Last Call: The Magicians and a magician

 Photo: Eike Schroter/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Photo: Eike Schroter/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

The Magicians

A pre-holiday virus has struck my family, requiring me to dive deeper into my usual streaming options. Last week, I inflicted the Netflix royal romance movie A Christmas Prince on my daughter; this week, my son and I discovered the first two seasons of The Magicians, also on Netflix. It’s a creepy, slightly gory Syfy series that’s like a YA version of Harry Potter, with some twentysomethings at a makeshift Hogwarts. We are completely sucked in as of episode four, which offers one of those captivating Inception/Buffy stuck-in-a-dream type scenarios. Maybe it was just the virus talking, but we were all riveted, and look forward to catching up before The Magicians returns to Syfy with season three in January. [Gwen Ihnat]

René Lavand

Ask anyone involved with magic about René Lavand, and they’ll tell you he’s one of the most inspiring figures of the artform. His backstory is amazing: Born in Argentina in 1928, Levand lost his right hand in a car accident at age nine. Undeterred, he decided to pursue his passion full time at age 32: sleight-of-hand magic. Watch this astounding clip above and remember—he’s fooling you with one hand. [Kevin Pang]

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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I am a big, big fan of Magicians, both Series and Books. I will ask how old your son is as the Magicians very soon gets NSFW and young kids. In the US, it’s TV-14 and, for the uncensored version, TV-MA. (I never noticed the “TV” prefix before as I don’t watch much TV nor do I pay attention to cert. ratings now that my kids are grown up and out of the house. Are TV ratings different than movie ratings?)