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-MagicTimes News Archives Week of May 27-June 2, 2013-

The tricks of the trade in ‘Now You See Me’
“Sometimes people associate magicians with that guy who shows up at kids’ birthday parties and waves his arms around,” says producer Bobby Cohen. “This is definitely not that.”
Publ.Date : 25 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

James J. Morrissey Jr., 74, Magician, Wayland Resident
A fan of the Red Sox, sailing and Frank Sinatra, Morrissey was also a lover of magic and long-standing member of the Society of American Magicians. He was also active in the Wayland Republican Town Committee and the Sudbury Bridges Together program...
Publ.Date : 26 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Illusionist, trickster, magician: Inside the mind of a man who can - The Province
But when he whisks open the door of his airy rented apartment in Birmingham, all the smoke and mirrors fall away. Brown is nothing like the cape-whirling, goatee-toting, caramel-voiced charmer we see on stage and screen. For a start, he’s shaved — not just his chin but his head, too — and he’s wearing a very sensible striped jumper and jacket. That knowing smile is gone; replaced by a meek grin that makes him seem almost unsure of himself. He’s warm and friendly and impeccably polite, pushing open doors and pulling out chairs and endlessly apologizing for dropping coins from his pocket in a clattering heap...
Publ.Date : 27 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

RIVERSIDE: Magic posters exhibit, magician talk set - Press-Enterprise
A one-night only, pop-up exhibition of vintage magic and variety arts posters will include a talk by the owner of the pieces, magician and magic historian, Mike Caveney. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the Riverside Art Museum in downtown Riverside.
Publ.Date : 29 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Central Virginia Magicians' Competition at the Gateway Theatre - Augusta Free Press
Every magician would dream of having this title, but the only way to win this title is to be part of a magic competition. Unfortunately there is none in the Valley. That is until now! WTA’s Gateway will fill that void with its first WTA Virginia Magicians’ Competition. Hosted by master magician Peter Monticup, the evening will feature seven magicians vying for top honors in the Saturday, June 1 magic slam...
Publ.Date : 29 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

TGB Episode 158: Magician's Craft (Guests: Jordan Vogt-Roberts - First Showing
The main topic of the night was a discussion on Magic and Magicians in Cinema, in honor of Now You See Me in theaters. The guys cite examples of this craft in film and how it correlates to the mysticism of movie-magic....
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Abracadabra! 10 Stage Magician Movies & The Tricks They Perform - Indie Wire
Really though, it’s just fun to be fooled, and as many magician films deal in meta-commentary on the nature of filmmaking and deception, probably three times that number are just aiming to be a silly lark. Representing both camps, then, we’ve pulled from a top hat a string of ten knotted-together films featuring prestidigitators good and bad, mad and sane, in celebration of the art of misdirection, sleight of hand and illusion. Believe your eyes!...
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Now You See Me' - Washington Times
Just as big a problem is the way the movie undercuts the allure of big-time magic stage shows with its use of mediocre computer-generated effects. The magic of the movies may work well for flying dragons and giant robots, but it’s a poor way to communicate the appeal of practical illusions. Without those sorts of real-world how’d-they-do-that questions to ground the movie’s mysteries, I left this magician-heist film feeling both tricked and robbed...
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

'Now You See Me': An Unconvincing Con Job - NPR
Now You See Me, a con movie with magic as its vehicle and twists fueling its forward motion, exudes self-importance and can't help but make promises it can't deliver on... Better movies on magicians have emphasized the trust necessary in the relationship between performer and audience. Now You See Me might be forgiven for underdelivering on its grand promises if it also didn't treat its audience with smugness. You wouldn't be blamed for taking up with Ruffalo's character and just wanting to shake down the filmmakers for your money back.
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Suspending Disbelief, as 4 Flee Handcuffs - New York Times
Up to this point, “Now You See Me” is an enjoyable goof that in its giddy way evokes a world propelled by technological wizardry enabling those who are clever enough to steal from everybody else... Long before the story culminates with a preposterous final revelation, whatever hopes you had that “Now You See Me” might have had anything to say about the profession of magic, rampant greed or anything else have been dashed.
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Movie Review: For a Story About Magicians, Now You See Me is - D Magazine
The magic depicted in the film isn’t particularly magical. The characters are so weakly drawn that Harrelson fills the vacuum as the same charming rapscallion he’s been in other (better) movies and Eisenberg is largely reprising his role of Mark Zuckerberg from The Social Network, though at least the two of them are given more to do than Franco or Fisher... And you might not guess the final twist, but that’ll only be because you’ll not want to face the possibility that the story would choose to resort to such a stupid cheat...
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Eisenberg plays brainy magician in 'Now You See Me' - MetroNews Canada
In the case of “Now You See Me,” Eisenberg plays J. Daniel Atlas, a magician whose idea of a simple card trick is beaming an image of his mark’s chosen playing card onto the side a skyscraper. Early in the film, Atlas as well as three other skilled illusionists -- a mentalist played by Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher’s escape artist and a sleight-of-hand master portrayed by Dave Franco -- are brought together under mysterious circumstances and soon begin performing together in Las Vegas as the Four Horsemen. Among their highly publicized, highly illegal tricks? Draining a Parisien bank vault and raining cash on their grateful Vegas audience...
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

'Now You See Me' review: Tricks but no treat - The Star-Ledger -
I do like magic, though, and movies about magic. I enjoyed the recent Ricky Jay documentary, and "The Great Buck Howard." And I was very happy back in 2006, when we had two competing period pieces -- "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" -- about tricky prestidigitators. But while it takes the art more seriously than this year's "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Now You See Me" (which opens Thursday night) ends up being nothing more than some very clumsy cinema sleight-of-hand. It's just smoke and mirrors and a few cheap tricks.
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Now You See Me - Hollywood Reporter
Now You See Me is a superficially diverting but substance-free concoction, a would-be thriller as evanescent as a magic trick and one that develops no suspense or rooting interest because the characters possess all the substance of invisible ink....
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Now You See Me: The Customer Is Always Fooled - TIME
The film’s magic feats were “inspired by David Copperfield” and supervised by David Kwong, a former DreamWorks animation exec who founded The Misdirectors Guild, a Hollywood club of illusionists and puzzle mavens. Every trick, from intimate business like card-shuffling to biggies like making a bank vault disappear, is deployed with grandeur and stupefying grace.
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

'Now You See Me' is a movie you should see - now  -Buffalo News
But here we’ve got a high-level cast playing thieving Vegas mega-magicians – a group of four individual virtuosi in magic who come together to form the Magic Act to End All Magic Acts: the Four Horsemen... And when the movie comes to a hugely satisfying conclusion – all to prove its point that “the closer you look, the less you see” – you come to a thoroughly heartening corollary conclusion..
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Review: 'Now You See Me' - San Antonio Express
Thus, at all times in "Now You See Me," we are either watching people who don't have much of a reason for doing what they do, or people whose reasons are hidden from us. This makes for a movie that is entirely uninvolving, and that's even before it gets stylistically irritating. But the magicians are charming, and that's a help -- particularly Woody Harrelson who is fairly delightful in every scene he's in. Too bad he's not in every scene.
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

'See It'? Absolutely, if you like to solve mysteries - Charlotte Observer
“Now You See Me” can’t quite claim to be the ideal crime drama – that would be “The Usual Suspects,” which justly won an Oscar for its script – but it’s only one level down. You might guess who’s behind the skulduggery, especially as you don’t have endless choices, but the last pieces of the puzzle don’t snap into place until the final scene...
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Magician and Saved by the Bell star returning to Kings Island - FOX19
Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem 2 will engage guests with thrilling vanishing acts and incredible stunts inside of Kings Island Theater. Alonzo, the self-proclaimed “Misfit of Magic”, is a two-time recipient of the “Stage Magician of the Year” and “Comedy Magician of the Year” awards from the internationally recognized Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) and is known for his role on the hit television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell” (1989 to 1990) as Max, the proprietor/magician of the local restaurant hangout ‘The Max.’ ..
Publ.Date : 30 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Now You See Me: Why Movies About Magicians Don't Work - Vulture
In general, however, the primary shortcoming with movies about magic is that they are almost always either obvious or inapt — the former (like 1947's classic noir Nightmare Alley) in that they tell us something we already know (magic isn't real! It's a carefully orchestrated trick!), and the latter (like the middling 2008 John Malkovich vehicle The Great Buck Howard, or Clive Barker's 1995 horror show Lord of Illusions) in that they suggest something we know is a lie (magic really is real!). In both instances, there's no wonder, no excitement; all they can hope for is shrugged-shoulder acknowledgement of the execution...
Publ.Date : 31 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Deft Illusion: Now You See Me - The San Francisco Appeal
Now You See Me is filled with insufferable magicians, and no real magic. And yet…I kind of liked it. Maybe I should qualify that. Mark Ruffalo is in it, and I will like, at least a little bit, anything he’s in. I can’t help it. I’m flesh and blood, people! But he’s not the only thing likable about the movie...
Publ.Date : 31 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Veteran magician finds new place to perform - Joplin Globe
Taylor Reed remembers the morning his life changed. "It started on Christmas Day," said Reed, a longtime magician, illusionist and comedian. "Under the Christmas tree there was a magic kit."...
Publ.Date : 31 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Need to keep the art of magic alive: magician Samrat Shankar
Noted magician Samrat Shankar today made a fervent appeal to keep the art of magic alive and said governments should come forward to check its misuse for commercial gains by some unscrupulous people.
"I am concerned about the fading art of magic and plan to set up an academy to impart training to young people in wonderful art of magic to produce good professionals," he said while talking to media persons.
Publ.Date : Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:12:03 -0700

Magician priest will bless Yuma with performances - Yuma Sun
As a Catholic priest with many talents, Jim Blantz can't turn water into wine during Mass, but he sure can turn milk into grape juice at a kid's birthday party.
Publ.Date : Sat, 01 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700


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