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promethee
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I'd like to start a thread on movies inspirations, hope I chose the right forum.

This was sometimes discussed in other threads, but I'm interested in knowing your opinions on this subject: what are the movies where you can find impressive "magic type" stuff. For instance:

*** Magical sequences:
- "Magic", with Anthony Hopkins doing a very simple card trick with a very dark and impressive presentation
- "The Matrix", for this patter:
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

*** Magical characters:
- I've talked in other posts about
"Harlequin" (aka Dark Forces) with a modern type Rasputin (Robert Powell)
- there's also Travolta in "Phenomenon", a man with increased mental abilities (PK included!)
- I also liked "Mister Frost", a fantastic movie starring Jeff Goldblum playing an evil serial killer (I remember an interesting coin trick: not genuine (video edited, even for a simple effect) but very good acting)

Other ideas? ...
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Jeff Hinchliffe
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Hmm, interesting.

Not quite the same but I've invented a couple of routines with presentations that were based on movies. One is based on "Navy Seals" (with Charlie Sheen) and the other is based on "The Usual Suspects" which is one of my all-time favourite movies.
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Bizarre magic has drawn heavily upon films. The sources here are horror films, films about psychics, films with seances, and so on.

Here are a few memorable films that you might watch for inspiration:

1. Lord of Illusions. This is a film by Clive Barker (Hellraiser series) about a stage magician who is "real". The stage magic sequences are brilliant, and there is this undercurrent of magic throughout the entire film. Not for the squeamish!

2. In the Mouth of Madness. This is John Carpenter's take on H. P. Lovecraft. There is all the usual horror cliche stuff, but what sets this film apart is that the hero (Sam Neill) maintains this defiant stance, refusing to believe any of this until the cumulative assault on reality is too much for him (and for you!). Lots of interesting ideas here, centrally, the idea that your concept of reality (and the spectators) is a flimsy cartoon that can be torn apart with the mildest gesture of a person with knowledge.

3. The Gift. A much gentler film than those above, Kate Blanchett plays a woman with a psychic gift in the rural South. If you ever thought of doing mentalism, here is a portrayal of what your life would be like if you really were psychic.

These are just a few off the top of my head, I mention these because they are somewhat overlooked, and the magic in them goes far beyond card tricks. Enlarge your mind!

Yours,

Paul
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I love the intro to Pretty Woman, it's got a nice coins across at the beginning by a performer at a private party. I have no idea who this was as you only see them from the shoulders down.

A nice bit of coin work though:

3 to 4 coins in hand of spectator then production of jumbo coin and small coin from spectators ear.

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According to the Internet Movie Database the magician in Pretty Woman was/is Jason Randal, who I believe is also the author of "The Psychology Of Deception", a martial artist and stunt man.
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Quote:
"The Matrix", for this patter:
Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.


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