This summer of 2013 brings four new and varied films about magic and its practitioners. I confess a weakness for these films. When I was about 10 years old, I performed magic tricks at children’s parties in really bad clown makeup with illusions that I learned from my Sneaky Pete Magic Kit. Since the kids were even younger than I was, they were pretty easy to fool and it was hooked. I made five dollars. When I saw Tony Curtis as Houdini in 1958, I started working with scarves and cards, and though I never hung upside down in a Chinese Water Torture Cell I did make a white mouse appear on stage just as Houdini had done with an elephant.
Read the reviews of Magic Camp, Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practices, Desperate Acts of Magic, and Now You See Me.