About the film

What begins as a documentary about The Amazing Johnathan, the uniquely deranged Detroit-born magician/comedian who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, becomes a bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian. After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour. But as their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Berman delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion. Michigan premiere.


4 p.m. Sat., April 13
Detroit Film Theatre
at the DIA

6 p.m. Sun., April 14
Emagine Royal Oak

Film credits

Year: 2018
Run time: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Director: Ben Berman
Producers: Jason Beck, Kirk Johnson, Jon Mugar, Miranda Bailey, Ben Berman, Russell Groves, Amanda Marshall, Jacob Perlin
Editor: Scott Evans, Ben Berman
Cinematographers: Dan Adlerstein, Ben Berman