Plot & Details
A young man with big dreams begins carving out a very curious and unique path to stardom, in Instead of Abracadabra, Swedish director Patrik Eklund's Oscar-nominated comedy short. Though geeky and klutzy, Tomas (Simon J. Berger) prides himself on his act as an amateur stage magician - with tricks that include sawing a woman in half and whipping a bouquet of flowers out of nowhere. Unfortunately, circumstances aren't in his favor: he still lives with his parents, and his most promising gigs consist of entertaining children at birthday parties; to make matters worse, a nasty accident during preparations for a magic act caused Tomas to injure one eye. Now, Tomas foresees just one chance to convince his parents of his future as a magician and woo the girl of his dreams at the same time: entertaining the crowd at his father's 60th birthday party.