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MAGIC SCHMUCK! - 2nd BEST Magician

Lovely girl, (Zarina van Schmuck) never wanted to be a magician, but a singer, after discovering lost vaudeville films of her great-grandfather, (Magic Schmuck the Original) she now dreams of being a rich and famous magician herself, in the ever present world of social media.

GENRE: Comedy, Performing Arts, TV hostess, Unpolished Realism.

  • Adam Steinfeld
    Series Creator
  • Rita Ritvin
    Key Cast
    “Zarina van Schmuck (TV Hostess)”
  • Adam Steinfeld
    Key Cast
  • Adam Steinfeld
  • Adam Steinfeld
  • Adam Steinfeld
  • Adam Steinfeld
  • Adam Steinfeld
    Camera (Zarina Scenes)
  • Todd Rice
  • Film Type:
    Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    comedy, performing arts, TV hostess
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    299 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p / 1920×1080 / 16X9
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FILMED IN BROWARD - Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Ft Lauderdale, Florida
    United States
    July 14, 2018
    Premiere, at Savor Cinema
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    September 16, 2018
    BEST COMEDY SHORT - Official Selection
Director Biography - Adam Steinfeld

Short Bio
Adam Steinfeld, a director and magician, under his banner Magic Live!®, studied to be a filmmaker at the Univ. of Miami, earning a BA in Film, other media projects; Houdini Lives!, Ask Madame Wonder? a twisted-tales series, Yo Houdini supernatural series and Houdini Girl documentary and many more.

Main Bio
Adam Steinfeld, based in South Florida studied to be a filmmaker, at the University of Miami, directing, writing, and creating, mini-versions of the Tonight Show and his final senior thesis short film, "the Box", on Houdini, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Communications (Cinema & Television), all while performing as a skilled street-style magician, that put himself through college.

Soon after graduation, Steinfeld's travels focused on his magic skills, presenting at; comedy clubs, and mega cruise-ships around the world, to performing & producing in one of the longest running permanent magic shows, to a record over 2,400 shows, Magic Live!®...comedy on the beach, at two mega island casino resorts, in Aruba, that ran over ten years at one location from 2001 to 2013, Magic Live!® starring Adam Steinfeld show was named Best International Magic show by Premious Magica in Buenos Aires.

No doubt, magicians, played, an early key role, in the development of feature films, from Georges Méliès , to Harry Houdini , to Orson Welles, and that's one of the reasons, Mr. Steinfeld believes, in the expansion of the Art form of magic, mixed with, television, and film, now many years later, Adam, is very much involved in shooting, writing & editing his own self-produced projects.

On Aruba Island, "I shot many many shorts, said Steinfeld, working with my long time magic assistants, in my magic show, that doubled as star actors, and crew and each time, I increased my directing and editing skills."

My short experimental film, 'Houdini, talks Houdini' recently screened at the 16th annual Coney Island film festival, and upcoming short deli-documentary; 'Hold the Schmaltz: the final hours of RASCAL HOUSE', premiered in 2017, at the 31st Annual Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival and many more. And Yo Houdini web series nominated for; Best Web Series and Editing by the 2018 Independent Horror Awards.

"You have to remember, I studied to be a filmmaker years ago, but this new digital film technology, has allowed me to experiment with various stories, on an ultra low, no budget projects, such as; Ask Madame Wonder?, Creezy, where are you?, comedy spoof, Magic Schmuck: the 2nd Best Magician, in the whole-wide World, Houdini Lives!, Magic Island, Yo Houdini, to a writing collaboration, of my novel, Houdini Lives! with award-winning Boston crime author, Al Blanchard, and other comedians, magicians and filmmakers."

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Director Statement

This is one of my pet projects, that blends together three of my passions, Magic, Comedy and Filmmaking enjoy the short.

Rita Ritvin, an improv actress and real life singer plays my great-granddaughter, "Zarina" an hilarious likable tour-de-force unpolished character, who shines a light on this self-absorbed spoof, TV reality hostess/magician.