Three-part special heads to Sky One and NOW TV with all episodes available on 9th
To celebrate Dynamo’s return to television, the first teaser for the new Sky original, Dynamo: Beyond Belief, with all episodes available on 9th
April, has been released today.
Beyond Belief is a three-part magic special that combines jaw-dropping magic with the story of Dynamo’s road to recovery after the career threatening onslaught of chronic arthritis.
Throughout the three episodes, stunning moments of magic are intertwined with Dynamo’s brutally honest back story narrative. The gripping series slowly reveals Dynamo’s journey from the start of his illness, through to the height of his hospitalisation where he created over 200 new magic ideas sketched from his hospital bed, and finally to his return to health.
From the neon lights of Tokyo to the Day of the Dead festival in San Miguel De Allende, Dynamo visits extraordinary and dramatic places all over the world. He performs a spine tingling encounter with a Geisha in one of Tokyo’s royal tea rooms, makes vodka shots turn to ice in the heart of Moscow’s underworld and embarks on a daring adventure in one of Mexico’s notorious Barrios.
Two of the key moments in the show, and the most dangerous pieces Dynamo has ever undertaken, include a terrifying, high-octane blindfold reverse drive in a yellow taxi through central Moscow and a breath-taking Fast & Furious-style underground ‘Tokyo Drift’ car meet in Japan where he attempts to stop a high-powered car with his bare hands, whilst a live audience look on astounded.
Travelling around the world, the locations throughout Beyond Belief include Tokyo, Chiba, Dubai, Moscow, Mexico City, San Miguel De Allende, London and Los Angeles. In addition to Dynamo’s preparation, he learned Japanese, Russian and Spanish before filming to create a deeper connection with his global audiences.
Beyond Belief is filmed on anamorphic prime lenses giving the series a stunning filmic quality, combining both documentary and cinematic styles. The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK and Ireland, and Phil Edgar Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Sky’s Head of Entertainment. Shirley Jones is the commissioning editor and the series will be executive produced by Dan Albion for Inner Circle Films, Lucy Ansbro for Phil McIntyre Television and Abigail Adams for Motion Content Group.
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Steven Frayne aka Dynamo emerged into the UK’s magic scene in 2004 after moving to London to pursue the creation of the first ever magic ‘mixtape’. Performing his magic on the streets of London - Dynamo’s fan base exploded as he fast became the hottest performer on the party circuit; amazing A-Listers whilst continuing to grow his online fanbase via YouTube.
Dynamo's subsequent debut TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible became a huge international hit, enthralling over 250 million viewers across 193 territories. The show was awarded TV Show of the Year at the 2013 Virgin Media Awards as well as Best Entertainment Programme at the 2013 Broadcast Awards and gained a hat-trick of BAFTA nominations, with three subsequent nominations for Best Entertainment Show.
Meanwhile, Dynamo remains the first magician in history to headline world famous arenas such as the O2 in London (3 nights), Manchester’s MEN arena and the Rod Laver arena in Sydney. His critically acclaimed live tour Seeing is Believing erupted from a 10 date run into a 3 yearlong behemoth, selling over 750,000+ tickets and filling arenas across the UK, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand. Both of Dynamo’s book releases ‘Dynamo – The Book of Secrets’ and ‘Nothing is Impossible – My Story’ reached no1 on the Bestsellers Lists, making him a Sunday Times Bestselling Author.
Dynamo’s worldwide following has continued to grow online, with a social media footprint of 8.2 million making him one of the most followed magicians in the world. Most recently, Dynamo was included in Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Magicians in both 2016 and 2017, cementing his status as one of the most prolific magicians of all time.