Demise-defying British magician Drummond Cash-Coutts performs stunts which have killed others in “Demise By Magic.”
The eight-episode Netflix collection follows Cash-Coutts (who calls himself DMC for brevity functions), 32, as he travels to varied cities to study stunts that went fatally fallacious for different magicians.On the finish of every episode, he performs his personal interpretation of the lethal stunt.
“After I met with [the producers] in Los Angeles, I stated, ‘I wish to make a magic present that nourishes individuals past simply, ‘Right here is one thing unimaginable,’ ” he says. “Storytelling, for me, has at all times been an exquisite means of doing that. And so we struck upon the concept of celebrating the individuals and spirit behind what are a few of the most tragic tales inside magic. Clearly there’s an incredible disappointment to the analysis, however I actually do see it like we will permit these individuals to stay on by the tales we inform about what they achieved.”
Most of those stunts contain Houdini-style escape acts. As an example, the present’s London episode sees DMC studying about The Superb Joe, a magician who died when a stunt involving being buried alive went fallacious in 1990. The Edinburgh episode sees DMC give his personal interpretation to a hearth stunt that resulted in magician The Nice Lafayette burning to dying in 1911.
In fact, a Netflix present can’t threat its expertise dying. To make sure DMC’s survival, paramedics have been on set.
“We used the paramedics 3 times throughout the eight stunts, for minor burns and smoke inhalation,” he says. “I lower my hand fairly badly in Miami. There’s no means across the very actual hazard of being set on fireplace, or leaping from a cage above burning spikes. For me personally, this was an enormous lesson in that quote about braveness not being the absence of worry, however appearing regardless of it.
“There was no query that I felt worry.”
DMC is an unlikely candidate to be a daredevil magician. Born as a blue-blooded aristocrat to a father with a title (Crispin Cash-Coutts, the ninth Baron Latymer), his household based Coutts, the seventh-oldest financial institution on this planet. For generations, his household has labored in finance — a far cry from magic.
“I might think about for many households, if any baby says ‘I wish to be a magician …’ it’ such a ridiculous idea that one might ever make a life from it,” he says. “I feel there was a pure parental anxiousness, nevertheless it modified once they noticed how devoted I used to be to the enterprise components.”
However leaving his household’s line of labor didn’t imply leaving the corporate of noblemen. DMC additionally carried out magic for the Queen, in 2004.
“It was an unimaginable second a few years in the past,” he says. “I used to be invited to a personal musical live performance for Her Majesty, and in-between the music [I did] the magic. I truly selected what was in all probability extremely unsuitable for a monarch — a card dishonest trick.”
No matter whether or not he’s carried out for royalty or strangers on the road, DMC says he sees magic as an equalizer.
“I’ve at all times thought that magic is a kind of common languages the place it doesn’t matter the place you’re from, the place your background is, what your age is. It evokes that childlike marvel. Background and wealth and status and affect — all these issues crumble when confronted with magic.”