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EPISODE #23

Magic Land of Allakazam Show #23

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This Episode originally aired on March 4th, 1961.  Show #23, that means they have produced 23 weeks of original programming in a row, with new magic in each show.  That's pretty darn amazing.  Especially when you watch this show, and see how creative it is.

We are lucky, because this single cartoon format show gives them more time to present the magic.  As you watch, you may notice that the sponge balls in cone segment and the Haunted House segment are both a little longer than the "audience participation" and "illusion" bits have been in previous shows.

In fact, the Balls in Cone performance with the boy is a great piece of magic that can be done with someone of any age.  I've already broken it down, and figured out the subtle secret of the finale, and soon will make that available.  

The opening segment, with the Haunted Doorway, is a very clever presentation, and a great way to involve all the lead artists, including little Mike! 

Don't skip the cartoon intro or the commercials, they  are all full of great magic!

And the Haunted House at the end is another great example of their ingenuity within a restricted budget.  While the Haunted House itself is not a complicated prop to build, the artwork on the front and sides is beautiful.  The same can be said of the opening Haunted Doorway Illusion.  Notice the cobwebs on the curtain behind the door, as a way to keep everything in the right "theme" of the illusion, and thereby calling less attention to that crucial magic moment  when the door is open and the curtain is closed.  

My compliments to Rebo in the Haunted Doorway Illusion for moving so fast, and getting those legs up, with the cloth covering them, to float out of the doorway perfectly!  It's another great example of how everyone on the team needed to be at the top of their game at all times.  And Rebo, like Mark, Nani, Towner, and Fenton, the whole team, really,  were all doing their parts to make the show a success.

I also love the impromptu musical score that Jack Anderson creates for each themed segment.  Such a brilliant musical mind.

Have fun, it's another great show.  I'd love to hear what things you get out of this episode.  There's always something new I discover as I watch the shows.  

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AIRED 23rd WEEK March 4 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #23 
(l Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:35
Haunted House - Teaser 1:44
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:04
Haunted House Doorway- (Rebo holding shoes on sticks) 2:14
Commercial - Tape 3:56
Cartoon lead in - Ghost House- 3 Cards 4:57
Cartoon - Pixie and Dixie (Cut)
Commercial (Cut)
Sponge Balls with Cone (and kid from audience) 5:43
Mark in Audience - Ball thru Head 8:54
Commercial - Tape 9:13
Haunted House - Illusion 10:14
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Cast - Good bye 19:30
Close and Closing Credits 19:35
End - TRT edited version 20:43

EPISODE #22

Allakazam Show #22

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This Episode originally aired on Feb. 22nd.  Though this show has two cartoon slots (both removed) the first one has a special "split screen" where Mark talks and does magic to Yogi!  They really coordinated that well.  The small magic in the audience totally surprised me.  You will ask yourself too, how did they keep the box quiet!

The Illusion in the show is pretty darn amazing, especially when you see the size of the costume that Nani appears in at the end.  I'm not blowing anything by saying that.. I think you will appreciate her work even more now that you are looking at how small the props are!

Have fun, it's another great show.  I'd love to hear what things you get out of this episode.  There's always something new I discover as I watch the shows.  

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AIRED 22nd WEEK February 25 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #22
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:35
Queen of Hearts - Teaser 1:44
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:01
Dove in Balloon 2:10
Commercial - Tape 2:44
Cartoon lead in - Yogi 3:45
Cartoon - Yogi (Cut)
Mark in audience - Drawer Box (all animals) 4:42
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Vanishing Lady (Queen thru tray) 5:51
Cartoon lead in - Rising Card on Stand 7:21
Cartoon (Cut)
Commercial - Tape 8:10
Queen of Hearts - Giant Cards and Box - Illusion 9:13
Commercial (Cut)
Good bye - Cast 13:03
Close and Closing Credits 13:07
End - TRT edited version 13:56

EPISODE #21

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This Episode originally aired on Feb. 18th. It was a one cartoon show.  The Closeup bit with the kids, Spectral Seamstress, is a great little effect.  Mark's speech before the Illusion is fun to watch!  And the Illusion, The Scales, with two matching boxes, is really creatively presented.  The moment when the "magic" happens, is totally off-beat, and one does not  expect it to be the secret that it is... was that cryptic enough?  Ha ha, well,  tell me if it fools you the first time you watch it, again!

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THE MAGIC LAND OF ALLAKAZAM ON A TV!

AIRED 21st WEEK February 18 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #21 
(l Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:35
Scales Illusion - Teaser 1:47
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:03
Alarm Clock from Hat - Clocks Silks Rabbit 2:14
Commercial - Tape 4:01
Cartoon lead 'in - Ghost Across 4:56
Cartoon - Huck Hound (Cut)
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Puzzle - What's on Paper 5:34
Spectoral Seamstress (Lisa & John) 6:41
Mark in Audience - Slate move 9:40
Commercial - Tape 10:43
Puzzle - What's on Paper - Answer 11:45
"No Camera Tricks" Mention CBS TV City 12:44
Scale s - Illusion 13:29
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Ticket Plug 18:11
Snake Basket 18:33
Cast - Good bye 19:19
Close and Closing Credits 19:27
End - TRT edited version 20:44

EPISODE #20

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This Episode originally aired on Feb. 11th. It was a two cartoon show, but check out the intro to the first cartoon.  It's one of the cool split screen bits that Mark coordinated with the Hanna/Barbera company.  Huck even uses the word "Allakazam!"  The big Illusion at the end is a very creative presentation.  See if you follow it the first time you watch it, or does it actually fool you?

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AIRED 20th WEEK February 11 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #20
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:35
Throne Chair - Teaser 1:46
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:05
Bunny Box with Chicken 2:11
Commercial - Tape 3:33
Cartoon lead in - Split screen - Huck Hound 4:34
Cartoon - Hound (Cut)
Mark in Audience - Torn Paper to Hat (Irene, Carmen, Irene) 5:25
Commercial - Kelloggs Train - not MW - Film 6:24
Puzzle - Eight - Eights 7:24
Cartoon lead in - Draw top Hat - Produce Silk thru torn hole
Cartoon - Pixie and Dixie (Cut)
Commercial - Tape (Cut)
Intro Illusion - Allakazam Hat - Produce Basil 9:02
Throne Chair Routine - illusion 9:48
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Puzzle -Eight - Eights - Answer 12:17
Cast - Good bye 12:44
Close - Credits 12:50
End - TRT edited version 13:59

EPISODE #19

Magic Land of Allakazam Episode #19

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This Episode originally aired on Feb. 04th.  And it's full of great magic.  The Sleight of Hand magic that Mark does, the coin routine, is worth studying, and the Card Duck is fun too!  Enjoy the Illusion, The Doll to Life.  See if you can figure out why we don't "see" Nani in this bit!

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AIRED 19th WEEK February 4 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #19 
(l Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:35
Doll to Life - Teaser 1:46
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:05
Run Rabbit Run 2:14
Commercial - Tape 4:31
Cartoon lead in - Anagram Hank 5:36
Cartoon (Cut)
Commercial - Film (Cut)
SOH - Okito Coin Box 6:22
Mark in Audience - Card Duck 8:12
Commercial - Tape 9:46
Doll to Life - Irish Washerwomen - Illusion 10:48
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Ticket Plug 18:11
Gone Box 18:27
Cast - Good bye 18:50
Close and Closing Credits 18:58
Commercial - Buy Bonds 20:03
End - TRT edited version 20:38

EPISODE #18

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This Episode originally aired on January 28th.  And it's full of great magic.  The Sleight of Hand magic that Mark does, the sponge ball routine, is creative and so much fun with the little nervous volunteer.   The closing Illusion is quite good too.  

Even with 

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AIRED 18th WEEK January 28 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #18
(2 Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:34
Sentry Box - Teaser - with Mike 1:46
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:05
Dove and Paper Bag Transposition 2:14
Commercial - Mark - Tape 3:45
Cartoon lead in - Split Screen - Yogi 4:43
Cartoon - Yogi (Cut)
Commercial - Film (Cut)
SOH - Sponge Balls - Charlotte 5:39
Cartoon lead in - Cut Design in Paper 9:05
Cartoon (Cut)
Commercial - Tape - Mark Linking Stars 10:12
Sentry Box Illusion - Cathy 11:10
Commercial - Film (cut)
Cast - Good bye 12:32
Close - Credits 12:39
End - TRT edited version
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The Tele-Cine Project Part 1

CONVERTING THE ORIGINAL FILMS TO DIGITAL VIDEO

Starting with the Video side of the A-Archives...

One of the biggest hurdles of this archival work is to preserve ALL of shows in which Mark and Nani performed on and produced.  It's a challenge because they have been involved in showbiz for all eras and types of recorded analog moving images!   

They really did start at the dawn of Television. Mark and Nani come from the era when nothing was recorded, it was only live, and they had to drive from city to city to do each TV show for each market.  And their career has now passed the last of the 3-D HD - D1 and D2 - highest quality analog tape recordings (even though the signal is digital in that format, it is recorded on a linear tape that plays back for analog output, not "non-linear" from a hard drive).  I'm so happy to say that because of Mark's vision for the future, I'm taking them into the Digital age, and hopefully with your help, way beyond!

The equipment needs constant maintenance

So far, almost everything on this site had been from a video source of some type.   The film archives have been a somewhat elusive goal... The films are what I'm trying to add to the collection these days, initially because some episodes of Allakazam are missing.  But as I dig through the collection, its FUN to DISCOVER the hidden TREASURES!

To save this huge collection before it decays, means I also need a wide variety of video players.  

Video Digitization and Preservation Equipment at the A-Archives

With the idea of saving everything, I've been collecting video equipment by purchasing at auctions and accepting donations of every type of gear I can afford, some working, some I get for parts.  I'm looking for and am finding pretty much every type... from 1" reel to reel, to Beta Cam, Beta SP, Digi-Beta, 3/4" U-matic, Sony DV Cam, 1/2" Reel to Reel, S-VHS, Hi-8, Laser Disc, and of course VHS and DVD.  I don't have all of that yet, but we have quite a good pile of gear to sort through and try to make work.

2" Quad Video is a whole other topic... and is even more difficult to maintain and operate.  That's way out of reach for me, technically.  We can talk about the 2" collection in another "Allaka-Discovery" article.

I maintain a collection of older editing systems to work with the digital files.

At the same time, I must keep my old video editing software going on older equipment, and save money.  I prefer not to use subscription software, that's why I've hit the limit on upgrades.  Now I need to find older Mac's that will allow me to run the "legacy" versions of Final Cut Pro and Photoshop that I own.

Clem and I work together to break down the MacPros I get from different facilities that close down, and equipment auctions.  We try to re-assemble the parts into working computers.  It's fun to make them work but a big distraction from doing the archival work.


But what about the films?

Films of television are better known as, "Kinescopes"... the 16mm film format used to record and broadcast TV shows, prior to the popularity of Analog Video.  While I know what I'm looking for in Video equipment, the film gear has been the most difficult for me to find... Especially the right equipment to convert the Kinescopes to Digital Video for preservation.

These days, everything is Digital Video, and mostly "Non-Linear".  That's how you watch TV through cable and the internet.   Broadcast TV requires a digital antenna.  The world of analog is on its way out, and very quickly too.  

But the world of Television back in the 1950's and early 1960's was quite different.  It was all recorded on film!  There was no video tape yet. 

And even when video tape became the technology of choice for initial recording and some broadcast, it was not used for long term preservation.  There are many sad stories of whole series of TV shows being lost because the original tape was expensive and therefore "reused".

Though the "Magic Land of Allakazam" was actually recorded on Video Tape first... those "Camera Masters" were immediately transferred to 35mm film for editing, as there was no way to easily edit the video tape at that time.  The sound did not go through any "re-mixing", they just used what was originally recorded, so the post-production process could be kept to a minimum the budget!   

Sadly, but or one single show, the 35mm versions of the Allakazam episodes were all lost.  The versions we see now are the surviving 16mm Kinescopes that were sent around the world to air the show in local markets.

Mark and Nani have closely guarded these remaining films of Allakazam, along with many other films that I am only now discovering!

 



I had the good fortune to find one of the "workhorses" of the TV industry dating back to the mid 60's that was used and recently restored, to play these Kinescopes and convert them to video.  I won at auction, an RCA TP-66 projector.  Sadly it did not have a video camera, and that is my current search... to find a camera with the right macro lens to actually take a video image right off of the film print.



EPISODE #17

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This Episode originally aired on January 21st.  And it's full of great magic.  The Sleight of Hand magic that Mark does, "The 4 Card Assembly" is a fantastic bit of closeup.  I have a full explanation available on the site.  I'll put instructions here soon on how to get it.

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AIRED 17th WEEK January 21 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #17 
(1 Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:36
Azrah Levitation - Teaser 1:47
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:05
Duck Tub, Deborah the Darling Duck, Dan the Duck 2:20
Commercial - Tape 3:13
Cartoon lead in Pixie and Dixie - Split Screen 4:14
Cartoon _ Pixie and Dixie (Cut)
Commercial - Film (Cut)
SOH - 4 Card Assembly 5:05
Linking Rings 6:56
Mark in Audience - Hypnotized Handkerchief 9:31
Commercial - Tape 10:09
Puzzle - 11 Fingers 11:08
No Camera Tricks 12:16
Azrah Levitation - Illusion 13:05
Commercial - Film (Cut)
Puzzle - 11 Fingers - Answer 18:39
Show Ticket Address 19:17
Cast - Good bye 19:30
Close - Closing Credits 19:38
End - TRT edited version 20:40

EPISODE #16

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This Episode originally aired on January 14th, the third week of the new year.  And it's full of great magic.

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THE MAGIC LAND OF ALLAKAZAM ON A TV!

AIRED 16th WEEK January 14 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #16
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:34
Safari- Teaser 1:51
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:01
Spot Card 2:14
Commercial - Mark - Tape - Rice Krispies - Paper Funnel 3:55
Cartoon - lead in - Slate Cards - Starwipe 4:50
Cartoon - Yogi Bear (Cut)
Mark in Audience - 20th Century Change bag (Dove) 5:23
Commercial - Film - Woody Woodpecker (Cut)
Puzzle - 8 Half Dollars 6:11
Cartoon lead in - Silk to Paper Bag 7:23
Cartoon - Pixie and Dixie (Cut)
Commercial - Mark - Rebo - Raisin Bran - Tape 7:55
Intro Safari Illusion with Allakazam Hat 9:55
Safari Switch - Cage - Illusion 9:33
Commercial - Film - OK's Yogi Bear (Cut)
Puzzle Answer - 8 Coins 12:09
Cast - Good bye 12:51
Close - Closing Credits 12:58
End - TRT edited version 13:58

EPISODE #15

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This Episode originally aired on the last day of the year in 1960!  December 31st.  That's the only time in the run of the show that it would happen.  And it's a great way to bring in the new year!  

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THIS SPACE WILL MAGICALLY TRANSFORM INTO
THE MAGIC LAND OF ALLAKAZAM ON A TV!

AIRED 15th WEEK January 7 1961 KELLOGGS SHOW #15 
(1 Cartoon Show)
Opening - Production 0:06
Welcome to Allakazam 1:33
Teaser - Mystery of the Chinese Chests (Passe-Passe)-(Rebo Boxes) 2:01
Opening Magic Word - Kelloggs 2:10
Chicken House - Charlie and Charming Chicken 2:22
Commercial - Tape 4:09
Cartoon lead in - Slate Turning 5:05
Cartoon (Cut)
Commercial - Film (Cut)
SOH - Torn and Restored Napkin 5:52
Egg Bag (Patricia, Curtis) 8:28
Mark in Audience - Cowboy Rope 12:00
Commercial - Mark on Tape - All Stars 13:33
Clown Boxes - Passe - Passe - Rebo Boxes Illusion 14:33
Commercial - Film - All Stars 19:10
Ticket Plug 20:09
Cast - Good bye 20:22
Close - Credits 20:30
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