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David Kwong Works On ABC Drama

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David Kwong is a puzzle creator, writer, producer and founder of the Misdirectors Guild. He is also a magician. Kwong is also known for creating illusions for film and television and for functioning as a consultant and producer in the field. Kwong was the head magic consultant for the magician themed film “Now You See Me,” and is currently the secret code advisor on NBC’s “Blindspot.” Other productions that he has been involved with include The Magnificent Seven, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and The Imitation Game. Now he is going to co-produce the new ABC drama, “Deception”.

Here is David Kwong’s TED Talk about magic and puzzles or how he combined two nerdy hobbies into a successful career.

Deception tells the story of superstar magician Cameron Black, who, when his career is ruined by scandal, has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence. Of course, we’re talking about the FBI. Black becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception. Berlanti, Martin Gero, and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers.

“Deception,” is written and executive produced by Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. Fedak is also the executive producer of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The new drama is from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti TV, has been an early standout at ABC and has a big production commitment behind it. This marks the first pilot order to an outside studio for a broadcast network so far this season. Deception will be written by Fedak, with David Nutter expected to direct. Nutter also directed the pilots for Berlanti TV’s CW series The Flash and Arrow.

As a magician and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong has delighted and confounded audiences worldwide. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong regularly speaks to companies about the principles of illusion: the science behind influence, leadership and getting a step ahead. Kwong studied the history of magic at Harvard.

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