Grant Gordon explores the rich history of magic on radio. Archive features include Sid and Lesley Piddington and their mind-reading act, Uri Geller bending keys, John Wade sawing Barry Wordsworth in half and Jack Delvin escaping from a lift in Bush House. Contributors include magicians Darryl Rose, Paul Zenon, Ali Bongo and Derren Brown. Darryl Rose performs a new radio trick for listeners, involving the Radio 4 website.
Producer Roger Elsgood
From The Radio Times
It goes without saying that I am a devotee of radio but some things it just can't do. Magic tricks, for example, especially mind reading. But Grant Gordon disagrees. He argues here that you don't need to see a trick for it to work and backs up his argument with countless examples from the BBC archives. I'm sorry, but Uri Geller bending a key on In the Psychiatrist's Chair just doesn't have the same effect. Listeners can try a new radio trick via the R4 website. But you have to be able to see to make it work!
To take part in Darryl Rose's radio magic trick you will need to open this PDF file