Illusionist Lance Burton Making Indie Movie With Magic And Conjuring

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.

[Have a question for the entertainment experts at BC? Use the Ask BC form instead. Have a comics, film, games, or entertainment commentary that's too epic for a comment thread? Use BC Letters to the Editor.]

Archie, Kevin Keller Join IDW and DC’s Pulse Nightclub Benefit Anthology “Love Is Love”

WWE News: Jerry Lawler Loses On-Screen Role, Amy “Lita” Dumas Gone From Company?

New iOS App “Expanded Comics” Brings 3D Animation To Motion Comics

Alicia Vikander’s New Tomb Raider Film Gets A Villain

Ducktales (Woo-Hoo!) Returns In Summer 2017 With 23 Episode Season

Retailers! Don’t Worry! You Can Make Money From The Image Comics 25 Cents Comics After All!

Valentine’s Day Comes Early With ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer And Ticket Sales Already Starting

willfarrell

Will Ferrell To Star A Comedy About eSports

Netflix Explains HDR Using Their Marvel Series

The Closest You’ll Get To Seeing A Gay Kiss In Star Wars Right Now