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The Sorcerer's Apprentice 

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 1962
A magician takes a simple-minded runaway under his wing. But the magician's wife has a sinister idea for the easily manipulated young man.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
David J. Stewart ...
Larry Kert ...


The Great Sadini finds a young man passed out from hunger on the carnival grounds and takes him inside to his trailer. The boy, Hugo, proves to be simple. His first thought on waking is that he is dead and that Sadini and his wife are the devil and an angel. He's nearly right -- but he has the roles reversed. Sadini's compassion prompts him to take the kid under his wing and teach him about magic. The wife's cold heart leads her to beg the manipulable boy to commit murder. Written by J. Spurlin

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1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Nearly became a "lost episode" when a sponsor deemed it unsuitable. It was subsequently never given a network airing, and it was not seen by television viewers until the series got sold into syndication. See more »


[first lines]
Sadini: Hey, wake up. This is no place to sleep. Come on, wake up. You'll freeze to death.
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References Fantasia (1940) See more »


The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314)
Written by Johann Strauss
  • carnival music heard at the beginning of the story

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I've Got The Wand Now!
6 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the best Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode filmed. It's good to see this one again. I used to watch AF Presents as a teenager (reruns of course) - I feel in-love with the show. It's been years since I've seen it and acquired this episode in a film pack along with the episode "The Cheney Vase". Watched both of them and love them still. I will admit "Sorcerer's Apprentice" is the best of the two shows.

This one is very suspenseful and mysterious. It concerns a magician (Sadini), his assistant and lover (Irene), her boyfriend on the side (George) and a simple boy that does not know any better (Hugo). The boy, Hugo, is a good boy but he thinks that Sadini is the devil and finds Irene beautiful and an angel - so pretty that he would do things just for her. What happens at the end is quite fitting for ____ - I won't say who you will have to watch and find out for yourself.


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