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The Magic Show (1983)

A young magician with an unorthodox look and style's first big break is threatened by a villainous rival.

Director:

Norman Campbell

Writers:

Bob Randall (book), Jerry Ross (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Henning Doug Henning ... Doug
Didi Conn ... Cal
Jon Finlayson Jon Finlayson ... Van Zyskin
Jack Creley ... Shumway
Sandee Currie ... Donna
Taborah Johnson ... Dina
Anita Morris ... Charmin
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Manny
Paul Dorsey Paul Dorsey ... Barney
Paul Gordon Paul Gordon ... Steve
Barnie Wood Barnie Wood ... Mike
Aaron Ferguson Aaron Ferguson ... 9 Year Old Boy
Eric Richard Eric Richard ... 8 Year Old Boy
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Stage Doorman
Hadley Kay Hadley Kay ... Boy in Audience
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Storyline

At the nightclub Chez Manny, a new young magician, Doug, and his assistant, Cal, are hired as the headline act. Unlike the washed up no talent, Van Zyskin with his cliché style, Doug is an young ingénue with long hair and casual clothes, but with amazing talent. With the rumor of an important producer coming to see the show, the jealous Van Zyskin is determined not be overshadowed by the young upstart. He plans to steal Doug's secrets and undermine his young rival's confidence despite what unappreciated protection that Cal can provide. Can Doug keep true to himself and his art and appreciate his gifts despite what the villain plans? The result are certain to be magical. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

G
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1983 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The Broadway production of "The Magic Show" opened at the Cort Theater in New York on May 28, 1974, ran for 1920 performances and Doug Henning received a 1975 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for a role he recreated in this filmed production. See more »

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Worth The Watch
14 August 2001 | by stemicborSee all my reviews

Just because I couldnt have seen it live, i needed to watch this DVD. Although it is missing my favorite number, "West End Avenue", it is still very cute. The version that I saw DID have "Lion Tamer." It was interesting and something to see, especially if you have the soundtrack and wonder how the songs fit the plot.


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