So in this article we go, the best 10 videos about ‘magic’ of ‘all time’. That is a tall purchase and will of system become a checklist that will be challenged by lots of.

What I have tried using to do is collate a list of flicks that feature movies which have magical themes or extremely apparent magical references in them. Of system the rash of Harry Potter films, the exceptional Lord of the Rings trilogy and even Star Wars could be included. Nevertheless, from a motivation to expand the list of magician inspired or magically themed films I have left these out as becoming ‘too obvious’.

For good reasons of brevity I have also not included entirely animated videos in this checklist, so the likes of Fantasia, Sword in the Stone and even The Illusionist (Sylvian Chomet’s 2010 film) are not regarded.

I have also overlooked television sequence, such as The Magician (Invoice Bixby properly trained by Mark Wilson), Jonathan Creek, the quirky 1970’s Tv set sequence Ace of Wands as effectively as precise Colombo, Midsummer Murders, One Foot in the Grave episodes that were being centered about magic and magicians.

So this provides us to a rapid spherical-up of some of the greatest of the magician-in-the-films movies I am informed of. Starting with all those just outside the Top 10 – not because of any lack of quality, just mainly because they are a little peripheral to the key record.

Passport to Pimlico (1949) directed by Henry Cornelius and featuring excellent performances from Stanley Holloway and Margaret Rutherford. This wonderful Ealing comedy includes a sequence on the tube teach wherever magician of the day The Great Masoni, drops his case enabling his doves to escape adding to the surreal character of the comic minute.

Lifeless of Night (1945) directed by Alberto Cavancanti is a exceptional Ealing portmanteau horror motion picture which contained a collection of tales about a aspiration instructed by a guest arriving at distant farmhouse. The movie is said to have affected cosmologists Hoyle, Gold and Bondi to produce the ‘steady point out theory’. They were impressed by the circular mother nature of the movies narrative. Nevertheless the film incorporates a story about a ventriloquist and a significantly less than charming dummy. Ventriloquism is associated to the magical arts, consequently its inclusion in this article. The tale is the forerunner of one particular that is basically in the checklist, Magic, starring Anthony Hopkins.

Thirty Nine Measures (1939) directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The authentic and potentially greatest model of this film the climax of which is takes location as in a theatre where by a ‘memory man’ is accomplishing. The Memory Act can be regarded as as a subset of the magical art of Mentalism. The good magician Harry Lorraine is planet famed not only for his ‘magic’ act but also for his contribution to the training and enhancement of the human memory.

The Raven (1963) directed by Roger Corman sees the terrific Vincent Price tag, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff as medieval magicians associated a magical duel. This exciting, camp and vibrant motion picture loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem The Raven, is not the finest example of the Corman-Price tag selection, but is excellent fun.

Night of the Demon (1957) Jaques Tourneur. This excellent movie is an adaptation of M R James’ story “Casting the Runes”. Starring Dana Andrews as a sceptical psychologist ‘cursed’ by the Faustian searching magician and ‘cult’ chief Julian Karswell (Nial MacGinnis). In a single sequence Karswell dressed as Dr Bobo performs magic at a children’s occasion. The conversation which then ensues amongst the psychologist and the magician holds in it a host of general performance frames and ideas for budding bizarrists out there!. Tourneur evidently never ever required the viewers to ‘see’ the demon. I several ways I would like he experienced had his way. The film would be even creepier and scarier if the terror was remaining to the creativeness – yet again strange magicians choose take note!

The Magician (1958) directed by Ingmar Bergman. The only explanation that movie is exterior the top rated ten is simply because of the probability of becoming viewed as as staying ‘pretentious’ if it is put where I imagine it belongs – in the top rated 5 at the very least! Max von Sydow plays a travelling magician and ‘magnetic-healer’ (harkening back again to the days of Mesmer) caught up in a tale about prejudice, honesty, the class system and….. properly the total issue is multilayered. Sydow is brilliant, he hardly ever speaks, and Bergman’s visuals are excellent. The film has been termed a ‘thinking mans horror movie/. It is creepy surreal and brilliantly acted and directed.

The Excellent Buck Howard (2008) directed by Sean McGinly is crafted all around John Malkovich’s character who is in turn based mostly on the mentalist Kreskin.

Following (2007) directed by Lee Tamahori sees Nicholas Cage as a male who can see a couple minutes into the long term and disguises his gift by functioning as a lounge magician. Cage is seen as one more kind of ‘magician’ in the fantasy movie The Sorcerers Apprentice (2010 directed by Jon Turtletaub) which helps make immediate references to the Disney Sorcerers Apprentice in Fantasia.

Magic Gentleman (2010) directed by Roscoe Lever stars Billy Zane who performs Darius, the Magic Man of the title. Billed as a thriller, this film hasn’t acquired the ideal of opinions. As I have not observed it yet I are unable to remark – but probably a foreseeable future assessment of this record may see it integrated.

So on to the Prime 10

10. Excelsior Prince of Magicians 1901 directed by Georges Melies. This pioneer of film making was a magician just before turning his hand to cine-magic. He generated many small movies of which this is only a single, but lots of of which showcased motion picture variations of stage tips that magicians would really like to be able to essentially do. He was 1 of the very first film makers to attribute end body, time lapse and several exposures. He also hand painted numerous of the black and white films he shot. A accurate innovator.

9. The Grim Sport 1919 directed by Irvin Wilat. Not the biggest of films to enjoy, but from a magician’s stage of see a ought to. It featured Harry Houdini in the title function showcasing his feats of escapology. Houdini, not only a terrific magician but a fantastic entrepreneur embraced early cinema but to be quite truthful he designed very little lasting contribution to cinematic artwork. In some ways, maybe, Melies previously ‘trick photography’ lessened some of the spectacular influence Houdini’s live performances will have had.

8. Lord of Illusions (1995) directed by Clive Barker and primarily based on his novel of the exact identify. This film is noteworthy for its magical references. Not only does the ‘evil’ guide character Nix have supernatural powers, but his disciples have them. One particular of his disciples, Swann, just after Nix’s early demise (prior to his afterwards resurrection) takes advantage of his magical powers to turn out to be a popular illusionist. The staged magic sequences are properly finished, there is a cameo visual appearance by the excellent Billy McCombe and the Magic Castle is represented as a position of secrets and techniques. The fundamental concept that ‘magic is a risky reality’ is a great concept for the Strange Magicians out there.

7. Solid a Lethal Spell (1991) directed by Martin Cambell, sees Detective, Harry Philip Lovecraft (performed by Fred Ward) residing in a 1940’s Los Angeles where magic is frequent area. He is recruited by a rich guy to come across a misplaced book – yeap, you’ve got received it… The Necronomicon! It’s truly a Bogart-esque film-noire with a magical flavour, of program by definition then there are magicians. It can be witty, enjoyable and complete of Lovecraftian references. Sad to say at the time of crafting it, compared with its fewer sharp sequel (Witch Hunt) is not available for purchase on DVD.

Witch Hunt (1994) directed Paul Schrader. A sequel to Cast a Fatal Spell in which detective, H. Phillip Lovecraft performed by Dennis Hopper combats the evils and corruption of a magic wielding senator. As a sequel not shoddy, but maybe not very as fun as the initial movie.

6. The Good Kandinski (1995) directed by Terry Windsor. This ‘made for TV’ movie will have to be involved in this record, not only for its appeal and humour, but for its sensitivities. Richard Harris (whose perform is admirable) plays a retired escapologist residing in a nursing household. The story revolves about Kandiski’s wish to ‘chase a person more secret’ and do a single ‘final show’. The escape highlighted is Houdini’s H2o Torture mobile, which is a testomony to the iconic character of that a single illusion.

5. Nightmare Alley (1947) directed by Edmund Goulding. An amazing film and perhaps a person of the all time biggest examples of film noire. Tyrone Energy performs a ‘psychic con man’ Stanton Carlyle whose path of deceit and self deceit acquire from rags to riches to rags. Of study course the magicians out there will quickly see a url to a performer who utilized to go out less than the name Rinaldo, but was better regarded skillfully and now to mentalists’ entire world extensive as Stanton Carlisle. (1928 – 1990). Stanton insisted, regardless of a lot of fantastic natured challenges, that that was his true title and was not affected by the Goulding movie.

4. House of Video games (1978) directed by David Mamet. Alright not truly a magic movie, but features a overall performance of a single of my all time magic heroes, Ricky Jay. Ricky is one particular of a team of con-males in this Hitchcockesque thriller. Mamet, as always does a terrific work in capturing mood and the motion picture explores human motivations and behaviours. Ricky Jay is of course no stranger to the huge display, with roles in the Bond Film, Tomorrow In no way Dies, Magnolia, Buck Howard, The Prestige and quite a few a lot more. This, I believe that on the other hand was his first undertaking on to the ‘big screen’

3. Houdini (1953) directed by George Marshall with Tony Curtis in as Houdini. This movie does have a ton to remedy for in that it results in some of the more time lasting myths about the existence of the genuinely ‘mythic’ Houdini. His death on phase as a final result of undertaking the ‘water torture cell’ is not point, but the motion picture undoubtedly hints at it. The ‘brush with death’ in a frozen river the 1st overall performance of the ‘straight jacket’ at a Magicians Society evening meal just about surely by no means occurred – but the romance and innocence of the instant saves it. The magical advisor on this film was Dunninger.

I suppose it is really worth mentioning in passing that in 1998 there was a Television set film about Houdini (directed by Pen Denshem) and an earlier endeavor at a biopic remake in 1976 with Paul Michael Glaser in the title function (directed for television by Melvile Shavelson). The movie Demise Defying Functions (2007) directed by Gillian Armstrong focuses on Houdini’s documented curiosity in mediums and psychics and he is seriously the vehicle by means of which yet another story can be told.

2. Magic (1978) directed by Richard Attenborough and staring Anthony Hopkins. In the movie Hopkins’ character starts off out as a magician, but sees achievement as a ventriloquist. The movie charts the slide into madness as the romantic relationship Hopkins has with his dummy ‘Fats’. It is a basic motion picture with some of the creepier overtones becoming softened by, what some assert to be, slower sequences of sentimentality.

1. The Illusionist (2006) directed by Neil Burger and staring Ed Norton. The tempo and the really feel of this film is wonderful. It is a like tale with some good performances from a outstanding solid. The magical guidance arrived from Ricky Jay and Michael Webber. Norton as Eisenhiem is the ideal phase magician. The cinematography is good, the plot properly concerned and with, probably a handful of surprises.

1. The Prestige (2006) directed by Christopher Nolan. While The Illusionist is sumptuous and participating and at its main ‘hopeful’ and ‘romantic’, The Status is darker and promotions with revenge, envy and competitiveness. Good performances from Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as the feuding magicians just about every with a ‘secret’ and a narrative that is non-linear make the movie engaging and effectively value the minor energy you will need to preserve up with the tangled website of intrigue. The ‘prestige’, the finale of the film, includes revelations that might surprise. Intelligent scripting provides the psychological stress to life and the loaded magical references (Chung Ling Soo, The Bullet Capture, The H2o Torture) make this movie a will have to for magicians. Ricky Jay appears as an set up phase performer and Michael Caine is terrific as the illusion builder – despite the fact that I would never ever request him to establish me a vanishing bird cage!

I genuinely are not able to independent these two films in phrases of high-quality of acting, way and tale so they share 1st location billing with the significantly less significant….

Magicians (2007) essentially justifies a Gold Star in this listing. Directed by Andrew O Connor and with script written in collaboration with David Britland, Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen and other people this is a magical tour de force. Opting for a comic glimpse at the globe of the conjuror, Magicians, sees Mitchell and Webb rattle by way of some good a single-liners pay homage to some essential magicians and have a serious knock at some of the oddness that is part and parcel of the magic scene. The terrific Pat Webpage can make an appearance, and most of the magic ‘stalls’ at the magic conference hosting the level of competition at the centre of the movies plot ended up furnished by properly acknowledged magic dealers.

By arnia