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Make Believe

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Make Believe 1

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What makes us believe in something? Make believe deals with this question. The credibility of a system and what we choose to rely on or understand within a framework, with a magician as example. Magic is without doubt a manipulative situation. But also a practice based on an agreement on entertainment between the magician and his audience. An entertainment that sums up in questions on illusion and trustworthiness. -What is illusion and what is reality? says the magician.

The magician or illusionist fools our reason and juggles with understanding and logics. He deliberately puts our rational sorting out of order. One thing is said and another done. Poses to have honest intentions and turns to our logics in words, but does the opposite in practice. The collision between them becomes a mental somersault for the viewer.

Concept, Film editing, Production: Saskia Holmkvist
Magician: Mr.Dannyman
Camera: Magnus Liistamo and Saskia Holmkvist
Graphic design: Eva Falk
Installation/film: 6 min.
Production year: 2004