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Don Stewart ... Markov
Jennifer Houlton ... Ellen
Howard Segal ... David

Regina Carrol ... Kate
Joe Cirillo ... Kirk
Mark Weston ... Stoney
Charles Reynolds ... Dr. Poole
Diane Kettering ... Kim
Missy Crutchfield ... Girl in Car (as Missy O'Shea)
Ron De Marco ... Dr. Poole's Assistant (as Ron DeMarco)
Farzene Habib ... Nurse Ranya
Earl Vedder ... Gus / Clarence
Mike Allen ... Sheriff
Sgt. Willis ... Deputy
Gordon Peterson Jr. ... Shorty
Philip Morris ... Barker #1
Stanley Harin ... Barker #2
Richard Haskell ... Orderly #2
Angie Brenson ... Clown
Galla ... Nurse
Linda Sherwood ... Alex (voice)
David Pendleton ... Poole (voice)
Trudi the Chimp ... Alexander the Great

Directed by
Al Adamson 
Writing credits
Mark Weston (screenplay) &
Bob Levine (screenplay)

Elvin Feltner (original story)

Produced by
Elvin Feltner .... producer
Bob Levine .... associate producer (as Robert J. Levine)
Dennis Murphy .... line producer
Original Music by
Martin St. Lawrence 
Cinematography by
Darrell Cathcart (director of photography) (as Darryl Cathcart)
Film Editing by
James Abeles  (as Jim Abeles)
Set Decoration by
Sara Robbins 
Makeup Department
Barbara Galloway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edwin Picker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Reynolds .... assistant director
Sound Department
Eli Haviv .... sound effects
Bob Sherwood .... dubbing engineer
Dennis Woods .... sound engineer
Al Yelton .... sound assistant
Jim Kuykendall .... stunt driver
Jerry Rushing .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Dolphin .... lighting director
Fritz Jon Goforth .... key grip (as Fritz Goforth)
Jimmy Hammett .... gaffer
Rodger Painter .... still photographer
Jeff Reep .... grip
Robbie Shue .... grip
Phil Smoot .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Taylor .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Dick Cohen .... negative cutter (as Dick Cohn)
Music Department
Susan Hoover .... lyrics
Martin St. Lawrence .... conductor
Other crew
Mike Allen .... studio liaison: E.O.
Chester Collins .... public relations
Dawn Freer .... script girl
Galla .... production assistant
Marilyn Heir .... production secretary
Jake Morgan .... location chef
Gene Poole .... production assistant
Aleta Spangler .... production secretary
Sandler Witlin .... designer: capes
Crew believed to be complete

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A Film Like This Could Only Be Adamson, 6 November 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Carnival Magic (1981)

1/2 (out of 4)

Adamson, best known for drive-in stuff like Dracula VS. FRANKENSTEIN and BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR, ended his career making a couple kiddie flicks. This one was made in 1981 and LOST would follow a couple years later. Neither one was originally released to theaters and rumor has it that no one knew this film existed until police searched the director's home after his disappearance and found the film prints (before finding the director's dead body). In the film, Markov the Magician (Don Stewart) is fired from his carnival gig because the boss is under pressure from the lion keeper. Soon the boss' daughter discovers that Markov has a secret chimp who can actually speak. She convinces Marvok to tell the boss so that they can add the chimp to the act, which brings in a lot of money but soon the tiger trainer gets jealous and decides to steal the chimp. Yes, that's the story to this thing. Watching any Adamson picture can feel like an 70-year prison sentence but sometimes he would give us stuff so wild and over the top that you couldn't help but be entertained. Dracula VS. FRANKENSTEIN is the best example of this but CARNIVAL MAGIC is just a downright mystery. Who on Earth was Adamson making this for? Adults are going to be bored out of their minds and I think even kids would hate this thing. The film is certainly meant to be cute but it comes off more scary than anything else as you really can't help but feel uncomfortable with Markov and the teenage girl's friendship coming off a little weird. It also doesn't help that the chimp's voice makes him sound like a gargoyle or some type of freak with a smoker's voice who sounds like he's gasping for his last breathe. Another problem is that the screenplay is just downright bad as none of the character stories are of any interest and you can't help but feel as if the film should have ran no longer than 9-minutes at the most. Stewart seems bored out of his mind and wishing he could be somewhere else while the director's real-life wife Regina Carrol sleepwalks through things. You get the typical Adamson slowness and there are countless scenes that could have been left out as they add nothing to the film and in the end you're pretty much left with the type of film you expect from the director. There's no question that Adamson deserves his cult following because he certainly made some very unique films. Most were downright bad, a few are cult favorites and then there are others that make very little sense. CARNIVAL MAGIC is certainly the strangest film I've seen from the man and that's saying quite a bit.

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