With a brand new series of Magician Impossible on the way, Loaded had a sit down with Bradford-born street magician Dynamo to talk Fall Out Boy, making magic cool and getting stuck in Hurricane Sandy.
What can you tell us about the new series of Magician Impossible?
I know I’m going to say this anyway, but I do feel that this is the best series I’ve ever made. The first episode is my favourite out of all three series. We filmed it in New York, and it was very tough to make because we got caught in Hurricane Sandy. At that time, with the storm coming, thoughts of finishing the show kind of went out the window – it was more like, are we going to survive? It’s very easy to watch on the news about a natural disaster in another part of the world. But to be in it, not really knowing the situation, not really know how it’s going to pan out – that’s scary.
Where were you holed up?
We were in the Empire Hotel, midtown. It was literally three days after we’d got there. We’d just started filming; we didn’t have any contingency worked out for the filming. It was scary, but what was amazing was how the people of New York came together to rebuild the city. Two days after people were out there rebuilding it and the energy – considering that they’ve just gone through one of the biggest natural disasters that’s ever hit New York, that spirit really kept the city alive.
You’re quite into your hip-hop aren’t you?
Well, music in general. People always know me for the hip-hop stuff, but I’ve got such an eclectic music taste, I think it would surprise a lot of people.
My favourite band in the world is Linkin Park. And I love Fall Out Boy, they’re a bit cheesy I guess – they’re really American, but I do love some of their stuff. I want to see them live. I love dubstep as well, and obviously I’ve just got the Yeezus album. When it comes to hip-hop, most of the stuff I’m listening to is underground stuff, though.
Do you think you’ve made magic cool?
I personally think that magic’s always been cool. I think that I’ve made magic current. I do think magic has always been cool, but there’s just been lots of bad examples of magic. That’s why when people see me, even to this day, they say: ‘Oh, this guy’s a magician, okay show us some magic then.’ But then when they see it they realise that it’s a bit different. I think my focus hasn’t been on making it cool; I just want to do good magic.
How often do you get stopped in the street and asked to do tricks?
I don’t just get stopped in the street now. I’ll be driving along the motorway, obviously at the speed limit – 70mph, and I’ll hear some papping and I’ll look to the left and some guy will be motioning to wind the window down and then they’re like: ‘Do us some magic, show us a trick Dynamo!’ And I’m like, um, okay, I’m driving here… we’re on the motorway. It is random, yeah, but it’s nice in a way. I never really get any negative stuff shouted at me; it’s always admiration which is nice. You’ve just got to embrace it, it comes with the territory.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible starts on Thursday 11th July at 9pm on Watch