Make Believe

2010

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 7 10 443

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Reviewed by jpickar 9 / 10

Character driven with a lot of heart.

Just had the chance to see Make Believe yesterday at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it was announced the film had one "Best Documentary." I can see why. In a time where, more often than not, documentary films are about making statements and arguments, Make Believe allows us to meet a number of young magicians, each one of whom has a fascinating story is a truly interesting character.

By focusing on youth who happen to be competing at the World Magic Teen Competition, rather than making it a documentary ABOUT the competition, the filmmakers let us take our time in meeting and interacting with each of the magicians. Offering no judgement while simultaneously avoiding any over-glorification, the right tone is hit perfectly to simply explore a world.

Yes, there's a slightly heavy handed message that magic lets the awkward communicate on a world stage...but they don't push it too hard. All in all, a great documentary. Let's hope I can see it on Netflix soon.

Reviewed by pjkelly-54567 10 / 10

Magical experience from start to finish

The best documentary I have seen on the world of being a competitive magician. It perfectly captures the commitment of a magician preparing for these large competitions, and the preparation that happens behind the scenes. A must watch for anyone that likes magic.

Reviewed by JHTex1 10 / 10

Heart-warming and very well done documentary. Loved it!

I have loved magic since I was a child. I would watch the old clips of Houdini wondering how he was able to escape from what I believed to be certain death! David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, and even Harry Anderson (the judge from TV show Night Court). I loved watching them all. I had no idea there was even a magic competition for young magicians.

I really like how this documentary puts the young people front and center. The cast themselves mention all the magicians I knew and a few I had never even heard of. The teens are all wonderful and very dedicated. The personalities covered a wide emotional spectrum. The kids are shy, and introverted, but they are also confident, and hilarious. All of the emotions are right there at the surface (these are teens after all). The filmmakers went further though, and showed the true depth of feeling each person has. They all truly love what they are doing.

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There was only one off-putting person/moment in this movie. I believe it is worth mentioning though. There is an older woman magician. Supposedly she was great back in the day. I didn't know who she was. She started off great, and seemed to be taking a couple of the performers under her wing. Then her attitude and input turned very coarse and inappropriate when speaking with the only girl performer. She advised the young girl, who I believe was 16 or 17 years old, to use her body to be more famous. The older woman used crude and very offensive language with her "advice". Did not like her at all.

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Overall, the entire movie is very real and touching. The film shows what can be done with a documentary using an honest approach with no agenda. If you love magic, or your children do, watch this movie. It shows how hard work, dedication, and practice truly have a huge impact. Even if you aren't a big fan of magic, I bet you will still find the heart of this movie to be genuine, and universal.

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