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I would have liked to see more tricks and fewer parental interviews, but in any case, this is a reasonably appealing documentary for anyone with a special interest in the subject.
Terrifically likable without trying too terribly hard.
The various sleights of hand are impressive even if we're afforded little insight into their actual execution. Still, it's fun stuff.
The young people seen here never seem artificial; you feel their passion for doing magic, as well as their nagging loneliness, devoted as they are to practicing card tricks and such for hours on end, while their peers are off doing what most teenagers do.
This tension between self-expression and professional advancement is fascinating material, but first-time director-editor J. Clay Tweel avoids the nuance that might have brought it to life.
Magicians have a saying: "The trick is told when the trick is sold. " These kids are sold on tricks.
Make Believe has it all: likable "characters" we want to follow, a subject that both astounds and amazes, and a mounting sense of suspense as the competition reaches its conclusion.
They may not possess an equal amount of talent on a magician's stage, but their commitment to their goal is no illusion.
There's an innately human joy in bearing witness to someone doing something they deeply love, no matter the money, and also do it well -- especially if they're a youngster. And that joy is on ample display in Make Believe.
More than satisfies with its multi-layered approach to an assortment of teenaged, wannabe magicians. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.
Watching even the most tossed-off gag is worth whatever shortcomings Make Believe has.
It's easy to appreciate the drive these kids possess, but we never quite feel their burning passion.
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