So I was thinking about this television show I saw a while back, pretty sure it was a TV Show anyway. In this show it's based in I believe modern times, magic is real but most people don't know that it is. There are real life magicians that are able to use magic but I believe they were rare. In one of the scenes a stage magician was doing the floating card trick and somebody told him try doing it without using tricks, when he started to attempt it the card started to actually float. He then found out that he was one of the real magicians.

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  • The show should be around early new millenia probably between 2000-2007, there's not other details I can remember. Does anybody have any idea what show this is?

  • I saw this show in USA

  • How long ago is "a while back"? Any recollections of names of actors/characters? Was it in English?
    – phantom42
    May 6, 2014 at 13:28
  • It was in English and should be early 2000's... possibly late 90's but I don't think it was. May 6, 2014 at 13:36
  • What country did you see the program in?
    – franglais
    May 6, 2014 at 16:11
  • I saw this in the USA May 6, 2014 at 17:54
  • @FuzzyBoots A couple of possible candidates would be the forgotten TV movies Now You See It (Disney, 2005) and The Magicians (AKA Death by Magic, UPN, 2000). Both are about a young street\stage magician in modern times, discovering magic is real and (I think) some form of the floating card trick. Not sure enough to put up an answer, though.
    – Walt
    Mar 19, 2021 at 8:06

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Since the question is from before the TV show aired this can't be correct. Leaving the answer here in case someone else thinks it might be the answer.

Sounds like it could be The Magicians which was from 2009.


In the first episode (or at least very near the start) one of the main characters is interviewing for a place at a prestigious school. Card tricks are a hobby which he wants to demonstrate, but he is not a professional stage magician. The interviewer wants him to do real magic.

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  • The novel was from 2009. The TV series aired from 2015-2020. Mar 19, 2021 at 11:34
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    I think the OP is misremembering the dates -- the described scene is exactly the protagonist's Brakebill's admission interview.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Mar 19, 2021 at 12:07
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    @Zeiss Ikon - But the question was asked in May of 2014, a full 18 months before the The Magicians TV series premiered in December 2015. Mar 19, 2021 at 12:50
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    @LogicDictates your logic is impeccable. I modified the answer to indicate it can't be correct and why to forestall anyone else who thinks the same thing. Not sure whether the protocol is to delete wrong answers but that seemed best.
    – Eric Nolan
    Mar 20, 2021 at 22:23
  • Lol at impeccable logic since I was thinking the same thing. The first book was published in 2009 so it's around the right time. It would be funny if OP read the book and got it confused with the Desden files show since that would mean 2 correct answers.
    – SkySpiral7
    Jun 16, 2022 at 1:02

Could it have been the Dresden Files? The show was a short-lived TV series about a wizard living in modern Chicago, the only wizard to break the rules and go public with his (real) magic.

It was based on a series of books of the same name by Jim Butcher.

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  • That's what I was thinking about earlier... I was trying to see if there was a flashback scene or something where he performed the card trick. May 6, 2014 at 18:25
  • I don't think he ever did, but his dead dad was a stage magician and there were several flashbacks with him performing on stage.
    – BBlake
    May 7, 2014 at 14:24

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