Not only are Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne two of Britain’s hottest young actors of the moment, they both play big-screen wizards in, respectively, “Dr. Strange” and the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.
Given their pedigrees in the wizarding world, magic buff Redmayne felt this was the perfect opportunity to perform a magic trick when he and Cumberbatch appeared together on Britain’s “The Graham Norton Show”, in which “Breaking Bad” Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston was also a guest.
Performing one of his favourite childhood magic tricks, Redmayne presented “a totally ordinary coloring book,” explaining he used to watch British magician Paul Daniels “on telly every Saturday night. I was obsessed with him. And this is my moment to be on television doing magic.”
With that, Redmayne asked Cranston to blow on the colouring book’s cover, which caused black-and-white images to magically appear on the previously blank pages. Redmayne then presented his wand to Cumberbatch, who waved the wand and chanted an incantation that instantly caused the images to transform into colour.
“For full on Marvel-wizarding crossover,” Redmayne joked. “The potential for Doctor Strange to come into the wizarding world [of ‘Harry Potter’].”