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Friday 15 December 2017

Magicians' Darren is braced for scary night

BBC1 presenter Darren McMullen is bracing himself to step in for the forfeit on tonight's finale of The Magicians because show chiefs are worried the losing celebrity might not have the nerve.

The host of tonight's programme -- watched by around six million viewers -- is on stand-by in case the chosen star is too scared by what is being billed as the show's scariest challenge.

So far celebs have had to face nailbiting live stunts such as walking on broken glass or having an apple shot from their head with a bow and arrow.

Producers are keeping the details of the final forfeit secret but say it is the "most terrifying yet".

The final programme of the series will see George Sampson, Ed Byrne and Joe Swash pair up with the show's resident illusionists. The team which gets the least public support has to face the forfeit.







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A spokeswoman for the show said: "It is genuinely the scariest thing we have done. Darren has always been warned that if a celebrity feels unable to complete the forfeit that he has to do it -- and we've asked him to prepare for it this week."

During the series viewers have seen David Hasselhoff climbing a ladder of samurai swords and Keith Duffy popping molten metal into his mouth. Myleene Klass walked barefoot on broken glass and had a concrete block smashed on her head.

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