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.

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Don Scardino

Writers:

Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Carell ... Burt Wonderstone
Steve Buscemi ... Anton Marvelton
Olivia Wilde ... Jane
Jim Carrey ... Steve Gray
James Gandolfini ... Doug Munny
Alan Arkin ... Rance Holloway
Jay Mohr ... Rick the Implausible
Michael Herbig ... Lucius Belvedere (as Michael Bully Herbig)
Mason Cook ... Young Burt
Luke Vanek ... Young Anton
Zachary Gordon ... Bully
Richard Wolffe ... Richard Wolffe
Erin Burnett ... Erin Burnett
Brad Garrett ... Dom
David Copperfield ... David Copperfield
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Storyline

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Written by stefanstojkov

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Abracatastic!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Riki Lindhome auditioned for the role of Jane. See more »

Goofs

Burt's accountant Dom tells him that the $200.00 Bond purchased for him in 1973 by his Nana is only worth $248.00. An E bond (the only type of bond sold in 1973) purchased for $200.00 in 1973 would be worth over $1,000.00. See more »

Quotes

Rance Holloway: God damn! That's the worst thing I ever saw in my life. And I saw my kids being born!
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Abracadabra
Written by Steve Miller
Performed by Steve Miller Band
Courtesy of Sailor Records
Under license from Capitol Records-EMI Film & Television Music / Demon Music Group Ltd.
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So So Comedy
29 March 2013 | by babb65See all my reviews

Good comedy has a ring of truth and reality to it. This movie was mostly nonsensical. It had some laughs here and there, but I was pretty much the only one in the audience of three parties laughing. I think the comedians in it are funny, but the story is kind of shallow and stupid.

It wasn't a total waste of time but it wasn't something that held your attention very well either. It was sort of a time killer type comedy. Parts of it were just plain disgusting or scary, making it hard to laugh. People in the audience actually seemed to be in a bad mood watching it.

Jim Carey was funny as a sex symbol magician and Alan Arkin was funny as a cranky old man. They were just funny characters. There were little ironic jokes here and there but the piece didn't hold together well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burt Dickenson, Most Powerful Magician on the Planet Earth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,177,257, 17 March 2013

Gross USA:

$22,537,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,437,881
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2.35 : 1
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