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List: Movies About Magicians

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Now You See Me,” the story of magicians who rob a bank, reminds me of some of my other favorite movies about magicians:

1.  “Houdini”  Tony Curtis and his then-wife, Janet Leigh star in this story of the most famous magician of them all, the unparalleled master of escape.  A more accurate (but less entertaining) movie is “The Great Houdini” with Paul Michael Glaser.  Houdini characters are also featured in “Ragtime” (Jeffrey DeMunn), “Fairy Tale: A True Story” (Harvey Keitel), and “Cremaster 2″ (Norman Mailer), among others.

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2.  “The Prestige” Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman are rival magicians in this disturbing tale from “The Black Knight’s” Christopher Nolan

3.  “The Illusionist” (2006) A magician (Edward Norton) has to come up with his greatest trick to be with the woman he loves (Jessica Biel).

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4. “The Illusionist” (2010) This wordless animated story of a lonely stage magician is tender and touching.

5. “Rope Escape”  And here is Houdini himself, performing one of his most famous tricks:

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And remember, as portrayed in “Hugo,” the real-life magician who invented movie special effects, George Méliès:

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