Spellbound hits shelves

Spellbound hits shelves

Spellbound is out in stores now. Pick up your copy on Amazon. Here is a review from Publisher's Weekly.

Kwong, a stage magician and New York Times crossword puzzle maker, breaks down the art of illusion into seven principles that businesspeople can use to get ahead. His techniques include “minding the gap” between what audiences see and what they want to believe, “loading up” by researching and practicing before a show, and “conjuring an out” in case the grand finale goes off course and a backup plan is necessary. He explains that all seven of these tricks of the trade have real-life and historical applications. Without revealing major secrets of his craft, Kwong gives laypeople a taste of what lies behind the sleight of hand and misdirection wielded by magicians from Houdini to David Copperfield. He intersperses these examples with the illusions and manipulations employed by historical figures, such as F.D.R., and successful companies, such as Ikea. This enjoyable work from a confident master of his trade is a “virtual wand” for those who want a bit of magic in their lives.

 

ABC orders magic drama Deception, Jenna Fischer comedy Splitting Up Together

ABC orders magic drama Deception, Jenna Fischer comedy Splitting Up Together

Click here for the Entertainment Weekly article.

ABC has given a series order to Now You See Me-esque drama Deception and Jenna Fischer comedy Splitting Up Together, EW has learned.

In Deception, when his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence, and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.

The series hails from writer and executive producer Chris Fedak, along with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, and Sarah Schechter. Magician David Kwong, who worked on Now You See Me, will co-produce. Ilfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Amaury Nolasco, Justin Chon, Laila Robins and Vinnie Jones also star.

On the comedy side, Splitting Up Together is based on the Danish series about a couple (Fischer, Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.

The comedy hails from Emily Kapnek, who will write and executive produce with Ellen DeGeneres. Bobby Lee, Diane Farr, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, and Sander Thomas also star.

Watch David fool TODAY anchors

Magician and author of “Spellbound” David Kwong brought his trickery to TODAY to fool Sheinelle Jones and Al Roker.

ABC orders "Deception" pilot

ABC orders "Deception" pilot

Click here for The Hollywood Reporter article.

'Deception' hails from Chris Fedak, Martin Gero, David Kwong and Greg Berlanti.

ABC added to its drama pilot orders Thursday, handing out official pickups to a magic drama from Greg Berlanti and the Blindspot team as well as a futuristic war drama from Criminal Minds grads Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie.

Ordered to pilot are The Crossing, from Dworkin and Beattie, and Deception, from Berlanti, showrunner Martin Gero (Blindspot), magician David Kwong and writer Chris Fedak (Chuck, Forever). David Nutter (Game of Thrones) is expected to direct and exec produce Deception, reuniting with Berlanti after helming pilots for The Flash and Arrow.

The drama, produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti, Gero and Fedak are under overall deals, landed at ABC with a hefty pilot-production commitment in September following a multiple-network bidding war.

Here's the official logline: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence — the FBI. He'll become the world's first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

Fedak, currently the co-showrunner on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, will pen the script and executive produce. Berlanti and head of his studio-based Berlanti Productions banner Sarah Schechter will exec produce. Gero's Quinn's House banner produces. Renowned magician Kwong, who is also a puzzle creator as well as consultant on Now You See Me and NBC's Blindspot, will be credited as a co-producer. Kwong is instrumental in creating the puzzles on Blindspot, with Deception set to mark a reunion for him with creator Gero and Berlanti. 

Deception is one of multiple scripts prolific producer Berlanti (Arrow, Flash, Blindspot, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) has in the works this development season, with DC Comics take Black Lightning also expected to get the pilot nod at Fox.

David Puzzles The Today Show

David Puzzles The Today Show

Puzzle creator David Kwong helps design some of the secret codes and tattoos in NBC’s “Blindspot” and he writes crosswords for the New York Times. He joins TODAY to test Al Roker and Harry Connick, Jr.’s code-cracking abilities with a president-themed puzzle that contains a hidden message. Watch the video here.