Film: Magic

"Magic is fun!"

"Abracadabra, I sit on his knee.
Presto chango, and now he is me.
Hocus pocus, we take her to bed.
Magic is fun; we're dead."
Fats, in the trailer

Magic is a 1978 horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride), adapted from Goldman's own 1976 novel.

Failed magician Corky Withers (Anthony Hopkins) manages to revitalize his on-stage career with the addition of ventriloquism; unfortunately, Corky begins to manifest a split personality through his dummy, Fats, and when about to hit it big with a television deal, he flees due to the required medical examination. Heading to the Catskills, Corky then encounters his high school crush Peggy (Ann-Margret) and her grouchy husband Duke (Ed Lauter). Meanwhile, Corky's agent Ben Greene (Burgess Meredith) has pursued him and quickly becomes suspicious regarding his mental well-being. Shortly thereafter, the situation turns violent.


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