Tuesday, April 22, 2008

‘Celebracadabra!’ is an ace in the hole for VH1

Celebrities pulling rabbits out of their hats? Score. VH1 dabbles in a little hocus pocus with their new celebreality show "Celebracadabra!" premiering 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

For the handful of folks who got a sneak peek of the program last Sunday at midnight (VH1 aired the premiere episode to test the waters), you know that openly gay comedian and "Celebrity Fit Club" host, ANT, steals the show—for better or worse. Whether he’s vying to be "Celebracadabra’s" Omarosa or he seriously has pent-up animosity toward singer/talk-show host Carnie Wilson, his claws were out throughout most of the episode.

Of course, former "Queer as Folk" cutie Hal Sparks (pictured above) takes a less combative approach and ultimately wins over the judges as well as the crowds on the street with his goofball approach to magic.

Hosted by actor and magician Jonathan Levit, "Celebracadabra!" transforms a crop of celebs into masters of magic. ANT, Sparks and Wilson as well as C. Thomas Howell, actress and comedian Lisa Ann Walter, Chris 'Kid' Reid and the Pussycat Doll's Kimberly Wyatt learn some eye-catching and jaw-dropping tricks from a crew of the most respected and noteworthy magicians in the world.

The judges include master magicians Max Maven, Jeff McBride and host Jonathan Levit who will determine which celebrities advance to the next round and get a shot at facing off in a battle of ultimate illusions in Vegas for a grand prize of $100,000 from Ellusionist.com.

The tagline: "Seven wannabe magicians enter the castle but only one can be, ‘The Best Celebrity Magician.’’

Based on last Sunday’s sneak peek, "Celebracadabra!" is another ace in the hole to add to VH1’s growing arsenal of must-see celebreality programs. Click here for the lowdown.

UPDATE: In an unexpected twist, '80s film actor C. Thomas Howell beat out Hal Sparks take home the show's top prize, bragging rights and $100,000.

1 comment:

Dodd said...

We have posted interviews with each of the Judges and the show host (Jeff McBride, Max Maven, Jonathan Levit) and the show's Executive Producer (Chris Martin) at the Magic Newswire and in our Podcast feed for those interested in learning a bit more about what it was like on set. In addition, they each speak of their personal history in magic. I hope that you enjoy these!


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