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The Magicians (TV)
Genre Fantasy
Created by Sera Gamble
John McNamara
Based on The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Written by Lev Grossman
Starring Jason Ralph
Olivia Taylor Dudley
Stella Maeve
Hale Appleman
Arjun Gupta
Summer Bishil
Executive producer(s) Mike Cahill
Michael London
Janice Williams[1]
Scott Smith
John McNamara
Sera Gamble
Henry Alonso Myers
Producer(s) Mitch Engel
Running time 41–52 minutes
Production company(s) McNamara Moving Company
Man Sewing Dinosaur
Groundswell Productions
Universal Cable Productions
Filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana (pilot)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Original channel Syfy
Original run December 16, 2015 - April 11, 2016

The Magicians is the television adaptation by Syfy of Lev Grossman's novel of the same name. The series features 13 episodes and the pilot premiered on December 16, 2015 ahead of its two-hour official premiere on January 25, 2016.[2][3]


The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthdox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.[4]


Main Cast

Recurring Cast


Main article: Season 1
Main article: Season 2



The show was originally planned for FOX, but on February 2012 the adaptation was announced to be cancelled. In 2014, SyFy announced it would be producing an hour-long drama adaptation of the novel. The pilot was greenlit on July 9, 2014,[10] and officially ordered to series on May 4, 2015.[11]

Sera Gamble, former Supernatural showrunner, and In Plain Sight's John McNamara are on board as executive producers and writers for the project. On September 2, 2014, it was announced that Mike Cahill was tapped to direct the pilot.[12]

In order to show the complex and intricate hand movments used to cast magic, the cast learned finger tutting, a type of dance involving the fingers.[13]


The pilot, entitled "Unauthorized Magic," was shot in New Orleans in December 2014[14] with the rest of the episodes filmed in Vancouver in July 2015.[15]

Second Season

A second season was announced on February 8, 2016. The show will return in 2017 and will feature 13 episodes.[16]



  • Janet's name was changed to Margo to avoid confusion as several other characters also had names that began with "J"- Jane Chatwin, Julia Wicker, etc. This was pointed out by the Librarian of the Neitherlands, as she calls Margo "Janet". When Margo says it's not her name, she merely states that is not the case this time.


  1. Variety - Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ Trailer Shows a Whole New Side of Magic
  2. Polygon - Syfy's TV adaptation of The Magicians looks promising in this trailer
  3. the FUTON CRITIC - New Syfy and Universal Cable Productions Drama "The Magicians" Premieres on Monday, January 25
  4. Syfy - The Magicians Cast
  9. 9.0 9.1 Spoiler TV - The Magicians - Hiro Kanagawa, Kacey Rohl, Michael Cassidy & More to Recur
  10. Deadline - Syfy Orders ‘The Magicians’ Pilot Based On Lev Grossman Fantasy Books
  11. Deadline - ‘The Magicians’ Picked Up To Series By Syfy
  12. The Hollywood Reporter - Syfy Taps Mike Cahill to Direct 'The Magicians' (Exclusive)
  16. Variety - ‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Season 2 on Syfy

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