'Death by Magic' Star Drummond Money-Coutts Teases 3 Death-Defying Tricks
Move over, Harry Potter!
British magician Drummond Money-Coutts has nothing up his sleeves — and everything to lose — in this new series that chronicles his attempts to do mind-blowing stunts that killed other illusionists. “What drives me is the thought that I can represent to children what my heroes represented to me,” he says, crediting a strange childhood for his interest in “dangerous magic.” Here, he teases three don’t-try-these-at-home tricks.
Inspired by a magician who drowned during an act in 1930, Money-Coutts is still chilled by his own twist on the scenario: “It wasn’t a failure, but it was, for me, the most traumatic.” Given that it involves being chained inside a car that is then flooded with water, we can see why!
While every stunt comes with its own scares, Money-Coutts had an unexpectedly emotional experience working with the sons of a magician who died in 1990 during a botched buried-alive feat. He says their participation in his own take “[took it] full circle, carrying the torch for [their dad] and completing what he couldn’t.”
“In terms of immediate danger, perhaps the worst one for me was the fire stunt,” he recalls of his attempt to escape a suspended cage hanging from ropes that have been set ablaze (inspired by a trick that claimed one of Harry Houdini’s closest contemporaries in 1911). “When you’re dealing with fire, you’ve got all these elements that change every time you try it. It didn’t go, let’s say, as planned!"
Death by Magic, Series Premiere, Friday, Nov. 30, Netflix
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This article also appeared in the Nov 26 - Dec 9 issue of TV Guide Magazine.