Death Defying Acts Review, by Gary Goldstein of Los Angeles Times

Director Gillian Armstrong, working from a darkly humorous, occasionally poetic script by Tony Grisoni and Brian Ward, conjures up 1926 Edinburgh, the site.

The movie is no sleight-of-hand wow-fest, however, focusing more on the push-pull attraction between Harry and the calculating Mary, who initially promises the maestro's put-upon manager (Timothy Spall) that she and sidekick daughter Benji (Saoirse Ronan) will disappear as soon as Houdini forks over the cash.

What the film loses in momentum as the romance takes over, it gains in sex appeal as its two attractive actors make their own kind of magic.

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