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A feature documentary that follows the trials and triumphs of several world-class magicians.

We made it! With your help, we achieved our Stretch Goal. A giant thank you to our Backers!

The Film

Where the Magic Happens goes deep inside unexplored territory: the world of professional magicians. The film follows five passionate magicians who have refused to give up the dream that the impossible is actually possible. We've been filming for the last two years with unprecedented access at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, as well as behind the scenes in Las Vegas and London. 

We are fascinated by the life of the professional magician: from grand stage performances and celebrity parties to the day-to-day of booking gigs and making ends meet, but most importantly, why they dedicate themselves to a life in the magic arts. You will see behind the curtain into the world of magic, learn about the mystery of how magic works on our minds, and why we need magic and mystery... but also why our magicians have found magic, and why they need it just as much as we do. 

The film will follow the pursuit of their professional goals, as well as seek to discover what led each to this all-consuming passion. Together these stories reflect the elation and struggle of persisting with a passion no matter what gets in the way....

We need your help!

We chose the independent documentary route because we feel that it's crucial to maintain creative control of the project and the subject matter that we love. We have been filming for well over two years and are more than ready to get an editor working! We are so pleased with the footage we have, and every dollar that we raise makes the movie even better.

We are asking for your participation to help us finish the film. The money we raise here on Kickstarter will go to paying a top-notch documentary editor to work his own kind of magic, professional color-correction, music, and graphics. Every dollar helps!

About us

Our producing and directing team has a history of creating successful theatrical and broadcast documentaries. Our films have played at Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, Slamdance, HotDocs, and Tribeca. Our previous films include Hood To CoastI.O.U.S.A. and HBO's Emmy-nominated Superheroes, along with documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. Plus, Master Illusionist Lance Burton just signed on as Executive Producer!

We can't thank you enough for your interest and support. The best way to help us spread the word is sharing the link to this Kickstarter video (http://kck.st/UBoSf5) on your Facebook, website or blog! And join us Facebook and Twitter.

We are very excited to bring this film to you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support!

Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden

Directors, Where the Magic Happens

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We have a vast amount of footage, and the challenge with a film like this is always to cut together a meaningful story that makes an impact and remains engaging... to make the compelling moments you've seen in person during the filming process actually translate to screen. We have all that work ahead of us, to get the nuances and structure just right, but we are eager to continue the process. Therein lies the beauty!

Distribution is changing all the time. It's an area full of unknowns, but that also makes the process full of opportunity, with new methods of theatrical, digital and online distribution emerging. Having worked hands-on when it came to the successful releases of our last four films, we have gained experience in both traditional and newer self-distribution models and we aim to combine both methods in order to forge the best pathway for the film, getting it to as wide an audience as possible.

We are so excited to bring you this documentary. Thank you so much for helping us finish the film and bring it to theaters and beyond!

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    We’re so thankful for your support! We’ll thank you on our website and Facebook page.

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    As a thank you for donating to the film, we’ll send you a pack of MAGIC CASTLE PLAYING CARDS! The Magic Castle is the premiere place on the globe for all things magic! Each playing card is printed with the Magic Castle logo on fine Bicycle card stock.

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    A reward EXCLUSIVELY for our supporters: we’ll send you a short film featuring interviews with many of our featured magicians along with production footage. The downloadable film will include magicians featured in the film such as Lance Burton, Mac King, and Max Maven… and many more!

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    Here comes the limited edition T-SHIRT! WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS belongs on your chest. Wear it overtly or wear it ironically. Most of all, support the film and embrace magic!

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    The VIRTUAL PREMIERE Experience... this one is quite unique! You'll get to watch the festival cut of the entire documentary online at the very same time as our World Premiere! The film will stream on a special password protected website at the exact same time as it plays live in the theater, and will be available for several days afterward. Be a part of our World Premiere and see the festival cut of the film with this pledge! You’ll also receive the short film and thank-you listed above.

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    *Pre-release DVD* – get a copy of the finished film before anyone else! Limited edition DVD with tons of extras, interviews and deleted scenes. Each DVD is signed by some of the magicians featured in the film, numbered and limited to 250. You will also receive the short film listed above, AND we will thank you in the credits of the film.

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    For your donation, you'll receive a beautifully bound trade copy of the magic-themed comic book series SMOKE & MIRRORS, signed by the creators. This comic performs magic for you! Your copy will be SIGNED by the comic's creator and magician Jon Armstrong, writer Mike Costa and artist Ryan Browne. The release of this comic was filmed as part of the movie, as we followed Jon to WonderCon and Comic-Con. You'll also receive the short film, an invitation to the Virtual Premiere, and a thanks in the credits of the movie.

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    For your donation, you'll get a SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copy of LANCE BURTON'S instructional magic DVD "Lance Burton's Magic Made Easy". Lance is a superstar of magic, not to mention a really great guy! You'll also get the short film, an invite to the Virtual Premiere, and a thanks in the credits of the movie. Thank you for supporting the film!

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    Director of the film Marcie Hume will take you on a PERSONAL TOUR of one of her favorite places in the world: THE MAGIC CASTLE! Come see the ins and outs of this mecca of magic in Hollywood. She'll be your guide and show off why this place is so special. The tour will have no more than 8 individuals, on a date to be mutually decided. Guests must be at least 21 years of age, and formal dress is required. You'll also get the short film, Virtual Premiere, and a THANKS in the credits of the movie.

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    A tour of the Magic Castle with Max Maven! Undoubtedly one of the greatest minds in magic and mentalism, Max will give you a personal tour of the Castle. The tour will be in a group of no more than 6, on a date to be mutually decided. You’ll also receive a thank you in the credits of the movie, the short film, and an invitation to our Virtual Premiere as above.

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    MAGICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE JON ARMSTRONG will take you on a TOUR of the MAGIC CASTLE! Jon Armstrong is one of the main magicians featured in the film as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Magic Castle. He'll give you a PERSONAL TOUR of the Castle himself. A priceless experience! The tour will have no more than 8 individuals, on a date to be mutually decided. Guests must be at least 21 years of age, and formal dress is required. You'll also get the short film, Virtual Premiere, and a THANKS in the credits of the movie.

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    A one-on-one magic lesson with Jon Armstrong! Jon was named close-up magician of the year in 2007. He is an accomplished performer and one of the best card guys around! This hour-long session can be arranged in person in the LA area, or via Skype. You’ll also receive a thank you in the credits of the movie, the short film, and an invitation to the Virtual Premiere.

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    2 Tickets to the World Premiere of the film at its film festival debut! Come join us at the film festival premiere and celebrate with us! You’ll also get a copy of the movie, the short film as listed above, and a thank you in the credits. (Travel and lodging at the festival not included.)

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    Join us for the LA red-carpet premiere of the film! You're also invited to our after-screening party with some of the film’s subjects. You’ll receive a copy of the movie, the short film, and we'll thank you in the credits.

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    This is the official MAC KING donation level. For your kind contribution, you'll get to meet the brilliant magician and perhaps the nicest guy in magic, Mac King! You'll receive 4 VIP tickets to Mac's show at Harrah's in Las Vegas, and you'll get to meet with Mac after the performance. Priceless! You’ll also be thanked in the film’s credits, receive a copy of the short film, and an invite to our Virtual Premiere as listed above.

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    A PRIVATE MAGIC PERFORMANCE by 2008's Close-Up Magician of the Year JON ARMSTRONG. Make it an extra special dinner party or have Jon perform at a big event. You'll be supporting the film and get to have one of the best magicians out there create miracles right before your eyes. (Jon can also travel to a location outside of LA, but travel will need to be arranged separately!) You'll also get the short film, Virtual Premiere, and a thanks in the credits of the movie.

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    OUR NEW ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT LEVEL! To thank you for this incredibly helpful donation, you will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film. Your name will appear in the credits of the movie, as well as on IMDB. You'll receive many of the rewards listed above, along with a couple of invitations to our LA Premiere. This donation is a huge help in bringing the film to completion.

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    An unforgettable PRIVATE MAGIC SHOW ON A YACHT for you and 30 of your friends! International Magic Champion DAVID MINKIN will host you and your party on a yacht in Marina Del Rey. David will perform a private 90-minute show, and you'll spend the evening touring the marina. David's show is an ultra magical experience like nothing you've ever seen. A great idea for a corporate get-together or a very special birthday party. Subject to performer's schedule. You'll also get the Virtual Premiere, the short film, 2 tickets to the LA Premiere, and a THANKS in the credits of the film.

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    EXCLUSIVE LUNCH with LANCE! For your incredibly generous contribution to the completion of this film, you'll have lunch in Las Vegas with one of the biggest names in magic, LANCE BURTON, along with the FILMMAKERS! Come chat magic at one of our favorite restaurants in Vegas, and bring a guest. You'll also receive the short film, Virtual Premiere, limited edition DVD, a big THANKS in the credits of the movie, and two invitations to the LA Premiere. You'll be taking us a long way toward getting the film finished, and we thank you for joining us.

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