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Now You See Me movies materializing as a live magic show

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Jun 7, 2018, 4:11 PM EDT (Updated)

Focused deception is always better when it's happening right before your eyes.

After casting a spell on audiences at the movies, the Now You See Me heist franchise is being turned into a live traveling magic show, Lionsgate announced on Wednesday.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is teaming up with large-scale theatrical producer The Works Entertainment for Now You See Me Live, a production that will tour the globe and feature a who's who of top-tier illusionists in the guise of the Four Horsemen performing a new bag of tricks. They include: James More, a magician from Britain's Got Talent; Enzo Weyne and Florian Sainvet from France's Got Talent, the latter of whom was a finalist; and Sabin van Diemen from Holland's Got Talent.

The stage show will also feature a fifth cast member and host who will be selected from the various individual markets the production stops in.

No word yet on when the trek will launch.

The Now You See Me franchise, of course, follows a team of Las Vegas magicians known as the Four Horsemen who use their talent for hocus-pocus to pull off elaborate bank heists, after which they shower their audience with the stolen money. The 2013 thriller starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harreselson, Dave Franco, and Isla Fisher as the Four Horsemen and Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman in various key supporting roles. That flick and its 2016 sequel conjured up more than $680 million at the worldwide box office combined, and a third movie is reportedly on deck.

Now You See Me Live isn't the only touring production Lionsgate has pulled out of its hat. Other stage shows include La La Land in Concert, which has traveled to more than 25 countries so far, and The Hunger Games in Concert, which will have its premiere run kickoff July 12 in the U.K.

Abracadabra indeed.