Abracadabra, I sit on his knee
Presto change-o, and now he is me
Hocus pocus, we take her to bed
Magic is fun; we're dead.Magic
— Fats in the trailer
is a 1978 horror thriller directed by Richard Attenborough and written by William Goldman (The Princess Bride
), adapted from Goldman's own 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. Corky heads to the Catskills where he encounters his high school crush, Peggy and her grouchy husband, Duke. Unfortunately for Corky, his agent Ben Greene(Burgess Meredith) has pursued him and quickly becomes suspicious over Corky's mental well-being. Shortly after, the situation turns violent.
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