The Mad Magician (1954)

The Mad Magician


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Movie Info

In this horror film, originally released in 3-D, a magician goes on the rampage after a rival steels his secrets and his wife. His next performance involves the usual magic tricks--and death as he begins killing his quarry in very strange ways.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Crane Wilbur
In Theaters:


as Gallico

as Karen Lee

as Claire

as Rinaldi

as Ross Ormond

as Ross Ormond

as Alice Prentiss

as Bruce Allen

as Mr. Prentiss
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Critic Reviews for The Mad Magician

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Overly complicated and under-developed, this stock horror has its moments of invention...

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
Parallax View

A delightfully villainous Vincent.

Full Review… | April 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Mad Magician

This movie reminded me of House of Wax a bit, but not as creepy. The story is interesting and the movie is exciting. Price gives a good performance as always. I liked it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


Fun movie even without the 3-D, which was great. Price is great as a genius illusionist who is finally brought over the edge when his ideas are stolen. He gets revenge by murdering people and then taking their identities. The 3-D is great fun, but the story and Price make this film even better. The end is sudden and it could have used another 15 minutes, but still a solid film.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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