The Five: Favorite Magic Tricks in Movies

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone abracadabras into theaters this weekend and it got us thinking about magic tricks in movies. The two immediate movies that jump into mind are The Prestige and The Illusionist, but there are certainly a few others. Take a look below and sound off with your favorite magic trick in a movie.

 

The Prestige - Teleporting Scene

Christopher Nolan's 2006 dramatic thriller featured the all-star trio of Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Christian Bale (hey, that's Wolverine, Black Widow and Batman all in the same movie!). Bale and Jackman play rival magicians whose rivalry is taken to a new level when one of them performs the ultimate illusion that we won't reveal here. Instead, watch Hugh Jackman as he teleports from one side of the stage to the other.

 

The Illusionist - Eisenheim Orange Tree

Neil Burger's 2006 magic movie was less about teleporting (and Tesla) and more about Edward Norton's magician trying to woo Jessica Biel. Still, the film contains a fun sequence of magic tricks that culminates in Norton making an orange tree grow before our very eyes.

 

Houdini - Tony Curtis' Strait Jacket Escape

More spectacle than magic, we couldn't leave Houdini off this list. Tony Curtis played the famed illusionist in a 1953 George Marshall flick that co-starred Janet Leigh as his wife, Bess. Here, Houdini escapes from a straitjacket.

 

The Sting - Paul Newman’s Card Shuffling Trick

These next two selections focus on quick, sleight-of-hand card tricks. First, we have Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning crime comedy The Sting. Here we see a young con man (Robert Redford) who meets up with a con master (Paul Newman) as they prepare to pull off a grift. The charisma and comedic timing of the two leads helped the film secure the Best Picture Oscar in 1974.

 

The Brothers Bloom - Rachel Weisz's Card Trick

What's more impressive here – the fact that Rachel Weisz is able to pull off this consecutive string of card tricks or that she can do it without breaking character? Another adventure-comedy featuring con men swindling millionaires, here Weisz demonstrates her character's skills with a deck of cards in an extended two-minute long monologue. The film was directed by Rian Johnson, who went on to direct last year's sci-fi hit Looper.

 

The Dark Knight Rises - Joker’s Disappearing Pencil Trick

Just for kicks, we throw The Joker's twisted "magic trick" in for honorable mention. Like any good showman, it's quick, it's sweet and it ends with a bang, or in this case, a vicious thud.

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