In “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” out Friday, Steve Carell, bottom, stars as the titular illusionist (Steve Buscemi, top, plays his partner), whose glittery-jumpsuit style of magic is on the way out. Maybe these movie magicians can help him out?
Robert Angier and Alfred Borden
In 2006’s “The Prestige,” Hugh Jackman (Angier) and Christian Bale (Borden) play rival magicians whose one-upmanship is less magical than murderous. Ta-daaaa! Now you’re dead.
In the 2011 remake of “Fright Night,” former ”Doctor Who” star David Tennant plays a Vegas magician who’s also a vampire expert. And an expert in troweling on eyeliner.
The escape artist (played by Harvey Keitel) makes an appearance in “FairyTale: A True Story,” a 1997 film about British kids who supposedly find actual fairies and take pictures of them. Houdini doesn’t buy it.
Penn & Teller
The real-life illusionists play themselves in “Penn & Teller Get Killed,” a little-seen, badly received 1989 comedy. We asked Teller why the film bombed, but he remained silent.
In the 1978 thriller “Magic,” Anthony Hopkins plays a magician/ventriloquist accompanied by his dummy, Fats, who turns out to be the instrument through which Hopkins acts out his deep-seated psychopathic urges.