Great Buck Howard, The

Buck Howard (John Malkovich) is an illusionist whose career has gone downhill since Johnny Carson left The Tonight Show. Troy (Colin Hanks) drops out of law school to take a job as magician's assistant to the has-been Buck, much to his father's (Tom Hanks) dismay.

  • Starring: John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks
  • Director(s): Sean McGinly
  • Producer(s): Tom Hanks
  • Screenwriter(s): Sean McGinly
  • Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
  • Release Date: Friday, March 20, 2009

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Buck makes a dove appear in his hand during one of his magic tricks. The magician that supplied the dove also taught the actor how to do the trick. A thread harness made by the magician was placed on the dove and then attached to the actor's hand. The bird was then placed into a spacious pocket inside the actor's coat. When the actor pulled his hand away from his coat, the bird appeared in the palm of his hand.