‘The Sound of Magic’ Lee Eun-gyeol “Magic is a bridge between reality and fantasy”

연합뉴스 / 2022-05-20 16:40:04
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▲ This photo, provided by Lee Eun-gyeol, shows the Illusionist himself. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the series "The Sound of Magic." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the series "The Sound of Magic." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This photo, provided by Lee Eun-gyeol, shows the Illusionist himself. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- “Magic is one kind of language for me. Through magic, I explained the subtle emotions of the characters and planted a visual hint about what would happen next.”

Illusionist Lee Eun-gyeol, who participated as a Magical Scene Director of Netflix’s original series “The Sound of Magic,” emphasized, “I wanted to use magic as an element in directing rather than just as an interesting factor,” in a phone call interview with Yonhap News Agency, Friday.

Lee selected the magic tricks that could be done in real life, based on the original webtoon of the series, and took charge of creating the Magical FX, that would fit the context of the work.

“The Sound of Magic” depicts the story after a magician Ri-eul (Ji Chang-wook) appears in front of a girl named Yoon Ah-yi (Choi Sung-eun), who lost her dream, and a boy named Na Il-deung (Hwang In-youp), who is forced to dream.

The magic scenes in the series help Ah-yi and Il-deung forget the overwhelming reality for a moment, and wonder about what they truly want.

To create a dreamy atmosphere in the work, Lee participated and gave his opinion even during the part of writing the script for the series.

The Illusionist said, “I concentrated on showing the symbolism of the magic scenes rather than just depicting the tricks from the original webtoon,” adding, “The magic served as the bridge between reality and fantasy.”

The most notable example is the post-it magic that Ri-eul showed Il-deung when they first met.

In the series, Ri-eul asks Il-deung who doubts him, “Should I show you something fun?” and holds out a card with a post-it. As soon as Il-deung tries to throw away it, the post-it turns into a butterfly.

Lee explained, “The butterfly symbolizes the free-spirited Ri-eul, and the post-it represents Il-deung who only studies,” adding, “The scene when the post-it turns to a butterfly, hints that Il-deung will resemble Ri-eul and change.”

The series also contains scenes including shadow magic and when the holes in Ah-yi’s socks overlap with bubbles.

The passion of the Illusionist could be felt in his voice when he continued to explain the meaning behind each magic.

Other than “The Sound of Magic,” Lee is currently in charge of the illusions in MBC’s drama “From Now On, Showtime!”

Lee mentioned how the theme of magic is continuing to appear in dramas and said, “It was a shame that people only thought magic was interesting. I’m glad they could see how it is a great element in directing.”

“The power of magic is that it helps us doubt the things we’ve always thought were true,” emphasized Lee.

When viewers watch the tricks of a rabbit coming out of an empty box and it changing into a doll, they can doubt the stereotypes that are taken for granted.

Lee said, “When we were young, we used to play and imagine about the very ordinary things,” adding, “I hope the show will help us look back on whether we’ve been only living by the standards of the world.”

“If ‘The Sound of Magic’ touched you, shouldn’t it make you wonder about the things around us?”

(This article is translated from Korean to English by An Hayeon.)



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