Magic Consulting for TV and Film
Martyn has created magic effects, plots and props that have been used in TV shows and in feature films in the UK and abroad.
CREATING MAGIC FOR ITV2's Tricked
Working for ITV Studios, Martyn was Co-Writer and Magic Producer on all three series of the hit ITV2 show Tricked.
A hidden camera magic-based prank show that targets celebrities and members of the public when they least expect it. The first series aired in October 2013 and attracted 30% more viewers than the time slot average. The most popular episode featuring Helen Flanagan getting spooked by a ghost was watched by 1.2million people.
The stunt below involving the Boy Band 'Blue' and a caravan created an enormous amount of discussion on the internet and in the press...
This series went on to win Best Entertainment Series in the Broadcast Digital Awards in 2014, beating competition from 'Release the Hounds', 'Made in Chelsea' and Channel 4 magic show 'Troy'.
Series 2 and 3 followed and gave ITV2 its highest rating Tuesday night since 2008.
A spectacular illusion where a speeding car vanished in a puff of smoke bewildered viewers. It also led TOWIE's Joey Essex to believe that the show's star, Ben Hanlin, had been back in time, and brought Michael Jackson back to meet him.
Austrian Magic for TrickFabrik
Popular Austrian Author and TV Presenter Thomas Brezina created a format for an exciting Childrens' Magic Show for ORF, and Martyn was delighted to be asked to be a Magic Consultant.
The first series required magic tricks and illusions for 13 episodes – so nearly 100 close up magic effects and stage illusions with a modern twist were created. The show contained a mixture of live studio-based magic combined with big illusions on location.
Illusions created included making a Fire Engine appear, and making the Vienna Donauturm (Vienna's tallest builing) vanish! The show also taught the viewers simple tricks, and encouraged thousands of children to try magic as a hobby. Series 2 was quickly commissioned. Martyn was once again asked to advise and an additional 100 magic effects were written and produced.
The show won a prestigious Intermedia-Globe Silver Award at The WorldMediaFestival.
Magic for Feature Films
Oliver Twist (dir. Roman Polanski)
In Roman Polanski's version of Oliver Twist, several magic and pickpocketing sequences were required. Martyn was called upon as a Magic Consultant.
The trailer for the film contains three Pickpocketing scenes created and choreographed by Martyn
Whist working on the film in Prague, Martyn was also asked to entertain at Polanski's birthday party!
The Illusionist (dir. Neil Burger)
Martyn worked on the magic sequences in the film 'The Illusionist'. Many effects were created for the film, a highlight being an orange that seems to fall in slow motion.
Although it looks like CGI, it's a live magic trick that is performed by Edward Norton.
The stills above showing Martyn performing the trick are taken from the proof of concept video that was sent to the Director.