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Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013)

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Bored with his life as a computer programmer, Jason (Joe Tyler Gold) dreams of becoming a professional magician.Stacy (Valerie Dillman) achieved that dream, only to be spit out by the male-dominated magic establishment, leaving her to fend for herself on the street, passing the hat to tourists and picking pockets. (c) Gold Cap

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Joe Tyler Gold, Tammy Caplan

Sep 10, 2013

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Gold's conventional script is enlivened by engaging performances, authentic tricks and amusing noir-parody touches as it delves into the often unsavory institutional politics of the magic industry.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Tthe actors are better at making coins disappear than emoting, though brassy blond Dillman is as lively as a hat full of rabbits.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The story has a few convolutions too many, but a generous sprinkling of tricks and illusions will appeal to fans of magic.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The magic is all on the stage is this lightweight review of catchy illusion.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
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Does for the world of magic what "The Wrestler" did for another profession based on illusion. Much better than "The Prestige" even though with a more modest provenance.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Low-key, low-budget but highly likeable comedy about magicians in all their trickery.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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It gives off the alienating feel of an inside joke that you miss in the off chance you're not part of the professional magic business.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

What makes this film impressive is an unending parade of magic tricks performed by experts and filmed without editing tricks or special effects.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
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