Channel 4’s new magic show Ben Earl: Trick Artist mystified and annoyed in equal measure, with some viewers amazed by the magician’s skills and others labelling him a con artist.
The series, which aired its first episode tonight, saw Earl demonstrate his mastery of sleight of hand and deception with a range of illusions based around crime.
Stunts included catching a speeding bullet and leaping from the top of a moving car, while he also went to prison to perform with ex-convicts and taught audience members how to be a pickpocket.
Many were taken aback by his tricks, with one viewer tweeting: ‘This Ben Earl fella is quality… Dynamo officially has a challenger!’ and another adding: ‘Derren is still number one but Ben Earl is pretty impressive.’
Other felt conned by how extreme his tricks were however. One user wrote: ‘Anyone that believes Ben Earl can genuinely catch a bullet…
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