Jesse Eisenberg's magical appreciation

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An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. How are they able to pull off such incredible feats? Perhaps it is more than an illusion.
July 5th, 2013

Jesse Eisenberg learned to appreciate magic after filming 'Now You See Me'.

The actor - who plays master magician J. Daniel Atlas in the new action thriller - admits it is more difficult than it looks to perform a magic trick and he was enthralled by how much effort it took to pull off the tricks in the movie.

He said: ''Learning the discipline it takes to perfect these tricks is interesting to me. Even though I know how some things are done, I don't have the dexterity yet to do them. I would equate it to playing basketball and going home and watching basketball; you have a greater appreciation for because you know how difficult it is after playing it.

''We learned how to do these tricks, then we tried to do them ourselves [but] because we haven't practiced for decades, like our characters would have, it's that much more impressive.''

Meanwhile, co-star Isla Fisher - who plays one quarter of magical team The Four Horsemen with Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco - says the film has made her ''love'' magic.

She told BBC News: ''I love magic now a lot. I'm a lot more interested in magic.''

'Now You See Me' - which also stars Mark Ruffalo, Sir Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman - is in cinemas now.