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Audiences Will Be Awed as OLN Greenlights Two New Original Series, Illusions of Grandeur and Close Up Kings

– Debuting in 2015 on OLN, Illusions of Grandeur follows Toronto illusionist Zack Mirza as he embarks on a journey across North America to become one of the world’s greatest magicians –
– Magick Balay, Loki, and Johnny Blaze will have audiences mesmerized with their sleight-of-hand street illusions in Close Up Kings, premiering in 2015 on OLN –
– Homegrown series to be produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment, Zig Zag Productions, and yap films –
TORONTO (May 30, 2014) – Must-see illusions and spectacular magic tricks will leave viewers amazed when two new original series – Illusions of Grandeur and Close Up Kings (working titles) – head to OLN in 2015. Additional production and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
“These new original series feature extraordinary people with unique talent,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “The infectious personalities of our magicians, coupled with their awe-inspiring performances, deliver the kind of excitement and entertainment that OLN audiences have come to expect from the channel.”
Illusions of Grandeur:
From Peacock Alley Entertainment, Illusions of Grandeur follows Zack Mirza, one of Canada’s hottest young illusionists, as he sets out on a mission to learn from the best and become one of magic’s all-time greats. Throughout the series, Mirza travels across North America, walking in the footsteps of the greatest magicians of all time and learning the history of the tricks themselves, before putting a fresh and unique spin on some of the classics.
Close Up Kings:
In a UK-Canada treaty co-production, from Zig Zag Productions and yap films, Close Up Kings brings audiences the adventures of three best friends, who also happen to be America’s top sleight-of-hand artists. Magick Balay, Loki, and Johnny Blaze travel from city to city taking on different challenges and attempting to outperform one another. Viewers will be enthralled by the trio’s carefully orchestrated and artfully executed capers and tricks that become more complex as the stakes get higher. From bringing a bird back to life and teleporting a person 700 yards across the desert, to performing an amazing Houdini-style jail escape in front of a crowd, these magicians will have audiences asking, “how did they do that?!”
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About Peacock Alley Entertainment Peacock Alley Entertainment is an international entertainment production house and bespoke distributor. The company creates, develops, finances, and produces innovative and entertaining prime-time factual and scripted television content for both the domestic and international marketplace. Company President Carrie Mudd and Chairman Neil Court launched Peacock Alley in 2012 and together bring their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience to packaging premium content and working with global broadcast and production partners, from the inception of the creative process and financing stages, through production and delivery across multiple platforms. In two short years Peacock Alley has produced several original series including Money Moron for Slice Network, Brave New Girls for E! Network and Unusually Thicke for Slice Network & TVGN. Please visit for further information.
About Zig Zag Productions
Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies formed in 1999 by Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton. With offices in London and New York, Zig Zag has produced over 600 hours of non-scripted programming and has grown to become an internationally recognised, respected and award winning television producer both in the UK, USA and internationally. Zig Zag has produced programming for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, Fox, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, Logo and Syfy. The company has also won numerous awards including the Rose D’or for Best Format.
Zig Zag was rated 10th top sports producer, 7th top factual producer and 9th in the top specialist factual producers in the most recent Broadcast Indie Survey and is consistently listed in the Realscreen Global 100 Top Independent Production Companies.
About yap films
yap films is an award-winning independent production company specializing in documentary, lifestyle, and reality specials and series on a wide range of subject matter for major broadcasters in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Yap has built its reputation through passion and integrity and embodies the highest standards of professionalism. Company principal Elliott Halpern is an internationally renowned producer and director. Among his numerous awards are two Emmy® Awards for Investigative Journalism, multiple Gemini Awards, and a Genie award.
About OLN
OLN is a specialty television station in Canada offering viewers a one-stop destination for adrenaline pumping action and adventure entertainment. Larger than life personalities take viewers on intense and rugged journeys across Canada and the world in pursuit of knowledge, competition and prey. Original Canadian reality, adventure, and travel series along with US acquired programming provides viewers with different perspectives on the world around them unearthing new and exhilarating adventures at every turn. OLN is part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information, visit
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Stephanie Perron, OLN,, 416.764.3253
Stephanie Leslie, OLN,, 416.764.3191

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