MagicMan. One afternoon, during summer vacation, a group of friends plan a hike in the foothills surrounding their neighborhood.
They take a shortcut that cuts across a vacant lot. In the center of the lot sits a run-down two-story warehouse. Charlie notices
that the side door's wood frame is splintered and cracked. As he gets closer to examine the damage, a thought races
through his mind; a burglar could be inside!
He turns to his friends to say, "Let's get outa here," but the words don't come out. His friend pushes him forward and the
others follow closely behind. It's dim inside because the windows are covered with
brown butcher paper and tape. There are aisles that stretch from one end of the warehouse to the other.
Small boxes sit on the shelves, just the way they do in the auto parts department. He moves closer. The boxes
are filled with tricks, cheap ones: whoopee cushions, hand buzzers, plastic spiders, etc. At the far end of the aisle, on a brick wall, hangs a large poster.
A shaft of light from a tear in the window covering illuminates it: "Thurston, The Great Magician, Do Spirits Come Back?"
MagicMan is a second-chance story, a dramatic city tale, and will be an independent feature.
It is a film that needs to be made. -R.P.