3 Magic Words

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3 Magic Words is a 2010 documentary film about spirituality. The film was based on the book, Three Magic Words (1972) by self-help writer Uell Stanley Andersen (1917 – 1986). The film was written, directed and produced by Michael Perlin and co-produced by Maura Hoffman. The film was produced over four years.[1] The lead is played by Gabriella Ethereal and the film is narrated by Cameron Smith. The film premiered in the U.S. at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood and had its European premiere in London on December 21, 2012 at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square.


The film uses interviews, computer-animated graphics, and narration to address the question, “Who Am I?". It does this while following a fictional account of a self-destructive young woman who has recently awoke from a coma and doesn't know who she is, and the process of that journey. People interviewed in the film include Neale Donald Walsch, Gary Renard, Debbie Ford, Jasmuheen, and others.[2][3] The film covers spiritual concepts from eastern mysticism and the New Age movement. The movie contains quotes by historical figures such as Gandhi, Buddha, Jesus, John Lennon, Plato, Sai Baba, Einstein, Osho, and others.[4]


File:3 Magic Words Movie Logo.jpg
3 Magic Words logo. It was designed using the number 3 and layers resembling the petals of a lotus flower as depicted in many spiritual designs from the East.

Perlin’s spiritual interests started when he was involved with metaphysical studies in 1992. Perlin’s inspiration for the film came from the 1954 book Three Magic Words by Uell Stanley Andersen.[5] He first had the idea to create the film after an existential crisis while working at the Macaroni Grill.[6]


  1. Whole Person Oct 2012
  2. Maui Now 3 Magic Words follows in the vein of its self-empowerment predecessors such as The Secret by Maesyn December 1st, 2010
  3. Whole Life Times Oct/Nov 2012
  4. Filmore, Emily A.. "3 Magic Words: The Movie, Directed by Michael Perlin". Conversations with God for Parents. http://archive.is/IIpb. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. Natural Awakenings Aug 2013
  6. Gelt, Jessica (30 March 2012). "The Enabler: Head games, sensual moves at Grateful Fridays". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/30/entertainment/la-et-love-step-20120330. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 

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