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The Magic Christian (1969)
No Spoilers; re: spoiling rotten
A "Magic Christian" is an expression. Some find it "magic" to receive the gift of money, in the United States of America, money is considered legal tender for ALL debts, public and private. Hence is written "IN GOD WE TRUST" upon it. As the movie is about trust to a certain degree, it is relevant to consider the effect of money on people in relation to movies and motion pictures in general. A movie is a snapshot of an idea, played out in sequential scenes, or "skits," and in this one one might find that which is advertised: Ringo Starr sitting on Peter Sellers' lap. Historically, Peter Sellers is known as a remarkable actor of multiple personalities -- on screen, not in private life. Culturally, Ringo Starr has been attributed via "The Simpsons" as one who responds to ALL of his fan mail. Personally.
There were comedians of this era who would offer to send anyone who asked them a dollar in the mail. There were also comedians of this era who would request that anyone send them a dollar in the mail.
That's the core issue here in "The Magic Christian." Relevant to the resurgence of magic in popular culture (as per "Harry Potter" and the New York Times Book Review) the book upon which this movie is base would still be upon the "book-burning" list, were it not for the polluting effect of burning books. As for the pollution within this book and movie, it is of a nihilist variety, and so the movie is a nihilist variety show.
The question is whether the main character wants to annihilate the societies withwhich he encounters. Money is as good a weapon as any. Many would argue that the movie is such an offense as to be included in the lump sum of the Raquel Welch movies; as she appears in this project, it is noteworthy to consider her negative influence on culture and society at large.
However, most damaging is the influence of what has become known as the troop (spelling intended) of "Monty Python." Any Christian, magic or otherwise, knows of the relationship between mankind and snakes. A python is a rather long, large snake, and so too is this movie: a rather long, large insinuation on the topic of good and bad.
Is magic bad? Well, magicians are surely going to hell. As they will not enter the gates of Heaven, nor even see said Kingdom, one might consider carefully the possibility of the relationship between the former British Kingdom and the former (Disney) Magic Kingdom.
Both the British and the Disney "Kingdoms" were extensions of an effort to culturally alter populations in response to the Universal Truth of God and Justice. Seeing as Chaos is a frequently referenced topic upon comments for this movie "The Magic Christian," one might consider also the effects of Lawlessness as well as what would be wrongfully called "freedom" from Goodness. Upon the topic of Freedom, the relevant relationship between the United States of America and the would-be monarchy of London, and even the relationship between the myth of Merlin, that of the Welsh culture, and that of Harry Potter fiction, dissolves into a rather nasty cocktail of would-be wit and would-be wisdom. Ultimately, the application of information rather than truth is a lot like reading a comment and getting a plot synopsis instead: you get the movie without the experience. The experience of "The Magic Christian" is a lot like going to Disney World and getting leprosy instead of a mouse-ear hat. You can't remember why you lost an arm and a leg, but you left without having your ears altered to the bias of an experience illusionist.