After a little boy vanishes in a magic shop, he comes back later with supernatural powers and evil intentions.

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Himself - Host
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Grainger
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Mrs. Grainger
John Megna ...
Anthony 'Tony' Grainger
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Mr. Dulong
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Mr. Adams
William Sargent ...
Dr. Stone
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Herlie (as Ted deCorsia)
Hugh Sanders ...
The 1st Cop
Rolfe Sedan ...
The Old Man
Audrey Swanson ...
Eric's Mother
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The Intern
Brian Corcoran ...
Eric
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Steven Grainger gives his son Tony money for his birthday, and takes the little boy to a remote magic store in town, where Tony can spend his money. The owner, Mr. Dulong, sees a promising future in the youngster, and offers to teach him all he knows about "real" magic. Tony's eyes fill with delight and stepping into a cabinet, he promptly disappears. Dulong then vanishes as well, leaving Mr. Grainger stranded in the streets, searching for his son. Strangely enough, the magic shop has vanished, along with Tony. Written by alfiehitchie

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10 January 1964 (USA)  »

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When the boy starts the fire in the neighbor's house you can clearly see it start in the upstairs window. But when they show the house on fire shortly thereafter, you can see it's archive footage of a single story house-fire. See more »

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It's Not Your Usual Magic Show
24 April 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Memorable chiller. Little Tony's mom and dad are so conventionally suburban and their home life so ordinary, that the contrast with what comes later turns really menacing. Seems little Tony has extra-sensory powers when he sees a magic shop that no one else sees. Once he and Dad enter the magic shop's preternatural bubble, simple trickery gives way to the inexplicable powers of real magic, and a demonic force emerges. For the Grainger family, suburban life will never be the same.

Kudoes to producer Harrison for getting such an odd looking boy, Megna, for the pivotal role of Tony. That way, we're a bit discomfited from the start. And when Tony's latent sensibility is transformed by the sinister Dulong's magic box, it's not a big stretch. Then too, that wolf-like dog functions as a scary familiar for the boy sorcerer. Actually the episode reminds me a bit of Hitch's 30-minute Special Delivery (1959), which also dealt with a transformed suburban boy. Anyhow, the 60-minutes remains superior series fare. Importantly, it also undermines the placid assumptions of a well-ordered middle-class. For Hitchcock, I believe, this was a favorite theme, and maybe one reason why his work remains both unsettling and compelling without having to spill buckets of blood.


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