Wayne Houchin played with electricity before David Blaine was electrified.
It was in preparation for a segment on “Breaking Magic,” a new nine-episode series debuting on Discovery Channel Sunday. Wearing the same type of Faraday suit, Houchin got to see firsthand how powerful, and terrifying, Tesla coils could be. Fortunately, he didn’t have to stay in the suit for three days, like Blaine.
Houchin, a consultant for Criss Angel and creator of Stigmata, Indecent, Control and many other effects, has spent the last several months traveling and performing. Part of those performances were for the new show, developed by the same British company behind Derren Brown’s series. He, James Galea, Billy Kidd and Ben Hamlin travel the globe in “Breaking Magic” and put a magical spin on scientific principles.
He took the time to talk to us more about the show, about how hard cable networks are looking for magic shows, the challenges behind presenting science as magic and exactly what it was like to be near those Tesla coils.
“Breaking Magic” airs at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday on the Discovery Channel, and runs for nine weeks.