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Topic: The Best 10 Movies About Magic of All Time
Message: Posted by: panlives (Feb 9, 2011 08:26AM)
Message: Posted by: HerraTaikuri (Feb 9, 2011 08:41AM)
And of to the videostore :D though I have sometimes searched, I have nwver found many magic films. Thanks for the list.
Message: Posted by: Justin W (Feb 9, 2011 09:24AM)
Ha. Just goes to show how very little GOOD movies there have been made about magic.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Feb 10, 2011 04:50PM)
VERY happy to see The Prestige at the top of the list. I saw the Barker film and frankly, I felt Barker used performance magic as a convenience. He could have developed that aspect of the film's plot more fully, but then, Christopher Nolan had already done that some years later with The Prestige.

Sad thing is, MAGICIANS who play magicians in movies are REALLY bad. Ask David Copperfield about Terror Train. :P

Shade was full of magicians, but, let's be honest, Stuart Townsend and Hal Holbrook were far more magical than Earl Nelson and R. Paul Wilson - although Wilson wasn't awful, he is no actor IMHO.

Some may argue that it is unfair to expect a magician to be on par with Hal Holbrook, and I would agree. That being said, if Robert-Houdin is RIGHT - and I believe he IS - then perhaps we are not doing our jobs as well as we should.


Message: Posted by: motown (Feb 10, 2011 05:23PM)
I enjoyed both the Prestige and the Illusionist.

And even though it's not that accurate, I always liked Houdini.
Message: Posted by: T. Joseph O'Malley (Feb 10, 2011 05:28PM)
"Is Anybody There" starring Michael Caine is particularly poignant.
Message: Posted by: Roland (Jul 16, 2018 11:15AM)
Here's another take on the greatest magic movies of all time... https://www.carnivalofillusion.com/best-magic-movies-of-all-time.php
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Jul 17, 2018 11:57AM)
There's not a lot out there is there? Good that Prestige made both lists. One that might get overlooked that I liked was "Sleight". Some in the Café didn't like it because of suggestions of super powers; but I thought there was some good old fashioned magic (yes, even cards and coins) in there which was coached by Eric Jones. And the homage to Houdini was an underlying theme throughout. Lynn
Message: Posted by: chrisgali (Jul 17, 2018 02:10PM)
Now you see me was ok, some cool card sleights.
Message: Posted by: GlennLawrence (Jul 17, 2018 07:37PM)
What, no love for "Burt Wonderstone" starring Steve Carrell?

Ok for those wondering, yes I am kidding! One of the worst turds of a movie, magic or otherwise, that you could waste your money on. How in the world did they get him to do that one? Besides the obvious, $
I'm sure he's glad almost everyone's forgotten about it by now.........
Message: Posted by: shaunluttin (Jul 28, 2018 10:39AM)
I have thought for a while that a treatment of the Erdnase mystery could make a popular movie.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone surely tops my list for its satirical accuracy.
Message: Posted by: brucherseifer52 (Mar 6, 2019 04:08AM)
Hello guys,

my name is Hans. As a member of the Magic Circle of Germany and a film school graduate I am currently working on a documentary about S.W. Erdnase. It chronicles the history of "The Expert at the Card Table". When I began to learn magic just a few years ago, the book was a great inspiration for me. Therefore, I want to share the mysterious story of its long-lost author with the community. If you are interested, you can have a look at the teaser over here:


Please let me know what you think. I'm looking forward to your feedback. :)
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Mar 6, 2019 02:03PM)
I was the chief magic consultant for [b]Bogus[/b] by Norman Jewison, 1996. It is a movie with a lot of magic and several different magicians. It stars Whoopie Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu, and Haley Osment. Johnathan Pendragon, Thomsoni, and Tony Clark all worked on various magic effects throughout the show. I highly recommend it for the list.

Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Mar 15, 2019 12:58PM)
Message: Posted by: magicianbrady (Mar 16, 2019 08:20PM)
Now You See Me should have also made into the list
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Mar 16, 2019 10:54PM)
Best performance as a magician, David Niven in "Eternally Yours."

"Two on a Guillotine" with Cesar Romero as the magician.
Message: Posted by: Nem (Apr 13, 2019 08:18AM)
"Two on a Guillotine", that's taking me back some. Good movie though.
I found "The Illusionist" to be one of the best I have ever seen. Emotionally stirring, like magic should be. Remember after the movie came out the illusionist locket craze? The power of a love story with magic. I did not get near that reaction with "The Prestige" although it was ok.
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 15, 2019 12:02PM)
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (Apr 15, 2019 12:05PM)
Message: Posted by: FlightRisk (Apr 17, 2019 09:52AM)
Just a note, "Bogus" is available now included with your Netflix subscription. It looks like you can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime and most of the other streaming platforms.
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Nov 23, 2019 09:28PM)
[quote]On Mar 16, 2019, Pop Haydn wrote:
Best performance as a magician, David Niven in "Eternally Yours."

"Two on a Guillotine" with Cesar Romero as the magician. [/quote]
How 'bout "Charley Chan on Treasure Island" with Cesar Romero as the magician ?
Message: Posted by: Fenomeno (Dec 1, 2019 11:43AM)
I personally enjoyed "Magic in the Moonlight":