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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 19, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Before a panel of judges that include Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer and Christen Gerhart, teams of magicians compete for a $10,000 prize and the chance to face professionals such as Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson; Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi; Justin Flom of YouTube fame, and mentalist Angela Funovits. Expand
  • Genre(s): Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Hillary Busis
    Aug 27, 2014
    75
    When the focus is on the magic, Wars can be spellbinding--when it's not, irksome questions arise.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 18, 2014
    70
    The format doesn’t work, but the illusions do. It’s 58 minutes of pretty amusing magic, building to a two-minute letdown.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Aug 18, 2014
    70
    This collaborative atmosphere and casual framework may keep Wizard Wars from being the battle royal of Adventure Time's Wizard Battle, but it's still fun, as its performers manage to mutate the mundane into magic.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 19, 2014
    60
    Wizard Wars never comes across as a straight magic show, but more about how to assemble the pieces that add up to a magic show.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 19, 2014
    60
    It's possible Wizard Wars will get old quickly if too many of the tricks contestants come up with look the same, but in this first episode anyway it's a fairly entertaining hour of TV.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    The new Wizard Wars on Syfy is one of the most interesting reality show in years. I’m not a Magic Groupie - one Magician called them “Wand Waxers”, but I found the format and the performances fascinating. It is produced by Penn & Teller who are the greatest Magical Showmen of our times. OK if not the Best … in the top Two. The Host, Ellen Fox, does a great job moving the show along. She is a self-declared Muggle, and is effectively the Ambassador between the Magicians and the audience. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    I am absolutely loving the new Syfy show Wizard Wars. Its a well made show with great Judges and "Wizards". The whole idea of it is great, using three random everyday items to attempt to perform magic. Expand