Three images from magician themed films

The writer Sonny Arifien asked me to contribute to his blog Privilege of Legends. It explores the art of cinema and film as an art form. His latest post ‘Sleight of Hand: The Magic of Deception’ looks at how cinema grew out of the world of magic. It explores some ways how cinema has kept engaging in the subject of magicians in film ever since. Here’s my chat with Sonny… ON WHY MAGIC ENDURES THROUGH THE AGES Sonny: Why do you think magic continues to capture our hearts and imaginations? Christopher: I think magic answers to basic desires in the human condition. Imagine how it would be for example to change something in the world with a click of your[…]

Norvil at The Magic Castle

In a neighbourhood where the main export is its colourful characters, it fits that my character Norvil hit Hollywood for a week to share his whimsical magic act at the world famous Magic Castle. For those not in the know, The Magic Castle is a legendary magic hotspot and members-only night club at the foot of the Hollywood hills. Every week of the year a new gaggle of magicians (someone please tell me in the comments below what’s the collective noun for magicians) descends on the place to perform in the Magic Castle’s assortment of quirky bars, lounges and theatres all dedicated to live magic performance.  In fact, in the theatre right next to mine in the Castle, my friend Romany was performing[…]

It’s the small things that leave the biggest impression. My mentor, Eugene Burger’s passing prompted an inspired outpouring of tributes from magicians around the world. They were eager to say what a profound impact he made on them. It’s no surprise. He was an unusual gentleman who did things like ask a spectator if he could put a hat on their head before doing so and give a volunteer a tissue after leaving ashes on their palm. In his magic and in life, Eugene understood the value of small things. Just having started working as a magician full-time a decade ago, I was knocked over when I discovered Eugene’s audio book Growing in the Art of Magic. Most magic literature[…]