It is a magic story as old as time. Superstar magicians dominate all other acts in the mythical village of “Las Vegas” and become complacent from their success and guaranteed box office draw.
Young up-and-comer magician (Jim Carrey) looks to challenge the flashy duo, causing a crisis of confidence. The magic partnership breaks up bringing economic devastation to both magicians.
Fortunately, an attractive and loyal assistant (Olivia Wilde) encourages the senior magician to return to basics; to find the love he once held deep in his show-biz heart for magic and for his partnership.
The Hollywood production people sent us a blurb (remember the old days when it was illegal to send blurbs using the U.S. Postal System?) describing the plot line in two pithy paragraphs thusly:
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.
Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.
We look forward to seeing Jim Carrey as the young buck, Steve Gray. He performs magic from a new paradigm like cutting off his face or not using the bathroom for almost a week. According to one critic, his character is a melange of David Blaine and Criss Angel.
We also understand that David Copperfield appears in the film as himself and has contributed a new illusion to the story.