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Professor next to his Mirage Maker.
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The Vacation Mirage is a 1960 Felix the Cat cartoon and the 71st episode of the made-for-TV Felix series, distributed by Trans-Lux and directed by Joe Oriolo.

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  • Motive Decay: In most of the series, Professor's goal is simply to steal Felix's bag, but in this episode, he separates Felix from the Magic Bag, but then spends the rest of the episode sadistically tormenting Felix with his barrage of realistic mirages instead of simply taking the bag and leaving while Felix is distracted by the mirages.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Professor comes very close to defeating Felix in this episode, but Felix manages to win by sheer dumb luck.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: This is one of the few episodes in the series where Professor gets his act together and shows that he can be a legitimate threat to Felix. He has the deck completely stacked against Felix throughout the episode thanks to his Mirage Maker, and the cat only manages to beat him by luck.
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  • Reality Warper: In this episode, Felix decides to take a vacation to the desert, but the Professor has built a Mirage Maker device that is a very powerful device—despite it being an illusion maker, the illusions it creates are just as convincing as the real thing, and Professor uses it throughout the episode to separate Felix from his bag and then torment him to his hearts content. Fortunately, Felix finds his bag and when he turns it into a plane and flies off, he unwittingly crashes into the Mirage Maker (which Professor had turned invisible) which makes it go haywire and swamp Professor with dozens of illusions surrounding him.
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