Magicians: Life in the Impossible

Synopsis: "MAGICIANS follows four world-class magicians on stage and off, exploring how and why these characters so passionately dedicate their lives to the craft of illusion. Their journey takes us from the most humbling of road gigs to grand performances on the biggest of stages, from finding love to terrible personal loss; and to the prospect of losing everything for a dream others don't understand. As we come to understand why each is obsessively chasing his own dream, we'll discover the unhidden secret: far more fascinating than the magic are the magicians themselves."
Genre: Documentary
Production: Subjective Films
87 min

for me, magic is

a tiny grain of deception

Wrapped in this

world of truth.

It gives you

that visceral feeling

That we don't

know everything.

Just to have this

possibility of something

that's boundless...

...That's what I want

people to feel.

when I was a kid,

I used to read about

the magic castle...

...A place where people

went to see magic.


You see some of the best

magicians in the world

Showing you things that

you've never seen before.

- No!

this place is

an epicenter of magic.

As a layperson,

you come to see greatness...

...And as a magician,

you come and be great.

And I wanted to be here.

Early in my career,

I would do a show,

people would say to me

"oh, that's so great.

So what do you do

for a living?"



Gut wrenching.

It was really important

for me to always seem like

I was a professional


So how do you come across

in a way that's engaging,

So when people walk

out of the showroom,

They want to

hang out with me?

They want to be my friend.

ladies and gentlemen,

This performer that

you are about to meet--

One of our favorites here

at the magic castle--

Please put your hands together

for mr. Jon armstrong.

thank you.

We'll do a matching trick.

So just touch a card.

-All right.

-That one there?


- You're gonna say "stop" quick.

- -stop.

I'll put this down, okay.

That's one, two,

three, four, five, six,

seven, eight, nine.

That's nine, so

the number here is nine,

That means that that

would have to be a nine

for it to match.

Could you turn that over?

-Okay, good.

-Shut up!

Ah, that worked out.

I looked in the mirror--

I'm pale and doughy and

I'm really into comic books,

And I'm essentially

just a big geek.

And I decided that

I'm gonna apply all that stuff

to who I am on stage.

I bring this with me

wherever I go.

--because you never know.

Go ahead, and show

the card now to everybody.

Everybody see it?


I know, I'm really

good at this.

-So this one here?


Okay, so we'll leave that

on the table, good?

-You want to change

your mind, or--


good, okay.


Were you here earlier

by any chance?

--11, 12,

13, 14, 15.

See, the idea is that

the number of cards

Has to match

the number here,

that's 15.

Well, it's a good thing

I have one of those.

-Uh, it's a 15.


on the card...

These are hilarious

at blackjack, by the way.

I never wanted anything

out of magic.

I just wanted to do

my good magic.

Made myself bulletproof

from anything

That anyone could have said

from any audience.

so that whenever I did it,

I knew I was in control.

the magic castle's a pretty

important place to me,

So I decided to get my own.

It's a perfect

magician house.

I've got gags

all over the house that

make it pretty entertaining.

Over here we have

our wall of fame

And celebrities

we performed for,

Like stevie wonder,

paul mccartney, johnny depp,

harrison ford.

As far as anybody's

concerned, these are all

my best friends.

This is sisuepahn's room.

We were

boyfriend and girlfriend

for eight years.

We've been broken up

for seven years now.

She lives here,

I live in the other room.

And she's got a boyfriend

and I've got a girlfriend,

you know.

When we first broke up

there was some turbulence

And you know, we weren't

sure if we were gonna

Keep the act together

or whatever,

But we did.

We didn't tell

any agents or anything

That we were broken up,

'cause they would've

stopped booking us.

And, uh...

--we, uh...

And so now

we're great friends

And performing partners,

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