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This is Episode #33, which aired on week 33, May 13th, 1961. This show has a sci-fi magic illusion... Yes, that's right, a "Sci-Fi Magic Illusion." Georges Melies would be proud!
When I watched the show, I realized that, most of the time, Nani is the only one that has to wear a costume to match the theme of the segment. Rebo will add to his basic outfit sometimes, but consistently Nani is in the special costume. This particular Sci-Fi outfit is sitting in our warehouse! I've seen it, and when I can find it again, I'll show you. I'm not sure about the helmet, but the Tunic exists.
I remember one halloween, a long time ago, Mom and Carol Beth (she was the secret behind so much of the fabric creations, both for costumes and magic props) made a Space Man Tunic for me! It was grey felt, with silver metallic brocade trim, probably left over from some magic cloth or costume! Little did I know it, but I was wearing an outfit suitable for Allakazam! So cool in hind-sight.
After the opening and traditional screaming of the magic word, "Kellogg's"... Mark and Nani and Rebo present a trick that I have done with them and performed on my own shows, but it's always a mess... the Multem in Parvo!
That is the beginning of the "Science" theme for this weeks episode.
Little Mike participates, somewhat reluctantly, in the intro to the Yogi cartoon. He actually has performance duties that he thankfully pulls off just fine!
Rebo attempts to do a cut and restored handkerchief trick, but messes it up... and he does it with a borrowed Cub Scout Bandana! Oh no, can mark fix it?
Watch the show to find out!
Watch closely for this tender moment between Father and Son. Mike has just presented the gift to the young boy in the previous trick, and Mark is plunging forward into the "Mark in the Audience" segment. Imagine being little Mike, looking out at all those Girl Scouts in the audience. Mark pulls Mike close, to give his head a little rub of love... being the second son, I know of those moments and remember how reassuring it feels at that time, that Dad loves you! I hope when Mike sees this post, that he might remember those tender times.
Mark then goes into the audience to present the Hydrostatic Glass. It's a combination of science and magic, and obvious but excellent choice!
Mark produces the biggest box of cereal I've ever seen! Does anyone know if that Costco size was available back in the 60's way before Costco!
The finale Illusion segment is so cute. Not nearly as big a production as Episode #31 with the melodrama, but still they had to find that big switch contraption, and whatever that set piece is on the right.
If you are a magician, you might recognize the illusion is "The Princess of Thebes" or aka, "The Girl without a Middle". However, in this show, they needed time, so they made it into a longer effect. Watch the show, I'm not going to give you all the answers here!
I leave you with these thoughts again... my hopes that you enjoy watching these shows as much as I do. It really puts the Magic into Allakazam, or does the show create that feeling of "Allakazam" which to me is "Magic"... think on that.
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|AIRED 33RD WEEK||May 13 1961||KELLOGGS||SHOW #33|