DISCOVERY CHANNEL PITS CONMAN AGAINST PROFESSIONAL
IN A NEW SERIES, “MAN V EXPERT”
Host Alexis Conran is shown filming the show Man vs Expert at Noontootla Creek Farms, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Blue Ridge, Ga. (AP Images for Discovery)
New Delhi, May , 2015: In Discovery Channel’s new series, MAN V EXPERT, hustler Alexis Conran takes on intense challenges against world class experts to find out if he can beat them at their own game – without going through years of hard work and training. In any normal head-to-head contest, Alexis would not stand a chance.
Using the appeal and wow-factor of magic and deception—anchored in real-world situations —host Alexis Conran (presenter of Discovery Channel’s seriesTHE MIND CONTROL FREAKS) teams up with plotting co-conspirators and cohorts to develop ingenious strategies to take on experts—and win. MAN V EXPERT premieres internationally on Discovery Channel across more than 220 countries and territories, and in India on May 18, Monday to Friday at 8 pm.
Alexis is a man with ordinary skills, and a healthy dose of competitiveness and con know-how. He’s turned the world of scamming into an entertaining art form, and is acknowledged both as a uniquely talented performer and someone you do not want to be playing cards with.
Each episode of MAN V EXPERT features Alexis on a mission to take on three individuals who have reached the very top of their professions, in areas where he has little to no expertise. Because he wouldn’t stand a chance in any normal head-to-head competition, Alexis receives specialized training, techniques and insights from eminent specialists in a given field—but occasionally must rely on a bit of con and magic to increase his chances of success. With his challenger none the wiser to Alexis’ tricks—and no guarantee of success when it comes to con and magic—it’s a true toss-up as to who will win—man or expert. Regardless of the outcome, following each challenge Alexis will show his cards and explain his methodology to an often-relieved expert.
Some of the challenges Alexis will take on throughout MAN V EXPERT:
- Alexis Conran takes on experts and champions in grueling head-to-head challenges to see if he can shortcut his way to victory. This time, Alexis combines Mother Nature and an unimaginable science experiment in an attempt to beat a world champion English angler (World Champion Angler – Bob Nudd). He comes up with an ingenious plan to hopefully outsmart a Spelling Bee champion (Katie Kerwin Mc Crimmon), and finally, travels to Poland to flex his muscles against the World’s Strongest Man (Zydrunas Savickas or Big Z).
- Alexis will do anything it takes to get a leg up on the competition. In this episode, he sees a childhood dream come to fruition and feels the pressure of a soccer shootout against the English Premier League’s greatest-ever penalty taker. Alexis takes to the track in an attempt to out-tool an Australian rally car mechanic, and later, ends up behind bars and hooked up to a polygraph machine in a New York City prison. Can our conman lie his way to a win?
- With a new challenge in his crosshairs, Alexis travels back to America to improve his aim in the shooting range for a showdown with a champion marksman. Looking for a surefire way to ensure a victory, Alexis calls on a co-conspirator in an attempt to outsmart a mathematics whiz—but can he really pull one over on a University of Oxford Professor of Number Theory (Minhyong Kim – University of Oxford Professor of Number Theory). He’ll attempt to row his way to victory in a one-on-one kayak race against a five-time European and 11-time Slovakian Champion (Peter Csonka).
In addition to his own challenges, Alexis will host special guest challengers who use their own unique skillset, experience or physical abilities in a way that Alexis thinks will guarantee victory over an expert in an entirely unrelated field. Can a child be smarter than a professor? Can a ballet dancer beat a Marine in an assault course race?
About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel, the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality pay-TV programming in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. First launched in 1985, Discovery Channel reaches 206 million subscribers in Asia Pacific. It offers viewers an engaging line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment from blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history, adventure, cultural and topical documentaries.
Alexis Conran, star of Discovery Channel’s MAN V EXPERT, has turned the world of scamming into an entertaining art form and is acknowledged both as a uniquely talented performer and someone you do not want to be playing cards with.
Born in Paris but raised in Athens, Greece, aged 16 Alexis came to London to study acting. After graduating from LAMDA and pursuing a career in acting, Conran followed a curious desire to study the art of magic. Within three years he was working as a professional magician specialising in card cheating. He started performing at exotic, celebrity-fuelled private parties worldwide.
In 2003, he was part of a team asked to advise the writers and actors on the hit TV series HUSTLE for the BBC. His extensive knowledge of hustling, pickpockets and con artists gave the show an authenticity that didn’t go unnoticed. Following this, Conran was asked to star in a new TV show for the BBC, THE REAL HUSTLE, which, since its debut in 2005, became one of BBC3’s flagship series. Conran was also the co-writer of the show.
In 2007 he was part of a magic special for BBC1 called DONT MISS A TRICK and since 2010 he has been extensively involved as a consultant producer from the very early stages on both series of THE MAGICIANS (BBC1), DERREN BROWN: THE GREAT ART ROBBERY (Channel 4), BREAKING MAGIC (Discovery) and TROY (Channel 4 / E4).
In 2012, THE REAL HUSTLE broadcast its 11th series having completed more than 100 episodes and over 450 scams, making it one of the most successful series on the BBC.
2012 also saw Conran’s first solo project GAMBLING ADDICTION AND ME – THE REAL HUSTLER, a documentary on gambling addiction. It was a coproduction of Alexis’ own production company – Grifter Media and Matchlight for BBC3 and BBC1.
In 2013 Conran created his next TV format, HUSTLING AMERICA alongside Icon Films. The show saw him travel across America following in the footsteps of history’s greatest hustlers to see if his skills in deception and magic will allow him to pull off the hardest cons of all time.
In 2014, Conran starred on Discovery Channel’s MIND CONTROL FREAKS, reaching audiences in over 220 countries and territories across the globe.
Conran continues to create and sell TV formats.