A BBC television crew were on the UC Berkeley campus yesterday shooting an episode of Dynamo: Magician Impossible starring magician Steven Frayne.
Contributing photographer Ted Friedman checked out the action and spoke with Frayne’s manager, Dan Albion.
Cal students were invited to participate in the show when Frayne, who goes by the name Dynamo, dazzled them with his magic powers. One student, for example, pictured above, was asked to select from her three textbooks. She picked a thick biology textbook. Frayne then had her select a random page and he quoted a line correctly from the book, according to Albion.
On Wednesday, the TV crew were shooting in San Francisco’s Mission district. When they were in LA recently, Frayne reportedly walked “vertically” down the LA Times building, starting at the top, Albion said.
“I never know what he will come up with. Sometimes it’s creepy,” Albion told Friedman. “He’s second only to Penn and Teller on Twitter.” The 31-year old has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter.
Dynamo was so named at 16 when he performed at a Houdini memorial in New York, added Albion, who “discovered” him 11 years ago in a music club.
Producer Debbie Young, who was on scene sporting scarlet-colored hair, said the show screens in 183 countries. The episode shot at Cal will air on Sept. 12 according to Albion.