Joe Diamond is a full time magician from Chicago. His web site is:

skitched-20130312-150514.jpgI was shocked, excited, and a little nervous when asked to perform at an advance screening of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in Chicago. I wasn’t nervous about the gig, I do strolling gigs all the time. I was nervous that I would be promoting a movie that ended up not being that great for magic.

As I watched the movie, all those worries went away. The beginning is a really sincere story about young Burt getting his first magic kit, and from there the laughs never stop.

The people behind this movie really did their homework. The magic set looks just like the magic sets we all started with. The style of the illusions and even the attitudes of the magicians were spot on. For example, we ALL know a guy like Jay Mohr’s character, “Rick the Implausible” (and if don’t know that guy, YOU are that guy).

While many magic effects looked CGI, not all were accomplished with post production. SOME were, but some were not. Steve Carell’s costume change at a kids birthday party looked so good, I’m sure many laypeople will be convinced that was a camera trick.

Jim Carrey nearly steals the show as Steve Gray, the “Brain Rapist.” He has some of the best lines, and his physical comedic style matched with the street magic cliche was near perfect.

Alan Arkin’s Rance Halloway is the character that reminds Burt that magic isn’t about the costumes, women, or egos, it’s about that moment of astonishment, and creating it for our audiences. Olivia Wilde also shows that not all women in magic are just assistants.

I think this movie takes the magic cliches, properly mocks them, and then rebuilds the idea that magic is special, as long as the magician doesn’t get in the way. If you are a magician, or magic enthusiast, go see this movie. Even if you don’t laugh at a single joke, you will still be reminded of what it is magic can do for both the performer, and the audience.

  • HAL

    IMO, using CGI does nothing for magic. You see CGI everywhere, movies, TV commercials. Anybody can be a magician using effects. What did the famous magicians do before today’s technology, maybe “Really perform”? A true shame that the public can’t separate the real and fake magicians.

  • Andre

    Fake magicians, that’s funny dude.