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Make Believe (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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Six of the world's best young magicians battle for the title of Teen World Champion.

Director:

Clay Tweel (as J. Clay Tweel)

Writer:

Cleven S. Loham
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Credited cast:
Ed Alonzo ... Himself
Albert M. Belmont Jr. Albert M. Belmont Jr. ... Himself
Gay Blackstone Gay Blackstone ... Herself
Eugene Burger Eugene Burger ... Himself
Lance Burton Lance Burton ... Himself
Joan Caesar Joan Caesar ... Herself
Bill Cook Bill Cook ... Himself (as Bill Koch)
Joe Diamond Joe Diamond ... Himself
Bob Dorian Bob Dorian ... Himself
Kyle Eschen Kyle Eschen ... Himself
Siphiwe Fangase Siphiwe Fangase ... Himself
Eric Giliam Eric Giliam ... Himself
Andrew Goldenhersh Andrew Goldenhersh ... Himself
William Goodwin William Goodwin ... Himself
David Gore David Gore ... Himself
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Six of the world's best young magicians battle for the title of Teen World Champion.

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USA | Japan | South Africa

Language:

English

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13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Character driven with a lot of heart.
27 June 2010 | by jpickarSee all my reviews

Just had the chance to see Make Believe yesterday at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it was announced the film had one "Best Documentary." I can see why. In a time where, more often than not, documentary films are about making statements and arguments, Make Believe allows us to meet a number of young magicians, each one of whom has a fascinating story is a truly interesting character.

By focusing on youth who happen to be competing at the World Magic Teen Competition, rather than making it a documentary ABOUT the competition, the filmmakers let us take our time in meeting and interacting with each of the magicians. Offering no judgement while simultaneously avoiding any over-glorification, the right tone is hit perfectly to simply explore a world.

Yes, there's a slightly heavy handed message that magic lets the awkward communicate on a world stage...but they don't push it too hard. All in all, a great documentary. Let's hope I can see it on Netflix soon.


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