L over (2001)

single channel video, colour, silent 3:34mins

‘Not everybody’s looking at the same place at the same time’.

Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller)

In this short film a professional magician is filmed teaching a group of male enthusiasts a series of tricks using a set of playing cards. There is no sound. His dialogue is subtitled and the film has been slowed down slightly. Despite the subtitles and slow-frame of the magicians actions, which should aid the learning process, the viewer finds the logistics of watching and doing without verbal instruction both difficult and confusing.

Filmed on the QE2 funded by Arts council England 2001

In memory of  Trevor Lewis, Magician.