- They do expose a few magic tricks and I didn't really like that, but I guess in a heist movie we needed to know every step of how they got away with it.
- One of the antagonists in the movie is a person who goes around exposing other people's tricks. I liked that the movie made that type of person "the bad guy".
- I almost immediately pieced together the deceptions from the first and third heists. Like, during the heists themselves and not during the explanation. I don't know if it was just because I am a magician, so I already kind of think that way, or if it's just obvious. The person I saw the movie with said they were specifically trying not to figure things out and they knew a bit of the third heist, so maybe it's the latter. I am curious to hear what other people thought.
As a magician, there are a lot of comments and questions I hear over and over again, and one of the most frequent happens whenever a movie about magic comes out. People will ask if I've seen it and what I, as a magician, thought of it. So I thought I might put up some of my thoughts on the many movies about magic, whether fictitious or factual, that I have seen. This week: "Now You See Me".
My main reaction to the magicians in this movie is that they are the type of magicians that I just can't stand. I think the attitude can be summed up by one of Jesse Eisenberg's character's lines, "First rule of magic: Always be the smartest person in the room." The group, called "The Four Horsemen", are just too smug. During their second show, they perform an effect and then proceed to explain it, all the while sounding like their audience is stupid for not knowing how the trick worked. When I start teaching magic to my students, I always try to get the idea across that it's not about tricking people, though that is important, it's about having fun. I don't think audiences anywhere enjoy being talked down to and I don't think any performer will gain any type of success with that type of show.
The next thought I had for most of the movie was just how well the "mentalism" worked in the film's reality. It's almost funny that the day after I wrote about mind reading magic being taken too seriously I see a movie that does just that. In this movie, mentalism can incapacitate you, influence you into making large decisions, cause you to forget whole conversations and enable the magician to know a ton about your personal life almost instantly. How Woody Harrelson's character fell from grace in that world is beyond me, since it appeared he could do anything.
I don't really have much else to say simply because the magicians really aren't in the movie that much. But here are a few quick thoughts:
Scott Marshall is a magician in Los Angeles. Performing for private functions and out on the street, he loves bringing people together for a good time.