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New documentary The Amazing Johnathan is an exercise in faith. As a viewer, can you really trust a magician who says he’s dying? And can filmmaker Ben Berman really trust his subject, the titular Amazing Johnathan, if that subject is known for being great at deception? Those are some of the questions tackled in the documentary, which ultimately ends up subverting the form in a really interesting way. The A.V. Club recently sat down with Berman and John “The Amazing Johnathan” Szeles at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle, where we talked addiction, death, and that ever-present question of trust.

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Marah Eakin

Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.