Coldplay releases an EXCLUSIVE ‘behind the scenes’ video for their new song, Magic! Watch it here!

Coldplay releases an EXCLUSIVE ‘behind the scenes’ video for their new song, Magic! Watch it here!

Many people who listen to Coldplay’s music will tell you that the band creates a beautiful magic through their melodies. So it was no surprise that the British talent decided to create a song titled ‘Magic’.

The music video for the same was directed by Grammy award – winning director, Jonas Åkerlund, who took the visuals to a whole new level.

A glamorous love triangle set in the 1920s was the concept, and the video starred Ziyi Zhang from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as a magicienne. It also starred the band’s frontman, Chris Martin, who played a double role – one of the magicienne’s abusive husband and the other of her charming assistant and aspiring illusionist.

The circus was created as the main piece of the music video, and was a vintage travelling circus called ‘Masters of Marvel’.

Unlike true magicians, who do not wish to disclose how they perform their tricks, Coldplay and the team that was responsible for the video have released a ‘behind-the-scenes’ video for Magic. The scenes are shown to be shot carefully, bit by bit, and the documentary shows the music video coming together gradually.

The short documentary is a must-see for all Coldplay fans, as well as just those who are curious to know what exactly goes on in the making of a brilliant era-specific video like this one.

The shots show exactly how certain sequences were made. For instance, there is one where Zhang is throwing knives at Martin. It looks too fascinating to be true, and it is. Actually, she takes the knives and while drawing it back to aim and throw, she lets it fall behind her, and then makes a hand movement as if she is throwing it towards him. The wheel on which Martin is, is embedded with a mechanism that causes knives to pop out as soon as she makes her hand movement.

Another scene is the levitation, which is done with the help of wires around Chris’ arms. He practices his arm and leg movements to make the ‘levitation’ appear more real. He is shown often playing around while hanging on the wires – even doing a cycling movement with his legs, in mid-air.

Chris appears to be in a jovial mood during the shoot, and he is heard loudly cheering in one sequence. At one point, he is even kicked off the stage and falls down, before looking at everyone and laughing.

There are also shots where Martin is trying to do a simple trick, and then fails. Also, the bird that is supposed to fly from his hand in a sequence towards the end, does not do so, but just flutters.

Chris acts playful in some scenes with the director, and even jokes around with Ziyi.

The behind-the-scenes film is shot by Pete Ohs, and was released shortly after the official music video was. The new album, ‘Ghost Stories, is to release on the 16th of May, and can be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Watch the video of the scenes here:

Lyrics: Coldplay’s Magic

Call it magic

Call it true

I call it magic

When I’m with you

And I just got broken

Broken into two

Still I call it magic

When I’m next to you

 

And I don’t and I don’t and I don’t and I don’t

No, I don’t it’s true

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

Want anybody else but you

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

No, I don’t it’s true

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

Want anybody else but you

 

Call it magic

Cut me into two

And with all your magic

I disappear from view

And I can’t get over

Can’t get over you

Still I call it magic

Such a precious jewel

 

And I don’t and I don’t and I don’t and I don’t

No, I don’t it’s true

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

Want anybody else but you

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

No, I don’t it’s true

I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t

Want anybody else but you

 

Want to fall, fall so far

I want to fall, fall so hard

And I call it magic

And I call it true

I call it magic

 

And if you were to ask me

After all that we’ve been through

Still believe in magic?

Yes, I do

Of course I do.