Just like it sounds, Syfy‘s Wizard Wars, which premieres on Tuesday, August 19 at 10/9c, is a magician’s competition series. Every week will bring new contestants, and the winners of the preliminary round then compete against a recurring “home team” of magicians for $10,000 or bragging rights, depending on the winner. The panel of judges includes Penn & Teller.
Here’s the TV spot, followed by the press release with all the details:
TV Spot: Wizard Wars
SYFY PREMIERES NEW COMPETITION SERIES WIZARD WARS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT
Celebrated Magic Team Penn & Teller Judge Competition
NEW YORK – August 4, 2014 – Syfy debuts an exciting new six-episode competition series, Wizard Wars, on Tuesday, August 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, introducing bright and innovative young magicians who must impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects.
Innovation takes center stage as the magicians transform objects such as dog treats, leaf blowers, a pirate’s costume and garden gnomes into engaging magic performances before a live audience. Each episode begins with two teams of magicians going head-to-head with a limited amount of time to create an original routine. The winning team will then enter “The Wizard War” and compete against the expert “home team” of world-renowned “Wizards” to battle it out for bragging rights, and a $10,000 prize.
Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi, YouTube sensation and contemporary street illusionist Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits will compete as the home team. These masterful performers and magic creators cover every discipline in magic from sleight of hand to large-scale stage illusion.
Joining the legendary Penn & Teller on the judging panel is the 2012 winner of BBC’s The Magicians, Jason Latimer, and popular web host Christen Gerhart .
The series premiere features two edgy young American magic creators, Kyle Marlett of Las Vegas, NV and Dalton Wayne of Columbus, OH, against a team of Canada’s best illusionists, Chris Funk and Ekaterina. Their challenge is to take Spam and Super Soakers and incorporate them into a fresh magic performance.
With each episode the magicians will be challenged to continue to push magic to new and greater heights, and the world will be one step closer to discovering the next great contemporary magician. The series is hosted by Ellen Fox.
Wizard Wars is produced by A. Smith & Co. (Hell’s Kitchen). Executive producers are Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.
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Wizard Wars premieres Tuesday, August 19 at 10/9c on Syfy.