Coldplay Take Us Behind The Scenes Of Their Blockbuster “Magic” Video: Idolator Premiere

Apr 16th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Coldplay's "Magic"
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Coldplay really upped the visual ante with their Jonas Åkerlund-directed “Magic” video. The circus-themed opus tells the story of a glamorous 1920s-era magician (brought to life by Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang), who finds herself in the middle of an emotional tug-of-war between her abusive husband and charming assistant — both played with great flair by Chris Martin.

The British superstars now invites you behind the scenes of their blockbuster visual with a must-see ‘making of’ documentary. It’s fascinating to watch the video come together and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see Coldplay’s plucky frontman suspended on wires or spinning on a wheel while the star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon pretends to throw knives at him? Check it out up top.

Is “Magic” the band’s best video? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. amy :)

    OMG I LOVED THIS VIDEO IT WAS VERY CREATIVE AND SWEET AND SMEXY ESPECIALLY WITH THE LOVELY ZIYI :D CHRIS WAS CHARMING AND HANDSOME!!!! I believe this video and strawberry swing are the best so far for most creative…and every teardrop is a waterfall!!!

  2. Erik

    Very nice! But The Scientist will always be Coldplay’s best video.

  3. Cold play’s best video ever.

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