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Festival of Magic DVD

Festival of Magic DVD

This is the one you've been waiting for...after over 50 years!

First broadcast in 1957, Festival of Magic features the only complete footage of Cardini's act, filled with immaculate sleight-of-hand and brilliant magical moments. The show is considered a landmark, a must-see film every magician should watch and study.

The show also includes six other great acts: Robert Harbin with original illusions and a straitjacket escape, Sorcar with a Buzz Saw and other effects, June Merlin and her fairylike routines, Milbourne Christopher catching a bullet, Li King Si's Asian-style magic, and René Septembre's fast-paced bird routines.

The unique comedy of emcee Ernie Kovacs is also included, with several segments featuring elaborate magical sight gags.

All footage has been remastered for DVD and all chapters are accessible through menus.

The complete 1957 T.V. special
The only complete footage of Cardini's act
Previously unseen Cardini intro clip
Appearances by Robert Harbin and six other acts
Emceed by legendary surrealistic comic Ernie Kovacs
Over an hour of great magic
Complete with all vintage commercials
Digitally remastered on DVD

This DVD was created in collaboration with Maurine Christopher and William H. McIlhany.


Hosted by Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs
Vanishing Cabinet gag

Li King Si (Georges Cassel)
Vanishing Staffs
Scarf to String of Silks
Confetti to Water
Sword Balancing

Ernie Kovacs
Rabbit and Mice segment

Robert Harbin
Head Off illusion
Chair Suspension
Upside-Down Straitjacket Escape

Ernie Kovacs
Miniature Man gag
Comedy routines

June Merlin
Twentieth Century Silks with Gloves
Mice Production
Mice to Rat
Vanishing Mice
Multiplying Candles
Rabbit to Stole
Stole to Fur Coat

Card Routine
Ball Manipulations
Untying Silk
Cigarette Routine

Temple of Benares
Indrajal Paper Frame
Buzz Saw

Ernie Kovacs
Sword Cabinet gag

René Septembre
Water Bowl Productions
Water Bowl Vanish
Torn and Restored Newspaper
Dove from Newspaper
Cat Production
Hen Production
Hen to Duck
Duck to Doves

Ernie Kovacs
Sawing in Half gag

Running Time Approximately: 2hr 32mins

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