2 movies about magic from the same year. It was moments like these we thought of when we started the "I'd Rather Watch" series. Hollywood will play it safe so many times, but once in a while they take a chance 2 or 3 times simultaneously. Thriller vs. Drama. Each has portions of both, but obviously lean further in one direction.
One is flashy, one is artsy.
At the time, it is feasible that many picked 1 & abandoned the other (especially with modern theater prices). Did you watch the other when it came out on video? Is that what we recommend... perhaps. Listen & see.
For what it's worth: we make a number of historical references that may have discrepancies. Please verify our information if it interests you; we don't claim to get everything right. We are doubting ourselves, just CYA for things we didn't look up in our research this time.