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The episode that aired on the 4th week has quite a mystery... I mean, there's a Mysteriously Missing Magic Illusion. Well, actually, we have part of the actual illusion, but for some reason, the featured performance in the show was removed from the Kinescope, physically edited! Yeah, cut out of the reel that was shipped around for Syndication. And neither Mom, nor Dad can remember why it was cut out, or for what it might have been used!
So, as you watch Show #4, which originally aired on October 22nd, 1960, (Actually shot as show #1. Remember, they switched the first few shows around.). You will see the teaser for the XYZ blocks in the opening, and Nani's very cute costume in the closing bows, but sadly, we have to hope to find that clip somewhere else! There is hope, perhaps in one of the many boxes of films that contain short trims, or workprints with mag track.
But that will take some loving Allaka-Fans to help us finance this search. We already found a large collection of reels and boxes, some with unknown content. My hope is that whatever was cut out was saved, or we have another print of it.
Nani mentioned that maybe another print that was circulated for syndication during those early episodes, that may not have been returned from the station, and could be in someone's private collection! So there is hope to find it one way or another.
The other magic that is still on this show is fantastic. Mark and Nani present their version of the "Mutilated Parasol". They perfected this routine after many years of Local TV and Fair dates. You can see how comfortable and confident they are in performance. Makes sense that they picked this piece of magic for an early episode. They knew they could nail it in one take!
The commercials that Mark and the team created were vital to the economics of the show. It was one way the production could earn a little more money to put toward the vast unexpected expenses of producing your own series. The long and complicated story of the financial trials and tribulations behind-the-scenes of this independent production is quite amazing and will be explored in our "Allaka-Tales" stories.
This Episode also features a "Puzzle" that is clever, but might not work with kids these days, over half a century after this first aired. Times change, and people change, and so do the kids. Just look at how polite the kids are in the audience!
Anyway, it's a fun show, and I know you will enjoy it. Please take yourself back in time and pretend it's Saturday Morning and time for magic!
Come be RE-ENCHANTED!
The Allakazam Archives eagerly presents for your research and edification Episode 4 of The Magic Land of Allakazam!
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|AIRED 4th WEEK||October 22, 1960||KELLOGG'S||SHOW #1|
|Opening - Production Opening||0:06|
|Opening Magic Word - Kellogg's||1:13|
|XYZ Blocks - Teaser||1:55|
|Commercial - Mark Breakfast Table-setting Production on Tape||3:38|
|Cartoon lead in - Hartz Card Frame - Huck||4:40|
|Mark in Audience - Sponge Ball Transposition (Debbie)||5:06|
|Commercial - All Stars - Film||6:03|
|Puzzle - Knock Hands Apart||7:03|
|Cartoon lead in - Slates - Jinks||8:16|
|Commercial - Mark Box and cereal bowl from Foulard on Tape||9:02|
|XYZ Blocks - Illusion||MISSING!|
|Commercial - All Stars - Film||10:03|
|Puzzle - Knock Hands Apart - Answer||11:03|
|Good bye Cast||11:19|
|Close - Closing Credits||11:29|