Coo, That's a Big Pigeon! Now You See It


Coo, That's a Big Pigeon!

Magic tricks from around the world. We meet a photobombing prankster on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Keith Barry indulges in a little mind reading.


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In the world of magic, speed is everything.

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But if you want to make a fast buck, don't lose your head.

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Welcome to Now You See It.

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Ooh, Stephanie Jayne's good at making money.

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All you need is cardboard with a hole cut in it and a 5 bill.

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You shake it.

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And I've heard of taking money out of a hole in the wall.

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Here's Stephanie again with what is possibly

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the world's smallest magazine.

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We should be friends, Stephanie.

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I've got some old chip wrappers with your name on them.

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IN AMERICAN ACCENT: Over now to the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

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I got in there with you.

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Three, good.

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Did you want just the two of you?

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Yes, I bombed your photo.

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You want me to take one of you guys?

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One, two, three.

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Perfect. I got in there with you.

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-I just got in real fast. Took the picture.

-OK.

-Is that cool?

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He's convinced these people that although he's taking the photos,

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he's also in them.

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Perfect. Hope you don't mind, I got in there with you guys.

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Cos I just figured the three of us would look good together.

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Of course, the biggest mystery here is what does off-duty Spider-Man

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keep in his bum bag?

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Got it.

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One, two, three.

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Right before I took the picture, I just ran around.

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One, two, three.

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This guy was obviously cut out to be a magician.

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What do I do when I'm not doing magic tricks?

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Oh, read, watch TV,

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hit a ping pong ball up some stairs

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and into a jar of sweets.

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The usual.

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OK, if you fancy trying your hand at a few tricks,

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here's our Beginner's Guide To Magic.

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This week, levitation.

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When you're starting out, careful preparation is important.

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Millimetres can make the difference between success and failure.

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Choosing the right person from the audience

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to assist you on stage is key.

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Someone who will not only follow your instructions to the letter,

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but can also pull off that tricky jean/blazer combo.

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Breathe deeply - you need to be completely relaxed in order

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to successfully defy the laws of gravity

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and astound your audience with your ability to float in mid-air.

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And most importantly...

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..don't forget levitation is actually impossible

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without some sort of magic prop.

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I'll tell you what actually is possible, though.

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Mind reading. Let's watch Keith Barry do some now.

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Excuse me, can I stop you for two seconds?

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-Yeah.

-I know it's a little bit strange, but very quickly,

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think of a flower. Change your mind to a different flower.

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-Change your mind again.

-All right.

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Keep changing your mind, that's the flower right now.

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-Have you got a flower in mind?

-Yes.

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Go on, say self-raising.

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-An orchid.

-An orchid?

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It's for you, have a nice day.

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-Hydrangea.

-That's an unusual flower.

-SHE LAUGHS

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-Have a good day.

-Thank you.

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-Daisy.

-Really?

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-What?!

-It's for you, thank you.

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Master magician Andrew Mayne is out and about, causing more mischief.

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I'm going to help you secure your bike, so nobody steals it.

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Sound good? We don't need that. We don't need that.

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What you need to do is go grab your back tyre.

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You are going to pick this up, OK.

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Hold on to it.

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Right. Just like that.

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-You're secure.

-What did you just do, bro?

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How am I going to get home?

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Can I be honest, I don't quite trust your bike lock system.

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I don't trust your shampoo, let me show you something.

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Just like that. All right.

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Just boom.

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He's the best bike magician ever,

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at least he is according to his spokes-person.

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Excuse me!

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I want you to have peace of mind tonight to know that your bike's not

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-going to get stolen.

-The whole night?

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Eternity? Sure. Yeah.

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Grab your back tyre.

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Just like that.

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Oh, snap!

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Oh, that's actually pretty good.

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-You know, I'll never be able to get that out.

-That's the idea.

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Thanks.

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-Hey!

-Go on, catch him.

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Oh, if only you had a bike.

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Oh, this sucks.

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Dude... Dude...

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Is he coming back?

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Ah, let's hope Keith Barry pops up and offers her gladioli.

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Now, nothing to see here.

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Just a man nonchalantly carrying a mannequin down the street in Brazil.

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The mannequin loses her head,

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then simply by having some fake workmen walk past

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with a big piece of wood, a fake paving slab and a real woman

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willing to stand in a sewer,

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the illusion is all set.

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Yeah, if I saw a body part on the ground, I'd probably leave it.

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But I'm weird like that.

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Let's just see one more, then we'll knock it on the head.

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Now, Young and Strange -

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not just the phrase that appeared on all my school reports,

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but also the name of this act.

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One day, they hope to perform in Las Vegas,

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but for now, it's Swindon.

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Is he going to disappear into that massive trophy in the shop window?

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Whoa, and he's up there. Brilliant.

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Who could fail to be impressed by that?

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This lady.

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Although, to be fair, he is in her flat.

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Now, we seem to be at a car wash. ACCORDION MUSIC PLAYS

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And by the music, I think I can guess what country we're in.

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That's right, Spain.

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This wizard is just polishing up la voiture before his next magic show.

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He specialises in bird magic.

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But I hear a rumour that the dove wants to quit the act.

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Well, that's one way to hand in your notice.

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Now, it's time for Franz Harary

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to make an actual, real-live plane vanish in

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The Big Finish.

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Let Franz explain.

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In my business, there's an old adage -

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to make something disappear in a puff of smoke.

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I wanted to make a stunt plane disappear in a puff of smoke.

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We had one plane coming directly at me, at about 180mph,

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we have a second plane, which is going to come perpendicular

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and cross in front of me at 200mph.

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Now, we would have to time our illusions such

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that both of these planes would align themselves up perfectly,

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if for some reason, God forbid,

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the illusion should fail,

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the stunt plane would come ploughing into me at over 200mph.

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Now, I don't know about you, but I'm a bit nervous.

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Plus, I haven't understood a word he's saying.

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You are cleared for take-off.

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Fox ground, RB triple nine's here, tango, do you copy?

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John, we're good.

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What's he doing on top of that giant ironing board?

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-Checkpoint one.

-Checkpoint one, looking good, bro.

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-Checkpoint B.

-OVER RADIO:

-'Have a visual on ten.

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-'It looks great from here.'

-C, Mark?

-All looks good from here.

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OVER RADIO: 'Franz, yeah, roger.

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'Mel here, I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing. Over.'

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All points checked and clear, give it to me, guys.

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-OVER RADIO:

-'We all look good, Franz. We're waiting for your cue.'

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All right, let's do this.

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OVER RADIO: 'Franz, please don't do this.

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'You'll get knocked over. Over.'

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Go!

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The entire plane's vanished.

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Normally, it's just the luggage.

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That is so cool.

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Join us next time to enjoy more cool magic from around the planet

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as the world's greatest and not so great magicians keep us entertained.

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OVER RADIO: 'Over and out.'

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We meet a photobombing prankster on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Keith Barry indulges in a little mind reading and Andrew Mayne presents a magical bike-locking system that is probably a bit too secure. A larger-than-life pigeon causes trouble at a French car wash, American illusionist Franz Harary attempts to make an entire plane vanish in midair, and a lady in Brazil loses her head, and for our big finish, usually it's just the bags that go missing!