Desperate Acts of MagicHD Closed Captioning
Joe Tyler Gold & Tammy Caplan
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About the Film
Jason is not the magician he wishes he was. Bored with his life as a computer programmer, he dreams of becoming a professional magician. Stacy achieved that dream, only to be spit out by the male-dominated magic establishment, leaving her to fend for herself on the street passing the hat to tourists, and picking pockets. They both have something to prove. The Brotherhood of Magicians Competition gives them one last shot at success. But as the sparks fly between them, will Stacy pull Jason into her life of crime?
Entertaining Acts of Magic
A labour of love by Director/Screenwrite/Producer/Leading Man Joe Tyler Gold. As a magician I enjoyed this story of love, passion, ego and illusion in the secretive world of the magic community. While Burt Wonderstone was a big budget movie about big budget Vegas magicians staring big budget stars this is a smaller more intimate film about the everyman, the magician struggling to make ends meet, being taken advantage of, passed over, struggling with his doubts and the egos of his colleagues but ultimately suceeding. For those not familiar with the magic community you are introduced to the parellel world that working magicians inhabit. The traditional magic shops with shelves stacked with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, the trials of performing magic for children, the conventions, the competitions, the characters, politics and egos. This is an insider lifting the 36 inch multicoloured silk on the secret that the magic community is full of strangely ordinary people trying to make a living from their greatest passion. There are some funny set pieces - two magicians sit down for dinner and try and outcompete each other with tricks whilst they wait for their order - the hapless children's magician turning up for the worse gig in his life. The femme fatale Stacy performed by Valerie Dillman is a strong addition to the cast causing our character a roller coaster of emotions as she drives the plot along. Jonathan Levit's worldly wise character Steve Kramer is a good counter point to Joe Tyler Gold's lead character Jason Kant - who is both dazed and unsure of himself and his skills when he find's himself out of a job and having to make a living in the big bad world. Did I enjoy the film - yes. Would I recommend it - to any one with the slightest interest in the world of magic YES! Get some beer and pizza and watch Desperate Acts of Magic with Burt Wonderstone and we'll make a magician of you yet!
Charming indie movie
I followed the progress of this movie being made each time the film makers were interviewed on the 'On The Page' podcast and was fascinated to see the final result. I was not disappointed. It's well written and directed with lovely performances. It will make a nice evening in that much nicer. Sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy!