The Devil's Playthings
Produced by Reel Time Images & Magicana
Directed by Daniel Zuckerbrot
"Call To The Colors" is described in Bill Simon's Effective Card Magic (Louis Tannen, 1952).
A concert of sleight-of-hand—Bach’s Goldberg Variations meets Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3—conceived as a macabre fantasy, performed by David Ben, one of the world’s foremost practitioners of card table artifice, as a tribute to his late friend, the renowned adventurer and tribal art collector, Billy Jamieson, and his collection of artifacts documenting human humiliation and cruelty.
The work also includes a post-modern explanation of the sleight-of-hand technique employed in the film, demonstrating that, in the end, there is little difference between fantasy and reality. Learn more about the making of this film in our exhibition: The Devil’s Playthings.