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Closed Captions Icon Open Cations Icon Showing with captioning. The intro and Q&A on May 1 will include ASL interpretation.

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The screening on April 29 will be followed by a Q&A and a live magic show with Shawn Farquhar.

The common deck of playing cards has existed in one form or another since the 16th century. Ever since, sleight-of-hand artists have been doing tricks with them. For two-time world champion of magic Shawn Farquhar, these 52 cards are both an obsession and his occupation. As he starts conjuring ideas for a new trick, he becomes enamoured by the origins of the cards, in particular the King of Hearts, sometimes known as the Suicide King due to the sword embedded in his skull. Embarking on his quest to delve deeper into this mystery, Farquhar visits some of the world’s most famous card technicians, gleefully observing their best illusions and incorporating elements of these exceptional plots into his new act. Hidden in the cards are the clues to an unsolved 500-year-old murder case. Throughout this exciting adventure full of secrets and intrigue, the magic unfolds right before our very eyes.

Distributor: levelFILM


  • Director(s)

    • Jon Ornoy
  • Producer(s)

    • Jon Ornoy
    • Ana Carrizales
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Jack Ornoy
    • Rachel Ornoy
    • Shawn Farquhar
    • Jeremy Kaufman
    • Charles Atchison
    • Henry Tom
    • Chris Ramsay
    • Randy Egan
    • Jobeth Bowers
    • Gene Protas
    • Betty Protas
    • Mark Rainier
    • Jeffrey Sobel
    • Fred Becker
  • Writer(s)

    • Jon Ornoy
  • Editor(s)

    • Elad Tzadok
  • Cinematography

    • Collin Morrison
  • Composer

    • Iva Delic
  • Sound

    • Jeremy Therrien
    • Alex Shamku
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