Dec 5, 2022 • 1HR 4M

Now You Read Now You See Me

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Longtime readers will be only too familiar with my longstanding affection for the 2013 close-up magic movie Now You See Me (“it’s got the heart of a heist movie and the brains of a heist movie trailer as described by a child”), and my repeated threat to write a no-props adaptation of the script:

Last week, to celebrate my thirty-sixth birthday, I rented out an old church in Brooklyn and invented fifteen of my nearest and dearest to take part in a table read of the finished script. I invited another twenty or thirty friends, new acquaintances, and general well-wishers to fill the first row of pews. My friend Niko recorded the proceedings, although the church’s steam radiator makes an occasional background appearance. Please enjoy, through the magic of sound engineering, as if you yourself were there last Friday, the Now You Read Now You See Me table read.

Major players included:

NARRATOR ONE (Alex Dumont)

NARRATOR TWO (Christian Brown)

NARRATOR THREE (Meredith Martin)

NARRATOR FOUR (Cecilia Corrigan)

J. DANIEL ATLAS (Ben Gullard, last directed by me in our high-school production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead)

MERRITT MCKINNEY (Helen Rosner)

HENLEY REEVES (Flan Joel)

JACK WILDER (Jaya Saxena)

ARTHUR TRESSLER (Grace Lavery)

DYLAN RHODES (Daniel Lavery)

INTERPOL AGENT ALMA DRAY (Mattie Lubchansky)

THADDEUS BRADLEY (Chris Randle)

With additional voices by Nick Douglas, Kyle Turner, Lola Pellegrino, Ellen Zemlin, Crispin Long, Kat Kinsman, Lauren O’Neal, and others.

I will post the script tomorrow for anyone who cannot make use of the audio files; watch this space. This is also the form my birthday will likely take every year for the rest of my life; plan accordingly.