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Magic at the Cinemas

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Magic themes within movies.

Magic as the main theme

Movies where the main theme is about magic:

  • The Prestige
  • The Illusionist
  • THE ESCAPE ARTIST - Ricky Jay's hands were used in and Harry Anderson had a bit part.

Cardsharps as the main theme

Movies with cardsharps demonstrating skills with cards:

Magic is performed

Movies which contain a magic performance :

  • This Gun for Hire (1942) - Traveling to Los Angeles to kill his way to the top of his betrayers, Raven meets up with Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake) a nightclub magician and singer.
  • Modesty Blaise (1966) - Silvan appears as the evil henchman Pacco. Some billiard manipulation, appearing cane and other tricks.
  • Out of Rosenheim (1987) Marianne Sägebrecht (Jasmine) did some tricks in a truck-stop café, vanishing silk, flying cane, producing cards, etc.
  • Orlando (1992) - Heathcote Williams does a French drop coin vanish. And Robert Houdin's Orange Tree automaton makes an appearance?
  • King of Masks (1996) - The main character is a master of the old Art of Sichuan Mask Changing (reminiscent of Jeff McBride's mask routine)
  • Blackjack (1996) with Dolph Lundgren starring, has a lot of magic in it.
  • Mission Impossible by John Woo has magic in it
  • "My Cousin Vinny" - Joe Pesci does a color-change.
  • "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" - Gerard Majax did the entire opening credits with Card Florishes and Color Changes
  • "Zandalee" - Nicolas Cage does the Rising Card
  • "A Haunting We Will Go" with Laurel and Hardy - Dante played himself
  • "Terror Train - David Copperfield