The Prestige (movie)

A look at the magicians of cinema

A look at the magicians of cinema

From its earliest days, cinema has borrowed heavily from the world of magic. Illusion, after all, is part of the moviegoing experience — the phrase "the magic of movies" is both literally and figuratively true.

This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore cinematic feats of prestidigitation. "Like Magic" will investigate movies' roots in historical stage magic and sleight of hand from the early fanciful "trick" films of pioneers such Georges Méliès to computer-generated visual effects. The event takes place Wednesday evening at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Actor, magician and historian Ricky Jay...

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