Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Magic tricks leave Carrey muddled

Jim Carrey finds magic tricks 'frustrating'

Jim Carrey has revealed that magic tricks leave him "frustrated".

The Canadian actor, who portrays street magician Steve Gray in magic comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, admitted that he liked watching the illusions but got annoyed when he couldn't work out how they were done.

"I like it, but I was always frustrated by it that I couldn't figure out what the tricks were," he said.

"I did like that movie, Houdini, with Tony Curtis about Harry Houdini. That was one of my favourite movies when I was growing up. I guess I liked magic a little bit, but I was always frustrated by it."

Jim is not much of a fan of today's magicians or the world of magic.

"I try to stay away from magicians at all costs. This world is so foolish. I always felt that magicians say Abracadabra and 'you're an idiot' kind of thing. They sort of have this lofty arrogance about them that is really fun to make fun of," he explained.

He did, however, draw inspiration from street magicians such as Criss Angel and David Blaine.

"I thought this character was a metaphor of what is going on in the world and what people are drawn to now - the more painful, the better. The YouTube (culture) of it all and people like to watch people falling on their heads a lot, so that was definitely a draw for me to be able to represent that character in that way," he said.

Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde also star in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which opens in cinemas on March 15.

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