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Carnival Magic (1981)

G | | Fantasy
A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Markov
Jennifer Houlton ... Ellen
Howard Segal ... David
... Kate
Joe Cirillo ... Kirk
Mark Weston ... Stoney
Charles Reynolds ... Dr. Poole
Diane Kettering ... Kim
Missy Crutchfield ... Girl in Car (as Missy O'Shea)
Ron De Marco ... Dr. Poole's Assistant (as Ron DeMarco)
Farzene Habib ... Nurse Ranya
Earl Vedder ... Gus / Clarence
Mike Allen ... Sheriff
Sgt. Willis ... Deputy
Gordon Peterson Jr. ... Shorty
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A magician in a carnival--who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects--works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon become the stars of the carnival, drawing in big crowds. However, the wild-animal trainer, who has been displaced by the team as the carnival's top act, decides to kidnap Alex and sell him to a medical laboratory for experimentation, thereby getting rid of his competition. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A sequel, "More Carnival Magic" was planned, and advertised at the end of the film. The film did so badly at the box office that the sequel plans were scrapped. See more »


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Strange Things Are Afoot
19 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

A magician in a carnival -- who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects -- works with a super-intelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk.

Whether this is a bad movie or a so-bad-it-is-good movie will be up to the viewer to decide. I mean, either way we have to all agree it is pretty bad, right? But it does have a certain charm.

The "talking" ape is bizarre, because he basically just grunts and says nothing of value. There is a creepy 40-year old man who sexually assaults a teenage girl... and the next day she announces to her father that they are getting married. What? There is a mad scientist with s poorly dubbed German accent. Why? And a dead wife who is never fully explained.


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