Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With
emerging rock stars stealing his thunder in the late 1950s, he
is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe
theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafés. Then, while
performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he
encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his
performance for the excited villagers who are celebrating the
arrival of electricity on their remote island, Alice is
awestruck by his show and believes his tricks are real magic.
Though they don‟t speak the same language, the two lonely
strangers quickly bond through small kindnesses. Fascinated by
The Illusionist, Alice stows away on his departing ship and
follows him to Edinburgh. There, they quickly fall into a father
– daughter relationship, with Alice keeping their home at a
boarding house for vaudevillians, while he goes to work in a
small local theatre. 3
Enchanted by her
enthusiasm for his act, The Illusionist rewards Alice with
increasingly lavish gifts he has 'conjured' into existence.
Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to
reveal that magic does not exist and that he‟s driving
himself to ruin working all night jobs to buy her gifts.
Illusionist grows older, Alice grows up. She falls in love with
a young man and is no longer so enchanted by The Illusionist‟s
conjuring. She moves on with her life, and The Illusionist no
longer has to pretend. Untangled from his own web of deceit, he
resumes his life as a much wiser man.
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