Illusionist Tries To Top Previous Seasons With More Spectacular Magic When The Series, Filmed Live In Hollywood, Premieres Across The Country May 20 At 8:00PM
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 11, 2016 – Michael Grandinetti hopes that, by the end of the summer, people around the country will be feeling one thing – true and utter amazement. Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience”, Grandinetti has many surprises in store when he returns for the third season of “Masters of Illusion” on The CW, premiering nationally May 20 at 8pm.
Currently airing in over 100 countries around the world and hosted by actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), the 13 all-new episodes for the series third season recently completed filming in Hollywood. Here is a sneak peak of one of Michael’s NEW performances for the international version of the show and an impromptu performance at a Los Angeles radio station promoting the series:
https://youtu.be/XCYOkuspCnM – The Painting Illusion (NEW)
https://youtu.be/UMvUak3yWHQ – Impromptu Magic at The Sound 100.3FM
One of the popular performers on the show, Michael has performed some of his favorite illusions on the series over the past two years, including levitating 10 feet above the stage, shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, causing live goldfish to appear from his bare hands, and vanishing from high above the stage and reappearing in the center of the audience. For the upcoming season, Michael undertook the challenge of developing and performing all new illusions with the goal of amazing audiences even further. Some of the never before seen illusions that Michael unveiled for this year include:
Audience Member Levitation
The classic levitation illusion is pushed to its limits as Michael suspends an unrehearsed audience member in mid-air while isolated in the center of the stage and as the camera moves completely around the magic.
The Body Eraser
Michael visibly causes half of his body to disappear, while the other half continues to interact with the audience. This one looks like a Hollywood special effect LIVE.
Sleight Of Hand Magic
Using a borrowed dollar bill and a borrowed purse from a member of the audience, Michael creates a surprising teleportation illusion that was the talk of the show.
Magic In The Center Of The Audience
Taking the magic away from the stage, Michael attempts to create one of magic’s most famous effects, right in the center of the audience.
Blue Box Teleportation
An audience member, while filming with his camera, takes an unexpected ride in this roller coaster of an illusion filled with surprises and the unexpected.
Not your ordinary magician, Michael Grandinetti is a modern young illusionist with a contemporary style, an engaging personality, and an inventory of stunning original illusions. Michael’s career history includes performances on television series and specials (NBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, CW’s Masters of Illusion, Pop’s Don’t Blink, FOX’s Bones, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, SportsCenter, The Bold and the Beautiful), for NFL halftime shows while surrounded by 70,000 people, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in theaters, casinos, and arenas around the country and even at The White House. Michael was also the first illusionist ever invited to appear in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, where he levitated a girl high above a float as it moved down Constitution Avenue as 250,000 people lined the streets. This past December, Michael performed on Hollywood Blvd for the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, broadcast to millions around the world and, just last month, he performed NBA halftime shows for both the Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls game (Milwaukee, WI), and the record setting Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs game (Oakland, CA). In that one week alone, over 40,000 people witnessed Michael’s magic LIVE.
Masters of Illusion is produced by Associated Television International, with executive producers David McKenzie (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “Marie”), Al Schwartz (The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards” 2013 & 2014, “The Gulf is Back”), Gay Blackstone (“The World Magic Awards 2007-2009) and David Martin (“Marie”), along with co-executive producers Justin Pierce (“The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance”) and Jim Romanovich (“Inside Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”). Sony Pictures Television will handle the show’s international distribution.
For more information on Michael Grandinetti, please visit www.michaelgrandinetti.com