The Theatre Bizarre

The Theatre Bizarre

Udo Kier as seen in THE THEATRE BIZARRE, a horror film anthology. Picture courtesy W2 Media. All rights reserved.

The Theatre Bizarre (2011/2012)

Opened: 01/27/2012 Limited

Theaters (10+)01/27/2012
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Genre: Horror Anthology

Rated: Unrated


Down a seedy city street, a young woman is obsessed with what appears to be a long abandoned theatre. One night, she sees the front door slightly ajar and impulsively decides to sneak inside. But there in the vast, eerie auditorium, a show unlike any other unfolds before her eyes. Its host is an odd marionette-like man who will introduce her to six tales of the bizarre: A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees crosses paths with a lustful witch; A paranoid lover faces the wrath of a partner who has been pushed to her limit; The Freudian dreams of an unfaithful husband blur the lines between fantasy and reality; The horrors of the real world are interpreted through the mind of a child; A woman addicted to other people's memories gets her fix through the fluid of her victims' eyeballs; And a perverse obsession with sweets turns sour for a couple in too deep. But as the stories unfold, something strange is happening to the woman. Something irreversible and horrific. Something that awaits its next audience in THE THEATRE BIZARRE.

THE THEATRE BIZARRE enjoyed a successful 2011 festival run, screening at prestigious events such as Fantasia International Film Festival, Frightfest, Sitges Festival De Cine Fantastic, Toronto After Dark, and had its US premiere at Scary Movies at the New York Lincoln Center.

Select Press Statements

"Devious, demented and occasionally delicious..."

-- Variety

"...bloody, grotesque and demented, THE THEATRE BIZARRE lives up to its name.."

-- Bloody Disgusting

"...totally brilliant and seriously disturbing...."

-- The Gazette

Producer's Statement

"The idea for THE THEATRE BIZARRE was hatched when I was editing a DVD featurette for the 1990 art-house portmanteau ARIA, directed by Jean Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell and others," explains producer and Severin Films CEO David Gregory. "Horror anthologies have a rich history dating back to the silent era, and include classics like DEAD OF NIGHT, BLACK SABBATH, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, CREEPSHOW and more. I felt that the notion of giving filmmakers a general concept, the same budget and complete creative control would lend itself perfectly to a modern horror film. In my opinion, there is no other genre where unleashing the unrestrained creative ideas of filmmakers could redeem such an outlandish array of stories and images."

The project's seven chosen filmmakers -- Richard Stanley, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tom Savini, Douglas Buck, Karim Hussain, David Gregory and Jeremy Kasten -- had all made at least one modestly budgeted and internationally acclaimed movie in the horror field, and comprise what Fangoria calls "horror's most adventurous minds." But the true test would come with the financial and creative logistics of bringing together six directors from around the world to create a cost-effective and effects-laden omnibus of terror. "There was no doubt that this was a good vehicle for Severin Films as a production company, but how would we get such an insane project financed?" Gregory says. "Sending filmmakers money and telling them to come back with a film without any restrictions would never have flown at the average film finance corporation. Luckily my old friend Daryl Tucker was up for the challenge of executive producing, and after Fabrice Lambot of Paris-based Metaluna Productions came aboard we were off and running."

"We approached some of the most talented directors in the horror genre and told them, 'Here's your budget and this very broad idea that your film will be playing in a Grand Guignol-esque theatre. Come back with your movie,'" explains executive producer Daryl J. Tucker. "And while the filmmakers had to take a step back in terms of budgetary levels, I strongly believe it forced them to rediscover the passion and creativity they had when they started as filmmakers, making their earliest and often finest works. No other creative restrictions existed, except that they were required to be at the very top of their game as six of modern horror's most distinctive auteurs."

For Richard Stanley, 'Mother of Toads' marks his return to the director's chair for the first time in 18 years. The South African born filmmaker, whose visionary work includes the cyber-punk cult classic HARDWARE, traveled to the French Pyrenees to shoot his evocative tale of young travelers and an ancient evil. Inspired by the stories of Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft, 'Toads' also marks the return of '80s horror queen Catriona MacColl -- best known for her roles in Lucio Fulci's CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY and THE BEYOND -- as the witch who holds the erotic key to a diabolical curse. Additionally, the film features a spellbinding score by British composer Simon Boswell, whose award-winning scores also include Dario Argento's PHENOMENA, Alejandro Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE, Danny Boyle's SHALLOW GRAVE, and Stanley's HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL. "Horror fans have been waiting nearly two decades for Richard to return to the genre," says producer Fabrice Lambot. "It was an incredible experience to watch him weave his tale in the mountains of Southwest France, where a weird aura of sorcery infused every frame."

For writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo, his project offered an opportunity that has become elusive for even the most veteran filmmakers. "'I Love You' was a chance to do something completely on the edge," he says. "It's so rare for any filmmaker to find a situation where they can truly express themselves without any censorship of some sort. Even with my independent films, there was always pressure to make the film more 'commercial'. With THE THEATRE BIZARRE, there are no boundaries. I love that kind of freedom, and I jumped at the opportunity to work on a project that would also be a part of a bigger film with so many directors whom I respect and admire." Staten Island born Giovinazzo is himself widely admired by genre fans, and whose 1986 film COMBAT SHOCK remains one of the most startling indie shockers of our time. He went on to write and direct such features as the 1996 Tim Roth-starrer NO WAY HOME and 2009's acclaimed ensemble drama LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN (adapted from his novel), as well as numerous works for German television. Filmed in Buddy's adopted home city of Berlin, 'I Love You' is a physically and emotionally harrowing story of obsession, fueled by a stunning performance by Andre Hennicke (co-star of ANTIBODIES and David Cronenberg's A DANGEROUS METHOD) as a damaged man struggling to confront the end of his marriage. "It's an original script idea I've had for a long time about what happens when love crosses into that netherworld of obsession and madness," Buddy explains. "I wasn't sure if it would work as a feature length story, but it fits perfectly in THE THEATRE BIZARRE."

The idea behind 'Wet Dreams' by Tom Savini -- arguably the best-known name among THE THEATRE BIZARRE filmmakers -- began with the gore icon's own sexual nightmare. "We wanted to do an old-school Tom Savini movie with practical effects and really gory things," says producer Michael Ruggiero of Nightscape Entertainment, "and I figured Tom had to have something that's been in the back of his mind his whole career that he's never had the chance to do. And that was the perfect way to start this story." For Savini, whose landmark effects work on DAWN OF THE DEAD and FRIDAY THE 13th have come to define the genre -- as well his go-for-broke performances in such films as FROM DUSK TIL DAWN and MACHETE -- it was an opportunity to participate in a feature directing situation for the first time since his 1990 remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. His 'Wet Dreams' -- starring scream queen Debbie Rochon and Savini himself -- delivers an absolute orgy of flesh, from the naked and writhing to the severed and gushing. It's a genuine throwback to the glory days of '80s excess, featuring jaw-dropping splatter by Pittsburgh based Toetag EFX, and one show stopping 'guest effect' by industry legend Greg Nicotero of KNB.

"At the time I was asked to participate in THE THEATRE BIZARRE, I was in a particular frame of mind where I wanted to do something quieter and more reflective," says writer/director Douglas Buck of his 'The Accident'. "So I took the opportunity to tell a small story that I hope reflects a little on the meaning of why we create grisly artifice like Grand Guignol in the first place as a way to deal with the pain and brutality we see." The New York born Buck, whose typically raw films include the 2003 Sitges sensation FAMILY PORTRAITS: A TRILOGY OF AMERICA and the recent remake of Brian DePalma's SISTERS, here delivers a softly disquieting meditation -- featuring a mesmerizing score by composer Pierre Marchand, best known for his award-winning collaborations with Sarah McLachlan -- on death and violence as seen through the eyes of an 8 year old girl. "Each director in this project has carved a nice little niche for himself for creating boundary-pushing work, all filtered through a particular unique style. To bring us all together, giving everyone the same fixed small budget and yet the complete freedom to realize our visions, has clearly sparked our creative juices. I love how 'The Accident' has turned out, and my gratitude will forever go out to the producers for giving me this opportunity."

"An offer of total creative freedom is something a bit too tempting to overlook these days," agrees Montreal-based writer/director Karim Hussain. "And when so many colleagues agreed to participate, it became about doing a labor of love with good friends." Hussain, whose unforgettable 1999 debut SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY utilized the anthology format, is also a celebrated cinematographer whose recent work includes HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN as well as the Buck and Stanley segments of THEATRE BIZARRE. Hussain's 'Vision Stains' is an intensely provocative look at addiction, compulsion and perception. "It's about a woman who believes that visual memories get trapped in the vitreous fluid of the eyes that have seen them," he explains. "Like an image junkie, she steals the fluid in their eyes and injects it in her own to write down their stories." Hussain's vision -- including several disturbing scenes of eyeball violence -- delivers a daring mix of graphic physical horror and dark existential mayhem. "Kaniehtiio Horn (of the popular Canadian sitcom 18 To Life, as well as Walter Salles' upcoming adaptation of Kerouac's ON THE ROAD) is the lead, and she's amazing. She has guts, which is rare these days for young actresses who are usually more interested in being pretty on-screen and making sure no one sees their nipples. She's very focused and was willing to dive into some very dark and unusual places for the film."

David Gregory's 'Sweets' is a slyly subversive story of gluttony with a deliciously sick twist. "I've always been interested in images that straddle the line between beautiful and repulsive," the British-born/Los Angeles based filmmaker admits. "They may be opposite ends of the taste spectrum but when the two are mixed well I feel that the result can be all the more alarming. With 'Sweets' I wanted to push this concept based on a crumbling relationship and the extremes of addiction, specifically a food addiction, and how it affects two people differently as they indulge themselves to the absolute limit." Gregory, the industry's foremost documentarian of horror films and whose own 2008 feature debut PLAGUE TOWN was welcomed as "one of the very few memorable horror flicks of the year" by Films In Review, reveled in his project's sticky surfeits, including a sultry cameo by '70s horror star Lynn Lowry of THE CRAZIES and SHIVERS fame. "The conditions on the set were kind of disgusting, what with all the sickly foodstuffs and general fatigue due to the inhuman schedule, not to mention the bloodbath that ultimately ensues, but this was without doubt the most fun shoot I've done," he says. "Everyone was there for the purpose of doing something unlike we had ever done before and I believe we achieved that goal. From the folks that I've shown it to so far, some find it fun, some disturbing, others downright stomach churning, and sometimes a combination of the three...which was the intention all along."

For the film's wraparound segments, writer/director Jeremy Kasten -- whose 2007 remake of Herschel Gordon Lewis' THE WIZARD OF GORE was steeped in modern Guignol mayhem -- enhanced the horror show concept with location shooting inside downtown Los Angeles' historic yet ominous Million Dollar Theater, the first movie house built by Sid Grauman of Chinese Theater fame (and currently owned by Robert Voskanian, director of the '70s grindhouse classic THE CHILD). Utilizing touches of Italian giallo and a literal interpretation of Le Theatre du Grand- Guignol -- which means 'Theater of the Big Puppet' in French -- Kasten bookends the film with a delectably sinister performance by the legendary Udo Kier (star of such horror classics as ANDY WARHOL'S FRANKENSTEIN and ANDY WARHOL'S DRACULA, SUSPIRIA and MARK OF THE DEVIL, blockbusters like ARMAGEDDON and BLADE, and art-house hits that include MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE and Lars von Trier's DANCER IN THE DARK, BREAKING THE WAVES and MELANCHOLIA) as the theatre's marionette-like host Pegg Poett. "THE THEATRE BIZARRE is a unique project in that it brings together so many points of view from the horror genre into one movie," says Kasten, "and does so with little or no constraints. The fact that everyone had the opportunity to make a film with no meddling and full script and edit approval allowed it to be a purer vision of these various horror auteurs' work."

The anthology has already been hailed by Fangoria as "a film that will give an eye-injection to horror fans everywhere." And in the end, THE THEATRE BIZARRE stands tall as a daring new take on a classic theme, a bold experiment in creative freedom, and an uncompromising statement on the possibilities of independent horror. "The majority of the horror films currently produced by the Hollywood system are either tired remakes or well worn narratives that take no risks and have no balls," says Daryl Tucker. "Consequently, it's become increasingly rare for today's horror filmmakers to be handed complete control of the creative reins. That atmosphere of genuine artistic freedom is what I feel is the true achievement of THE THEATRE BIZARRE. Our hope is that audiences will applaud the film's fearless spirit and be blown away by its diverse and disturbing results."

Director's Biographies

Richard Stanley

After honing his directorial style on music videos for Fields of the Nephilim, Public Image Ltd and Renegade Soundwave, director Richard Stanley made significant waves in Science Fiction & Horror Cinema in the early 1990s with his debut feature HARDWARE (1990). Hailed by Fangoria as "The Best Science-Fiction/Horror Film since Alien", the film established Richard as a significant talent. His second film DUST DEVIL (1993), a spaghetti-western-styled horror film about a shape-shifting demon, further developed his reputation as a genre visionary to watch.

In 1996, Hollywood came calling and slated him to direct a big budget remake of H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. The project was plagued with ill-luck and controversy from the outset and after years of development, Stanley was dismissed from the film after only one day of shooting. For the next fifteen years rumors about what had happened to the great genre hope who, besides some impressive and confrontational documentary work and the occasional screenplay credit such as Nacho Cerda's acclaimed THE ABANDONED, seemed to have turned his back on filmmaking. He made a small, ancient village in the French Pyrenees his home and continued writing and developing projects before making his return to genre filmmaking with "The Mother of Toads" episode in THE THEATRE BIZARRE.

Buddy Giovinazzo

Buddy Giovinazzo began his professional career with COMBAT SHOCK in 1986, an independent film shot in New York that Troma Films picked up for distribution theatrically. The film has become a cult classic, notorious for its hard depiction of a returning Vietnam vet trying to reintegrate back into his life after the war.

Giovinazzo's second feature, NO WAY HOME (1996) starring Tim Roth, Deborah Kara Unger and James Russo, showcased his work with actors, allowing Giovinazzo to simplify his shooting style and work more on performance. This gives his actors freedom to explore possibilities, letting their faces and their eyes portray subtlety and subtext; that something extra that makes the difference between good and great. The film was a success in Europe and after directing NO WAY HOME, Giovinazzo was invited to Berlin as part of the prestigious artists in residence program, DAAD. During his time in Berlin he wrote the mob thriller novel, Potsdamer Platz. Shortly thereafter he adapted it into a screenplay for director Tony Scott and Scott Free Productions, which Scott plans on filming in mid-2012.

His next feature, the thriller THE UNSCARRED (2000), was a German/Canadian coproduction starring James Russo, Ornella Muti, and the German star Heino Ferch. This film led to his prolific work in German television, most notably the "Tatort" series, a prime-time crime series running on German TV for over 40 years.

Giovinazzo shot LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN in downtown LA, mostly at night. The film was released by Lightning Ent. & Anchor Bay and was a heartfelt and unflinching look into a neighborhood under siege from crack cocaine starring Kerry Washington, Evan Ross, Lara Flynn Boyle, Shannyn Sossamon, Illeana Douglas, Desmond Harrington and the RZA.

Giovinazzo's latest piece is a short film entitled "I Love You," part of the feature anthology film THE THEATRE BIZARRE. The film got a Special Mention at the Fantasia International Film Festival "for crafting a realistic yet macabre drama with the density of a feature film."

Tom Savini

Tom Savini's philosophy is "The more you do the more you GET to do." He used his hobby of make-up, and his army training as a combat photographer (Vietnam 1969-70), to get jobs as a special make-up artist and still photographer on his first movie, Bob Clark's DEATHDREAM. He then graduated to head special make-up effects artist on Clarke's next production, DERANGED. While teaching and attending Carnegie Mellon University under an unprecedented fellowship, Savini designed and executed the special make-up effects, played a role, and performed the stunts for George Romero's MARTIN. Savini and Romero reunited the following year for the horror masterpiece DAWN OF THE DEAD on which he designed and executed the effects, played a role and performed many more stunts.

Savini's career really took off after his collaboration with Romero. He was besieged by producers who let him create innovative and shocking effects, and sometimes perform stunts, play roles, and stage fights in such movies as FRIDAY THE 13TH Parts 1 and 4, CREEPSHOW 1 and 2, DAWN OF THE DEAD, DAY OF THE DEAD, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, INVASION USA, MONKEY SHINES, KNIGHTRIDERS, MANIAC, and KILLING ZOE. He also directed three episodes of television's "Tales From the Darkside," and the 1990 feature film remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Savini has acted in numerous films including as "Sex Machine" in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriquez film FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, Deputy Tolo in Rodriguez's GRINDHOUSE, and Osiris, the hired hit man in Rodriguez's MACHETE. He will also be appearing in Tarantino's highly anticipated DJANGO UNCHAINED. Savini is the author of Grande Illusions and Grande Illusions Boom Two, describing the art and technique of special make-up effects. The Tom Savini Special Make Up Effects School is part of the Douglas Education Center in Pennsylvania.

Douglas Buck

With his edgy and extreme films, such as the multi-story FAMILY PORTRAITS: A TRILOGY OF AMERICA and the 2006 remake of the Brian Depalma classic SISTERS, starring Academy Award nominees Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Rea, Douglas Buck has been a celebrated presence at international genre festivals for over fifteen years. Buck's intellectual boundarypushing approach has been celebrated by a wide variety of film sources; from the American indie film guide Filmmaker Magazine, to horror 'zines like Fangoria and Rue Morgue.

Buck has also worked as an editor in recent years on movies such as OFFSPRING, an adaptation of the notorious Jack Ketchum novel, and TERRITORIES, which is currently gathering fantastic reviews and prizes around the world at various international festivals. Buck is close to bringing his dream project, an apocalyptic sci-fi horror film titled THE BROKEN IMAGO, to life with the help of the Paris-based Metaluna Productions.

Buck recently collaborated with a number of filmmakers he has long admired on THE THEATRE BIZARRE. Buck not only wrote and directed "The Accident" segment of THE THEATRE BIZARRE, but also edited four of the episodes.

Karim Hussain

Born July 16, 1974 in Ottawa, Canada, Karim Hussain is a cinematographer, director and writer specializing in genre and art house cinema. His first feature SUBCONSCIOUS CRUELTY (Cinematographer, Director, Writer), started shooting when he was just 19 years old and premiered six and a half years later to sold out crowds in October 2000 at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival in Spain. Audience members fainted from its graphic content and so its cult reputation began. His second feature, ASCENSION (cinematographer, director, writer), starring Marie Josee Croze, won the "New Visions Award" at Sitges in 2003. His short film THE CITY WITHOUT WINDOWS (cinematographer, co-director, co-writer) was nominated for the "Best Short Film Jury Award" in 2003 and played over 40 International Film Festivals, including Toronto, Rotterdam, and San Sebastian. LA BELLE BETE (THE BEAUTIFUL BEAST) followed in 2006, an adaptation of Marie-Claire Blais' classic novel that Hussain was cinematographer, director and writer on, starring Caroline Dhavernas, Marc-Andre Grondin and Carole Laure. This film screened at numerous festivals including Mar Del Plata, Sitges, Stockholm, and it won the "Best of the Fest" award at BUFF 2008. Hussain also co-wrote Nacho Cerda's THE ABANDONED in 2006, which premiered in the "Midnight Madness" section of The Toronto International Film Festival and then had a theatrical release through Lions Gate in the United States.

Since then, Hussain has been working full time as a cinematographer on various projects including Gilles Paquet-Brenner's WALLED IN (2009), starring Mischa Barton and Cameron Bright, and Olivier Abbou's TERRITORIES (2010), a political horror film that won the "Best Thriller Award" at the Brussels Fantasy Film Festival, and opened to excellent reviews in its French theatrical release and UK release. He shot HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (2011), the cult sensation directed by Jason Eisener and starring Rutger Hauer that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and then followed with a successful Canadian theatrical release through Alliance Films and a US release through Magnet. Hussain shot Olivier Abbou's feature TV movie "Yes We Can" (2011) and Jovanka Vuckovic's short film THE CAPTURED BIRD (2012), which was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro. For THE THEATRE BIZARRE (2011) he shot episodes for Richard Stanley, Douglas Buck and one that he photographed and directed himself. Hussain is currently shooting ANTIVIRAL, the first feature from Brandon Cronenberg.

David Gregory

David Gregory has been making films since childhood in his native England. He attended film school in Boston where he made his award-winning thesis film SCATHED, featuring Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn. Gregory made his first feature-length 'making of' documentary TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE -- THE SHOCKING TRUTH for the distribution company he cofounded, Blue Underground, in 2000. The documentary would open the floodgates for him to direct (and often produce and edit) over 100 similar documentary features and shorts which were all of a sudden in demand for the then fledgling DVD market. Titles he has documented the making of include THE DEER HUNTER, REPULSION, BADLANDS, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, HEATHERS and DON'T LOOK NOW. He has also produced biographical and historical documentaries such as "The Joe Spinell Story", "Ban The Sadist Videos!", "The Godfathers Of Mondo" and the IFC original production "The Spaghetti West."

Gregory served as a producer on the highly controversial, multi-award-winning independent feature THE MANSON FAMILY (2003), directed by Jim Van Bebber, and made his narrative feature directing debut in 2008 with PLAGUE TOWN (which he also co-wrote and co-edited). Amongst a slew of positive critical appraisal, Fangoria Magazine called PLAGUE TOWN "A nightmare captured on celluloid."

Along with THEATRE BIZARRE co-producers Carl Daft and John Cregan, Gregory formed Severin Films in 2006 and continued to restore and release outsider cinema such as SANTA SANGRE, THE STUNT MAN, HARDWARE, the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and the 2010 midnight movie sensation BIRDEMIC -- SHOCK & TERROR on DVD and Blu-Ray, while continuing to produce new documentaries and features. Gregory birthed the idea of THE THEATRE BIZARRE while editing a documentary short on the art-house anthology film ARIA, realizing that too many radical filmmakers in the horror genre have to water down their visions to cater to producers' wishes, yet the genre is often embraced when it's at its most uncompromising. With horror being historically well-suited to the anthology format, it made sense for him to start approaching filmmakers whose early work had showed a unique and confrontational vision and then challenge them to revisit those days. Gregory co-produced the feature and directed the episode "Sweets." He is currently in production on a feature documentary, THE MISADVENTURE OF DR. MOREAU."

Jeremy Kasten

Jeremy Kasten is a horror filmmaker and a fetishist of all things related to the sexy, magical and creepy past. Kasten's films include a remake of H.G Lewis' THE WIZARD OF GORE, starring Crispin Glover, Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs and featuring the SuicideGirls. The film is a love letter to post-punk Los Angeles and premiered to sold out-crowds at the Los Angeles Film Festival and had its International premiere at Fantasia.

Kasten's first feature was THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS, starring Seth Green, Alice Cooper, Ted Raimi and Jeffrey Combs. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and played at dozens of film festivals around the world and is considered a cult favorite. His second film, ALL SOULS DAY: DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS, starring David Keith, Laura Harring, and Danny Trejo premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and plays all over the world every November 1st. His film, THE THIRST starring Jeremy Sisto and Matt Keslar premiered at Sitges and is notoriously one of the most bloody modern vampire exploitation films. The New York Times described it as, "Out-and-out pretension... just disgusting."

Kasten just locked picture on his next feature, THE DEAD ONES, and spends his free time directing old fashioned Spookshows at the most famous address in magic: Brookledge for a private audience of magicians and Hollywood insiders.