Star of his own exclusive "Chamber Magic" at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, Steve Cohen is known as the "Millionaire's Magician." But on his upcoming television special on the History Channel, he trades in his tailcoat for traveling clothes and tracks down legendary magic tricks and adapts and performs them for modern audiences.
According to Cohen's blog, in "Lost Magic Decoded," "Steve Cohen tracks down, decodes, and resurrects some of the most thrilling and terrifying magic effects ever witnessed. Magic has a secret history, and it takes an insider like Cohen to gain access to the ancient incantations, secret sorcery, and mysterious contraptions that have shocked audiences for centuries. Can their secrets somehow be rediscovered? And can they thrill and shock today's audiences like they once did?"
The show will feature such notable illusions in history such as: "The Turk", a magical wooden man who baffled the world with his chess playing skills in the eighteenth century; Robert Houdin's "Light and Heavy Chest," which discouraged a revolt in the French colony of Algeria; "The Indian Rope Trick," in which a boy climbs a rope and vanishes; and the "Bullet Catch," which has taken the lives of 12 magicians.
The show will air on October 18th, 9-11pm on the History Channel.