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Make Believe -- A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, this film follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.
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Make Believe -- A coming of age journey set in the quirky subculture of magic, MAKE BELIEVE follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.
Make Believe -- Clip: World Magic Seminar


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Ed Alonzo ... Himself
Albert M. Belmont Jr. ... Himself
Gay Blackstone ... Herself
Eugene Burger ... Himself
Lance Burton ... Himself
Joan Caesar ... Herself
Joe Diamond ... Himself
Bob Dorian ... Himself
Kyle Eschen ... Himself
Siphiwe Fangase ... Himself
Eric Giliam ... Himself
Andrew Goldenhersh ... Himself
William Goodwin ... Himself
David Gore ... Himself
Hideo Hara ... Himself
Hiroki Hara ... Himself
Mio Hara ... Herself

Neil Patrick Harris ... Himself
Mark Kelly ... Himself
Steve Kline ... Himself
Matthew Knight ... Himself
Bill Koch ... Himself
Christine Koch ... Herself
Anne Lambert ... Herself
Krystyn Lambert ... Herself
Derek McKee ... Himself
Craig Mitchell ... Himself

Richard Nakata ... Himself
Christina Nkonyana ... Herself
Nkumbuzo Nkonyana ... Himself
Sean Paranuk ... Himself

Ben Proudfoot ... Himself
Aaron Rabkin ... Himself

Nicholas Saint-Erne ... Himself
Dustin & Dylan Seamans ... Themselves
Sharon Seamans ... Herself
Mike Segal ... Himself
Joanie Spina ... Herself
Scarlett Tidy ... Herself
Luis Villamonte ... Himself
Becki Wells ... Herself

Justin Willman ... Himself (as Justin Kredible Willman)
The Yamagami Brothers ... Themselves
Diana Zimmerman ... Herself

Directed by
Clay Tweel  (as J. Clay Tweel)
Writing credits
Cleven S. Loham (written by)

Produced by
Ed Cunningham .... executive producer
Seth Gordon .... executive producer
Steven Klein .... producer
Luis Lopez .... co-producer
Mary Rohlich .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lucas Vidal 
Cinematography by
Richard Marcus 
Film Editing by
Yusaku Mizoguchi (japanese version)
Clay Tweel  (as J. Clay Tweel)
Art Department
Bryan Carberry .... graphic artist
Andrew J. Seles .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Joe Iemola .... sound editor
Nathan Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Elijah Weber .... sound editor
Elmo Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Carberry .... additional shooter
Scotty G. Field .... additional shooter
Vaughan Giose .... shooter
Seth Gordon .... additional shooter
Bootsy Holler .... additional shooter
Steven Klein .... shooter
Luis Lopez .... shooter
Pieter Reyneke .... additional shooter
Darrin Roberts .... additional shooter
Joel Sacramento .... additional shooter
Luca Shapiro .... additional shooter
Scott Tuft .... additional shooter
Clay Tweel .... additional cinematography (as J. Clay Tweel)
Bradford Whitaker .... additional cinematography
Editorial Department
Ari Levin .... assistant editor
Luis Lopez .... co-editor
Luca Shapiro .... assistant editor
Clay Tweel .... visual effects (as J. Clay Tweel)
Music Department
Marc Blanes Matas .... music recordist
Marc Blanes Matas .... score mixer
Steve Dzialowski .... executive music producer
Sean Fernald .... music clearances
Vanessa Garde .... score mock-up artist
Nicolas Godefroy .... music coordinator
Nicolas Godefroy .... music programmer
Reuven Herman .... music copyist
Kyle Johnston .... music department
Aaron Kaplan .... composer: additional music
Matthew McGaughey .... composer: additional music
Shinnosuke Miyazawa .... score mixer
Shinnosuke Miyazawa .... score recordist
Sandro Morales Santoro .... orchestral copyist
Taras Myronjuk .... music contractor
Tim Rodier .... music preparation supervisor
Liam Rosenberg .... score mock-up artist
Other crew
Keiko Arimoto .... Kitayama UPM & interpreter
Bryan Carberry .... production & editorial intern
Yusaku Mizoguchi .... Japanese dialogue editor
Erich Nemcek .... translator: Japanese
Eiko Nijo .... translator: Japanese
Jonathan Prichard .... production assistant: South Africa (as Jonathan Pritchard)
T.J. Rohlich .... translator: Japanese
Luca Shapiro .... assistant to production
Marc H. Simon .... distribution legal
Lisa Addario .... very special thanks
Matt Anhut .... very special thanks
Mark Ankner .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Beau Bauman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Duncan Birmingham .... very special thanks
Natalia Duncan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Andy & Margo Gordon .... very special thanks
Karl Griep .... very special thanks
Reed Halladay .... very special thanks
Heather Bergen Holme .... the filmmakers wish to thank
The Chris Holme .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Ryan Johnston .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Matt Keister .... very special thanks
Tyler Kelley .... very special thanks
Carl & Joanne Kester .... very special thanks
Sarah Klein Macfarlane .... very special thanks
Susan Klein .... very special thanks
Aaron Kogan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Robin Larsen .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Alex MacFarlane .... very special thanks
Patricia Macfarlane .... very special thanks
Jeff Marshall .... very special thanks
Hilari Scarl .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Booh Schut .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Greg & Chris Schwesinger .... very special thanks
David Shuster .... very special thanks
Joe Syracuse .... very special thanks
Mike Thompson .... very special thanks
Ron & Lynda Tweel .... very special thanks
Carey Upton .... the filmmakers wish to thank

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It's magic., 25 July 2012
Author: jdesando from United States

Make Believe could have easily been called Make Magic because this entertaining documentary shows the preparations teens go through to make it to the World Magic Show competition in Las Vegas for the title of Teen World Champion.

Unlike most documentaries about young people such as spelling bee or ballet, this one relies less on the suffering and anxieties and more on the effort to develop unique acts, as original as possible while inevitably relying on some chestnuts which are the foundation of so much illusion.

The few young magicians chosen to be featured before the competition are almost all in the final eight, a tribute to the officials of the competition who could spy winners beforehand and to the filmmakers, who, like most excellent documentarians of these competitions, are uncanny at guessing finalists before they compete. Perhaps an analogy can be made to scouts for collegiate and professional teams—they know their business.

The two strongest competitors, Krystin Lambert and Bill Koch, are confident and charismatic, she with an all American blond beauty and he with a big smile and an attitude whose mantra is "excellence." The latter is so dedicated to magic that he forsakes a music scholarship to work at his craft and compete in the world competition.

Make Believe features the two Meccas of magic, Las Vegas and LA's Magic Castle. Teens like Krystn regularly attend classes at the exclusive club, one of the most difficult to become a member in (I know because a former son-in-law is a longstanding member and a fine magician as well as a national radio personality).

The Magic Castle can easily serve as a metaphor for the difficulty of becoming a respected magician, a notion reinforced by this amiable and insightful documentary that shows most of all the long hours of creation, preparation, and practice going into being recognized as a magician.

This magic business is not so much about making believe as it is about making magic.

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