RAVES + REVIEWS

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"Spry and revealing... The enchantment is irresistible in Judd Ehrlich’s documentary MAGIC CAMP."

- Andy Webster, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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"Directed with deftness and care... MAGIC CAMP takes these kids’ desires and dreams at face value, skillfully leavening the esoterica of magicianhood with more than a dollop of good humor."

- Brandon Harris, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

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"Those enchanted by the 2002 documentary SPELLBOUND will find similar charms in the children of MAGIC CAMP... These kids are funny, charming, and weird in ways that movie-depicted kids rarely get to be... These are real kids with a very specific, shared dream. They don’t act like reality-TV contestants or wink at the cameras; they can’t be anything but themselves."

- Josh Modell, THE A.V. CLUB

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"Charming + riveting... about magic certainly, but also on a deeper level about being a teenager... Magic isn’t gone. It’s alive + well!" 

- Steve Rosenbaum, FORBES

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 "Very funny... Charming... MAGIC CAMP is a wonderful companion piece to DECEPTIVE PRACTICE: The Mysteries + Mentors of Ricky Jay... But MAGIC CAMP carries an even more valuable lesson. As one of the Tannen counselors tells his students: 'Revel in your quirkiness.' That’s pretty good advice for anyone, whether they’re a magic nerd or not."

- Michael O'Sullivan, WASHINGTON POST 

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"Combines suspense, insight + human stories... Equally riveting, moving + delightful.  MAGIC CAMP is the kind of doc that will make you stand up + cheer!"

- Avi Offer, NYC MOVIE GURU

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"Intimate... Quirky... A gem of a documentary... We have gotten strangely close to these kids over seven days through the gentle scrutiny of this wise filmmaker’s unobtrusive camera. Without giving too much away, Ehrlich has lifted the curtain on these budding magicians so that we see, through the tricks of their trade, exactly who they are. That’s no small trick."

- Joyce Kulhawik, WBUR

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"Delightful... Priceless... Gratifying to watch."

- Robin Migdol, VILLAGE VOICE

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"A fun and quirky documenaty... about finding the magic within."

- Milo Kostelecky, LAS VEGAS SUN

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"A heartwarming documentary. 'Revel in your quirkiness.' Just a bit of solid advice from the award-winning film documenting a group kids learning tricks that go beyond pick-a-card. (P.S. You may want to grab the Kleenex.)"

- DAILYCANDY

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"Thank goodness for MAGIC CAMP, Judd Ehrlich's gentle study of a summer camp for proudly nerdy budding magicians... It's their only crack at a safe space where uniqueness is not just encouraged, but actually celebrated."

- Cheryl Eddy, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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"MAGIC CAMP is a marvelous character driven documentary that lives up to the fantastic reputation of its subject matter."

- Justin Proper, UNDER THE GUN REVIEWS

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"Few works step back from the American Idol-style face-off to depict the literal beginnings of their performer subjects. One film that does is Judd Ehrlich’s MAGIC CAMP."

- Scott Macaulay, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

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"MAGIC CAMP gives off a warm glow from the opening seconds of footage to the final curtain. An uplifting film that is about much more than sleight-of-hand. Likely to leave the viewer agreeing that 'nothing is impossible.'"

- Scott Neil, THE ROYAL GAZETTE​

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"MAGIC CAMP is a poignant, funny and inspirational film."

- BERNEWS​

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"Amazing. Will make you smile + tear up. 5 out of 5 Stars.” 

- Terra King, EXAMINER

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"A heart-warming documentary.” 

- Zac Sanford, INDIE FILM GURU

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"MAGIC CAMP will steal your heart. It's a truly magical. A must see.” 

- FESTIVAL GENIUS​

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"We are immersed in the divine nerdiness of kids obsessed with being magicians... watching it I found myself feeling like a kid all over again. "

- Tim Jackson, THE ARTS FUSE

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"Magical... A compelling cast of characters.” 

- Hugh Hart, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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"MAGIC CAMP is about something larger than magic... [it's] about being true to yourself." 

Renee Ghert-Zand, THE FORWARD

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"Thank goodness for Magic Camp, Judd Ehrlich's gentle study of a summer camp for proudly nerdy budding magicians. It's heartwarming... All of the campers Ehrlich profiles face obstacles in their normal lives... For some of them, it's their only crack at a safe space where uniqueness is not just encouraged, but actually celebrated."

- Cherly Eddie, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN

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"Bewitching... astonishing... a spellbinding film.” 

- Brenda Benthien, CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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"MAGIC CAMP is a gem of a documentary. Takes us into a world we never see. Inspiring.” 

- Paul Booth, KAUA'I TIMES

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"A jubilant celebration of an unusual camp for young magicians. Kids aren't immune from the problems they face at home... [but] are dealing with them in a safe environment with kids like them."

- Maggie Glass, DOC NYC​

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"An enchanting discovery."

- Cheryl Allison, MAINLINE MEDIA NEWS​

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"Fantastic."

- CINEMAJAW, Matt Kubinski​

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"Intriguing... interesting... and great. Grade: A-"

- YOUNG HOLLYWOOD GUIDE​

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"Reminded me of SPELLBOUND... engaging and charming."

- Corey Craft, TUSCALOOSA NEWS

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"We gain a deep appreciation for MAGIC CAMP's students and teachers. They expand our sense of mystery and awe."

- Thom Powers, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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"Unique, interesting and engrossing... heart-felt and real."

- Kids First Film Critics, COALITION FOR QUALITY CHILDREN'S MEDIA

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"A good documentary leaves you hopelessly invested in its focal points; like the kids in MAGIC CAMP. An earnest look at a gifted group who use magic as a way to socialize, deal with personal issues and fulfill lifelong dreams. Simply put, MAGIC CAMP is one of the strongest documentaries."

Cory Woodroof, LUMINATION NETWORK

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"It was really hard to take my eyes off this film. Poignant... full of great moments of triumph, lessons learned, and hilarious surprises. This is a genuine feel-good movie without being too sugary sweet. J’adore! (That’s French for — I LOVE!!)"

Sarah Sloboda, PERSPECTIVES

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"Kids discover winning the camp's prestigious competition requires more than just sleight of hand.” 

- Matt Coker, OC WEEKLY

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"The movie is so well done because Judd Ehrlich, the director, is a past camper. He stays true to the meaning of camp."

- Alexander Boyce, VANISH MAGAZINE

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"A spell-binding film! I’m wand-ering how I can go to this camp. To summon up – it’s fab!”

- MEDIAFISH

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"Bring us your misfits, your discontented, your lonely girls & boys. They will make magic for you.  And they will be transformed."

- MOCA MEDIA