For those who have never heard of it, the premise is that Andrew Mayne is a magician who goes around playing tricks on people. Usually, each show has a larger story where someone has contacted Andrew to play a prank on a friend or family member who does something that annoys them. Examples have been a husband who goes hunting and fishing too much, or a daughter who has turned 24 and hasn't moved out yet. Andrew shows up, talks to the person who contacted him and gets them to have the victim meet Andrew somewhere. He then pulls some prank having to do thematically with the offense (the husband's fishing gear and guns vanished, the daughter's stuff appeared in a moving van). While working on this major prank, Andrew takes time to pull minor pranks on people who are just passing by. Like the time he asked people if he could look inside their grocery bags, only to make all of the groceries disappear and reappear inside someone else's locked car. Or the time he took pictures of people's car in a parking lot, only to have the cars vanish while the person is looking at the picture. This is usually followed by Andrew running off, leaving the person to deal with whatever situation he left them in.
- Reading reviews online, people come to the show's defense by saying it's a prank show, so it's okay that the show uses editing to make the pranks look better. They say the magic is secondary, but Andrew introduces himself as a magician in every episode. He uses his "magic" to pull pranks. I think that makes the magic and it's integrity important.
- I really doubt that the people who have the main prank pulled on them really changed their lives. I'm sure that if I had the prank pulled on me, I think I would totally stop spending so much time on my $10,000 motorcycle after it had been vanished. I also would totally not punch the guy who took it from me.
- When trying to think of examples of the minor pranks Andrew pulled, I tried to pick various types of tricks, but everything I came up with followed the pattern of "Andrew borrows something, it vanishes and reappears in a location the person can't get to and Andrew runs off". I seriously went through about 8 or 9 different versions of this plot before thinking of something different: Andrew borrows a purse and the contents appear in a vending machine, Andrew borrows car keys and the appear taped to the ceiling of the parking garage, Andrew borrows a cell phone and it gets stick to a patio table, etc.
Like I said at the beginning, this show has been on my mind for a while. Every time I watch another episode I get as angry as the first time I watched. I know that some will say that talking about it only brings attention to it, but I just had to vent, and that's what a blog is for, right?
Let me know in the comments if you've seen the show and, if so, what you thought of it.