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Those long gone and sorely missed ABC Weekend Specials, the
introduction with the animated wizard conjuring butterflies flying from
an open book, snared the attention of many youngsters who, at a certain
point on Saturday Morning, wanted something beyond cartoons i.e. real
humans and real stories but not without a touch of whim and fantasy:
Like in this creative two-part episode about a spectacle-wearing kid,
Zack, visiting his Aunt's (played by Jane Withers) dilapidated magic
factory that, while shabby on the outside, harbors a score of neat
tricks by two talented magicians within.
REPO MAN ingénue Olivia Barash, then a child actress who appeared in TV shows ranging from THE INCREDIBLE HULK to LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, is a magician's daughter that joins Zack in trying to rescue the building from a geeky yet sinister tax attorney, who, with the aid of a bitter custodian, tries closing it down for good.
Zack, despite being bullied at school, plans a big magic show in the school auditorium, and with Olivia as his assistant they have but one shot at saving the beloved old factory.
A pretty good storyline and likable characters will keep you interested in the turnout, and best of all, there's a lotta cool magic tricks.
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