A comedy web series about a professional magician struggling to find love, success, and respect in an art form that doesn't get any.
Hi, I'm Matt, and I've created a new comedy web series about the life of a full-time professional magician. This is a project near and dear to me that I've been working on for a long time, but I've been too busy traveling for shows to make it happen. Well, I'm taking several months off to devote my full attention to bringing this series to life. Check out the video above, then scroll down for everything you want to know about Disillusioned: The Series. And thanks for taking time to support my Kickstarter project!
"Matt Matisse" is a working magician who's trying to make it big in the world of magic...and the world in general. The problem is, he's failing. His friends and family think his career is a joke, his sleight-of-hand doesn't exactly make women swoon, and the magicians around him are leaving him in the dust. Yet his undying love for magic keeps him going as he continues to battle the universal struggles we all face. And it’s hilarious.
Disillusioned takes the mysterious world of magic — impossible feats, beautiful assistants, balloon animals for screaming 5-year-olds — and pulls back the curtain to reveal just how “unmagical” it can be. In the way Seinfeld was about the everyday life of a comedian, Disillusioned is about the everyday life of a magician. Plus, each episode will feature quick, amazing, and visual magic effects to enhance the storyline.
The series is based around three central characters: Matt Matisse, a struggling magician trying to find success and prove to those around him that magic is a legitimate art form; Chelsea, Matt's sexy, snarky best friend who he has a longtime secret crush on, and who he constantly tries to rope into being his assistant; and Todd, their friend, attorney, and a rabid magic fan who also happens to be a vanophile, a subculture of people who have an irrational love of vans (the vehicles, not the shoes).
Disillusioned is based on the hit theatrical show Disillusioned: Confessions of a Serial Magician, written and performed to sold-out audiences by comedy-magician and actor Matt Marcy.
The show represented one of the first times a performer had successfully taken the art of magic and adapted his tricks into a fully-formed narrative structure. The result was a hilarious, poignant, and amazing theatrical piece that garnered rave reviews. It also created a perfect jumping off point for Disillusioned: The Series.
SO WHY DO WE NEED ALL THIS MONEY?
To build this project and bring this series to you, we need your help. Filming anything, particularly in Los Angeles, costs money. A lot of money. Just ask James Cameron. Cameras, lights, sound equipment, locations, insurance, wardrobe, post-production facilities, and on and on. We've actually worked hard to keep our budget as low as possible by calling in favors, borrowing equipment, and forgoing the catering by Spago. But, to do this right, there are still substantial costs that must be met, and if we meet our Kickstarter goal we can afford to bring you a fully-produced, TV-quality level of production.
We've spent a lot of time trying to create a collection of exciting rewards for those who become backers of Disillusioned. If you join us and become a part of this project, not only will you receive endless good karma, but you also have the chance to get all kinds of fabulous gifts.
Because we've attempted to simplify the rewards list on the right side of this page with bullet points, you might want more specifics on some of the products and prizes you can receive. If you'd like to read more detailed descriptions of some of the rewards, scroll to the bottom of the page for more info.
"I WANT TO DONATE BUT AM NOT INTERESTED IN THE REWARDS or I WANT A DIFFERENT REWARD."
Thanks for your generosity and willingness to help us make this series happen! Kickstarter will allow you to donate and opt out of receiving your reward, or to select any available reward at a lower level. You can also choose to donate any amount you would like — even if it's not one of our preset levels — and select any reward level lower than your donation amount.
"I CAN'T AFFORD TO DONATE BUT I STILL WANT TO HELP"
That's awesome! Thanks! As much as we would appreciate you being a backer, we understand there are people who can't afford to donate to Disillusioned but would still like to support the project. The number one way you can help is simply to spread the word. In a viral world where everyone is connected, we're relying on you to help us share this exciting project with everyone you know. First, please click the "Share" and "Tweet" buttons at the top of this page -- just two clicks makes a HUGE difference.
After that, you can Like Disillusioned on Facebook and Follow Disillusioned on Twitter, and then blog, tweet, share, and email everyone you know about our Kickstarter campaign and the series. Anything you can do to help get the word out — repeatedly — is incredibly helpful and endlessly appreciated!
Also, if you are able to donate needed supplies to the production, that would be amazing. Specifically we need camera equipment, lighting and gaffer equipment, production audio equipment, camera movement equipment (dolly and jib), and, most of all, locations! If you (or someone you know) has access to a bar, restaurant, home, office space, or theater where we might film, PLEASE let us know. THANKS!
We've assembled a dedicated, experienced team to bring this series to you...
WRITER/PRODUCER/"MATT MATISSE": MATT MARCY —
Matt has spent the last 15 years performing around the world as a comic-magician, emcee, and actor. With well over 3,000 shows under his belt, he's entertained everyone from Hollywood celebrities to CEO's of Fortune 500 companies to royalty. You can find more about his magic performances at www.mattmarcy.com or check out the video below for some clips from various shows.
CO-PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: SHILPI ROY — Shilpi is the writer/director/producer of two seasons of the award-winning web series Hipsterhood, financed by Blip Studios. Hipsterhood won “Best Comedy Web Series” in the LA Weekly Web Awards, and was also nominated for “Best Returning Series” at the prestigious IAWTV awards. A graduate of USC film school, Shilpi has worked with Warren Littlefield, former head of NBC, and Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films. She has also worked as a digital content producer for Playboy TV, and currently has a feature in development at her production shingle Odd Frames Media.
LINE PRODUCER: ALEXIS TREADWELL —A graduate of Temple University’s Film & Media Arts Program, Alexis honed her craft as a writer, director and actor by double majoring in both Theatre and Film. Alexis developed her producing skills when working with such powerhouse names as Lee Daniels, Alicia Keys, and BAFTA nominated director Julie Anne Robinson.
CONSULTING PRODUCER: NICOLE BLAINE — Nicole has produced two award-winning feature films, Commit and I'm Harry Clark, as well as the play Out of the Cubicle and her own one-woman show, Pipe Dreams. She also directed Matt Marcy’s theatrical magic show, Disillusioned: Confessions of a Serial Magician. When not producing or directing, Nicole performs stand-up comedy, and has been seen on The Today Show, That Morning Show on E!, and at her own monthly stand-up show Virgin Sacrifice at the Westside Comedy Theater.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: ANTHONY C. KUHNZ — Since earning a BA in film at Northwestern and an MFA in cinematography from USC, Anthony has shot over 100 short films, music videos and industrials as well as several feature films, including Homecoming, which has won numerous awards on the festival circuit, and four upcoming episodes of the Emmy Award winning Travelscope for PBS.
AUDIO SUPERVISOR: MIKE VARELA — Mike is an audio engineer with the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Deluxe Media. He is the owner and primary engineer of NuanceTone, an independent audio post house that mixes independent film products, handles foley and ADR, and polishes audio books for audible.com.
Here are a few more details about some of the reward items we can't wait to send you...
Digital Download of Series With Bonus Features: Download the entire first season to watch any time, on any device, commercial free. PLUS, downloads will include bonus scenes, commentary by the cast and crew, and extended credit sequences. (If you prefer, you can also get this on DVD by pledging at the $60 level.)
Digital Download of Bloopers/Outtakes/Behind the Scenes: Anytime a movie or series is made, hilarious and memorable moments happen quite by accident during filming. Laugh along with the cast and crew during this exclusive video of bloopers and outtakes, and take a peak "behind the curtain" with some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Simple Tricks...to blow their minds!: Matt's best-selling instructional magic DVD that will teach you 23 tricks with everyday objects. A perfect way for magic performers and hobbyists of all ages to learn the basics or expand their repertoire.
Card Trick Digital Download: Matt will teach you the Two Card Monte, an easy but amazing card trick that will fool your friends, delight your family, and maybe even win you bar bets.
"Name A Card" Digital Download: Learn to perform Matt's original card routine where the spectator randomly stops you dealing on the one card with their name on it! NOTE: This routine requires some intermediate level sleight-of-hand (This video originally appeared on the limited-edition Magic Apple Live DVD.)
RabbitRise: Matt's original business card miracle! An impossible piece of visual trickery where a drawing comes to life on your business card, leaving your audience stunned -- and hanging on to your contact info! See a video demo here.
Lecture Notes For Magicians: Matt's Drunk To English Dictionary lecture has been presented all over the country to groups of magicians. These notes from the lecture contain over a dozen tricks, bits, and pieces of performance theory. Includes both close-up and stand-up material, as well as emcee material.
Magic for the Business World: A collection of amazing yet simple tricks designed with the professional business person in mind. A perfect way to break the ice or impress a client, colleague, or co-worker, this book teaches amazing magic using business cards, calculators, office supplies, and more; it even includes effects for the golf course, business lunches, and your daily run to Starbucks!
"Silence Is Golden" Files: All the digital files you need to perform Matt's professional comedy-mentalism routine from his regular theater shows. See a video demo here.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SERIES, OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, OR LIFE IN GENERAL?
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We recognize that any project of this magnitude can face challenges -- everything from potential cost overruns to scheduling conflicts to post-production delays. We've tried to anticipate and avoid these problems as much as possible by giving ourselves plenty of pre-production time, as well as by assembling a team of talented, dedicated, experienced filmmakers and performers. Every single person involved with DISILLUSIONED has worked on high-stress projects and has the ability to be flexible if unforeseen issues arise.
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WELCOME TO THE CLUB •Matt will use his magical psychic powers to pick your winning Lotto numbers and email them to you (numbers not guaranteed to win) •Updates about the project •Our undying gratitudeEstimated delivery:
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LEARN A TRICK •Digital video download of Matt teaching you an astounding but simple card trick •An exclusive thank you picture from the cast and crew emailed to you after shooting.Estimated delivery:
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COME SEE ME PERFORM LIVE! –– Get two tickets to see me perform live with the amazing Taylor Hughes in "An Evening of Laughter and Illusion" on March 14 in Upland, CA at 7:00PM. Travel to/from not included. This is the only show date/time available for this reward so please be sure you can make it.Estimated delivery:
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SERIES BACKER •Digital download of an exclusive blooper/outake/behind the scenes reel from the set •Digital download of Matt's instructional magic DVD "Simple Tricks...to Blow Their Minds!" •Acknowledgment as a "Series Backer" on a special Thank You page of the Disillusioned website. •All $10 RewardsEstimated delivery:
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SERIES SUPPORTER — EARLY BACKER SPECIAL — GET THE $50 REWARD FOR JUST $40! — BE AMONG THE FIRST SUPPORTERS TO GET THIS DEAL!Estimated delivery:
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SERIES SUPPORTER •Digital download of the complete first season of Disillusioned with bonus features! •Digital download of an exclusive blooper/outake/behind the scenes reel from the set •Digital download of "Simple Tricks...to Blow Their Minds!" •Digital video download of Matt teaching you an astounding but simple card trick •Acknowledgment as a "Series Supporter" on a special Thank You page of the Disillusioned website. •An exclusive thank you picture from the cast and crew emailed to you after shooting.Estimated delivery:
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DVD PACKAGE — •We'll ship you a DVD of the first season's episodes so you can watch it old school •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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MAGICIAN COLLECTION •An exclusive deck of Disillusioned playing cards mailed to you •Digital download of Matt teaching "Name A Card" •Digital download of Matt's lecture notes for magicians •All $50 rewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS! •An exclusive deck of Disillusioned playing cards mailed to you •Four exclusive Disillusioned ringtones •A page from one of the production scripts, signed by the cast and director, mailed to you •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Premium Backer" •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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SNEAK PEAK! •Join the cast and crew in Los Angeles for a red carpet screening of the first season of Disillusioned before it premieres (travel not included) •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Premium Backer" •Four exclusive Disillusioned ringtones •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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BE IN THE SERIES! •Come be an extra for a day of shooting and hang out on the set in Los Angeles (travel not included). NOTE: you must be available on the day of shooting this summer. •Commemorate your day with a signed on-set photo with the cast and crew •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Premium Backer" •Four exclusive Disillusioned ringtones •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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LUNCH AT THE MAGIC CASTLE — EARLY BACKER SPECIAL — GET THE $500 REWARD FOR $400 — BE THE FIRST TO CLAIM THIS REWARD!Estimated delivery:
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PRIVATE MAGIC INSTRUCTION! •A one-hour private magic lesson with Matt. Matt will come to your home and teach you 5 amazing tricks you can use to fool your friends and amaze your family. (You must live within 20 miles of zip code 90004, or take your lesson via Skype) •Digital download of Matt's lecture notes for magicians •Deck of Disillusioned playing cards •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Premium Backer" •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:
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LUNCH AT THE MAGIC CASTLE •Join Matt and the director or producer for lunch one Friday at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Matt will treat you and a guest to lunch as you discuss the series, and then he'll give you a tour and perform a close-up show for you. Travel to/from not included and guests must be 21 and abide by club rules. Scheduling subject to Matt's travel schedule. •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Premium Backer" •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:
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ASTOUNDING PRIVATE CLOSE-UP SHOW — LOCAL •Matt will come to your house (within 40 miles of zip code 90004) and perform a 30-minute show of his world-class close-up magic for you and up to 25 guests. Scheduling subject to Matt's travel schedule •Your name in the credits on all downloads of the series as a "Kickstarter Platinum Backer" •A deck of Disillusioned playing cards. •All $50 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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BE A PRODUCER •You'll receive an Associate Producer credit on IMDB for the first season of Disillusioned •Come spend a day on set hanging out with the cast and crew on set. Travel not included. Must be available on one of the scheduled shooting days this summer. •An exclusive baseball cap with the embroidered Disillusioned logo available only to the cast and crew •A deck of Disillusioned playing cards. •A signed copy of Matt's book "Magic for the Business World" •All $60 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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BE A PRODUCER AND GET AN ASTOUNDING PRIVATE CLOSE-UP SHOW — NATIONWIDE •Matt will come to your house and perform a 45-minute show of his world-class close-up magic for you and your guests anywhere in the continental U.S.! Scheduling subject to Matt's travel schedule •You'll receive an Associate Producer credit on IMDB for the first season of Disillusioned •An exclusive deck of Disillusioned playing cards •An exclusive baseball cap with the embroidered Disillusioned logo •A signed copy of Matt's book "Magic for the Business World" •All $60 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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BE OUR SPONSOR AND GET A PRIVATE STAGE SHOW — NATIONWIDE •Sponsor credit on the first season of Disillusioned: we'll add your name or company name/logo to the beginning or end of each episode with the tag "Sponsored by" •Matt will come to your event and perform his 45-minute platform comedy-magic show for you and up to 350 guests anywhere in the continental U.S. Scheduling subject to Matt's travel schedule. •An exclusive baseball cap with the embroidered Disillusioned logo •A deck of Disillusioned playing cards •A signed copy of Matt's book "Magic for the Business World" •A hand-written thank you note signed by the cast and crew •All $60 RewardsEstimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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