Desperate Acts Of Magic
Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Justin Chang

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.

Full review…
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film.

Full review…
David Noh
Film Journal International

Low-key, low-budget but highly likeable comedy about magicians in all their trickery.

Full review…
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times

Tthe actors are better at making coins disappear than emoting, though brassy blond Dillman is as lively as a hat full of rabbits.

Full review…
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

The magic is all on the stage is this lightweight review of catchy illusion.

Full review…
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

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.

Full review…
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The story has a few convolutions too many, but a generous sprinkling of tricks and illusions will appeal to fans of magic.

Full review…
Louis Proyect

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.

Full review…
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

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

Full review…
More reviews for Desperate Acts Of Magic