“The Sad State of Magic” Open Auditions & Casting (GVSU)

Casting Call for Student Film

Open Auditions are being held for “The Sad State of Magic” at Grand Valley State University. This is a senior thesis film written and directed by Scott Jamnik. “The Sad State of Magic” is a dark comedy scheduled to shoot in the Grand Rapids and Allendale areas from October 22nd – 24th.


A divorced, alcoholic party magician seeks revenge on a man who has taken everything from him.


Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

  • Thursday, Oct. 14th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Kirkhoff Center Room #2264
  • Friday, Oct. 15th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Kirkhoff Center Room #2201

Available Roles:

  • Rob Martino: A forty-five year old party magician. Rob was once a celebrated illusionist, but once his wife left him for his apprentice, he succumbed to alcoholism. His career took a dive, and now Rob lives in bitter hatred for anything that reminds him of his past.
  • Harry Arnold: Rob’s agent. Harry is around fifty years old, balding, and has an ever-expanding beer gut. Harry is Rob’s anchor; he supports him when no one else will by finding him work at children’s birthday parties and the likes. He is a businessman who has always had trouble separating work from personal affairs.
  • Riff Serra Phym: Rob’s former apprentice. Riff is now a world famous illusionist, and an infamous womanizer. He is around thirty years old, physically fit, and extremely good-looking. After Rob’s wife left him for Riff, Riff moved to Europe and began his career. He is returning to America for state side tour.
  • Tishawnda: A seven year old, African American girl. Rob performs at her birthday party. She is clever and always questioning authority.


Compensation for all roles is unpaid credit, but meals will be provided on set.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and headshot prior to auditioning, or bring copies with you on the date of your audition (if available). To request a copy of the script, to schedule a different audition time, or for further information, please e-mail: jamniks@mail.gvsu.edu

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