There is a relatively new show on the SyFy network called Wizard Wars. The format is somewhat of a ripoff of cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef; two teams of magicians are each given the same set of three or four ordinary items; for example a recent show featured luggage, a cape and a white rabbit.
The two teams have an hour to create a set of related magic tricks using all of the items. Each team then performs their routine in front of a live audience plus a four-person panel of judges that includes Penn and Teller.
The winner of the first round then against two of the resident "Wizards"; same thing, create magic tricks from ordinary objects and present them to the audience and judges. If the winning team from round 1 beats the Wizards they get $10,000.
My question is this: after the teams are given their items to create a routine around, they essentially disappear back into one of two "magic workshops" where there are a lot of other stock items to pull from (again, much like the cooking shows) for an hour. Except for a brief peek at what they are working on (which seems pretty hokey), he audience has to wait around for an hour before they perform their routines. This happens twice.
How is that handled? I wouldn't want to wait around for two hours in the audience and do nothing. I've been to tapings of live-audience sitcoms, where there would usually be unavoidable delays, and the "warm-up" would come back out and chat with the audience. But this is a little different.
Or is it? For example do they have someone else come out and do magic for both hours?
I would be interested in hearing from any audience members from this show, or anyone connected with the show, how they handle this. Just curious. Great show (I love magic of all kinds).