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Living in Illusions

Living in Illusions

Living in Illusions

In the 1980s magicians Chicko and Diko were huge stars. They were regulars on the hit TV show “Shminiyot Ba’Avir,” had hundreds of sold-out shows with Ofra Haza – Israel’s biggest pop star, won the Israeli Emmy award, received thousands of fan letters, and owned a thriving magic business. Every kid knew them. Then came the fall. Chicko was charged with rape, pressed with criminal charges, ran away from Israel, and his career ended abruptly.

Today – 20 years later – his father Diko sits in his small magic shop, planning his comeback with his loyal sidekick “The Legendary Yoav,” still believing their star will shine again. The magic store is now a meeting place for has-been magicians, kids shopping for cheap tricks, and various oddballs who enjoy the magical atmosphere.

The film relates the implausible, fantastic rise and fall of Mordechai and Itzik Zohar, a father and son from Tel Aviv, who became Chicko and Diko, Israel’s most famous magical duo.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2015

Director: Tzvika Binder

Producer: Shula Spiegel, Dana Eden

Production Company: Shula Spiegel Productions Ltd., Donna Productions TV and Movies (2001) Ltd.

Cinematographer: Rami Katzav

Editor: Ziv Karshen

Soundtrack Editor: Ronen Nagel

Original Soundtrack: Gad Emile Zeitune

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, yes docu

Script: Tzvika Binder, Ziv Karshen

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: חיים באשליות: הסיפור המופלא על צ'יקו ודיקו

In the 1980s magicians Chicko and Diko were huge stars. They were regulars on the hit TV show “Shminiyot Ba’Avir,” had hundreds of sold-out shows with Ofra Haza – Israel’s biggest pop star, won the Israeli Emmy award, received thousands of fan letters, and owned a thriving magic business. Every kid knew them. Then came the fall. Chicko was charged with rape, pressed with criminal charges, ran away from Israel, and his career ended abruptly.

Today – 20 years later – his father Diko sits in his small magic shop, planning his comeback with his loyal sidekick “The Legendary Yoav,” still believing their star will shine again. The magic store is now a meeting place for has-been magicians, kids shopping for cheap tricks, and various oddballs who enjoy the magical atmosphere.

The film relates the implausible, fantastic rise and fall of Mordechai and Itzik Zohar, a father and son from Tel Aviv, who became Chicko and Diko, Israel’s most famous magical duo.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2015

 
Living in Illusions

Director: Tzvika Binder

Producer: Shula Spiegel, Dana Eden

Production Company: Shula Spiegel Productions Ltd., Donna Productions TV and Movies (2001) Ltd.

Cinematographer: Rami Katzav

Editor: Ziv Karshen

Soundtrack Editor: Ronen Nagel

Original Soundtrack: Gad Emile Zeitune

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, yes docu

Script: Tzvika Binder, Ziv Karshen

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: חיים באשליות: הסיפור המופלא על צ'יקו ודיקו

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