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Film / Magic

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"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! Ė We're dead."
Fats, in the TV spot

Magic is a 1978 Psychological Horror film directed by Richard Attenborough and written by William Goldman, who adapted his own 1976 novel of the same name.

Failed stage magician Corky Withers (Anthony Hopkins) manages to rejuvenate his career with the addition of ventriloquism to his act; unfortunately, he also begins to manifest a split personality via his dummy, Fats, and just as he's about to hit it big with a television deal, chooses to flee rather than submit to the required medical exam.

Corky heads to the Catskills, where he soon encounters his old 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. Before long, the situation begins to turn violent.

In September 2022, it was announced that a Remake of the film had entered development.

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