The Illusionist is the storyteller in so many ways. Symbols become his obsession. It’s not simply about creating plot – one must also grapple with theme. Nowadays we have a lot of characters and a lot of action but it’s hard to sit still and really meditate on meaning, worldviews, concepts, ideologies even. I make my Illusionist do what I’ve had to do, often with copious amounts of stumbling and frustration. His real humanity comes from being an artist, I think – his creativity is what makes him a man.