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Marcie and I talk about empathy and others, magic, a shift in perspective, the power of film for social change and a “real sense of belonging.”


How much are you willing to sacrifice for your dream?

MAGICIANS follows four very different professional magicians on stage and off, exploring how and why these characters so passionately dedicate their lives to the artistry and craft of illusion: from the most humbling of road gigs to the grandest performances on the biggest of stages; to finding love to terrible personal loss; and, most dramatically, to the prospect of losing everything for the one constant in their lives: magic.

As we come to understand why each is pursuing his own dream, we’ll discover the greatest secret that has been hidden right before our eyes all along: far more fascinating than the magic are the magicians themselves.

MAGICIANS was filmed over four years with unprecedented access at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, behind the scenes in Las Vegas, the magicians’ homes and wherever their journeys took them. Exciting, uplifting, and with broad audience appeal, the film explores how these magicians have persisted with their art form, and prevailed. MAGICIANS is directed and produced by Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden. The film is executive produced by Glen Zipper, Greg Stikeleather, Doug Blush and Lance Burton.

More about the film here.


Marcie Hume began her documentary career with the BBC in London, and has created and produced a range of series for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and Discovery Channel, Lifetime, and National Geographic in the US.

She works full time as a production and development executive in television, while making a documentary film every 5 years. Her documentary feature film HOOD TO COAST was released in 360 movie theaters across the US in 2011, and her recent documentary MAGICIANS: LIFE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE will be released later this year.

She created an after-school documentary program for high school students in vulnerable communities in the South Bronx, and has given workshops on interview technique and documentary ethics at conferences around the country.

Having created both documentary series and reality TV shows, she’s a big believer in questioning assumptions about authenticity and truth in both genres… and is wary of those who consider documentaries to be “real” and reality TV to be “fake”.

She continues to develop and revise her ideas on storytelling and ethics in documentary.