovely.
And then a little fold here like that,
just down there like that.
Now watch, I'll show you this. What do you think it is now?
THEY SHOUT THE ANSWER
It's a bird. A crane is a posh word, yes. A posh bird.
-Do you think that's quite realistic?
Listen, you can hear it singing. Listen.
Sounds more like a pterodactyl with a cold.
And some terrific magic about to take off, keep watching.
It doesn't look very real,
but if I put it in this cage,
I think you'll find that it looks a lot realer.
Look, if I just put it in here, look.
-Wow, I can hardly
believe it and nor can they! Let's get a replay.
Yep, it went in a paper bird
and turned into a real one!
Origami? More like, "Oh, my goshi!"
Look at that. Come on out fella, come on out.
He's definitely real. Well, knock me down with a feather!
Do you want a little to eat? Good boy, yes, good boy.
Isn't he lovely?
I'm just giving him a bit of his food, he loves that.
It's given the class plenty of food for thought.
It's a new technique we've just developed.
It's a new type of origami paper, special type of origami paper.
I'll just put you back in there,
you just nip back into your house there, go on.
If this origami sounds barmy, it's cos it is!
But the trippers are still sold on John's folds.
Anybody know what that might be?
First he showed them some he'd made earlier.
Rrrup, rrrup! I can't do frog noises.
He finished a paper bird and made it fly.
If I just put it in here... Look, look at that.
This school trip can hit great heights but James will be flying by
the seat of his pants when he lights up the room with his box of tricks.
Now, Fergus is going to set you a magical challenge
in Tricks of the Trade.
If you fancy yourself as a magician, here's a trick you can
try on your mates.
Fergus will show you how to rip a piece of paper like this
into three pieces by only holding two of the corners.
Sounds easy, right? Not unless you know how.
Fergus does really, but can you work out how to do it?
Keep watching, cos he'll share his magic tear.
It's a ripper of a trick.
It's back to the Museum of Childhood where John has had the class
and this bird in the palm of his hand.
Rrrup, rrrup! I can't do frog noises!
It's now time for James to play some magical games
and make up some silly names.
Hello, are you having a good day so far?
Excellent. Well, my name is Ian Sideout.
Told you, Ian Sideout. James! Little in-joke there.
I've been working here at the museum for quite a while
and I'm in charge of technical development.
Obviously, Stan has just shown you some of the things we do
with origami and part of my job is to push things to the next level.
Including the truth.
I've got this with me today, our origami development tool.
Now, if we open this up, you can see there's not actually
-much to see at the moment.
-There's nothing in it.
But trust me,
it gets very exciting when we start adding some origami to it.
They trust him? I wouldn't.
-Would you like to see it work?
-They're about to see a magician at work.
So, if I just come round the back like so...
Perfect. Now, can you all see my hands?
-Fantastic. Can you see them a bit clearly now?
OK, we'll make some origami inside this box.
Now, if I take a piece of paper like this,
just pop it inside and I'm going to make some folds now.
The school trippers are waiting to see the drama unfold.
Can we see the paper?
So what we're going to do is we try
and make one fold like that, can you see that?
Excellent. And we're just going to do the other fold like so.
-Can you see that?
Can't see where this is going, though.
And the last fold will make that shape.
-It's starting to take shape.
Here's a little heads up - it's a teddy.
Who can tell me what that looks like? What is it?
Everybody on three. One, two, three.
-It's a teddy bear!
And it'll be a bear without compare in a minute.
And if we just now switch the machine on,
like so, I think...
If we just give that a few seconds to develop.
Develop? What's going on?
That origami teddy bear should now turn into a regular teddy bear.
Isn't that amazing?
It was barely there and now it's a real bear.
Have a little look at that.
Pass it around, make sure it's all very real.
Real magic, but it's going to go from furry to scary.
The teddy's being passed around and so is some conspiratorial chatter.
Have they unfolded James' identity?
-Is that a real teddy bear?
Can I see it? Excellent, let me see that.
Let me just pop that up there. There we go.
He's put it up there so he doesn't forget it for his bedtime later.
-Did you enjoy that?
How's about we try this with something a little bit bigger?
Shall we try it with something bigger?
Bring it on.
If I come round here, turn the light on,
-can you see my hands again?
Remember, there's nothing in the light box other than his hands.
And if we take this piece of paper.
And now a piece of paper.
So if I just hold it there, can you see the piece of paper?
Now we're going to put it right in this corner over here
and we're going to do our first fold.
This is a valley fold. So we just open it up like that.
That IS a valley fold. Perhaps a Welsh valley fold.
-Can you all see that?
Fantastic. And we're going to do the second fold, which makes it
a little bit longer again.
How's he making all that out of one piece of paper?
And you'll see it's got an interesting shape now on the top.
We're going to make that slightly more interesting.
Looks like a bit of leg!
And James is definitely pulling theirs.
And that forms the shape of a kind of mountain, doesn't it?
The tension is mounting.
Last fold, like so...
What does that look like? On three. One, two, three.
-ALL: A lady.
-It's a lady, excellent!
A better silhouette than they'd expected, and given what
happened with the teddy bear, they don't dare look away.
Now, obviously this is a slightly more complex item, so it takes
a little bit longer to develop.
And hopefully if the machine has done its job,
then we should be able to turn that origami into a real...
No way, a real life lady appeared from nowhere!
Isn't that amazing?
Would you like to give her a round of applause?
What a shocker, the class are in a flap.
That was smashing, that were grand, weren't it?
Now, did you all enjoy that demonstration?
Right, enough of the messing, it's time for confessing.
Well, that just leaves one thing for us to tell you
and that is the fact that the bird was real
and the lady is real,
but we're not real.
Well, we ARE real, but we're not really origami experts.
No, we're not. And I don't really talk like that.
No, he doesn't. In fact, we're magicians
-and my name's not Ian, it's James.
-And I'm John.
And you've all been set up by your parents and teachers and you're
being filmed on cameras there and there and there
for CBBC's Help! My School Trip Is Magic!
You don't get origami tricks like that on pay-per-view.
What view did the pupils have on proceedings?
I thought it was amazing.
John placed his paper bird in and it became a feathered friend.
Look at that.
A yellow bird just came out of nowhere.
James made an origami bear that was beyond compare.
It was really surprising there was a teddy bear there,
cos he showed us at the start that there was nothing there.
The magic improved fourfold
when James unveiled a silhouette of a woman.
He opened the hatch of the door and it's just turned into a real lady.
It was all over when the real lady sprang from the box.
I was just really shocked and I was amazed.
I'd give that paper folding trick an A1.
And the class didn't see it coming.
Still to come...
Fergus reveals his ripping secret in Tricks of the Trade.
Have you worked it out yet?
And wait until you see how edgy Katherine's magic is
with these swords.
Now, we take one sword away.
Don't try this at home or castle.
But first, we asked you to send in clips of yourselves
performing your best magic tricks.
We received loads of clips from all over the country.
Each week, I'll be choosing
a favourite Wannabe Wizard
and showing them to you guys.
My Wannabe Wizard this time
is AJ from Worcester.
He's got tricks with elastic bands
that will expand your mind.
So, for the first part of the trick I'm just going to put the
rubber band around my first two fingers, just like that.
-And I'm just going to stretch them out a bit.
I'm going to make them jump to the other two fingers.
Whoa! Let's get a re-ping.
There it goes from those two fingers to the other two, but there's more.
Now, time for the hard part of this...
Well, just to make it a bit tricky for myself.
So I'll put this yellow barrier on top
so now the rubber band can't get out.
It's not going anywhere.
Just like that. So now I'll just stretch it out and...
He's never going to do this.
I can make it jump, still jump to the other two fingers.
That magic knows no bands! I mean bounds.
Now, I'm going to add this rubber band here,
so I've got yellow on these two fingers and orange on these two.
He's going for the hat-trick.
A really complicated switch.
Wow, they've switched places!
And that is the end of a magic trick.
Hang on! Where did that go?! Let's get another rewind.
It's disappeared! A trick not to be sniffed at.
This is Katherine, she's an ace magician
and a great school trip's on the cards.
I'm a big fan of her work.
No time to show off, though -
it's time to throw a curve ball at the castle.
This is Year 4 and 5 getting on the coach.
They're ready for a trip back in time,
but this will be a school outing that will go down in history.
That's because it's going to be magic!
They've been kept in the dark for ages by their parents
and teachers, so all they know is they're off to Leeds Castle.
And to confuse them further, it's not in Leeds, it's in Kent.
The castle was a Norman stronghold and then a royal palace
and was, for 300 years, the home of kings and queens of England.
It's the kind of history you couldn't make up.
And here's our magician getting made-up to look historical.
The castle's been associated with six queens of England,
so who's Katherine?
I'm playing Catherine of Aragon today who was the first wife
of King Henry VIII and she lived in this very castle,
so I'm feeling very regal.
The first of Henry's six wives
and this class are going to have the time of their lives,
but they're still travelling in their coach without horses.
While our queen of magic sashays around the grounds
getting into character.
She'd better get indoors pronto,
cos the carriages have arrived.
Katherine's turned from queen to lady-in-waiting as the cameras
are set and the kids are traipsing in through the Tudor halls.
Here they come now,
ready to see a magician playing a tour guide, playing a queen.
But it's going to be the best thing they've ever seen.
FRENCH ACCENT: Hello, boys and girls.
-Zut alors, what's with the accent?
-My name is Miss Terri.
Hang on a second, did she just say her name was mystery?!
It's a mystery how she gets away with it!
I'd like to welcome you to the castle.
You can see it is very, very old here, you know?
It was built 900 years ago by the Normans and there has been six
royal queens that have lived in this castle.
I am dressed as one today.
The class are relieved they are not her normal threads.
Can you guess who I am? Yes?
-No, I'm not Elizabeth.
No, I am the first wife of King Henry VIII, do you know who that is?
Oh, well done, that's very good. I'm dressed as Catherine of Aragon
who is the first wife of King Henry VIII.
Katherine is playing Catherine, who'd have thought it?
I feel very lucky to work here, it is
my job to restore all the old artefacts that we have.
She's certainly being arty with the facts.
I have brought some special things today to show you
in this antique box.
I wear this glove to protect the old artefacts, cos obviously
they are very precious and we don't want to damage them.
I'm going to throw you down a magical gauntlet -
keep watching that glove.
I just take out the first one.
As I say, I have to be very, very gentle when I take it out like this.
Katherine's reaching in to get the artefact.
And I show you here, so...
What's she got? Hang on, a gold glove's what she's got.
Didn't she have a white one on just now?
Let's get a rewind.
Yeah, I thought as much.
This is the attire that the knight would have used in the Tudor times,
most probably in the War of the Roses....
-I think some of them have noticed.
-..would wear things like this.
The accent's not convincing,
but the magic is, as nobody's said anything yet.
I'd like to show you something else.
She's going into that box again.
I wonder what other magic lies within?
I wonder how many lies Katherine will let out.
The suspicious school trippers are watching her closely.
I've got my beady eye on her too.
We have to make sure that they are protected all the time.
Wow, Katherine's glove was gold, it's now purple!
But have the class spotted that this trip is not what it seems?
We have here a goblet that belonged to King Edward I.
This was one of his favourite residences.
He's definitely wondering what's going on.
I have one last thing to show you.
It's all about that glove.
This is a candlestick holder.
No way, the glove's white again, you've got to love that!
Which they would've used in those days,
cos what did they not have? Anyone know?
-Electricity, very good.
They're answering her questions,
but they're too shocked to ask any of their own.
So you can see there is a lot, a lot,
a lot of treasure trove inside this beautiful box that I have.
And presumably a lot of gloves now.
Katherine blew their socks off with her glove-changing trick.
A white gloved hand went in,
a gold one came out.
It went back in and emerged purple.
One last time and it was all white -
in fact it was more than all white, it was brilliant!
The gloves might be off, but this next trick must be handled
with care, as the magic gets even edgier.
Now it's time for Fergus to reveal the secret in Tricks of the Trade.
Fergus will show you how to rip a piece of paper like this
into three pieces, by only holding two of the corners.
Do you pull it with all your might?
No, that won't work.
Do you get a friend to help?
No way, that's cheating! Get out, Katherine.
It's simple, when you know the secret.
First you have to hold the
centre piece of the paper with your mouth.
Good job I do the talking bit for this, eh?
Then still holding the two corners, just pull.
Never said you couldn't use your mouth, did we?!
It's a cheeky one that will have your mates open-mouthed
at your audacity.
Get that man a glass of water!
It's back to the castle where our Queen Catherine is ready to
do some right royal magic.
I don't know if you've noticed, there is a moat travelling
all around the outside of the castle. Have you seen it?
It travels all around the outside and it was there to protect
everyone from knights that would come and attack the castle.
And you know in 1139, the castle was besieged by a man called
Stephen of Blois and he was the grandson of William the Conqueror.
All absolutely true.
Can you imagine what sort of things would they have used,
the knights, to fight people?
-Some cutting insults?
Excellent, very good,
they would've had armour to protect themselves. What else?
Would they use bow and arrows?
They would've used bow and arrows. Very, very good. Yes?
Um, daggers and knives?
Yes, they would have used knife and what do we call a very big knife?
-What do we call this?
-A sword, excellent.
This class are sharp!
So you can see behind me, I have three very big swords.
These are Arabian swords, they're very, very strong.
Some super strong magic coming up.
And I'm going to have my friend Tipi come up and help me.
And also two other friends of mine.
Here come some of Katherine's loyal subjects to do her magical bidding.
And we will demonstrate to you quite how strong these swords are, OK?
These are trained magicians, do not
play with swords at home or in your own castle, if you have one.
-They can't look.
-And also it was said...
The pupils can't believe what they've sword! I mean seen.
I'm always mixing them up.
These swords were a gift to King Henry VIII by an Arabian prince.
-He's trying to work it out.
-Thank you, guys.
This trick is in the balance.
-So how are you feeling, Tipi?
You're feeling OK? Tipi is feeling good.
A relief to everyone in the room.
You see she's balancing on three swords now.
Katherine's incredibly removing one of the swords.
Now we take one sword away.
Katherine's queenish and they're squeamish.
So she is balancing on only two swords.
Hey, guys, Madame two swords? Anyone?!
-Tipi is feeling OK, yes?
Course she's OK,
she gets a lie down for this bit.
She can't be about to balance on just one sword, though, can she?
Easy does it.
I take the second sword, as well.
It's impossible and yet they can all see it!
You see, nothing underneath.
You can see quite how strong the swords are -
so, so strong. Here we go.
This trick is tiptop and the absolute pinnacle of this trip.
She's able to balance on only one sword.
-How do you feel, Tipi?
Good, shall we give Tipi a big round of applause? Very good.
-Thank you, Tipi.
-Bravo for her bravery.
Thank you. So, can you imagine in those days...
She's being taken off and the class can't take their eyes off.
You see those swords are very, very strong, never bend.
But do you know what? I have been bending the truth just a little bit.
Understatement of the 16th century.
My name is not Miss Terri.
There goes the mystery.
My name is Katherine.
The silver doubloon has dropped!
And you've all been set up by your teachers and your parents
and you're being filmed right now.
There's a camera over there, over there,
and there's a camera over there
and you're going to be on CBBC's Help! My School Trip Is Magic!
At that royal magic, one is most amused,
but what did the class think?
It was amazing.
A sharp analysis.
Queen Catherine's subjects put her assistant atop three swords.
I was just like, "Oh..." Just felt really weird.
The class could barely look, as Katherine whipped the first
Her back was on one and the rest of her body was just laying
there straight, without moving.
It was a pivotal moment when Katherine removed the second sword.
I thought she would fall, but she wasn't
and she was just floating in the air.
She stayed up and they'd all been set up.
I can't believe our teachers did that.
The kids were fooled
but no magic assistants were harmed in the making of that trick.
Don't try it at home,
this can only be achieved on a school trip that's magic.
She was a bit full of herself.
She should be called Catherine of Arrogant!
-Oh, sorry, very unprofessional,
that's my phone, sorry.
-CHATTERING ON PHONE
-Sorry you heard that.
It was a joke.
She hasn't AraGONE yet.
See you later, but until then if you're on a school trip
and you think that something magic's going on, maybe YOU'LL find
yourself shouting, "Help! My School Trip Is Magic!"
KATHERINE SHOUTS DOWN THE PHONE
I'm doing the end of the show.
Undercover magicians surprise kids with magic tricks, while they are on their school trip. Will John have the pupils in creases when he makes his origami creations come to life at the toy museum? And dressed as a Tudor queen, Katherine's trick is in the balance when she displays sharp skills with swords.