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Death Defying Acts DVD

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During the last year of his life, whilst on a tour of Scotland, the legendary escape artist and magician, Harry Houdini (Golden Globe nominee Guy Pearce*; Iron Man 3) issued a challenge to any and all psychics; he offered up a prize of £10,000 if any of them could tell him the last words his mother spoke to him before she died. Eager to win the much sought after prize is Mary McGarvie (Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones°; Chicago), a beautiful conartist, who, along with her daughter Benji (Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan+; Brooklyn) pretends to perform incredible séances in which they communicate with the ?other side'. Mary's con becomes complicated when she and Houdini develop an attraction which is anything but an illusion and Houdini's manager (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall; Harry Potter franchise) learns the truth about Mary's plans.

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Director Gillian Armstrong's drama follows the efforts of master illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) to make contact with his dead mother. In 1926, Houdini is at the height of his powers, enjoying worldwide fame and adoration from his legion of fans. The death of his mother Cecilia, however, casts a shadow over the performer's rapid success. Undertaking a tour of Scotland, a grief-stricken Houdini announces to the assembled press that he will give $10,000 to the person who is able to prove contact with his recently deceased mother. When, after exposing numerous charlatans, psychic Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) appears on the scene, Houdini feels he's finally met the real McCoy. Unfortunately for the great escapologist, increasingly spellbound by the beautiful stranger, the psychic and her young daughter Benji (Saoirse Ronan) have their own illusions to spin.

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