Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers.

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Trevor Preston
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael MacKenzie Michael MacKenzie ...  Tarot 29 episodes, 1970-1972
Roy Holder ...  Chas Diamond / ... 22 episodes, 1971-1972
Petra Markham Petra Markham ...  Mikki Diamond 19 episodes, 1972
Fred Owl Fred Owl ...  Ozymandias 17 episodes, 1970-1972
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Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1970 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Runtime:

(46 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A DVD of all existing episodes was released by Network UK in July 2007 and features a new documentary in 3 parts by Classic TV enthusiasts and experts Andrew Pixley and Simon Coward. See more »

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Tarot
(uncredited)
Composed by Andrew Bown and Trevor Preston
Performed by Andrew Bown
[Series theme tune]
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Aces high
23 October 2014 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I suppose everyone has one television programme from their childhood which stays with them down the years and evokes instant nostalgia at the slightest remembrance. Well for me "Ace Of Wands" is that show, as, aged about 10 I would rush home after school to watch it before going out to play with friends.

Of course, the groovy, spacey, psychedelic theme tune, by later Status Quo side-man Andy Bown was a great hook for starters, but I remember the stories too as being exciting and imaginative, each episode invariably ending Dr Who-style, with a cliffhanger of some type.

Michael MacKenzie was Tarot, a magician/conjurer hero long before the days of Jonathon Creek, leading his companions in and out of danger, the peril usually supernatural in some way. I duly bought the boxed DVD of the surviving third series and of course it's not as good as I remember, with iffy special effects, dodgy sets and some unconvincing acting. But you know, nothing can take away the nostalgic glow I get just remembering it again and would dearly love to see the sadly wiped first two series.

That, however, is a mystery that even Tarot himself couldn't solve these forty odd years since...


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