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The Illusionist casts an exquisitely bewitching spell with its dreamy atmosphere and pervasive sense of suspense.Writer/director Neil Burger has fashioned a beautifully shot mystery, with precise and elegant attention to period detail, which heightens the sense of intrigue in this romantic thriller.
Ed Norton casts an intoxicating spell as a Victorian-era illusionist in this thriller that is as moving-and sexy- as it is suspenseful.
Still, as good as it is, The Illusionist is more than a love story for the same reason that it never feels quaint: because threading through the melodrama is a moral fable about power and deception, a timeless subject that couldn’t feel more timely today.
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 Everquest 2: Database OGaming - Database :: Abilities | Spells :: Illusionist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The illusionist summons a replica illusion that inherits some of the illusionist's spells.
Although not as powerful as the illusionist's spell damage, the illusionary replica retains the power of their control spells.
Although not as powerful as the illusionist's spells, the illusionary replica retains the power of their control spells.
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 Warlords of the Accordlands
Adventures: Illusionists are among the rarer of the common classes, due in no small part to others' insistence that illusionists are not fit for adventuring.
Illusionists are also somewhat inherently curious, though not to the near spiritual level of bards.
It is a rare illusionist indeed that does not see something of an artist in himself, and experiencing new wonders translates into new frontiers of illusion, too.
www.warlordrpg.com /resources/illusionist.html   (793 words)

 Illusionist - EQ2-Daily.com EQ2 Wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Illusionists are a class within the Mage archetype.
In most raids Illusionists abandon their traditional role as crowd controllers and take on a role very similar to that of other mages.
The illusionist is one of only four classes to provide constant power regeneration, which is crucial on long fights.
www.eq2daily.com /wiki/index.php?title=Illusionist   (4410 words)

 Stratics Message Forums: Illusionist FAQ
Illusionist are powerful by their mastering of Illusions.
A: Illusionist could make other bigger or smaller, so fairies could be bigger with them for sure.
I'm seriously considering being and illusionist, as this has answered (if vaguely) a lot of the questions I had.
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 Dragonsfoot :: View topic - How you handled the Illusionist
One of the chief draws of the illusionist is their level advancement table: much, much faster than the poor magic-user at high levels.
Where an illusionist is at a distinct disadvantage is against powerful creatures such as dragons, leaving why a party is going up against a dragon aside for a minute.
Where an illusionist does come into their own is against humans/demi humans and humanoids where there powers have the most chance of succeeding.
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 The Illusionist- Edward Norton Information Page
The Illusionist press conference was held July 29th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills with EN and Biel present.
To be fair, I had never seen it mentioned anywhere that he definitely would be attending (last evening, I was going through the coverage on the Salt Lake Tribune website I found that his name conspicously absent among the list of celebs confirmed to be promoting their films).
But the fact that he is not currently in the middle of filming and that the The Illusionist has been receiving a lot buzz and looking for a buyer made me think that it was all but certain he would be there.
www.edward-norton.org /illusionist.html   (4975 words)

 reviewjournal.com -- Neon - MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Illusionist'
Based on a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Steven Millhauser, "The Illusionist" deploys its interlocking triangles (Eisenheim-Sophie-Leopold) and (Eisenheim-Uhl-Leopold) in the manner of a seasoned vaudeville performer, engaging in the same sort of sleight-of-hand Eisenheim employs to keep his audiences off-balance.
Thus, "The Illusionist" seems to address weighty topics even as it delights in the splendor of its period setting (with Prague inevitably standing in for Vienna), the richness of its costumes and production design, the scintillating subtlety of Philip Glass' musical score.
But "The Illusionist's" real show consists of the showdown between Norton and Giamatti, both of whom make themselves at home in roles that, at first glance, seem an uncomfortable fit.
reviewjournal.com /lvrj_home/2006/Sep-01-Fri-2006/weekly/9279035.html   (916 words)

 The Illusionist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Illusionist is a 2006 period drama directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti.
The Illusionist premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, opened the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival, and had a limited release in theaters on August 18, 2006 (followed by a nationwide expansion on September 1).
The Illusionist is one of three 2006 films to feature both the topic of magic and magicians as main characters.
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 Ryan Joyce Magician Illusionist Experience More Than Magic Illusions, Magic, illusionists, ilusion, ilusionist, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
illusionist magician Ryan Joyce (not to be confused with birthday magician Ryan Johns) presents his grand illusion show for thousands at corporate magic events, casino magic events, theater magic events, fundraising magic events, convention entertainment, wedding magician and banquet shows magic shows.
This unique Canadian Illusionist (and Canadian Magician and Producer) has been featured on television stations all across Canada including the New VI in Victoria, British Columbia, CH Television in Hamilton Ontario, Box ON in Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Elliot Lake, OMNI Television in Toronto, Ontario as well as Rogers and Cogeco stations all across Canada.
As an illusionist I present my magic in hopes to inspire and delight you, a magicians magic is presented in effort to fool you.
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 Magic (illusion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The practitioners of this mystery art may be called magicians, conjurors, illusionists or prestidigitators.
However, the respectable profession of the illusionist gained strength during the eighteenth century, and has enjoyed several popular vogues.
During the height of the vogue for spiritualism and the wave of popularity for séances in the late 19th century, many fraudulent mediums used conjuring methods to perform illusions at séances designed to convince those present of actual supernatural events, for financial gain.
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 NPR : 'Illusionist' Director Shows Real Magic
At the very outset of the film, a man in his shirtsleeves walks onto a stage that is empty except for a single chair.
Then the inspector strides onto it himself to confront the crowd and to arrest the illusionist for charlatanism and threats against the empire.
On one occasion, Paul Giamatti's inspector gets the illusionist to explain a trick so clearly that I suspect lots of audience members will be attempting it themselves on the way out of the theater.
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 SoundtrackNet : The Illusionist Soundtrack
The Illusionist is a story of magic and deception played out in fin de siècle Vienna.
The opening cue, "The Illusionist" announces this intention early on with the orchestra solemnly intoning full chords on almost every beat; no churning rhythms, no repetitions, no metric shifts, just simple chords presented in strict time.
In The Illusionist, Glass gets the period right, transforming his late 20th century style into something evoking the early century, but misses the film's tone.
www.soundtrack.net /soundtracks/database/?id=4415   (802 words)

 Illusionist Sundance Production Notes- Edward Norton Information Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Illusionist is the story of Eisenheim, a brilliant stage magician, pitted against the power-hungry Crown Prince Leopold and the shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl.
The Illusionist is a romantic thriller set in 1900 Vienna during a period of political unrest.
The Illusionist was just the kind of film I wanted to do, simply because it is very different from anything I have ever had the opportunity of doing or being a part of.
www.edward-norton.org /illusionist/illusionistprodnotes.html   (12092 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on The Illusionist at Epinions.com
When The Illusionist was first described to me last night before going out on my double date, it was described as a movie about magicians and their lives.
The illusionist is always trying to show that the crown prince, isn't quite as great of a man as everyone believes him to be.
Probably the major plot point of the movie revolves around the romance between the Duchess and the Illusionist, however, this is barely developed, you know that it is always there and is the main purpose behind all of the events, but it is only lightly touched on.
www.epinions.com /content_268787486340   (1192 words)

 'The Illusionist' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
You may not agree that "The Illusionist" collapses in its determination to be an audience pleaser.
He plays "Eisenheim the Illusionist," who was the fictional title character in Steven Millhauser's story, here adapted and directed by Neil Burger.
He's annoyed by the illusionist and enraged by the prospect of losing Sophie to him.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/pittsburghtrib/s_468634.html   (369 words)

 'The Illusionist'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
You be the judge in Neil Burger's elegant adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser's story "Eisenheim the Illusionist," a romantic period-piece mystery starring Edward Norton as a master prestidigitator and Jessica Biel as his lost-and-found aristocratic lover.
Giamatti also serves as narrator for this battle of wits between himself and the enigmatic illusionist -- a Hapsburg Houdini with a touch of Penn and Teller.
In addition to fine performances, "The Illusionist" boasts period-accurate "real" magic tricks performed live, without the aid of 21st-century special F/X. An orange tree blossoming out of a seed is quite lovely, and butterflies returning a handkerchief to its owner in the audience is even lovelier.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/06244/718064-120.stm   (476 words)

 PIXELSURGEON | Reviews | Movies | The Illusionist
Sitting in the theatre watching this film, you might wish you yourself were an illusionist, so that you could make yourself disappear.
The story (based on the short-story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhauser) centres on a magician (Norton) in turn-of-the-century Vienna who is more popular with the public than with Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell).
The costumes and settings in The Illusionist are well-done, creating a solid sense of the time period, with one glaring exception—the facial hair on the men.
www.pixelsurgeon.com /reviews/review.php?id=1091   (631 words)

 The Illusionist (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.unl.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Illusionist is an engrossing, well-crafted story of mystery, magic and intrigue that is certain to enchant, if not hypnotize, audiences.
In a world where nothing is as it appears, an illusionist and a police inspector face off in a challenge of wills that attempts to determine where reality ends and magic begins...all the while blurring the line between power and corruption, love and devotion, vigilance and mania and ultimately, life and death.
The Illusionist is like a dreamscape existing between sleep and consciousness, the old world and the new.
www.rottentomatoes.com.cob-web.org:8888 /m/10004966-the_illusionist   (1041 words)

 2theadvocate.com | Movie Reviews | The Illusionist
Sleight of hand, mirrors where reality isn't always reflected and an orange tree growing and budding before the audience's very eyes are the sorts of tricks he has up his sleeve.
One awkward part is when the "The Illusionist" replays one of these initial scenes near the end of the film.
With strong acting and an intriguing story, “The Illusionist” does exactly as any good magician would do by not revealing its tricks before the time is precisely right.
www.2theadvocate.com /entertainment/movies/reviews/3809176.html   (715 words)

 newsobserver.com | Giamatti saves 'Illusionist'
Eisenheim rouses the prince's ire intensely after he employs the prince's betrothed, who happens to be Eisenheim's childhood love (Jessica Biel, agonizingly trying to prove she's more than Maxim material), in a stage trick that rekindles their long-lost affair.
While "Illusionist" may be gorgeous and romantic and all that lovey-dovey stuff, it rarely amazes.
He is Chief Inspector Uhl, a ladder-climbing law enforcer ordered by Leopold to investigate Eisenheim, no matter that Uhl kinda has a man-crush on the magician.
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 Variety.com - Award Central 2007  - The Illusionist
Adapted from a short story by Steven Millhauser (winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer"), the yarn centers on a stage magician whose powers are so extraordinary they eventually threaten to subvert the power structure of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
A brief prologue shows the celebrated illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) being arrested by Vienna police on stage before an outraged audience, as Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) inquires if there isn't some charge that can be pinned on him.
He becomes such a people's hero that he is suspected of fomenting a "spiritual republic," and so bedevils Leopold that the latter assumes a disguise to attend a performance.
www.variety.com /review/VE1117929353?categoryid=1263&cs=1   (790 words)

 IGN: The Illusionist Review
She is fascinated by the bold and mysterious Eisenheim, quickly realizing that her pending matrimony to the insecure, volatile Leopold is bound to end in misery.
Part love triangle, part police investigation and part magical showcase, The Illusionist is an intriguing tale of royalty and theatrics in 19th century Vienna.
The Illusionist is directed by Neil Burger (Interview with the Assassin) from a script Berger based on the short story by Steven Millhauser.
movies.ign.com /articles/726/726595p1.html   (747 words)

 Emanuel Levy : Interview - Burger's Illusionist
Certain that the illusionist is nothing more than an accomplished fraud, Leopold attends one of Eisenheim’s shows, convinced that he can debunk him during the performance.
Eisenheim the Illusionist’s performances call into question everything the audience (and ultimately, moviegoers) take for granted—his illusions challenge the laws of nature and the universe.
The magic in The Illusionist is not about ‘How does he do it?, but rather about the uncanny sense that nothing is what it seems.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Description: The Illusionist is a wily practitioner of mischievous magic who uses his spells to confuse and distract opponents while he explores the Realm for its hidden treasures.
Elusive: The Illusionist frequently must hide from those who have discovered his trickery and may record one extra Hide phase each day.
Distracting Image: The Illusionist is adept at minor distracting illusions in order to better facilitate his escapes.
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 Cinema Eye: The Illusionist
Based on the short story of the same title by Steven Millhauser and co-written by him and director Neil Berger, THE ILLUSIONIST is actually a love story that evolves into a cat-and-mouse chase between Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) and illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) of the film’s title.
It all begins with the love affair between the illusionist and Sophie (Jessica Biel), the romance disallowed as the pair derives from different social classes.
THE ILLUSIONIST assumes that the majority of the audience is keenly interested in the art of illusions but for those who are not, sitting through THE ILLUSIONIST may result in even more of a chore.
www.cinemaeye.com /index/reviews/rev_more/2175   (368 words)

 The Illusionist Movie Review - The Illusionist Movie Trailer - The Boston Globe
Swankly produced and hopelessly corny, ``Illusionist" is like an overupholstered wing chair in the corner of a men's club -- you settle in only to be startled by how ridiculously comfy you are.
Norton is Eisenheim, the illusionist -- a man of magnetic and mournful gravitas -- and the woman, the Du chess Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel), his beloved.
After Eisenheim is reunited with Sophie and the depth of their passion revealed to the sadistic crown prince in a dangerous battle of wits at a palace command performance, Uhl is instructed to consider the illusionist public threat number one.
www.boston.com /movies/display?display=movie&id=9304   (944 words)

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