The Best magic movies of all time

We often publish best of lists on this site, but this one is different — this one is more special to me. Ever since I was a little child, I’ve always been fascinated with magic and illusions. After seeing David Copperfield‘s television specials as a kid I was gifted a magic set produced by Fisher Price (which was awesome by the way) and became obsessed with the art form. While I wouldn’t consider myself a serious magician, I do perform a few magic tricks every once in a while for family and friends.

And what initially pulled me into film geekdom is not what you might expect: the old movie magic specials that used to play on television. Those TV shows would show how Hollywood created illusions using, for the most part, practical effects, make-up and miniatures. Not that I didn’t watch movies like every other child, but it was the art of making the impossible possible that is responsible for sucking me deep into the world of cinema.

So come with me as I count down my favorite movies involving magicians in the best magic movies of all time.

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Deceptive Practice

Sandwiched between the garish stylings of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone last month and the criminal thrills of Now You See Me next month is the real, eye-popping magic of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, a documentary about the famed illusionist and actor.

Considered by some to be “the most gifted sleight-of-hand artist alive,” Jay began honing his craft as a young child and has been performing ever since. Film fans may also know him from his acting and consulting work; he’s worked several times with David Mamet and has appeared in Deadwood, The Prestige, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and many other titles. Watch the new trailer for the documentary, featuring appearances by Mamet and a young Steve Martin, after the jump.

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