The Art of Misdirection! Movies and shows about magicians, prestidigitators etc.by Mike_Noga | created - 12 Nov 2012 | updated - 18 Sep 2013 | Public
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1. Mandrake, the Magician (1939)
Approved | 215 min | Action, Adventure
Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp".
5. The Great Houdini (1976 TV Movie)
120 min | Biography, Drama
A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1991)
Young Harry Houdini
Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
This biographical movie depicts the youth of the magician Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926). As a boy his name was Eric Weiss and his father wanted him to become a locksmith. But he ran away and ... See full summary »
8. The Master Mystery (1918)
Action, Adventure, Mystery
Justice Department agent Quentin Locke must investigate a powerful cartel protected by a robot (here referred to as "The Automaton") and using a gas weapon "The Madagascar Madness".
9. Chandu the Magician (1932)
Unrated | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.
10. The Return of Chandu (I) (1934)
Not Rated | 208 min | Horror, Adventure, Fantasy
The Black Magic cult of Ubasti, based on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Nadji, a princess of Egypt, is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice Nadji ... See full summary »
11. Chandu on the Magic Island (1935)
Not Rated | 70 min | Fantasy, Adventure
On the mystic island of Lemuria, the cult of Ubasti seek the Egyptian Princess Nadji to sacrifice so that their goddess Ossana, whose soul resides in Nadji's body, may be resurrected by ... See full summary »
12. Mandrake the Magician (1954 TV Movie)
Mandrake and Lothar battle enemy agents who have kidnapped the beautiful Princess Narda to force the magician to assist them locate a counter-intelligence agent who possess vital information.
14. The Illusionist (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Votes: 325,594 | Gross: $39.87M
15. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 994,237 | Gross: $53.09M
16. Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of ... See full summary »
17. The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Not Rated | 95 min | Horror
A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.
18. The Wizard of Gore (2007)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery
Montag the Magnificent (Glover) is a master illusionist who performs at underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To their hysteria, it appears he's ... See full summary »
20. The Mentalist (2008–2015)
TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
22. De illusionist (1983)
90 min | Comedy
At the center of this extremely visualized narrative are the illusionist and his brother, who is lazy on the basis of either great love, or exorbitant envy of the brother. Having spoiled ... See full summary »
23. L'illusionniste (2010)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.
Votes: 30,701 | Gross: $2.23M
24. The Mad Magician (1954)
Unrated | 72 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask ... See full summary »
26. The Grim Game (1919)
71 min | Adventure, Drama
Jailed unjustly for a murder he did not commit, a young man uses his amazing powers of escape to free himself and pursue the actual killers, who hold his fiancée captive.
27. Daai mo seut si (2011)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A ... See full summary »
28. The Escape Artist (1982)
PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama
The young and self-confident Danny blufs at the local police-station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and ... See full summary »
Votes: 547 | Gross: $0.14M
30. The Magician (1958)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports of a variety of supernatural disturbances at Vogler's prior performances abroad, the ... See full summary »
31. Hokkabaz (2006)
122 min | Comedy, Drama
Failed magician Iskender decides to do a tour to save his career, but has to bring his grumpy and senile father along. The tour is quite unexpectedly interrupted when a bride actually disappears from the stage.
32. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
PG-13 | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder.
Votes: 65,297 | Gross: $22.53M
33. The Geisha Boy (1958)
Approved | 98 min | Comedy
Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.
34. Death Defying Acts (2007)
PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance
On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.
Votes: 9,015 | Gross: $0.00M
38. Magic Camp (2012)
Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Family
Welcome to the real Hogwarts. To cope with the pressures of growing up, magic-obsessed kids congregate at the one place where they can be themselves: Tannen's Magic Camp, the most prestigious magic institution in the world.
40. Women in Boxes (2008)
80 min | Documentary, Romance
About Magic Assistants. The one who distorts her body into impossible positions while the magician cuts her in pieces, sets her on fire and says TAA DAA. Who's the real magician?
41. Smokin' Aces (2006)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.
Votes: 128,124 | Gross: $35.66M
43. The Last Magic Show (2007)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
A young escape artist who believes he possesses magical powers has one chance at the "big time", but first must replace the love of his life: the stage assistant that broke his heart.
45. Rough Magic (1995)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Set in the 1950s, Rough Magic tells the story of what happens when a pretty apprentice magician goes to Mexico to escape her fiancé, a wealthy politician, and to find a Mayan shaman who ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,622 | Gross: $0.17M
46. Carnival Magic (1981)
G | 86 min | Fantasy
A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon ... See full summary »
48. Now You See Me (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money.
Votes: 524,169 | Gross: $117.72M