Broadcaster Magazine

YTV to Debut New Canadian Original Series ‘Tricked’

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    YTV is making magic this fall with the debut of the new Canadian original series, Tricked (20 x 30). Produced for YTV by Force Four Entertainment, and hosted by veteran magician Eric Leclerc, Tricked baffles unsuspecting people with magic, sleight-of-hand, and super sneaky pranks. The series premieres on Monday, September 5 and will air Monday to Thursday on YTV.

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    In each episode of Tricked, Eric goes undercover to pull well-crafted pranks on unsuspecting people, all caught on tape by hidden cameras. Well-known from his popular YouTube videos, which have garnered more than 10 million views worldwide, Eric performs illusions, misdirection and mind-reading tricks that will leave viewers in awe and disbelief day after day.

    “Magic is universally exciting and I love its ability to connect people through wonder and amazement,” said Eric Leclerc, Host of Tricked. “We shot nearly 300 tricks for the series and each episode is jam-packed with laughs, shock, and awe for the whole family.”

    More magical content will be uploaded on and YTVGo featuring tricks of the trade and tutorials on how to prank family and friends with magic that can be done at home. Also available online are videos revealing secrets from Tricked’s “Magic Camp,” where Eric and the magic team taught kids tricks using household items, which they then performed on camera.

    “We’re thrilled to bring Tricked to YTV this fall,” said John Ritchie, Chief Creative Officer of Force Four Entertainment. “Viewers of all ages are going to love our incredibly talented host Eric Leclerc, and how he uses his amazing magic tricks to put a whole new spin on the hidden camera genre.”

    Tricked is based on the highly successful ITV Studios UK show, of the same name. The YTV series results from a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distributor of the format. It has been adapted by Force Four for Corus Entertainment’s YTV.