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Make Believe Details

  • Release Date: May 13, 2011
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Documentary
  • Director:J. Clay Tweel


Filmmaker [[Performer~P518401~J. Clay Tweel~jclaytweel]] offers an inside look at a lesser-known avenue of the world of magic in this documentary. The World Magic Seminar is an event held each year in Las Vegas, NV, where magicians from around the world gather to learn more about their craft and honor the best among their peers. The seminar features a competition for promising teenage magicians, and in Make Believe [[Performer~P518401~Tweel~jclaytweel]] introduces us to six talented youngsters eager to show off their talents and take their first step to a successful career in show business. [[Performer~P38901~Bill Koch~billkoch]] is a 19-year-old from Chicago who designs and constructs his own props and plays the French horn when he isn't busy with magic. [[Performer~P661980~Siphiwe Fangase~siphiwefangase]] and [[Performer~P661984~Nkumbuzo Nkonyana~nkumbuzonkonyana]] are a pair of 18-year-olds from South Africa who have built an act around their remarkable acrobatic abilities. [[Performer~P661983~Derek McKee~derekmckee]] is a 14-year-old from Colorado who struggles with shyness but shows an easy confidence performing card tricks on-stage. Pretty 17-year-old [[Performer~P661982~Krystyn Lambert~krystynlambert]] has spent years carefully perfecting her hoop tricks and sleight-of-hand work. And 18-year-old [[Performer~P661981~Hiroki Hara~hirokihara]] comes from a remote village in Japan, where he's devised a performance that combines acrobatics and martial arts with hand magic. All six teenagers show remarkable gifts, but only one can walk away with the prize, and as they struggle to do their best under trying circumstances, they also face the uncertainty that's part of nearly every teenager's life. Make Believe was an official selection at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 13, 2011



J. Clay Tweel
Steve Klein
J. Clay Tweel
Luis Lopez
Mary Rohlich
Associate Producer
Seth Gordon
Executive Producer
Ed Cunningham
Executive Producer
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez
Visual Effects
J. Clay Tweel
Additional Cinematography
Aaron Kaplan
Additional Music
Ari Levin
Assistant Editor
J. Clay Tweel
Visual Effects
Bradford Whitaker
Additional Cinematography

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