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03.25.08 62 Comments

This is the trailer for Death Defying Acts, a movie about Harry Houdini starring Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Chones, and that annoying chick from Atonement.  The plot concerns Houdini’s travels through the UK and an affair with a psychic who’s out to steal his money (Zeta-Jones).  It was out March 13th in Australia, but doesn’t have a US release date set yet. 

Between The Illusionist, The Prestige, and Napoleon Dynamite’s upcoming movie, it’s clear that Hollywood is obsessed with magicians.  Little known fact: During the middle ages, magicians were often burned at the stake for the crime of "Gaye Wichecrafte".   

I once knew an Armenian whose last name was Magician… (sad trombone sound) 


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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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