magic magic: Now You See Me 2

“The master magicians known as the Four Horsemen return for their most daring and astounding caper ever, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in hopes of clearing their names and exposing the ruthlessness of a dangerous tech magnate.”


Teenage movie buddy and I were treated to Now You See Me 2 a couple of weeks back. We don’t cross genres that often these days so it was somewhat exciting to both be looking forward to the same movie.

We had to surrender our phones at the door which teenage movie buddy found difficult – I could see it hurt like being without a limb for 2 hours.

I love a good ‘good guys seem bad but they’re actually good’ movie, Robin Hood style. The cast is all star and the script gives them each a chance to shine. It is partly set in London, with its beautiful landmarks perfect to film under – and partly set in Macau, vibrant, crowded, seedy.


This movie’s not going to change your life like some stories do – and it has been routinely slammed by ‘proper’ critics – but we were entertained the whole time, with highlights for me being the character of Lula, the magic trick with the rain, the plane scene, the sights of London and the cute plot twists throughout. No spoilers here.

The art of magic has always intrigued me. Part annoying geek trickery, part weird brain games, part actual real life magic. The magic tricks seen onscreen are performed by the actors. No CGI here (well, very little). The actors attended magic camp prior to shooting the movie and the magic was overseen by David Copperfield and Keith Barry (whose title for the project was ‘Chief Magic and Mentalism Consultant’. That’s cool). Apparently Woody Harrelson can really hypnotise people and Dave Franco can really flick a card from across a room to hit something. Nice.

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real live magic

Find out how to do some of the tricks from the movie here and here.

Read what 4 professional magicians The Guardian interviewed thought of it here (interesting).



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