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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Now You See Me 2 clips

I’ve been itching to see Now You See Me 2 since I screened the first 15 minutes of the film at CinemaCon and a bomb scare in the theater somehow made the rest of the movie disappear. The trailers are compelling, although the CG-ness of some of the illusions still has me hesitant. Lionsgate has released two new clips from the upcoming magic heist sequel. Watch them now after the jump and tell me if they make you any more excited for the Jon Chu-directed thriller.
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Now You See Me 2 Trailer

Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Now You See Me 2. The new piece of marketing shows how Morgan Freeman’s character, incarcerated skeptic Thaddeus Bradley, has somehow framed the Four Horseman and is using the magician group to do his evil bidding. Of course we also see a lot of visual flourishes thanks to the film’s magic-fueled heist set-pieces, many of which appear to use too much CG for my tastes. (As an amateur magician, I’d love to see more practical magic being used, as some of these visuals look too impossible even if the ideas are based in possible science.) Hit the jump to see the third Now You See Me 2 trailer.

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2016 Summer Movie Preview

This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about. Read More »


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Now You See Me 3

Even though Now You See Me 2 isn’t hitting theaters until this summer, that’s not stopping Lionsgate from getting another sequel in the magician heist franchise ready to go. Lionsgate has set the first sequel’s director, Jon M. Chu, to return to direct Now You See Me 3. Get more details on the film’s development after the jump. Read More »

Now You See Me 2 trailer

After making his name as the most famous young wizard in the world, Daniel Radcliffe is employing a very different kind of magic in Now You See Me 2. He plays a young prodigy determined to steal a high-tech MacGuffin with the aid of the Horsemen (Jesse EisenbergWoody Harrelson, and Dave Franco, with Lizzy Caplan replacing Isla Fisher as “the girl Horseman”). Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman return as well. Watch the Now You See Me 2 trailer after the jump.
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now you see me 2 posters

I’m a magic geek, so I was excited to see this new batch of Now You See Me 2 posters which pays tribute to classic magic posters. Much cooler than the very-blue and generic-looking character posters released last month. A new trailer for Jon Chu’s magician heist sequel will hit sometime on Wednesday, and these magical posters were released to help to build buzz for that magical reveal. Hit the jump to see the old-style magician Now You See Me 2 posters.

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now you see me 2 5

What kind of movie poster are you in the mood for today? Maybe you’re in the market for a clever horror poster for the latest Blumhouse release? If not that, then surely the steely gaze of a well-dressed Tom Hiddleston will make your day? If that’s not your thing, there are always nine new posters featuring all kinds of movie stars dressed like magicians.

Yep, new posters for Amityville: The Awakening, High-Rise, and Now You See Me 2 has hit the internet today and we’ve collected them all below so you can peruse ’em at your own pace.

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Now You See Me 2 Trailer

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hitting theaters this weekend, it’s a good time for studios to get their forthcoming movies in front of plenty of audiences, in the form of new trailers. So it should come as no surprise that Lionsgate’s sister company Summit Entertainment has a Now You See Me 2 trailer debuting this week, and they’ve got an ace in their pocket to make the magician heist sequel more appealing to the young adult audience: Harry Potter. Read More »

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Now You See Me

Now You See Me turned out to be a sleeper hit in the summer of 2013, so the Four Horsemen have reunited for Now You See Me 2. Well, three of the Four Horsemen are, anyway. Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson are all back for the sequel, while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher as the female lead.

Also not returning? Eisenberg’s unruly mop from the first film. In the first cast photo from Now You See Me 2, his hair is closely cropped — presumably because he’s just come off of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for your Now You See Me 2 first look, also featuring Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, and Michael Caine.

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