The Mad Magician

Synopsis: Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask design. When Don embarks upon his own career as Gallico the Great, showcasing his own masterful illusions, his dreams are shattered by Ormond and he turns to murder to vent his frustrations.
Director(s): John Brahm
Production: Columbia Pictures
72 min


Was I all right?

You were great. Just listen

to them. They loved you.

- Did I sound like Rinaldi?

- Exactly like him.

All right, Karen,

the buzz saw trick is next.

Now, remember, that trick is

the high spot of our show.

- If it's a hit, we're in. If it's a flop,

we're dead. Good luck. - Good luck.

Ladies and gentlemen,

first, a demonstration.

I have here a common newel post,

cut from a solid piece

of mahogany.

Hey. Where are you going?

- L'm Ross ormond.

- Shh. There's a show going on.

L'm Ross ormond.

I want to talk to the house manager.

Well, he's out front.

They said he was back here on the stage.

This is police business.

Oh, all right. L'll see if I can find him.

Wait down there.

Wait down there.

Now, let us assume

that this is a human body,

and that this is a human head.

Ladies and gentlemen,

this is the most dangerous

exhibition ever attempted,

and I must ask

for complete silence.

The least disturbance could cause

this experiment to end in tragedy.

So now, I present

for the first time on any stage,

the lady and the buzz saw.

- who pulled the curtain down?

- Get that curtain up again. Up.

Ladies and gentlemen,

may I have your attention, please?

I wish to announce that owing

to unforeseen circumstances,

we are unable to continue

with this performance.

What does he mean unable to continue?

Ladies and gentlemen, please.

What were you

talking about out there?

How dare you pull down on me.

Ask those men.

They'll tell you.

And I'm holding you responsible

for the loss on tonight's business.

L'm calling my lawyer right now.

What does he mean, ask you?

He means I rang down the curtain,

with an injunction.

An injunction against what?

The use of the buzz saw trick.

But what right have you to...

Lieutenant, do you know anything

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Crane Wilbur

Crane Wilbur (November 17, 1886 – October 18, 1973) was an American writer, actor and director for stage, radio and screen. He was born in Athens, New York. Wilbur is best remembered for playing Harry Marvin in The Perils of Pauline. He died in Toluca Lake, California.He was a prolific writer and director of at least 67 films from the silent era into the sound era, but it was as an actor that he found lasting recognition, particularly playing opposite Pearl White in the iconoclastic serial The Perils of Pauline. He brought to the first motion pictures merry eyes, a great, thick crop of wavy, black hair and an athlete's interest in swimming and horseback riding. Twelve years of stage experience prepared him for his venture into the new art of silent motion pictures. He was one of the first to explore the techniques required to communicate through the wordless shadows of the movies. more…

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