Lizzy Caplan

How a magician orchestrated the Lizzy Caplan decapitation scene in ‘Now You See Me 2’

How a magician orchestrated the Lizzy Caplan decapitation scene in ‘Now You See Me 2’

Keith Barry had never chopped off anyone's head before, but he was up for giving it a try.

Over the course of his career, the Irish mentalist, hypnotist and magician has performed all kinds of mind-bending tricks and stunts, from apparent feats of clairvoyance to driving a car at high speeds while blindfolded. But until signing on as the chief magic and mentalism consultant on the caper sequel "Now You See Me 2," Barry had never tried to pull off the classic decapitation illusion on anyone — let alone a high-profile actress.

The team behind "Now You See Me 2," in theaters June 10, is aiming to recapture the magic of the original 2013 film —...

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