THE ILLUSIONIST will wow the crowds at Glusburn Institute on May 3. The Illusionist is the name of the latest film at the village’s community and arts centre, starting at 7.30pm.

In 1900s Vienna, mesmeric entertainer Eisenheim’s magical abilities are impressing the crowds, with an act that ranges from mere tricks to an apparent capacity to raise the dead. However, he is also in love with Duchess Sophie von Teschen, who he has met again years after falling for her as a child.

This puts Eisenheim in dangerous competition with the violent, scheming Crown Prince Leopold, who jumps at the opportunity to have the magician arrested on grounds of necromancy.

The Illusionist is an American romantic mystery film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It was based loosely on Steven Millhauser’s short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist.

The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opened the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival. Several renowned magicians gave magic consultancy and technical advice during the production, with one, James Freedman, becoming a major collaborator, designing and refining everything from small sleight of hand tricks to major narrative set pieces.

He worked with Edward Norton preparing him for his stage performances and acted as a hand double in various scenes.Although the film is set in Austria, it was filmed mostly in the Czech Republic, with the city of Vienna represented in the film by Tábor and Prague.

Visit or call 01535 630223 to book tickets for The Illusionist in Glusburn.