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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Believing in Magic

     I love media about Magic- Harry Potter, Harry Dresden, The Belgariad, the tales of Middle Earth...  the list goes on and ever on.

     There are three movies about stage magic that I sort of group together. They are from very different directors, tell different stories, and are unrelated, except by theme. I just finished watching the three, and I would love to talk about them while they are fresh in my mind.

     The Illusionist

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     A fascinating tale of a talented stage magician challenging a prince for the woman he loves. Much of the tale is told through the framework of the chief police inspectors investigation of him. This one shares some common ground with "the Usual Suspects", in that all the clues are there but you can't really assemble them until the end of the film.

      The Prestige

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     A tragic and suspenseful tale of two rival magicians bound together in a cycle of envy and revenge. This is a Christopher Nolan thriller, and he keeps you guessing until the last minute and then some.

     And Now you See Me

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     Where four talented amateur magicians unite to perform...miracles and daring robberies, all in the name of righting wrongs of the past. They call themselves the four horsemen... and yet there is a secret fifth horsemen behind them all along. there is a sequel to this one but I have not seen it yet.

     You will notice that in the tradition of the best magic, I am refusing to spoiler, or "give away the trick". If you haven't seen them, you will be pleasantly surprised, pleased, maybe a trifle horrified by some parts. But you will be entertained, and left wanting more.

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