‘Magic start’ to the week for birthday boy Michael Murphy

first_imgDonegal GAA star Michael Murphy is set to appear on a brand new magic show which is being broadcast on Irish TV.One of Ireland’s most sought after and exciting close-up professional magicians Rodney Hogg launches on television his new six-part series tonight.Produced and filmed by Donegal man, Brendan Bradas O Donnell of Jacksonsmediatv, the 6 part series was filmed over 8 months. The first show has Donegals own star, Michael Murphy appearing, along with world class snooker players, Joe Swail and Mark Allen, Northern Ireland soccer stars, Stuart Dallas, Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, and each and everyone of these sports stars are amazed at the close up tricks.Promising to have viewers’ jaws dropping as he performs complex tricks on unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public, Derry magician Rodd Hogg is filmed walking about city streets as he journeys through Belfast, Dublin, Kerry, Liverpool, Manchester and London, stopping off at live venues, hotels, bars and restaurants.The popular magician’s skills are fully on display as he performs his close-up magic tricks to camera. He said: “In each episode I perform six different tricks with six different groups of people and perform an individual trick on one famous face also. Everything you see on TV is exactly as it happens.“The focus is very much on the audience and their reactions and how magic can touch people emotionally and provide a real sense of wonder. So it is all about the people who watch magic because without an audience it would not exist.Rodd Hogg was awarded the title of ‘Irish Ring Close-Up Magic Champion’ by the Brotherhood of Magicians in 2013 and is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle in London.He said: “Magic is an art form and probably one of the most unique because you really connect with people and make them forget about everything going on around them.”Very much an entertainer as well as a magician, Hogg is admired for his breezy style and cheerful manner that puts those around him at ease. He even manages to incorporate a little bit of playful stealing in his act.He continued: “In a recession I’ll never go poor,” Hogg admits, sending a warning shot to anyone around him to hold on tight to their rings, watches and wallets. “I would like to highlight I always give stuff back,” he quickly said, revealing he can never resist including the stealing tricks for the looks of amazement on people’s faces when they see their watch gone from their wrist. “That reaction is priceless!”The part-time stuntman also enjoys being shackled in handcuffs under water with a limited time to escape. He concluded: “I am really excited about the show because people like to be entertained and love to be amazed. There is quite a lot of work to it because I am designing tricks never seen before. It’s about pushing yourself to the limit and seeing what you can achieve.”The six-part series starts on August 4 at 8.30pm and goes out every Thursday over six weeks. Be sure to tune in for some riveting magic and top class entertainment.‘Magic start’ to the week for birthday boy Michael Murphy was last modified: August 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan Bradas O’DonnellFeaturesIrish TVMichael MurphyMusicianRodney Hogglast_img

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