EPISODE #04

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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!

The "XYZ Blocks Illusion" is a missing clip from this episode.

The "XYZ Blocks Illusion" is a missing clip from this episode and, hopefully, we can find it somewhere. But, I need a little help!

These 16mm film rolls are called "trims" or "outs" and may or may not have audio on the same film.  During production, the picture is separate from the audio and they are put together after editing, making the composite which is distributed as a "Kinescope" episode.

These "Mag" tracks are the audio portion which may relate to the film rolls in the photo above.  We won't know if they go together, and we won't know if they even play until we try!  They are decaying with time, so we need to save them sooner rather than later.  Who knows what treasures may be hidden in here!

Young Mark and Nani in the mid 1950's at the Texas State Fair

Mark Wilson and his good friend, Basil the Baffling Bunny

A rare shot of Mike with Mark and Nani and the cereal boxes.  Notice the All Stars box on top left.  The little flying carpets were also used for other publicity photos during the series.

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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
Mutilated Parasol 2:09
Commercial - Mark Breakfast Table-setting Production on Tape 3:38
Cartoon lead in - Hartz Card Frame - Huck 4:40
Cartoon (Cut)
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
Cartoon (Cut)
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
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