Syfy's 'Wizard Wars' Gets Six-Episode Pickup (Exclusive)

Wizard Wars The Penn & Teller magic show will return in January

Presto! Syfy has conjured up more Wizard Wars.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has doubled up on the reality competition series featuring judges Penn & Teller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Following a successful first run of six episodes, the cabler has picked up a half-dozen more, with the series set to return in January.

The series, which hails from A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior), centers on young magicians trying to impress judges Penn Jillette and Teller with original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects. 

Since its Aug. 19 debut, Wizard Wars has been a solid performer. Factoring in seven days of delayed viewing, the premiere collected 1.3 million total viewers and has grown week-to-week. Its first season ranks as Syfy's No. 1 unscripted series of the year among men.

Wizard Wars is one of a handful of magic-themed series currently on TV. It joins The CW's Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as a pair on National Geographic.

Wizard Wars is exec produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Jillette and Teller.