Making the film

Our magicians are among the best in the world, but they follow the path that is inevitable for great artists – they’ve given up a normal life to pursue their art. This theme of sacrificing for your dream created a powerful symmetry that spoke to the heart of what independent documentary filmmaking signifies to us: the vital role of art in our lives, and what we are willing to give up for it.

We made MAGICIANS over a span four years, with our greatest asset being our total commitment to making the film, seeing in our subjects’ passion something all too familiar.
After many years of establishing trust and access to this world, we often shot on our own to ensure the trust and comfort of our magicians. We knew that gaining our subjects’ complete confidence was paramount and that we were the filmmakers that understood their passion. We were rewarded with full access into their lives, careers, and rich intimate moments, allowing us to craft an engaging vérité film.

Marcie Hume

Director/Producer

Marcie Hume began her documentary career in factual television in London. She has produced and directed a range of series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. For Channel 4, she produced Titanic: The Mission which saw modern day engineers rebuild iconic parts of the famous ship, and explored the social history of the era; Hidden Talent which used cutting-edge scientific tests to uncover latent abilities; and "Confessions of a Doctor", uncovering the social history of medicine in Britain. In the US she developed the hit Discovery Channel series "Edge of Alaska" and "Rocky Mountain Law" for Nat Geo. Along with filmmaker Christoph Baaden, her film Hood To Coast premiered at South By Southwest and was released in 350 theaters across the US through NCM Fathom in 2011.

Marcie Hume

Director/Producer

Marcie Hume began her documentary career in factual television in London. She has produced and directed a range of series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. For Channel 4, she produced Titanic: The Mission which saw modern day engineers rebuild iconic parts of the famous ship, and explored the social history of the era; Hidden Talent which used cutting-edge scientific tests to uncover latent abilities; and "Confessions of a Doctor", uncovering the social history of medicine in Britain. In the US she developed the hit Discovery Channel series "Edge of Alaska" and "Rocky Mountain Law" for Nat Geo. Along with filmmaker Christoph Baaden, her film Hood To Coast premiered at South By Southwest and was released in 350 theaters across the US through NCM Fathom in 2011.

Christoph Baaden

Director/Producer

Christoph Baaden began his film career in Berlin documenting the Rolling Stones on their 1998 Tour. Having caught the documentary bug he finished his triple major in American Studies, Politics and Media Studies in Germany before moving to the US to pursue his MFA in Film and TV Production, subsequently winning an Emmy for his Master Thesis and being named a Kodak Emerging Filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival.

Focusing on authentic content with cinematic style, he has directed and produced documentary films for broadcasters Sony, Universal, Discovery, and Warner. Together with filmmaker Marcie Hume, his first documentary feature, Hood To Coast premiered at SXSW in 2010 and was theatrically released in January of 2011. The film is set in the passionate world of amateur sports, celebrating the tenacity and spirit of the underdog, a theme that runs through many of his films. In addition to his feature work, he has created short films for national brands such as HP, Dropbox, Pandora, the University of California and many others, including many non-profits.

Christoph Baaden

Director/Producer

Christoph Baaden began his film career in Berlin documenting the Rolling Stones on their 1998 Tour. Having caught the documentary bug he finished his triple major in American Studies, Politics and Media Studies in Germany before moving to the US to pursue his MFA in Film and TV Production, subsequently winning an Emmy for his Master Thesis and being named a Kodak Emerging Filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival.

Focusing on authentic content with cinematic style, he has directed and produced documentary films for broadcasters Sony, Universal, Discovery, and Warner. Together with filmmaker Marcie Hume, his first documentary feature, Hood To Coast premiered at SXSW in 2010 and was theatrically released in January of 2011. The film is set in the passionate world of amateur sports, celebrating the tenacity and spirit of the underdog, a theme that runs through many of his films. In addition to his feature work, he has created short films for national brands such as HP, Dropbox, Pandora, the University of California and many others, including many non-profits.

Glen Zipper

Executive Producer

Glen Zipper (Executive Producer) is a founding partner at Zipper Brothers Films and formerly the Head of Documentary Features for Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Pictures. In addition to producing the Academy Award®-winning documentary Undefeated, Glen produced the non-fiction horror film The Nightmare for director Rodney Ascher (Room 237), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Glen recently produced A Faster Horse for director David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), and executive produced All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks’ directorial debut exploring the story of Tower Records.

Glen’s prior additional credits include the Grammy Award®-winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and the Formula 1 documentary One. Glen was also the Executive in Charge of Production on Martin Scorsese’s Emmy Award®-winning George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

Greg Stikeleather

Executive Producer

Greg Stikeleather is a former serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who is now getting more involved with documentary film production in Los Angeles. Greg developed and ran the first usability testing lab at Apple, and went on to lead three venture-backed startups as CEO, with each company successfully acquired. Greg then invested in startups as managing partner at a San Francisco venture capital firm before recently moving to Los Angeles.

Doug Blush

Executive Producer

Doug Blush is an award winning documentary director, editor, cinematographer, and writer who has edited a wide range of major theatrically released documentaries, including crossword puzzle culture (Wordplay), the national debt crisis (I.O.U.S.A.) and the adaptation of the popular book Freakonomics. In 2012, The Invisible War, which he edited and associate produced with director Kirby Dick, won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. He also edited the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet to Stardom.

Lance Burton

Executive Producer

LANCE BURTON is widely considered by his peers to be the greatest stage Magician of the past century. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Lance Burton burst onto the national stage on October 28, 1981 by making his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Over the years he racked up appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, The View, Craig Ferguson, and Hollywood Squares. This was quickly followed by a series of annual TV specials.

While successful on TV, Lance Burton’s greatest accomplishments have been made in live performance. Working primarily in Las Vegas at the Monto Carlo he has performed an astounding 15,000 shows in his 30-year career.

Today Lance Burton is happily retired and lives quietly in Las Vegas. He spends his time supporting a number of charities including Nevada SPCA, Variety Children’s Charity. He mentors young Magicians, and has taken up a hobby, filmmaking.

Brooke & Will Blair

Original Music

Brothers Brooke and Will Blair first explored film music in scoring a series of director Jeremy Saulnier’s early short films, the Slamdance Audience Award winner Murder Party (2007) followed by the Sundance favorite Blue Ruin (2014), earning the pair a Public Choice Nomination for the World Soundtrack Awards 2014, in Belgium. The brothers recently scored Saulnier's follow up punk rock thriller Green Room starring Patrick Stewart which premiered at Cannes and Sundance, and Nick Berardini's compelling documentary Killing Them Safely which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. The Blairs returned to Tribeca 2016 with Logan Sandler's stark black and white drama, Live Cargo, starring Keith Stanfield and Dree Hemingway. The brothers continue scoring a broad range of narrative, documentary and commercial projects.