The best magicians of the 21st century set out on a journey to search for the lost author of the most legendary book about the art of sleight of hand.
S.W. Erdnase… the pseudonym of the man thought to be the most notorious card shark of the 19th century. His book “The Expert at the Card Table” is now considered the card conjurer’s bible, making it compulsory reading for any magician.
It took more than 30 years after its publication for the true value of the book to be appreciated – too late for the author to witness the success of his work and too late for all the magicians who would have enjoyed meeting him. His true identity is still uncertain and remains a great mystery, leaving even the best illusionists in the dark.
The greatest magicians of our time go in search of the long-lost genius. They talk about the rumors of his supposed suicide and other stories that will chill you to the bone. No proof of the many legends appears to exist, but in searching for him we learn the true significance of this book. Along the way, we are given valuable insights into the history of deception through the ages and the origin of some of the best-kept secrets of the contemporary world of magic.
The film is geared to magicians already familiar with the story of Erdnase as well as people generally fascinated by the art of the illusionist. It provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the contemporary and historic magic scene and explores the depth of human curiosity. The prevailing question of the film is whether it is better to be left in the dark and fascinated or enlightened and disenchanted. The phenomenon of how legends are made is also a central element of the documentary. Erdnase is an excellent example of the importance that can come to be attributed to a story or a person despite the fact that very little information is available about them. The aim is for the audience to critically examine what they think they know about their own role models.
Production of such a film is hugely expensive. Although we already have some funding from the German Film Fund and a team putting an incredible amount of energy into the project, the costs of flights and other travel, technical effects, catering, equipment, costumes, props etc. are all adding up — which is where you come in. You have an opportunity here to support the project. By chipping in, you can help us make this film a reality.
We are a young German film production company with a focus on feature films and documentaries. Our director Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer has been a card magician since he was 15. He learnt the art of sleight of hand from “The Expert at the Card Table”. In this docudrama he teams up with the most influential magicians of our time in search of the elusive author of the book.
Risks and challenges
The biggest factor in hitting our goals is to complete our financing process. As soon as we reached that goal we can work day and night for the film come to life.
If production obstacles cause delays, that could mean that we get the film out to you a little later than anticipated. But we're very confident that we can present you our work in december of this year.
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