Expelled from school at 15, dropped out of school at 16, one boy spelled nothing but trouble. So much so that the boy’s father, thoroughly upset at his son’s behavioral problems, decided to send him off to Japan. However, the boy, who was really..too smart for his own good, got off the plane during a stopover in Tokyo and ended up being one of the many street buskers on the streets of Shinjuku.

Like we said, he spelled nothing but trouble.

But soon, trouble clearly left him when a rich Japanese businessman picked up on his talent and employed him to work in his hotel. And in only a flutter of years, his popularity steadily increased in Japan as well as on the Internet – namely, YouTube. Dubbed Magic’s first cyber celebrity, he is Cyril Takayama.


Today, he’s a superstar magician in Japan and across the globe. He first vowed Asian TV audiences for the first time with “Cyril: Simply Magic” on AXN (a three-part special set in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei).

But this time, he’s back, bigger and better with another magical extravaganza, and with his family in tow!

The international TV edition of the all-new “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition” suggests that magic is clearly in the DNA of Cyril’s family, Grandma Magi, Uncle Richard, and Cousin Tiny (who isn’t really tiny after all and who really does eat everything in sight). All six episodes of the story follows his quirky family members as they embark on a hilarious vacation to the tropical paradise of Oahu in Hawaii.

Of course, miraculous (read: magic) things happen as they family soak in the sunshine and scenery of Oahu, almost as if Mother Nature had a hand in it. But we all know it’s just magic. Why..Grandma Magi showed/told us herself when she was at Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur just yesterday!


What sets this show apart from any other magic series is the storytelling aspect. While typical street magic series has the magician and camera crew approaching a crowd, the executive producers of “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition” have taken a distinctively different approach that redefines the genre – hidden cameras.

Magic fans! You guys ready for Cyril’s skills, taken up a notch? Then remember to tune in to his, uh, we mean, four unique personalities’  epic series starting 7th of June 2012 (Thursday) and every Thursday after at 9pm exclusively on AXN (Astro Channel 701) and AXN HD (Astro Channel 721).

For more information, visit AXN Asia’s official website.

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