The Mystic is sitting across from himself and gazing into a crystal ball. The Mystic is an exercise in the perils of hypnotism. The Mystic is a experiential joke about the narcissism of divination. The Mystic is a 16mm film by Lyra Hill, finished in 2011.
The effects in The Mystic were originally created in-camera on one 100ft roll of color negative film. These include: bi-packing with a strip of clear leader sewn with sequins, creating paper mattes of circles and text, and multiple exposures with more custom mattes, photographed with one actor (Aj Cesena) on a simple set. These processes required six passes through the camera. The roll was then rephotographed on an optical printer and extended to its current run time of 8 minutes. The soundtrack is made up of chopped and manipulated laugh tracks and audience sounds.