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Murray hired me to be his on-site magic consultant / magic eye for his first appearance on the TV show Top Gear. What made this extremely difficult was that I had to been hidden in the back corner of the ambulance so that Murray could see me, but the camera in the corner across from me wouldn’t have me in their shot. Two other things that presented challenges for this shoot were the fact that they were filming in the ambulance while it was being driven down the Las Vegas Strip, and that there were two cameras, one in the back filming Murray, and one on the dash board filming the driver’s reaction. This meant all the magic had to be done so that none of the magic was exposed to either camera, and then the finale of the trick had to be shown to both cameras, which would get edited together in postproduction.

One of the UK’s most popular series since 1977, Top Gear now brings its high-adrenaline action entertainment to America. Top Gear delves into the colorful history of the automobile and showcases an offbeat celebration of the art of driving, featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear’s customary wit and humor. Hosted by comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood, Top Gear explores the history of America, one lap at a time.


Douglas has worked on many shows up and down the Las Vegas strip. He has worn many different hats, from being a creative director, lighting designer, set designer, and production / technical director having worked with Wayne Newton, Frank Marino, Human Nature, and Recycled Percussion to name a few.