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TruTV has a new trick up its sleeve.

Reality series “Undercover Magic” has been picked up to series by the cabler with a 12-episode order, and will debut in summer 2014. Program will follow host Michael Carbonaro as he performs mind-blowing magic tricks on unsuspecting people, while recording the scene on a hidden camera for the viewers’ pleasure.

“What we love about Michael Carbonaro’s approach to magic is that in addition to great illusions, he has a unique ability to connect with the marks and keep them engaged comedically without being snarky,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “And Michael does this in such a charming, fun way that, as a viewer, you actually wish you were the mark.”

“Undercover Magic” is produced by Fields Entertainment and 11 Television, with Simon Fields and Kevin Healey serving as executive producers.

TruTV announcement follows A&E ordering its own magician unscripted series with a hidden camera element. On A&E’s program, revenge is the focus, instead of “Undercover’s” practical jokes.

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