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djr33

« on: January 23, 2006, 12:24:06 AM »

I'm temporarily titlling this "Magician" as I don't have a suitable working title yet.

The  script is in very basic form and needs lots of work.

I don't really want to ruin it for everyone, but I think it'll be helpful.
If you read, please give me some feedback.

!SPOILER WARNING!

I will also attach the file to this post if you prefer to read as .doc (formatted correctly) rather than in a post.
note: I'd use .rtf instead of .doc, but it won't attach that filetype.

FADE IN:
EXT. DAY: POLICE HEADQUARTERS:

An angry mob bangs on a chain link fence and yells about the police not doing their job and finding the counterfeiter who has caused the town so much trouble. Businesses are in trouble. People are afraid of accepting money. It simpley must be stopped.

INT. DAY: CHIEF OF POLICEíS OFFICE:

The CHIEF, a beefy, stern looking man, smashes his fist on his desk.

CHIEF:
Joe, youíre not making any progress on the counterfeit case.
(He turns toward the window then back to JOE.)
If you donít make some progress soon, Iím not sure what to do. The public is getting very angry, and rightly so.

JOE
Sir, Iím doing the best I can.

CHIEF
That just doesnít seem to be enough. Iím giving you ëtil noon tomorrow. I expect to see some progress, or youíll be hearing from me.

JOE
(worried)
Yes... Iíll do my best, sir.

Joe walks out of the office. His friend, SAM, walks up and pats him on the back.

SAM
Still no luck with the case, eh?

JOE
No. I just canít seem to find any leads.

SAM
You need a break. The new magician in town is quite amazing, I hear. Wanna see his show tonight?

JOE
The Chief gave me ëtil noon tomorrow. I donít think I should come.

SAM
Címon. Youíve gotta get your mind off things. Youíll have a fresh start in the morning.

INT. NIGHT: THEATER:

The Crowd ëoohsí and ëahhsí over the MAGICIANís amazing feats. He pulls rabbits out of hats, cuts men in half and does fantastic card tricks.

Joe and Sam are sitting, enjoying the show as much as everyone else.

JOE
I just wish I had some idea about how he-- whoever he is-- is doing it. There just donít seem to be any clues.

SAM
You donít think Mrs. McGuinn is part of it? Remember we caught her with some of the fake money the other day.

JOE
Nah. She wouldnít hurt a fly.
Beat.
Thatís the weird thing about it: itís always somebody else with the money. Everyone seems to have it by now. Never know whatís real and whatís fake at this point. Heís done a good job of spreading it out and covering his tracks.

SAM
Yeah, that he has. Tell you what, relax for now and enjoy the show. Iíll even give you a hand in the morning.

Joe is a bit uneasy, but, nevertheless, enjoys the rest of the show.

(MAGICIANíS) ASSISTANT
For his next trick, the Amazing Carzani will be needing a volunteer from the audience. Who among you has a dollar bill?

A man holds up a one-dollar-bill and waves it.

MAGICIAN
Oh, Iím sorry, sir, but that simply wonít do. For the trick to be effective, Iíll need something more... powerful.

Someone else holds up a twenty-dollar-bill.

The Magician inspects it, then seems to reject it. His eyes fall upon the outstretched hand of Joe.

MAGICIAN
You, sir. Come to the stage, please.

Joe climbs onto the stage.

MAGICIAN
For this trick, I shall make your money dissapear.

Joe and the audience looked worried. A hush falls over the crowd.

MAGICIAN
Not to worry, sir. I shall return your money when Iím done with it.

He places it in his hand, waves his wand, and opens his hand. Itís gone!

He holds up his hands and holds open his sleeves for the audience to inspect. The money is nowhere to be found.

Suddenly, he thrusts forward his other hand and opens it, palm upward.

Joeís money is in it, unwrinkled.

The crowd cheers. The Magician bows.

INT. MORNING: JOEíS HOME:

WIFE
Joe, honey, I need you to pick up some milk before work.

JOE
Alright. I have a long day ahead, so I should head out now. Iíll drop it off on my way to the station.

Joe walks out.

INT. DAY: STORE:

Joe walks up to the counter with milk in hand.

CLERK
Will this be all for you sir?

JOE
(handing the Clerk money)
Yes, thank you.

CLERK
(suddenly worried)
Umm... you just wait right there.

The Clerk calls the police.

CLERK
This man is trying to buy milk with fake money. Iím sure of it. Arrest him!

CHIEF
(shaking his head at Joe, finally understanding)
(muttering)
Not you, Joe. Not you.
(to Joe)
Alright. Hands out. You know the drill.

JOE
(cooperating)
But I... you know I... I never... Sir?

CHIEF
I caught you red handed. Even I canít get you out of this one.

INT. JAIL:

Joe sits in his cell, confused and upset.

A parrot sits on its purch, making annoying comments every few minutes from above the watchmenís desk at which the Chief is asleep and snoring.

Joe lays onto the cot and closes his eyes, thinking.

MONTAGE
CHIEF
...caught you red handed...
MAGICIAN
...simply wonít do...
CHIEF
(just shaking his head)
...not you, Joe, not you...
ASSISTANT
...needing a volunteer....
MAGICIAN
...make this money disappear...

Joe sits up, eyes wide open. He has figured it out.

JOE
Chief! I solved the case!

The Chief continues to snore.

JOE
Chief?

The parrot makes an annoying squak and the Chief stirs.

CHIEF
(sleepily)
Joe? Wha..? What is it Joe?

JOE
I figured the case out.

CHIEF
(not seeming to care)
Yeah? What is it then?

JOE
(growing excited)
Itís the Magician. Heís switching peopleís money for fake money. He makes it dissappear, and, when it reappears, heís switched it for counterfeit money. Iím sure of it. The bill I was going to pay with at the store is the one he used in his trick last night.

CHIEF
(now fully alert)
Alright. I think weíve got ourselves a show to watch.

They leave, talking excitedly to one another. The parrot makes another annoying comment.

EXT. NEAR THE THEATER:

The Magician and Assistant are rehearsing for that nightís show.

CHIEF
Iíd like to see one of those oh-so-famous tricks of yours that everyone is talking about.

MAGICIAN
Iím sorry, but the showís not until seven.

CHIEF
I think you can fit us in.

MAGICIAN
Ok. What is it youíd like to see?

CHIEF
I hear the one with the money is incredible. Can you show us that?

MAGICIAN
(eager to make a quick twenty dollars)
Sure. Anything for my fans.

The Chief hands the magician a bill.

The Magician takes it and does as he did the night before. He places it in ond hand, and it dissapears when he opens it. He reaches his other hand out, and the bill is in it.

The Chief reaches out, and before the Magician can react, his hands are in handcuffs.

The Magician looks, as if questioning the Chiefís actions.

CHIEF
May I see that bill for a moment?

The Magician opens his hand, now visably distressed. His calm, sure-of-himself attitude is gone, now replaced by fright. The Assistant begins to walk away.

CHIEF
Miss, Iím going to need to you stand right there. Joe: arrest her.

The Chief inspects the bill and decides that it is, indeed, counterfeit.

CHIEF
You are under arrest for counterfeiting. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Now, sir, please empty your pockets... and sleeves.

This process reveals the bill which the Chief originally handed the Magician. He and Joe had marked it with a red X to trap the Magician.

The Chief announces that they have caught the counterfeiter, and the crowd cheers.

INT. WHERE THE MAGICIAN AND ASSISTANT ARE BEING HELD:

With nothing more than a flick of the wrist, the handcuffs that were on his hands a moment before have no vanished.

CUT TO CREDITS.



I think I will cut the scene at the Jail down so that the audience doesn't know the secret until its revealed in the next scene.

I'm going to be reworking details and dialogue, so don't worry. Suggest if you want Smiley
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