- Cast: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jay Mohr, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Gordon, Brad Garrett, Melissa Ordway, John Lewis, Mason Cook, Tate Hanyok, Tyler Langdon , Leni Ito, David Copperfield, Tatjana Bluchel, Jules Hartley, Ron Ostrow, Michael Herbig, Mark Engelhardt, Mike Jerome Putnam, Joshua Erenberg, Rusty Meyers, Luke Vanek, Kali Chung, John Reha, Leonardo Biasiucci
- Director: Don Scardino
- Writers: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley
- Producers: Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Tyler Mitchell, Jake Weiner
- Co Producer: Mason Novick
- Executive Producers: Richard Brener, Sam Brown, Vance DeGeneres , Charlie Hartsock, Diana Pokorny, J.C. Spink
- Art Direction: Luke Freeborn
- Castings: Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman
- Costume Design: Dayna Pink
- D.O.P.: Matthew Clark
- Editor: Lee Haxall
- Makeup: Deborah La Mia Denaver
- Music: Lyle Workman
- Production Design: Keith Cunningham
- Set Decoration: Andrea Mae Fenton
Longtime Las Vegas favorite, magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell), and his sidekick, Anton Lovecraft (Steve Buscemi), have allowed their show to grow stale, while up-and-coming Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), is stealing the limelight.
Entitled, cynical and jaded, Burt finds himself out of a job and broke, while Anton heads to Cambodia to spread the joy of magic to hungry villagers.
It takes Burt's original mentor, Rance Hanson (Alan Arkin), to talk sense into glum Burt, as well as a good kick in the keester by his adoring assistant, Jane (Olivia Wilde), to get Burt on track - back doing magic with all the zeal and passion that compelled him as a youngster.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
- Production Budget: $30 million
- Production Companies: New Line Cinema, BenderSpink, Carousel Productions
- Production Schedule: 10 January 2012 - 20 March 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "This $30 million comedy about rival Las Vegas magicians comes from frequent "30 Rock" episodes director Don Scardino and the scribes behind "Horrible Bosses." Like the latter, this is filled with some high-profile names, even in the smaller roles. The draw for most though will be seeing Steve Carell & Steve Buscemi's ageing flamboyant Siegfried & Roy-inspired act versus the Criss Angel and David Blaine-esque stylings of Jim Carrey's tattooed death-defier.
The story follows Burt Wonderstone and Anton Lovecraft, childhood friends and working partners whose magic show has grown stale. With both out of a job, and Carrey's more modern magician Steve Gray stealing the limelight, Burt seeks the advice of both his adoring assistant and his mentor to get him back on track. It's not going to be a smooth process though.
A few leaked early reviews indicate there's laughs to be had, with Carrey and Arkin stealing the show. Yet those reviews also say the tone isn't entirely sure of itself, even if the story is quite predictable. The trailer indicated as much with a couple of fun gags in an otherwise fairly generic preview that's dominated mostly by Carrey's antics. Hopefully it'll be fun."