A film by Donna and Daniel Zuckerbrot produced by Reel Time Images (reeltimeimages.ca)
This is a journey that takes us into a world of ancient traditions, hallowed rituals and the making of beautiful religious art. This is a tale that asks us to think deeply about the relation between tradition and change, and the difficulties of following one's own destiny.
Clip from Jeff McBride: A Magickal Life by Daniel Zuckerbrot, produced by Reel Time Images (reeltimeimages.ca)
Imagine a magician who reaches into his hat to pull out the rabbit he previously hid there and finds himself not with a bunny but a unicorn. By the time Jeff McBride was a teenager he was appearing on national TV. Since then he has won world renown among lovers of magic and illusion. Whether gracing a stage in Las Vegas or Paris, performing a card trick under your nose, or teaching a master class to already accomplished conjurors, he is one of the contemporary masters of the arts of deception. He is also the follower of a spiritual path based on a form of magic that he says, far from being a deceit, is a path to sacred reality.
A Reel Time Images Production: Aleister Crowley was an accomplished mountain climber, poet, chess player and writer. He is also the most well known and influential occult magician of modern times. His admirers saw him as the prophet of a new age, whose goal was a spiritual awakening for himself and all humanity. At times his unique message and unusual behavior led to misunderstandings and contempt. His detractors denounced him as a Satanist, a drug addict and a sex maniac. The tabloids labeled him a Black Magician, The Wickedest Man in the World and The Man We’d Like to Hang. The Great Beast, as he called himself, continues to be an influence on the spiritual world today
A Reel Time Images Production - Meet a living enigma. Max Maven is a man who seems to know what you are thinking, he is known for performing what seem to be miracles with no possible explanation. He’s famous among magicians — he’s probably invented more magic tricks than anyone in the history of a field filled with eccentric genius. Can Max actually read minds or is he creating illusions based on his mastery of certain psychological insights? This profile of Max Maven is built around his lifelong exploration of the twilight regions of human psychology and some of the lesser known regions of show business. We join Max in a performance that is clever, intriguing and very mysterious.
Clip from The Houdini Code by Donna Zuckerbrot, produced by Reel Time Images (reeltimeimages.ca)
Harry Houdini, world famous magician and escape artist was also known for exposing fraudulent mediums. After his death, Bess Houdini announced that through a medium she received a message from her late husband. The press went wild with this shocking revelation, then just as quickly Bess recanted. There were allegations the whole thing was a hoax. Was Bess Houdini an innocent victim or as some speculated was she in on it? Now a century later Houdini’s fame is undiminished, but even the memory of what may have been his greatest trick has all but disappeared. What really happened? How did this extraordinary story simply vanish from history?