Syfy Orders Six New Episodes Of 'Wizard Wars'

Syfy has ordered six additional episodes of its magic-based competition series, Wizard Wars, the network announced Friday.

 The series, which challenges young magicians to impress judges Penn & Teller with their magic tricks,  is expected to return in January 2015, showcasing magicians from Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and more, said network officials.

Wizard Wars premiered to more than one million viewers (Live+SD) viewers and ranks as Syfy’s most watched unscripted series this year among male viewers, said Syfy.

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