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Netflix magically expands its slate with illusionist specials

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Jan 24, 2018

Netflix loves easy-to-produce content, which is why the streaming service's robust lineup is bursting with stand-up specials and children’s animation. Now, the company, which has been aggressively expanding into high-profile and bigger-budget franchises (with Bright and, possibly, Cloverfield), is beefing up its in-house programming slate with magic performances.

 

According to Deadline, Netflix’s latest acquisition has conjured up British illusionist Derren Brown. He's got a new special being commissioned by the streaming giant, which is also purchasing two of his previous works, Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge and Derren Brown: Miracle. The magician has been performing for the screen since 2000, but only recently brought his stage show stateside with the mind-reading-based Secret.

 

Details of the new special are being kept under similar wraps, but the other specials coming to Netflix involve examinations of murder and faith healing, all under an illusory, psychologically manipulative guise.

 

While plenty of British unknowns have found success in the U.S. thanks to Netflix — it had previously purchased a documentary series from comedic magician Justin Willman — this is the first time a magician has had a stage performance brought to the service.

 

Derren Brown: The Push, the special version of Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge, launches on Netflix on Feb. 27. By that time, we may know more about the new special and any other plans the service might have in the realms of magic.

 

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