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Series Info
Series:Special Event
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:88 mins
Director:Nathan Drillot
Jeff Petry
Year Released:2016
Production Country:Canada


A partnership with proceeds going to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Autism Center.

"Editor's Pick" -The Atlantic

"We could all use a little more inspiration on how to nudge without a tilt. Wizard Mode is a reminder that some are better than others, and one in particular, you might never have expected." -Forces of Geek


In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism.

As a young boy, his parents realized they could give him a quarter and he would play on a pinball machine for hours. Refusing to believe their son was locked into a limited future, his parents supported him as he practiced non-stop, developing an exceptional talent for the game.

But now Robert’s real challenge lies outside the game on his journey to shed his youth and gain independence.

Wizard Mode, Salazar Film’s first feature documentary, is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world, Pinburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA.