Magic (1978)

USA, 1978
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Richard Attenborough.

Plot Summary

Former magician’s assistant Corky decides to go out on his own but his first gig is a disaster. Hoping to improve his act, he acquires a ventriloquist’s dummy named Fats and soon becomes hugely successful. But Fats has a mind of his own and is soon engaged in a battle of wills with Corky.


Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Joseph E. Levine presents
© 1978 Joseph E. Levine Presents Inc.
Executive Producer: C.O. Erickson
Produced by: Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine
Screenplay by: William Goldman, based on his novel
Director of Photography: Victor J. Kemper
Editor: John Bloom
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound Mixer: Larry Jost
Costumes by: Ruth Myers
Make-up Artists: Lee Harman, Hallie Smith-Simmons
Hair Styles: Cherie
Special Effects: Robert MacDonald Jr
Production Designer: Terence Marsh
Filmed o location in California [Blue Lakes, Lake County], New York and at Twentieth Century-Fox Studios

Anthony Hopkins (Corky/[voice of] Fats)
Ann-Margret (Peggy Ann Snow)
Burgess Meredith (Ben Greene)
Ed Lauter (Duke)
E.J. André (Merlin)
Jerry Houser (cab driver)
David Ogden Stiers (Todson)
Lillian Randolph (Sadie)
Joe Lowry (club M.C.)
Bob Hackman (father)
Mary Munday (mother)
Brad Beesley (young Corky)
Scott Garrett (Corky’s brother)
Beverly Sanders (laughing lady)
I.W. Klein (maitre d’hotel)
Stephen Hart (captain)
Patrick McCullough (doorman)
Michael Harte (minister)

See also
Dead of Night (1945)
The Dummy (2000)



  • The Dark Side no.73 (June/July 1998) p.24 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.330
  • Film Review 1979-1980 by F. Maurice Speed p.150
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.239
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.561-564 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review