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

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Complete credited cast:
Doug Henning ...
Doug
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Cal
Jon Finlayson ...
Van Zyskin
Jack Creley ...
Shumway
Sandee Currie ...
Donna
Taborah Johnson ...
Dina
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Charmin
Paul Soles ...
Manny
Paul Dorsey ...
Barney
Paul Gordon ...
Steve
Barnie Wood ...
Mike
Aaron Ferguson ...
9 Year Old Boy
Eric Richard ...
8 Year Old Boy
Les Rubie ...
Stage Doorman
Hadley Kay ...
Boy in Audience
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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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3 March 1983 (Canada)  »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Valuable document of flawed production
18 October 1998 | by (Jersey City, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The original Broadway production starring Henning and Morris ran nearly 2,000p., so this filming of a later (distinctly lesser) production is well worth a look, and OUGHT to be available on VHS. The broadcast version appeared to cut one major song ("Lion Tamer") that I trust was filmed, but over all between the magic and the music and a very funny book, this is one of the rare "cult" films that bears repeated viewings. Especially now that the original Broadway cast album is out on CD, here's hoping people get another chance to see the movie.


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