Episode 6 - Burning Man
Exploring the dark and often disturbing world of sorcery and witchcraft, DMC uncovers the oldest form of magic – one that stretches back to the start of recorded history. Taking inspiration from magic that has been believed in for centuries as well as the witchcraft he sees alive and thriving in Mexico, DMC performs stunning magic inspired by all he discovers.
Along the way he shows how sorcery still has the power to confound, scare and amaze modern audiences.
Beginning in his hometown of London with a shocking piece of magic that channels the darkest elements of magic DMC then heads to Mexico – a country where witchcraft is not a thing of the past but a thriving, growing part of mainstream society. At the sprawling Sonora Market he uncovers a world of potions, lotions and spells before creating his own magical concoction with amazing magical effects.
On the streets of Mexico City DMC performs amazing close-up magic using voodoo dolls and channeling people’s deepest fears. A meeting with a bruja, a Mexican witch who mixes Aztec beliefs with voodoo, inspires him to perform his own take on a classic piece of magic with Mexican ties. At a supposedly haunted ruined hacienda DMC creates his own take on a Spirit Cabinet, calling forth the spirits in a uniquely Mexican way.
Returning to London his journey ends dramatically as he creates a magical performance that brings together all that he has leant – of darkness and light, fear and faith and life and death. DMCs audience are invited to watch as he climbs inside a wooden box which is then set on fire, echoing the death of medieval witches on a pyre. But can he show the ability to control death?