As Head Magic Consultant, Kwong collaborated with the writers to devise the magical heists for the film. Kwong spent five months on set in New Orleans designing the illusions for the film and teaching sleight of hand to Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco.
The Guild collaborated with visionaries Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish on the original script for the upcoming film about one of the original Avengers . . . Ant-Man! "It's a high-tech spy heist film," Wright tells Vanity Fair.
Wright and Cornish have since stepped off the film. But the Guild is still excited about seeing one of their favorite heroes on the silver screen.
"You just defeated Nazism with a crossword puzzle" reads Graham Moore's brilliant script about Alan Turing, the computing pioneer who cracked the German's Enigma code in WWII. Look for the Guild's work with 1940's puzzles when the movie is released in late 2014!
From the early stages of the script to the marketing of the film, the Guild worked closely with producers on Burt Wonderstone, to create a story that is authentic to the world of magicians.
An immigrant woman (Marion Cotillard) is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician (Jeremy Renner) saves her. The Misdirectors Guild oversaw the magic in the film and worked with Renner on his role as a 1920's magician.
Robert De Niro plays Simon Silver, a mind-reader and mentalist. The Misdirectors Guild and Theory11 came together to create an online viral magic trick to promote the film. Fool your friends at simonsilver.com/secret!
As head creative consultant for Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour, Dan White oversaw stage design, concept art (the tour poster was conceived from White's original design sketches), and a number of other secret projects . . .
The Guild consulted on the fourth installment of "Paranormal Activity," which according to directors Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman "is a celebration of practical effects." Look for the film's protagonist, Alex, levitating above her bed.
The Guild and Arthur Trace worked with producers of the Mindy Project and James Franco, teaching the actor sleight of hand and levitation for the camera in Season 2.
The Guild is repeatedly called on to design puzzles for TNT's "Perception" starring Eric McCormack as the cerebral Dr. Daniel Pierce.
The Guild worked with Jon Armstrong to teach Joel Kinnaman sleight of hand for his role as Robocop. Many thanks to Jon for his hard work on this.