The whole concept of using magicians and having some big magic battle to find the best magician is a nice idea, it lends itself well for some great comedy.
The various magicians we see are entertaining with the obvious array such as..more traditional tux type, wacky and outlandish, rude, shock value, supernatural, funny for the kids and mind games.
Harry and Karl are more traditional magicians at the start, using the more old fashioned well known tricks, but later Karl moves into mind games mixed with the supernatural trying to elevate his appeal.
Right now this is an entirely British outing using entirely British comedy stars from entirely British comedy shows, in other words, if you haven't ever seen or heard of the comedy show [i]Peep Show[/i] then chances are you probably haven't even heard of this.
That's not to say this movie is based on that series, its not, but lets face it, it does kinda feel like an extended episode or spin off from the show.
Yes I know I'm solely basing that on the fact the two main leads (Robert Webb and David Mitchell) are the two leads from that show but any British person who's familiar with the show knows what I mean.
Right its a comedy, lets just get that out there for everyone, its a black comedy based on the relationship between two reasonably famous magicians (Harry and Karl) based in the UK.
Lets think of these characters as the Torvill and Dean of the British magic world (in the film), they are a household name in the UK and pretty well known elsewhere, but mainly they are a home-grown success story that are loved by their fellow countrymen (and women and kids).
So what happens next, well obviously they fall out, why?
because Karl is having an affair with Harry's wife.
This also leads to the accidental death (or was it?
) of Harry's wife during a show, which of course virtually destroys their act.
This naturally leads to the pair losing touch and going their own separate ways, until a major magic competition comes along and the pair both enter.
OK so, as I've already mentioned this does feel very much like an extended episode of [i]Peep Show[/i].