There is a genre of movies called, “con movies”. These are movies that detail an elaborate con, or “sting” of some kind. Another favorite for this young magician.
The movie, “Big Hand for the Little Lady,” was released in 1966, and it’s the first con movie I ever saw. This was a time before streaming. If I wanted to see this I usually needed to stay up and watch quite late. Often causing me to miss morning class.
The best, of course, is “The Sting”.
Another notable one for me is, “Matchstick Men”.
These movies fooled me bad. I had no idea what was coming.
Regrettably for me, I have a terrific memory. Great, and helpful when I need to memorize lines, or some intricate details of a trick, but deathly, and unhelpful with con movies like these. I know the endings. I can’t forget them no matter how hard I try.
A favorite conversation I have with my wife whenever we are watching an old movie is this: She asks if we have we seen it before, to which I answer in the affirmative. Not only does she not recall the ending, she doesn’t recall ever having seen the movie.
These last weeks I’ve written, and it’s still true, if I hadn’t become a magician, I probably would be in jail.