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Paul Hallas

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Over the years I've seen the odd discussions between magicians which included lines like "But if you were a real magician it wouldn't look like that" or "If you could really do magic would you bother entertaining at all?", "What would you do if you really had magic powers?" etc. etc.

I always thought the discussions  pointless to be honest, but if you've ever come across comments like that you might like to track down and watch a very old but fun movie from the thirties called "The Man Who Could Do Miracles." It's about an average (not too bright) guy given the power to do miracles. I happened across it on Turner Classic Movies channel, but with its age I'm sure its available as a free download. For the time, the special effects are good and the dialogue and themes discussed re still relevant. 

When I decided to tape it I hadn't realized it was based on a short story by H.G. Wells whose name is boldly above the title when the film starts. So if you can't find the movie you might be able to find the story. Recommended. 
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     Reminds me of a "piece" I wrote (in APOCALYPSE, I think
  
       One middle of the night he was awakened. The Lord was in the room and the Lord placed his hand on the magicians shoulder, and said, "From here on in you will be able to do any kind of magic you like!"  At his next show, the magician did --- the dancing cane, color changing handkerchief and the milk pitcher!
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This reminds me early on in my magical career when I first learned to force a card. I was past the tricks with a process to find the chosen card. I discovered the Holy Grail. I would know what card they picked and then I could do anything I wanted to reveal that card!!!

Anything I wanted...

I couldn't think of more than maybe three things.
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Ferry Gerats

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Thanks Paul for bringing this movie to our attention.
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Paul Hallas

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Any who remembers the old dealer advertisement line, "Limited only by your imagination..."? which roughly translated meant, "We can't think of anything else to do with it but maybe you'll think of something."

In the movie, after getting over the shock of realizing what he can do, the FIRST  thing he thinks of is earning money with a magic act, but as he starts to get advice the suggestions and dialogue get interesting. In the end he means well, but..

Seriously, watch the movie or read the story if you can, its fun [smile]


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I enjoyed watching it.

I think the correct title is The man who could work miracles.

I like its humour. My favourite line: "There's been a serious outbreak of miracles in the district sir." [biggrin]
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I enjoyed watching it.

I think the correct title is The man who could work miracles.

I like its humour. My favourite line: "There's been a serious outbreak of miracles in the district sir." [biggrin]


Yes, you're correct Claudio, I placed a wrong word in the title. Glad you found it and enjoyed it though. Well worth a watch.

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Have to check this out. Big fan of H.G. Wells's short stories.
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