The Magic Circle worked closely with Qi's production team to research and construct questions for the showThe BBC brings magic to our TV screens this Christmas Eve with help from the Magic Circle, as the special festive edition of Qi focuses on the topic of ‘Hocus Pocus’. Daniel Radcliffe is the special guest contestant alongside comedians Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Alan Davies, and special contributions come from Vice President of The Magic Circle Scott Penrose.
The Magic Circle worked closely with Qi's production team to research and construct questions for the show. Two of the Qi’s ‘Question Wranglers’ toured The Magic Circle HQ, meeting with key representatives including Museum Curator Lionel Russell, Archivist David Hibberd and Librarian Peter Lane. They were looking for history, characters and quirks for the show in which host Stephen Fry awards points for being interesting rather than necessarily being correct. Having worked out a format, Vice President Scott Penrose met with the producers to re-create one of the tricks discussed by the contestants and also to provide special illusions for the show’s climax.
Says Nick Fitzherbert, PRO of The Magic Circle: “I can’t reveal too much because Stephen Fry swore us all to secrecy and, of course, they always film much more than ends up in the edited version. However, the Question Wranglers with whom we worked were truly thrilled in the green room afterwards, saying they believe it is probably the best edition of Qi they have ever made and one that everyone will be talking about for a long time afterwards. What I can report is that Daniel Radcliffe held his own among the comedians, certainly knew his magic and charmed everyone over drinks afterwards.”
‘Hocus Pocus’, Qi’s Christmas special is broadcast at 9.30pm on BBC 1 on Christmas Eve. The extended edition goes out on BBC 2 at 10.30pm on Wednesday December 29.