The film opens with an “Ocean’s Eleven”-like montage introduction to four magicians. There’s the egotistical card trick pro Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg, basically playing Mark Zuckerberg again), con man and lock picker extraordinaire Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), underwater escape artist Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher) and mentalist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson). The four are brought together by an unknown person who offers a reward if the magicians team up and carry out some large-scale deception.
Fast-forward a year, and the quartet, now known as the Four Horsemen, vamps on a Las Vegas stage preparing for the evening’s piece de resistance. Without leaving the arena, the illusionists appear to rob a Parisian bank and rain the stolen euros on the excited audience.