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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Movie Quotes

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"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" movie quotes provide reasons to laugh in the comedy movie about an aging Las Vegas magician who is forced to step up his game after a rival magician steals the spotlight. Don Scardino directed the film which was written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, along with rewrites from Jason Reitman. Loosely on the real story of Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" premiered at SXSW on March 8, 2013, before its March 15, 2013, theatrical release.

In "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," Steve Carrell stars as the title character, an aging Las Vegas magician loosely based on the long-running Siegfried & Roy act. Along with partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), Burt has been performing his whole life. When Aztec Casino owner Doug Munny tells Burt to step up his game, especially as rival illusionist Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) is the hot, new thing, Burt and Anton attempt a dangerous-yet-attention grabbing stunt. This goes horribly wrong leaving Anton injured and Burt in ever more of a tight spot.

Forced to perform in smaller venues, Burt comes upon Rance Holloway (Alan Arkin), the television magician who inspired Burt to take up magic as a child. Along with Rance and former assistant Jane (Olivia Munn), Burt tries to regain that drive to amaze people but it's no easy task and Steve Gray is on top of his game. This leads to one spic showdown as both men compete for a headlining spot at the Aztec Casino with the best illusionist taking the spot.

This comedy movie joins a busy winter 2012-13 movie season already jam packed with hits like "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," "Side Effects," "Identity Thief," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Stand Up Guys," "Warm Bodies," "Bullet to the Head," "Movie 43," "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," and "Silver Linings Playbook."
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    Whichever Entertainer Dazzles

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    Doug Munny: "Ladies and gentlemen, Burt Wonderstone and Steve Gray! Whichever entertainer dazzles me the most will be getting a five-year contract as headliner."

    Speaking to a crowd, casino owner Doug Munny explains that he's holding a contest between Burt Wonderstone and Steve Gray. Top prize takes over the headlining spot at the Aztec Casino, a position formerly held by Burt.
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    He Doesn't Even Have a Costume

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    Burt Wonderstone: "That guy's a magician? He doesn't even have a costume!"
    Jane: "You're gonna wear that? Are you ridiculous? It's velvet. Take it off, Burt."

    For Burt, being a magician means wearing a tacky velvet suit and waving your hands around fast. Whether he likes it or not, this new guy Steve Gray, might not have a costume but he is the big new thing in town.
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    I Should Have Explained That to You

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    Burt Wodnerstone: "May I see the for a minute?" [Grace hands Burt her necklace] "Watch this!"
    Grace: "What have you done?!"
    Burt Wonderstone: "I'm a magician. I should have explained that to you earlier."

    Burt tries out one of his simple disappearing tricks to an elderly woman. She however doesn't understand and breaks down sobbing when her treasured necklace disappears.
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    That's Why You Became a Magician

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    Rance Holloway: [after making a bird appear] "What you're feeling right now, that's why you became a magician."
    Burt Wonderstone: "That and the women"
    Rance Holloway: "That and the women"
    Burt Wonderstone: "How did you do that?"
    Rance Holloway: "It's partially deboned."

    Rance tries to re-inspire Burt by doing a trick in front of him at the nursing home. Burt is impressed but something says PETA wouldn't approve of partially deboning the bird.
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