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A quick look at the slinky sleight-of-hand involved in making movies about magic.
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Question 1 of 10
In 1932’s Chandu The Magician, Edmund Lowe plays the titular wizard. What famous boogie man plays his adversary?Correct
Lugosi is a lot of fun but the real star of this movie is director William Cameron Menzies whose distinctive visual style graces every scene.Incorrect
Question 2 of 10
1953’s Houdini starring Tony Curtis shows the great showman debunking what fake magic act?Correct
Many magicians are passionate about fakers appropriating their tricks for sleazy financial gain and Houdini was no different.Incorrect
Question 3 of 10
As the title character in John Brahm’s The Mad Magician, Vincent Price disposes of an adversary by burning his body in a bonfire (not before removing his head). What other Brahm film showed the villain using the same method?Correct
To be sure, The Mad Magician is light-weight 3D fun but Brahm’s Hangover Square is the real deal, especially with Bernard Herrmann’s pounding score serenading Laird Cregar’s unhinged pianist.Incorrect
Question 4 of 10
Who plays the title character in Ingmar Bergman’s supernaturally ambiguous 1958 film, The Magician?Correct
The Magician is one of Bergman’s occasional films that found him in supernatural territory, the prime examples being 1957’s The Seventh Seal and his Lynchian horror movie from 1968, Hour of the Wolf.Incorrect
Question 5 of 10
In 1963’s Judex, George Franju’s elegantly surreal tribute to silent serials, a real magician plays the title role. Who was he?Correct
Pollack left acting in 1971 to set up a farm in California.Incorrect
Question 6 of 10
An unlikely Dean Jones and Connie Stevens star in 1964’s psycho-suspense thriller Two On A Guillotine. Who plays Stevens’ unhinged magician father?Correct
William Conrad’s (Cannon!) film was the beginning of Romero’s mid-sixties renaissance, reaching it’s Bat-peak as The Joker in tv’s Batman.Incorrect
Question 7 of 10
As the possibly deranged magician in 1978’s Magic, Anthony Hopkins owns a ventriloquist’s dummy named what?Correct
Richard Attenborough’s 1978 film was the latest in a long, long line of demonic ventriloquist dummies, this time distinguished by a Jerry Goldsmith score.Incorrect
Question 8 of 10
Penn and Teller’s meta magic movie, Penn and Teller Get Killed, was this famed director’s last film.Correct
His final film was an odd departure for the director of such films as Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man.Incorrect
Question 9 of 10
An Honest Liar is a documentary about one of the most outspoken and innovative magicians in history. Who is it?
Question 10 of 10
The highly entertaining Now You See Me features a band of sticky-fingered stage magicians called what?Correct
A surprise hit, the movie pulled a sequel out of its hat, Now You See Me 2.Incorrect