9 November 2012 8:57 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Competition in the performing arts is a staple of non-fiction television and documentary at the moment, but few works step back from the American Idol-style face-off to depict the literal beginnings of their performer subjects. One film that does is Judd Ehrlich’s Magic Camp, a documentary about Tannen’s Magic Camp, a week-long event for budding young magicians where kids learn both stagecraft and sleight-of-hand from an illustrious group of visiting professionals. Ehrlich attended Magic Camp when he was young, and when he became a documentary filmmaker — his previous credits include Mayor of the West Side and Run for Your Life — he knew he had to return to capture that experience. Magic Camp receives its New York premiere at Doc NYC on Saturday, November 10, and some of the film’s young magicians will perform at the screening.

What were the reasons you wanted to make a film set at Tannen’s Magic Camp? »

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