Once Upon a Time: Behind the Magic Review

Once Upon a Time Behind the Magic“I know all magic comes with a price. Saving magic must come with a price too. ”

There’s not a TV show on the air today more magical than Once Upon a Time. It’s the perfect blend of modern drama and classic fairy tales. It’s totally familiar and at the same time it’s completely new and unexpected.It’s also one of the most visually appealing shows on TV with gorgeous fairytale costumes, magnificent fairy tale settings and weekly works of magic.

Want to know how they manage to pull it all together week after week? You’ll find most of the secrets in a new companion book called Once Upon a Time: Behind the Magic.

This over-sized, full-color paperback is packed with detailed photos from the series and the set.

The book is broken into three parts; Cast, Crew and The Series So Far.

The Series So Far is comprised of two episode guides covering the first and second season.

The cast section includes interviews with Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle and five others. The crew section takes you on a journey from start to finish with interviews from the creators, the producers, the writers, the costumer, the visual effects team, the production designer and more.

1x17-Hat-Trick-Still-once-upon-a-timeI’m a production nut, so the crew section is my favorite part. I think people underestimate what it takes to get a show like this on the air every week but these sections spell it out. For example, The Mad Hatter’s Hat – seems simple enough but as Property Master Bill Burd explains, it’s not as easy as it looks.

“They don’t make top hats any longer and it required a milliner who knew how to put it together. . . All the fabric for the hat had to be imported. . . and finding a hat block was a real challenge.” Once he had all the pieces, the milliner turned out a dozen in record time (you have to have duplicates of everything.) Only one problem. After they were done, they found out that the actor would also be wearing a wig which required the hat to be two sizes bigger than the hats they made! That’s show biz.

If you’re a fan of Once Upon a Time or you have one on your holiday shopping list, pick up this book from Titan publishing. It’s as beautiful and interesting as the series itself.

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