Magicians: Life in the Impossible Reviews

  • May 14, 2018

    Interesting documentary on the life of a magician. Nothing that is too new or path-breaking but quite real nonetheless. Loved the magic in the movie though.

    Interesting documentary on the life of a magician. Nothing that is too new or path-breaking but quite real nonetheless. Loved the magic in the movie though.

  • Jul 03, 2017

    Great movie showing the ups and downs of being a full time magician

    Great movie showing the ups and downs of being a full time magician

  • Feb 14, 2017

    It's a good documentary. I say watch it if you have the time.

    It's a good documentary. I say watch it if you have the time.

  • Dec 02, 2016

    I just watched this for the very first time and found it intriguing and very worthy of purchase. A magical documentary filled with both humanity and humility deeply rooted in reality. A transparently revealing view of the sometimes extravagant and other times very humbling lives of a few professional magicians. A behind-the-curtains look of what it is actually like living and working in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles area and the emotional, ethical, financial, and professional challenges they face on a daily basis in their never ending pursuit of happiness. P.S. The documentaries The Magic Life and Our Magic also come highly recommended.

    I just watched this for the very first time and found it intriguing and very worthy of purchase. A magical documentary filled with both humanity and humility deeply rooted in reality. A transparently revealing view of the sometimes extravagant and other times very humbling lives of a few professional magicians. A behind-the-curtains look of what it is actually like living and working in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles area and the emotional, ethical, financial, and professional challenges they face on a daily basis in their never ending pursuit of happiness. P.S. The documentaries The Magic Life and Our Magic also come highly recommended.

  • Nov 22, 2016

    I just finished the documentary and it is a masterwork. Human, touching, and unforgettable. I saw this team's documentary, "Hood the Coast: The Movie" and they have come such a long ways. This film is so expertly crafted and moving. The magicians each are such wonderful, compelling stories. With beautiful tricks (how did they do that?) and such passion and dedication to their craft. OK, and I'm not a magic (or mime) guy! When it all comes down, we are humans on this brief, planetary existence. Here are people dedicated to their craft, entertaining people and leaving us all asking, "How did they do that?" (Including these two filmmakers.) Magicians hould be nominated for an Academy Award. Don't miss! (Truly great.)

    I just finished the documentary and it is a masterwork. Human, touching, and unforgettable. I saw this team's documentary, "Hood the Coast: The Movie" and they have come such a long ways. This film is so expertly crafted and moving. The magicians each are such wonderful, compelling stories. With beautiful tricks (how did they do that?) and such passion and dedication to their craft. OK, and I'm not a magic (or mime) guy! When it all comes down, we are humans on this brief, planetary existence. Here are people dedicated to their craft, entertaining people and leaving us all asking, "How did they do that?" (Including these two filmmakers.) Magicians hould be nominated for an Academy Award. Don't miss! (Truly great.)

  • Nov 20, 2016

    The new Magicians documentary finally rolls up the sleeves to show you exactly what is hidden there. The private lives of real magic-makers. Magicians is fun, funny, poignant, and revealing- in fact upsettingly blunt to some aficionados (as I overheard it at the premiere). But that is the greatest strength of the film: honesty. In recent years, documentaries as a genre have become polluted with fawning love letters to the subject, political propaganda, and sacrificing authenticity for drama. This is no love letter. What you get is an unflinching look at what it takes to be a professional magician. Highs and lows, glamour and glam-less. No smoke, just mirrors. The six magicians (making up four acts) profiled were well chosen. All stage magicians, but they could hardly be more different, and they occupy totally different magic niches. The contrasting situations and characters creates a wonderful harmony against the thematic melody that runs through each of their lives. Themes of internecine conflict, of arrogance vs humility, and glory vs mundanity. It is here, where the themes are used to seamlessly bridge disparate magicians, that the masterful skill of the film's creators (Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden) is the most obvious. They say that half of a stage magician's performance is good storytelling. I can see why these six are great performers. They have a well of inspiration for great stories- their lives. Rating: 10/10 would conjure again. Also, it has some really fucking awesome magic.

    The new Magicians documentary finally rolls up the sleeves to show you exactly what is hidden there. The private lives of real magic-makers. Magicians is fun, funny, poignant, and revealing- in fact upsettingly blunt to some aficionados (as I overheard it at the premiere). But that is the greatest strength of the film: honesty. In recent years, documentaries as a genre have become polluted with fawning love letters to the subject, political propaganda, and sacrificing authenticity for drama. This is no love letter. What you get is an unflinching look at what it takes to be a professional magician. Highs and lows, glamour and glam-less. No smoke, just mirrors. The six magicians (making up four acts) profiled were well chosen. All stage magicians, but they could hardly be more different, and they occupy totally different magic niches. The contrasting situations and characters creates a wonderful harmony against the thematic melody that runs through each of their lives. Themes of internecine conflict, of arrogance vs humility, and glory vs mundanity. It is here, where the themes are used to seamlessly bridge disparate magicians, that the masterful skill of the film's creators (Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden) is the most obvious. They say that half of a stage magician's performance is good storytelling. I can see why these six are great performers. They have a well of inspiration for great stories- their lives. Rating: 10/10 would conjure again. Also, it has some really fucking awesome magic.