Now You See Me is a 2013 thriller/caper film directed by Louis Leterrier and distributed by Summit Entertainment.
This Gematria study will attempt to examine various symbolic features, occult meanings, and secrets of the film.
According to the theory of collective symbolism (esoteric revealism) as well as the study of archetypal occultism, there oft exists hidden meanings of a film, such as can only be gleaned through understanding the various signs, subtext, and occult symbolism depicted therein.
“In high-budget cultural products, a video is never “just a video,” images, symbols and meanings are strategically placed in order to generate a desired effect.” – The Vigilant Citizen
Illuminati Symbolism In Film – Esoteric Cinema
Films are typically divided into three parts or acts which define the structure of the story and include a set-up or beginning, a confrontation, and a resolution. Each act is connected via plot points, while causality or casual events make up the bulk of the story. Causal events conclude, while plot points are introduced and consequently connected to form the storyline. A film may often contain a sub plot which may both aid the storyline or narrative of the film.
Exterior elements of a film include:
The Story Line
Interior or Hidden Elements Of a film May Include :
Metaphors & Allegories
Esoteric & Illuminati Symbolism
Esoteric or Illuminati symbols found in mainstream works of cinema are intended to be understood by a small group of individuals capable of recognizing and interpreting the hidden meaning or occult symbolism depicted. According to theorists, the Illuminati express their intent toward creating a New World Order (The 5th Age) via vision boards, or esoteric symbolism shown through popular forms of entertainment including film and television. The ‘vision boards’ often depict an agenda toward reaching the fifth age – left in plain site for everyone to see.
What Is The Fifth Age?
According to archetypal occultism, the Roman numeral V (number five, also shown as the Peace Hand Sign) represents the agenda of building society into a so-called ‘Fifth Age’, commonly called the New World Order. According to this concept a final age of mankind may be reached by tearing apart the kingdoms of old and building up a new kingdom known as the “Kingdom of Stone”, an age of strict totalitarianism and false sense of world peace. (Daniel 2:44-2:45)
“Out of these troubled times our fifth objective… a New World Order.” – George H.W Bush
PLOT – Introduction (FILM) (SPOILERS AHEAD)
A group of four magicians are brought together to an apartment in New York after receiving Tarot cards which feature the All Seeing Eye Of Udjt and a date of March 29 with the Gematria/Numerology timing of 4:44 PM.
Eye Of Udjt = 666 / Evil Wadjet = 666
The Four Horsemen – Characters Based On The Occult/Alchemy
Jesse Eisenberg plays Danny Atlas “The Showman”, who is given the Lovers Tarot card. Danny Atlas is the leader of this group of magicians. His character is meant to represent the element of fire.
Woody Harrelson plays Merritt McKinney “The Mentalist”, who is given the Hermit Tarot card. Merritt is the joker of the group. As the imp of the bunch Merritt is meant to be symbolic of the element Air.
Isla Fisher plays Henley Reeves “The Escape Artist”, who is given the High Priestess Tarot card. Paired with Danny Atlas, Henley is meant to portray the balance of water/love.
Dave Franco plays Jack Wilder “The Sleight”, who is given the Death Tarot card. The Wilder character is representative of the Earth element.
Danny Atlas = 666 / A Dead Jack Wilder = 666
The four magicians meet at a mysterious apartment numbered 6a-6b (66 symbolism), a numerical clue to the symbolic identity of their unknown benefactor as well as the numerical identity of the group. In Gematria this symbolism can be interpreted as 666.
The Apartment Ritual
The group are left to solve the riddle of the apartment which represents an occult ritual (an initiation rite). Once they solve the puzzle of the apartment they are introduced to an elite plan, or agenda, for a magic show. They blindly agree to follow the agenda of an unknown benefactor and in one years time become rich and powerful entertainers – The Four Horsemen.
“The symbol for the Order, of course, is the All-Seeing Eye that emerges as Harrelson touches the light bulb. The significance here is that the ignition of light, which is what enters and exits the eye to cause perception, is the beginning of their initiation. This is relevant because the whole film will be about the management of perception.” – Jays Analysis.com
The apartment is a hidden allegory for Alchemy as well as ritual initiation. Similarly there are touches of Plato’s Cave and mystery school occultism at work.
The white rose is meant to represent Danny Atlas.
The water is meant to symbolize Henley Reeves.
The smoke is the air element of Merritt McKinney.
The earth ritual is meant to show Jack Wilder.
The illumination represents the Fifth Horsemen/Hidden Alchemist.
The Four Horsemen Logo
With the backing of insurance magnate Arthur Tressler, played by Michael Caine, the group is shown performing in Las Vegas as “The Four Horsemen”. For their first act as a group, the magicians declare they will rob a bank, apparently through the use of teleportation. Their enigmatic logo appears around the Las Vegas stage and is splashed across billboards.
In the Biblical sense, The Four Horsemen are described in the Book of Revelation as bringing with them: conquest, war, famine, and death. This is a symbolic link to the true persona behind the magicians and their hidden intention.
“I think worldwide economic chaos could occur during 2015 – 2016, as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride, with the Third Horseman being Economic Chaos.” – Revelation13.net
The First Act
An account holder at the Crédit Républicain de Paris, Etienne Forcier is chosen (seemingly at random) from the Las Vegas audience and apparently transported via teleportation to France where he activates a vacuum which showers money onto the Las Vegas crowd. After the show concludes, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes, played by Mark Ruffalo, and Interpol agent Alma Dray are brought together and arrest the four magicians, only to quickly release them due to lack of evidence.
Following the Four Horsemen is Thaddeus Bradley, played by Morgan Freeman, a former magician turned debunker. Thaddeus is a “truther” who broadcasts a conspiracy theory style television program which exposes “The Eye”, as well as the secrets of magicians. Bradley intends to monitor the activity of the Horsemen and in turn sell a series of DVDs which will reveal their illusions.
The hidden allegory is that “Freeman” represents the prisoner who freed himself from the cave of Plato and intends to shine light on the illusions and trickery of The Eye – the Illuminati.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
“Imagine prisoners who have been chained since childhood deep inside a cave. Behind the prisoners is an enormous fire. The shapes cast shadows on the wall, which occupy the prisoners’ attention and they speak to the shadows even naming them as they pass. This is the only life they know. Now imagine a prisoner is released and compelled to leave the cave, in time he would learn to see the sun as it is, and that it provides the seasons and the courses of the year and presides over all things in the visible that they had seen.
Once thus enlightened, so to speak, the freed prisoner would no doubt want to return to the cave to free “his fellow bondsmen”. The problem however is that they would not want to be freed: descending back into the cave would require that the freed prisoner’s eyes adjust again, and for a time, he would be inferior at the ludicrous process of identifying shapes on the wall. This would make his fellow prisoners murderous toward anyone who attempted to free them.” – Plato’s Cave
Thaddeus Bradley Reveals The Trick
Agent’s Dylan and Alma meet with Thaddeus Bradley who explains how the French bank was robbed far prior to the Las Vegas show. Bradley reveals that the French audience member was a plant, chosen specifically and placed under mind control/hypnosis that caused him to believe he had been transported to France and outside of Las Vegas. The money in the real French vault was replaced with flash money that was burnt leaving no trace, while the actual French money was showered on the Vegas crowd.
The Second Show – Mardi Gras
Agents Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) follow the Four Horsemen act to Mardi Gras. This event occurs during the spring equinox which represents the chemical turning point in alchemy. The hoodwinkers manage to steal $144,579,651.00 from Tressler’s account and electronically distribute it to an audience composed of Hurricane Katrina victims.
In Simple Gematria 1+4+4+5+7+9+6+5+1 = 42. According to modern Jewish interpretation the number 42 also equates to the number of stations or so-called stops every person will accomplish in his life. This is also recognized as the 42 steps toward spiritual growth and is closely identified with the numerical equation “4×2 = 8”, symbolic of eternity or the everlasting soul – as shown in the looping pattern of the number 8.
After the Four Horsemen escape, Alma informs Dylan that the Order of the Eye is likely a real secret society pulling the strings behind the scenes, and are capable of using real magic.
The Third Act
Dray and Rhodes discover the location of the Horsemen apartment and pursue the group. While giving chase the group is able to evade authorities, but Jack Wilder is apparently killed in the chase on the 59th Street Bridge when his car crashes and explodes.
The remaining Horsemen upload a viral video to Youtube vowing to complete a mission “bigger than themselves”. Their next heist is of a money-filled safe held in an Elkhorn company warehouse. The final act of their show is held at 5 Pointz in New York. Unable to be caught the remaining trio leaps from their rooftop stage and transform themselves into a shower of fake bills (fiat money) that rain down on the crowd.
Thaddeus Is Framed
The stash of actual cash is found in Thaddeus SUV. Thaddeus is arrested, presumably under the assumption that he is the Fifth Horseman. Rhodes visits Thaddeus in prison and reveals himself to be the actual man on the inside – The Fifth Horseman. Jack Wilder had faked his own death and the entire magic act and illusions were part of a grand plot to put Thaddeus behind bars. Dylan even mentions that the Four Horseman never kept ANY of the money.
In Summary – The Hidden/Esoteric Allegory Of Now You See Me
The scripting of the film is built around the tropes of alchemy/occult numerology. Each of the Horsemen, rather than being fleshed out, are simply used as symbols of alchemy/numerology minus any character growth. The Four Horsemen are separate pieces or elements of the seasons – a 12 cycle year with four seasons. This is why during the stage shows of the Horsemen 12 lights can be seen behind the group. This is also why the numerology of the 4:44 PM was chosen on the initiation/tarot cards shown as 4+4+4 = 12. “The Eye” in the film is always linked with the numerical 6 designation as are the 3 magic acts. This is a numeric clue as to the true persona of the films ‘Eye’ which in reality is an allegory for the Illuminati. The hidden apartment is given the number 6, while the billboard in Times Square which displays the hidden eye is adorned with 6 lights. Prior to each magic show the characters Danny Atlas or Merritt McKinney flash the A-OK sign, in hidden/esoteric terms this is meant to signify that the audience is being placed under a hex (in occult terms this would be apart of hexcraft magika). In a sense the magicians are attempting to practice ‘real magic’ during their shows which is accurate to the films plotline that ‘The Eye’ practices real magic as well. The numerical designation of the number six which shows itself around the magic show, the apartment, and the billboard are meant to symbolize 666 in Gematria.
The Four Horseman in occult terms symbolize the greater mysteries arriving to create a stone – the great work of Alchemy. In the biblical sense this so-called stone represents the coming of the Fifth Age and arrival of the four hardships described in Revelation as: war, famine, pestilence, and death. The film shows the link between tarot cards and characters as symbols for the four elements, which are initiated/blended together via the ritual of the apartment. In occult terms the apartment represents a cave and the magician behind the rite is the hidden alchemist. The apartment is owned by ‘The Eye’, an allegory for Illuminati control. In the biblical sense the hidden alchemist or arcane spirit behind the Four Horsemen is empowered through evil (recall the goal in the plotline of the film is revenge and not love).
In symbolic terms, The Four Horsemen are going through three acts or stages of illusion/distraction which symbolize three world wars played out on a global stage. The first two world wars have occurred, while the third act of world war is shown developing in Chinatown (China), which is the location of the hidden cave/apartment belonging to The Eye/Illuminati. The goal of the magicians is to ascend to the golden age (New World Order) and usher in a totalitarian kingdom which will wipe away all the kingdoms of old. This is why 5 Pointz in New York is chosen as the final stage prior to the vanishing act of 3 members of the Horsemen. Here 5 Pointz represents the arrival of the 5th age and the end of the period of biblical grace and mercy.
When the group vanishes at 5 Pointz (representing ascension to the 5th age) the crowd below are showered in fake currency which means a global economic crash is taking place and that the group of three figures are symbolic of the third horseman riding in the persona of pestilence. The fake currency also represents the fiat money of the global banking cartel and that it is worthless currency destined to fall and usher in the final age of man.
Behind each acts of distraction in the film the group were always attempting to reach the New World Order (initiation into The Eye). This is also why Merritt gives the dual peace hand gesture prior to being captured. The peace hand sign has dual meanings, it is symbolic of the Roman numeral V, and used in secret society circles as the sign for the 5th age. Since the film used The Four Horseman as symbols/elements then they must achieve balance and rebirth through the process of Alchemy. In order to reach ascension one of the elements must first go through a trial of fire, which is the earth sacrifice of the Jack Wilder character in the film. Wilder is ritually sacrificed for the so-called greater good, for those familiar with the tropes of the Illuminati you should see the Frankist/Sevi ties here.
For the Illuminati the so-called ‘fifth objective’ is the creation of a totalitarian society which will eventually be governed by the biblical beast often referred to as Antichrist. In reality the global elite view their sinful actions as helping to pave the way for a NWO to emerge, an order where sin and guilt do not exist and where all people can become ascended masters – angelic beings. World wars and the loss of human lives are not of importance to the elite, neither is the well being of the poor as the goal of the so-called Illuminati is the ‘fifth objective’, that is all the ends justify the means, including sacrifice. They also hold to a 4 tier idealist hierarchy shown below.
The Four Tier Belief System Of The Illuminati:
Neo-Zionist, Frankist, Shabbatist, Eurocentric Secularist
With the “death” of Jack Wilder an ‘ends justify the means’ scenario is played out and the Horseman once again sacrifice their new found fame and fortune to blindly follow the path laid for them by the Eye.
Morgan Freeman represents the ‘Freeman’ of the Plato’s Cave allegory. The freeman wants to liberate and enlighten his fellow bondsmen to stop watching shadows on the wall and to come out to the light under the sun and governed by the four seasons. In reality the shadows in Plato’s cave can be summed up as sports, politics, entertainment, and film.