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Magic Movies or What To Watch While Quarantined

Well, as we move into another week of the Pandemic, things seem to be leveling out. We still have not received our Small business loan, but we have been able to file paperwork with another bank. That gets us one step closer. Through all of this, we are moving full steam ahead. Our two employees…

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Magic Movies or What To Watch While Quarantined

Well, as we move into another week of the Pandemic, things seem to be leveling out. We still have not received our Small business loan, but we have been able to file paperwork with another bank. That gets us one step closer. Through all of this, we are moving full steam ahead. Our two employees who were out due to the pandemic are back at their posts and we couldn’t be happier to have them back! We are ready and able to take your phone and internet orders! You know what they say, “The show MUST go on!”

     Now, not all of us are so lucky to have the stay at home order in their state start to get relaxed and I know that MANY of you are still cooped up at home. Well, now is the perfect time to catch up on your movie watching. If it were up to my I.T. guy, I’m sure he’d recommend that you watch all ELEVEN “Star Wars Movies” in order! I had something else in mind. I want to give you a list of great magic-based movies to help pass the time. If you never seen any of these films, I think you’ll enjoy them. If you have seen them before, now’s the perfect time to get in a second viewing! The list is in no particular order.

“HOUDINI” (1953)
Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher & Angela Clarke.
This film is not only considered to be a Hollywood film classic, it was the first time that the life of Houdini was portrayed on screen. Now, while this film has several glaring inaccuracies (Houdini died of peritonitis on Halloween night after his appendix ruptured because he was punched in the stomach before he could tighten his stomach muscles for the blow. In the film they have him injuring himself by bumping into the Temple of Benares illusion, which hadn’t even been invented in 1926!) and Tony Curtis looks nothing like Houdini, it’s still an immensely entertaining film!

“AN HONEST LIAR” (2014)
James Randi, Penn & Teller, Alice Cooper, Bill Nye & Adam Savage
This wonderful documentary follows the life of professional de-bunker James Randi. You may know him as the old guy with the big white beard who claims to carry a check for One Million Dollars on him at all times that he will sign over to anyone who can show actual signs of psychic or paranormal ability that he cannot explain and re-produce. But there is much more to the man and you’ll learn it all here! It’s a fun and fascinating look at the world of magic, mysticism, and scam artists!

“THE PRESTIGE” (2006)
Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlet Johansson
From director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar) comes this period thriller set in Edwardian London where two rival magicians, (partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show) feud bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick – teleportation. His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity. If you like a mystery with a touch of the supernatural, this film is for you!

“NOW YOU SEE ME” (2013)
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman
This film is a classic heist movie in the style of the George Clooney “Ocean’s 11” films (Come to think of it, all three of those are great films to watch too!) however, this time the con-men are all magicians and they use all the tricks of their trade to avoid being caught by the F.B.I. David Copperfield served as a magic consultant on the film and it’s sequel. This is a fun popcorn movie, full of ridiculous plot twists and “Magic Tricks”. Will it revolutionize the world of magic? No. But it WILL entertain you and your family and who knows, maybe you ‘ll get an idea or two from the film for an effect for your act!

“THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE” (2013)
Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi & Jim Carrey
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and his partner, Anton Marvelton have reigned as kings of the Las Vegas strip for years. When a street magician’s increasing popularity threatens to knock them off their thrones, Burt and Anton recognize that they have to repair their strained relationship and salvage the act. This movie is stupid. There’s no other way to put it. But the GOOD kind of stupid like “The Three Stooges”, “Dumb and Dumber”, “Airplane” and a whole host of other films that parody their subject. Look (not that closely) and you’ll see not-so-subtle send ups of Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, David Blaine and a slew of other magicians. The plot is thin but the “Inside baseball” nature of the jokes makes this a fun film to just sit down and laugh at!

     All of the films that I have mentioned above are available on Amazon Prime and you can find a whole host of other films with a magic theme! So, sit back, have fun, and above all stay safe! It’s up to all of us to help keep the magic alive! We need it now more than ever!

Magically yours,
Harry Allen

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