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Dark Magic (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 13 May 1939 (USA)

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Joseph A. Doakes goes into a shop looking for a gift for his son, and the clerk shows him a box of magic tricks. After a store employee demonstrates several of them, Doakes purchases a ... See full summary »

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Joseph A. Doakes goes into a shop looking for a gift for his son, and the clerk shows him a box of magic tricks. After a store employee demonstrates several of them, Doakes purchases a number of them and starts demonstrating them for his son, who is totally bored. For some unknown reason, the tricks worked better in the store than they do at home, even though instructions are included. In the final trick, Doakes makes himself disappear. Where he ends up after the trick is over must remain a mystery until you see this short film. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Decent Benchley short
23 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Dark Magic (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM short has Joe McDoakes (Robert Benchley) walking into a gift shop where he wants to look at some magic tricks. A pro shows him the tricks so Joe takes this home to perform in front of his son but of course things don't go as planned. This is a pretty good short that manages to get a few laughs even though the screenplay is rather lazy and goes for all the obvious jokes. Of course McDoakes isn't going to be able to do the tricks and when he does do one it just gets him into more trouble. The ending is pretty nice but the real highlights are in the shop when the tricks are actually being done. Whenever watching magic tricks I always try to catch how they're being done and the ones here are without question the easiest I've ever spotted. The easiest one is the ball under the cup trick, which is done repeatedly here but it's very obvious to see how they're doing it because of being able to see the balls.


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