It’s not a historical film, and it’s not meant to be informational and teach you anything about magic. It’s just about a family of magicians. The real meat of the story concerns the mother and daughter, who are left alone when the father/husband dies suddenly.
I don’t want to hash out the entire plot (you have to come see it, right?), but the story is basically a story about illusions: the ones we see and the ones we don’t. It’s about women. It’s about family, duty and independence.
I know that doesn’t really tell you very much, but I don’t want to give the whole thing away. It’s supposed to be magic!
In the writing of this film, I have done a significant amount of research, reading biographies of a couple of magicians (I would rock a Jeopardy! category) and watching a documentary about magic. I’ve also watched any other movies about magic I can get my hands on, and I plan to re-visit the work of Georges Melies, who was a magician before he was a filmmaker. If anyone has any suggestions for ‘magic’ films I need to watch, let me know.
I’m also planning a trip to LA to visit the fabled Magic Castle, which I’m very excited about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a magic show in person in my life, so I am prepared to be amazed. Through my research, I’ve learned how certain tricks are done, but I don’t think that spoils it. I think it only makes it more amazing, because the timing and coordination of the illusions has to be so precise and practiced, the mere fact they are able to pull it off is amazing.
I’m also planning to visit a magical place called the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I’ve been there a couple of times, but there is something about the place that changes the way the world looks in that it becomes apparent that you can’t really tell the difference between was is real and what isn’t.
So that’s some background on the film and how I went about learning about the subject matter. I hope that helps.