Nat Geo buys pair of Passion’s magic shows

The-HappeningsThe US National Geographic Channel has acquired two magic series from UK-based distributor Passion.

Nat Geo has bought 4x60mins The Happenings (pictured) in which a pair of magicians convince unsuspecting residents in towns across the UK and US that mysterious events are occurring.

It has also picked up season two of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, featuring the eponymous street magician in action in different locations.

Both shows aired on UKTV’s Watch channel in the UK.

The distribution deal was brokered by Passion CEO Sally Miles, working closely with Jonathan Newman, UKTV’s head of programme distribution.

Miles said “Magic is a largely untapped genre in the U.S. and we are excited to be working with internationally renowned National Geographic Channel to bring two of our best shows to American audiences

David Lyle, CEO of the National Geographic Channels added: “These programs will continue to build upon franchises that complement our hit series Brain Games. Joining our line-up which includes None of the Above and The Numbers Game, we continue to look for smart programming like this, which tests the mind in new and entertaining ways.”