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Kelly was a long-running talk show on Northern Irish TV hosted by Gerry Kelly.

The show ran from 1989 to 2005, and had a running time of 90 minutes. Broadcast live every Friday night from UTV's Studio One in Belfast, it became Ireland's favorite TV talk show, and was the most popular programme on UTV. In addition to featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in film and television, music, sport and politics, the show also gave many local people a chance to experience their fifteen minutes of fame.


One regular feature of the show was giving local amateur magicians the chance to perform on TV. Very often, they were given the chance to perform illusions assisted by a female celebrity who was also appearing as a guest on the same episode. While the names of most of the magicians are not available, the female celebrities known to have participated in illusions on the show, and the illusions they took part in, are know to include the following:

  • Liverpudlian singer and actress Sonia was Jig-Sawed by an unknown magician.
  • On the December 19, 2003 episode, singer Katie Melua was sawed in half by a local magician in his Thin Model sawing. On the November 4, 2005 episode, she was sawed in half by another local magician in his Modern Art illusion.
  • Sisters Sharon, Andrea and Caroline Corr assisted a local magician in a performance of the Double Sawing (illusion). Andrea and Caroline were the ones who were sawed in half and had their lower halves switched, while Sharon assisted the magician with sawing through them.
  • Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was guillotined by a local magician.
  • Actress Claire Goose was also sawed in half in a Thin Model sawing by a local magician.
  • In a reprise of a classic moment on early 1980s children's TV show Blue Peter, TV presenter Janet Ellis was Zig-Zagged by a local magician.
  • Country singer Dolly Parton was sawed in half in the Bow-Sawing illusion by a local magician.