The north-east producer of a hit Netflix show has said he would love to recreate a popular illusion for the series at Aberdeen’s Duthie Park.
Stuart MacLeod, from Peterhead, is one of the brains behind Magic For Humans on the TV streaming giant which has already been viewed by millions of people.
The 38-year-old, who is now based in Los Angeles, is co-executive producer and senior magic producer on the show in which host Justin Willman performs magic tricks before unsuspecting members of the public.
Stuart spoke about the challenges of making the show, which has sparked rave reviews.
He said: “One of the comments I see a lot is people who are having a bad day, feeling a bit down and are scrolling through Netflix, not sure what to watch, who take a chance on the show, end up bingeing the whole series and it completely changes their mood.
“People need to laugh and feel a little amazed, especially right now.
“One part of the show I got the biggest kick out of making was the trick where we made a guy believe he was invisible.
“It is something I would have loved the chance to try to pull off in Duthie Park if I could only persuade Netflix and the crew to pop over to Scotland for the day to film.”
The illusion has inspired others to try the trick themselves with videos shared online using the hashtag #magicforhumans.
The prank involves unsuspecting family members, usually children, being covered with a blanket and everyone pretending they have disappeared.
A picture taken before the illusion without them in the photo is then used to trick them into believing they disappeared.
Stuart, who previously won the ITV talent show The Next Great Magician with fellow north-east trickster Barry Jones, from Portlethen, said: “This programme was the first of Netflix’s original magic series and we made the choice to go with strong magic, absurd comedy and a lot of authentic human connection.
“The greatest highlight is how the show has been received. It’s been watched by tens of millions of people, and searching the show on Twitter, there are dozens of rave reviews every hour.”
Stuart is hopeful the show might get a second season but said it will be months before Netflix makes that decision.
He praised the team behind the show – although admitted it was a tough schedule.
He said: “I had two roles on the show, co-executive producer and senior magic producer.
“What that translated to was writing the show, spending a few months locked in a writers’ room with about eight people where we cooked up all the ideas for show themes and segments and then physically making all those hundreds of tricks and illusions work in time for the filming dates.
“Making a show in America is very different to the UK.
“The approach to writing was set up like the writers’ rooms you hear about on sitcoms.
“It was very exciting but I was a little intimidated by that and, as it turned out, I was the only one who had made a TV magic series before, so a lot of people were looking to me for guidance on the process.
“Thankfully, the co-writers and Justin were some of the most creative people I’ve worked with.
“No day was easy, I mean, it would’ve been if magic was real but the phenomenal team helped us solve dozens of problems every day.”