Warm up your weekend with some magic!

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If you’ve had a fairly normal childhood, you should have been introduced to some magic at an early age. Maybe oom Martino came to your school, maybe a friend or a cousin showed you some tricks or maybe you were lucky enough to have had those yo-yo experts visit your school because damn, that was even better than magic! Actually those or any other acrobatics or seemingly impossible stunts can be classified as magic, because magic tricks are nothing more than a combo or selected elements of human psychology, hypnotism, science principles and misdirection by the practitioner or magician. Tricks like these have always been one of the best sources of entertainment for children as well as adults. It also has a major benefit, especially for kids of a young age – it encourages, persuades and nurtures critical thinking.

Out of the countless disciplines of magic out there we’ve chosen to look at three examples which you can stream this weekend: magic tricks performed by a magician on stage in front of a live audience, a fictional fantasy mystery series featuring students from a secretive academy and my favorite by far – the magic that you find in mathematics by which we are constantly surrounded.
Mo Magic Live
Spreading joy & delight in South Africa and abroad, Mo Magic will leave you spellbound by his combination of world class magic, mystifying mentalism (mind reading magic) and family friendly comedy. Mo is actually a qualified electronic engineer and discovered his passion while studying for it. These days he is know as the “James Bond of Magic” and has toured all over South Africa and even Dubai with his shows.

The Magicians
Quentin Coldwater is a street magician who doesn’t realize he’s got real magic – the dark, powerful kind – at his fingertips until he finds himself at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. After being recruited to a secretive academy, a group of students discover that the magic they read about as children is very real-and more dangerous than they ever imagined! There are 5 season available, which should actually keep you busy the entire winter! Maybe we’ll dive deeper into this series and do a proper review as well.

Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World Of Maths
This is my personal favorite from today’s pickings and I’m so glad I discovered Hannah Fry. She’s a mathematician, author, lecturer, radio and TV presenter, podcaster and public speaker. He claim to fame? I don’t know anyone else who does this or have done this, but she studies the patterns of human behavior, such as interpersonal relationships and dating from a mathematical perspective. That’s not what The Mysterious World of Maths is about (see below), but have a look at her TED talk as well:

In the series, The Mysterious World of Maths, Hannah explores the mystery of maths: is it invented like a language or is it discovered and part of the fabric of the universe? There are three episodes of and hour each, so goodbye Sunday!

Hannah explores the origins of maths.
Hannah explores Newton’s ideas related to maths.
Hannah explains how weird maths gets in real life.

Need more streaming goodness? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from The Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas from Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime:
#10. How to be better at life: 10+ shows to teach you how
No matter where we are in it, life holds many mysteries as well as the potential to learn more. Even if you think you already know it all, someone is going to tell you you’re doing it wrong, or you could do it better. These things are not taught in school – although they should be. Did you know about freezing grapes instead of ice blocks to chill your wine without watering it down? Or how to deal with the eternal nightmare of folding a fitted sheet? The internet is swollen with life hacks.
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# 9. Jet off into space with shows that are out of this world
For as long as humans have gazed up at the night sky and contemplated the stars, the moon, the planets and in turn their moons, we have found them and the mysteries they hold fascinating. Space travel and exploration are normal now, although the obsession with Mars is still puzzling; billions have been poured into learning about this inhabitable planet with a view to colonisation instead of fixing the one we have.
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#8 Ten spell-binding fantasy period dramas to binge-watch
Fantasy period dramas make for amazing viewing, whether you’re going back just a tiny bit to the 80s, or you want something a little older… like the 1700s. You’ll find all these perfect-looking productions on Netflix, Showmax and Prime Video in South Afric.
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 #7 Adult Swim refreshes its slate with brand-new content on Showmax
The acclaimed adult comedy brand, Adult Swim, exclusive to Showmax in Africa, will unleash brand-new, bold and irreverent content with the much-awaited launch of Rick and Morty Season 5, three new original series following the US premieres – YOLO: Crystal Fantasy (Season 1); Tigtone (Season 1 & 2); and The Eric Andre Show (Season 5) – and The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special.
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#6 Alex Garland’s visionary Ex Machina is a treat for sci-fi buffs
Ex Machina is from the mind of Oscar-nominated English novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland. A faithful servant to science fiction, almost all of Garland’s screenplays have been dedicated to the genre. It’s surprising that the up-and-coming talent hasn’t been more hyped up, considering his screenwriting credits include Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Annihilation and Ex Machina.
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 #5 Six comedy series for those with a dark sense of humour
The dark comedy genre exists because without it we’d be ignoring a fundamental aspect of life – it’s a tragedy and a comedy. As John Cleese once said: “Some people think life is a tragedy and we are all going to die, and some people think life is a comedy.” It’s this strange light and dark tension that makes this blend of comedy-drama storytelling such a wicked delight. Here are six dark comedy series now streaming on Showmax.
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 4# Fourteen shows and movies based on books
The debate over book-to-screen (big and small) adaptations is a timeless one. Bibliophiles and cinephiles create a perfect Venn diagram, with their opposing views meeting in the middle where sometimes common ground is found. Sometimes it’s a book you loved, as a child or an adult, that suddenly finds itself on the table in a Hollywood studio. Depending on how it’s handled, it can be glorious or it can be an unmitigated disaster – both are wildly subjective.
On Amazon Prime, DStv, Netflix & Showmax
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 #3 Everything In Between: a wild human adventure from London to Tokyo
Rugby, travel, cycling and a pair of mad-cap adventurers. What could possibly go wrong? A whole lot, although in the case of the intrepid James Owens and Ron Rutland, their extraordinary journey to the 2019 Rugby World Cup was remarkable for the kindness and good nature they experienced along the way. It was no ordinary trip. They set off from London on February 19 – on bicycles. Their aim was to pedal 20 000km from London to Tokyo, in time for the tournament opener in September.
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 #2 Interview: Francois van Coke tells us about performing under lockdown
Just over a year ago, South Africans felt like prison inmates, locked up inside their own homes during the very restrictive level 5 implementation of the lockdown, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Parts of the country resembled scenes from The Handmaid’s Tale. Under his eye, tjom!
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 #1 A chocolate box full of Afrikaans shows and movies
With COVID-19 still swinging the axe and a third wave of infections looming on the horizon, we are just over a year into the South African lockdown. Sure, we’re only on level 1.2b amended version 8 beta and we feel a little more cautiously optimistic since the driest Krismis in history, but I came to the shocking realisation that I have not seen the inside of a movie cinema or smelled that buttery popcorn in more than a year!
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 10 spot, Fourteen shows and movies based on books“, so we randomized again and it landed on The Luminaries.
An epic story of love, murder and revenge set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand during the gold rush. Based on the novel by Eleanor Catton, which won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

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