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Case Study: Desperate Acts of Magic

A man with a spiky faux-hawk and exaggerated sideburns appears in anguish as he sticks a nail in his nose and wears a chain around his torso secured by a padlock.Courtesy of the filmmaker.

Joe Tyler Gold made his magic-themed comedy Desperate Acts of Magic, co-directed with Tammy Caplan, “a day or two a month, over 18 months, until the film was done,” he says. The protracted production worked in the film’s favor because, with new crews shuffling in and out, “people kept getting introduced to the movie, and we kept getting new supporters. So, we were able to get donations and funding through the whole process and, toward the end, when we released our trailer, a producer saw and was impressed by it. He saw that we were looking for money, and he […]

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