Sure, magic is great and all — and far from underserved in the entertainment world — but you know what there’s just not enough of? Dangerous, death defying magic. But fear not, lethal-magic lovers, for Netflix is conjuring up a new series which likely cost a great deal to insure: Death By Magic.
Death By Magic, aka DBM, is the apparent death-wish of British magician DMC, aka Drummond Money-Coutts, who travels around the globe recreating the stunts that offed his forbearers. So he’s obviously a smart guy full of self-preservation.
But hey, one man’s disregard for his own well-being is the gain of the magic-loving masses, as we’ll get to follow DMC to four continents as he tries to cheat death in the most creative ways, from being buried under wet concrete, to getting shot at from point-blank range (while apparently making an audience member pull the trigger) to escaping confinement as a speeding train barrels down. And somewhere along the way he apparently does card tricks for mermaids too, as you can see in today’s trailer…
Fortunately, from the looks of DMC’s still active Instagram account, he appears to have survived the many ordeals of not just re-creating these death-not-defying tricks, but also making them even bigger, grander, and more dangerous than the ones that killed his idols.
In a recent post, presumably from after filming, he describes the show as "a eulogy and a celebration of the dream-chasers who pushed themselves to the absolute limits of what is possible within our craft. It has been the greatest privilege of my life to create this body of work alongside my heroes within the industry, to capture beautiful magic across four continents - and even to have the experience of staring death in the face on multiple occasions.”
Then he goes on to describe that sensation a bit, while also quoting Kung Fu Pandu.
Death By Magic is being produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (Hell’s Kitchen, Ninja Warrior). The first season magically appears on Netflix Nov. 30, joining a slew of other magic related offerings at the streamer, including the recent street magic series Magic For Humans.