I think good filmmaking is just like magic – it’s all about creating an effect for an audience that feels real, impossibly so, while actually being constructed from a series of hidden, technical actions that, it is hoped, are never noticed. Illusionists, then, could make for very good filmmakers.
Lance Burton is a magician who had a Vegas theatre built to his specifications when embarking on a seventeen-year golden handcuffs deal. More recently, he made a new six year contract with another resort but, for reasons I don’t truthfully know, that contract was closed out five years early. Since then, Burton has busied himself by making a movie.
From Robin Leach’s Vegas Deluxe:
Lance told me that his entertainment partner, juggler Michael Goudeau, and he are now one-third of the way through shooting their indie magic film. “We have a 100-page script, and we’ve completed about 30 pages so far,” Lance said. “We’re really pleased with the way it’s coming along, and I’m having great fun taking on an acting role.
“Yes, it has lots of magic, but filmmaking has become a very interesting part of my life, having retired from the live magic performances. I still have the Gone Fishing sign up in a sense because the indie movie is the only thing so far I’ve wanted to do.”
Burton and Goudeau should at least bring an insider’s point of view, and that aforementioned aptitude for trickery. Here’s hoping they also have a sense of story and character, and that Burton can manage a performance in a very different register to his normal showmanship.
Goudeau’s other credits involve a series of collaborations with Penn Jillette, including a writing job on Bullshit.
It all sounds very promising. More when we have it.