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
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 3, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
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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.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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

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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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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