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Films about Magicians

Exploring the World of Magician Movies

Movies about magicians have cast a spell on the box office with some truly enchanting performances. From the spellbinding saga of “Harry Potter” (who has more sequels than a magician has rabbits in his hat), to laugh riots like “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”, the magic-themed film genre has proved itself to be a cinematic wand-waver. So, grab your popcorn – and let’s take a look at some films about magicians.

films about magicians

Harry Potter Series

Our lightening scarred childhood hero, Harry Potter, and his wizarding world have become a cultural phenomenon. The series follows the young orphaned wizard as he discovers his magical abilities and battles against the dark lord Voldemort. Along with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry dives into the fantastical world of magic filled with spells, potions, and magical creatures. With a total of eight films and a dedicated fan base, expect supernatural powers a star-studded cast and enough bad child acting to last a lifetime.

IMDB rating (for best film) – 8.3/10 (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Real magician credits: Paul Kieve

Did you know? Author J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for Harry Potter while on a delayed train to London, and scribbled down her ideas on a napkin.

The Prestige

Directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Christopher Priest, “The Prestige” is a gripping tale of two rival magicians (played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman) who become obsessed with outdoing each other’s illusions. Set in Victorian-era London, this film explores the dark side of magic and the lengths that magicians will go to for the sake of their art. With twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, “The Prestige” is a must-watch for all magic lovers (cameo by Michael Caine or David Bowie).

Real magician credits: Ricky Jay.

IMDB rating – 8.5/10

Did you know? The word “prestige” originally meant a trick, from the Latin “praestigium” meaning “illusion”. Well, now you do!

The Illusionist

This period drama focuses on a magician (played by Edward Norton) who uses his skills to win back the love of his life from a corrupt, power-hungry prince. Set in 19th-century Vienna, “The Illusionist” is a visually stunning film with an intriguing plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. With excellent performances and stunning cinematography, this film is a perfect blend of magic and romance. Stars Jessica Biel.

Real magician credits: Ricky Jay and James Freedman

IMDB rating – 7.5/10/10

Did you know? Edward Norton did many of his own magic tricks with the coaching of James Freedman and Ricky Jay.

Now You See Me

For those who love a good heist, “Now You See Me” combines magic and crime in one action-packed film. Four talented magicians are recruited by a mysterious hooded figure to pull off the ultimate illusion – robbing a bank during their live performance. With an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Morgan Freeman, “Now You See Me” is a thrilling and entertaining ride from start to finish.

Real magician credits: Blake Vogt

IMDB rating – 7.2/10

Did you know? The cards used in the movie are a fancy deck of cards created by Theory11. They go by the name of Monarchs. Because, you know, only the most regal and majestic cards will do for the big screen.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

If you’re in need of some comic relief, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is the perfect choice. Starring Steve Carell as a veteran Vegas magician who has lost his spark, this film follows his journey to rediscovering the joy of magic with the help of a young street magician played by Jim Carrey. With hilarious performances and clever jokes, this film reminds us that sometimes, the greatest magic comes from within.

IMDB rating – 5.9/10

Did you know? David Copperfield (the great magician) told some very confidential magic tricks and secrets for this film.

Magicians

A pair of rivaling stage magicians (played by Mitchell and Webb) take their rivalry to the streets in this British comedy. As they compete for a prestigious magic award, their tricks become more daring and dangerous, leading to hilarious consequences. “Magicians” is a comedic take on the cutthroat world of magic and magic competitions with plenty of laughs along the way.

IMDB rating – 6.0/10

Did you know? Catherine Shepherd’s debut!

Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

A philosophical and thought-provoking yet visually stunning stage performance, “Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself” is a unique blend of storytelling, magic, and audience participation. The show challenges the perceptions of identity and illusion, making for an unforgettable experience that will leave you questioning what is real and what is just another trick.

IMDB rating – 8.2

Did you know? Bill Gates and Parry Wilmore can be seen in the audience.

Houdini

Mention magician and it won’t be long until someone mentions the name Houdini. Harry Houdini was an escape artist who relied on death-defying acts to captivate his audience. The film starred Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh and takes us through a fictional account of the master magician.

IMDB rating – 7.8/10

Did you know? Tony Curtis was a talented amateur magician and performed most of his own effects in this film.

harry houdini

An Honest Liar

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific sceptic of the paranormal, James Randi. Randi exposes psychics, faith healers and con artists in this insightful glimpse into his own incredible story.

IMDB rating- 7.5/10

Did you know? At the end of this film, it states, no spoons were harmed in the making of this film! A little dig at Uri Geller – a professional sleight-of-hand artist who has hoodwinked the public into thinking he’s a psychic.

scientific skeptic

Sleight

A relatively unknown when it comes to magic movies stars a street magician (Bo Wolfe) who is left to care for his little sister after their parent’s death. He turns to drug dealing to make ends meet, but when he gets in too deep with his supplier, he must use his sleight-of-hand skills to save himself and his sister. With a fresh take on the typical magician storyline, “Sleight” delivers an intense thriller mixed with mesmerizing magic. You see being the best magician on the streets is a grim game!

IMDB rating – 5.9/10

Did you know? The playing cards used in the film are Black Fontaines by Zach Mueller.

Dealt

Richard Turner is a remarkable and great magician, it’s just that not everyone knows my name. If you love card magic, “Dealt” is a must-see documentary about the life of Richard Turner, one of the greatest card mechanics of all time. Despite being completely blind, Turner has mastered sleight-of-hand techniques to become a living legend in the world of magic. This inspiring film showcases not only his incredible talent but also his determination and perseverance.

IMDB rating – 7.5/10

Did you know? Richard is a celebrated magician amongst professional card experts despite his disability.

Presto

I believe this is the best-animated feature on this list. “Presto” is a short film that follows the hilarious and chaotic attempts of a hungry rabbit to steal carrots from his magician owner’s top hat. With incredible attention to detail and clever storytelling, this Pixar gem proves that sometimes, the simplest magic trick can be the most entertaining.

IMDB rating – 8.3/10

Did you know? This was released theatrically with the feature film Wall.e in 2008.

Films about magicians

Final Thoughts

Magic and magicians will remain popular for audience members whatever the age. It’s no surprise that filmmakers have been drawn to their mysterious world, weaving stories full of excitement, humour and wonder. Whether you’re a fan of comedy, drama, or documentary-style films, there is something for everyone in this list of films about magicians..

Whether it’s a mad magician, a French illusionist or a Las Vegas veteran, each film offers a unique perspective on the world of magic.

Who is Close-Up Chris?

When he’s not watching magic movies you can find Chris at birthday parties, weddings and corporate events creating his own beautiful film with deceptive practice in the art of prestidigitation!

He also has a “great cast” of other magicians for large events so if you’re after two or even four magicians, Chris can ensure your event is a magical success.

Did you know? Close-Up Chris has performed professionally since 1998! Follow his personal journey on Instagram.

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