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Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby dvertucci » January 22nd, 2005, 5:05 pm

They are now available I saw on Ebay a 6 dvd set all 22 episodes of The Magician item #6361239457 price $35.00 If they are available there they must be available elsewhere

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 22nd, 2005, 5:39 pm

Paramount has never released The Magician on VHS or DVD. Anything you see on eBay or elsewhere are unauthorized broadcast copies.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 22nd, 2005, 5:42 pm

Bootlegs is the word!
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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Kurt Lee Flickner » January 23rd, 2005, 1:33 am

if you go to this website, rhere is an online petition to get Paramount to release this series on DVD
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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby dvertucci » January 23rd, 2005, 1:56 am

I had already signed at the website. The ebay item doesn't look bootleg it says they come in a case and all. I believe you, but some one went to a lot of trouble. I for one would rather wait for the real thing. Thankyou for your postings

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 23rd, 2005, 5:06 am

Daniel, most bootlegs come with printed discs, printed inserts in their cases (hoping to fool someone exactly like you), but they are bootlegs nonetheless--there are NO authorized copies of The Magician for sale anywhere in the world.
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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby dvertucci » January 23rd, 2005, 9:49 am

Thankyou Richard

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Brad Jeffers » January 31st, 2016, 6:50 am

HERE is a place where you can get the complete series for $25.

And HERE is a clip from an episode filmed in part at the Castle, in which Vernon is briefly seen, performing the cups & balls.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Dustin Stinett » January 31st, 2016, 2:40 pm

This set will likely be recorded from television onto VHS and transferred to DVD. It will be the heavily edited version that ran on SyFy. This is an unauthorized copy.

The are plans for an authorized copy. When it will be released remains unknown. What the master will be is unknown (it could also be the heavily edited version). The announcement was made in November by Visual Entertainment, Inc.:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Magici ... nned/21730

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby observer » January 31st, 2016, 3:09 pm

Dustin Stinett wrote:This set will likely be recorded from television onto VHS and transferred to DVD. It will be the heavily edited version that ran on SyFy. This is an unauthorized copy.

The are plans for an authorized copy. When it will be released remains unknown. What the master will be is unknown (it could also be the heavily edited version). The announcement was made in November by Visual Entertainment, Inc.:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Magici ... nned/21730


Judging by my complete set of The Equalizer, Visual Entertainment does a pretty decent job. Non-heavily-edited, at least.

Might move things along if Bixby fans email VEI about how wonderful it is of the company to reissue the Magician & how they're looking forward to spending money on buying it.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby brianarudolph » February 1st, 2016, 1:33 pm

Sent them an email this morning and got the following reply a few minutes ago:

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Hello Brian

Thank you for contacting us and expressing your content with the forthcoming release of The Magician.

Any updated news on release dates and product information for this title will be posted on the website.

Sincerely

Support Desk

VEI
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So either they don't know anything further at this point or they haven't been bugged by enough people yet. But they responded pretty quickly, so if more folks write to them it could very well spur them along and/or cause them to reprioritize the release to the extent of control that they have.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Bill Mullins » March 8th, 2016, 12:54 am

review at METV

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 8th, 2016, 1:40 am

METV is probably re-running the syndicated, edited versions of the show.
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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Bill Mullins » March 8th, 2016, 2:03 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:METV is probably re-running the syndicated, edited versions of the show.


I don't think they are. But their website has a bunch of articles about TV shows from the Baby Boomer era, and this is one of them.

Since we dropped cable, we are watching a lot more METV.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 8th, 2016, 3:46 pm

Seems odd to me they'd have an article about a show they're not running now or plan to run in the near future.
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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Mark Ratekin » September 2nd, 2017, 8:14 am

It appears that the series is, at long last, available:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753 ... MC3C&psc=1

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Dustin Stinett » September 2nd, 2017, 12:10 pm

Yes, for the first time ever, this is an authorized collection. EVERYTHING else, regardless of the source, has been unauthorized. I am saving my shekels to get my copy, and when I do, I will let everyone know if this is truly complete. We know all of the episodes as well as the pilot are there, but the question is if those episodes are complete. The syndicator had truncated them from what originally aired to make room for more commercials, so a LOT of magic, particularly as performed by Mark Wilson, Dai Vernon, and others, was cut since those segments did nothing to advance the storylines of the individual shows.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Bill Mullins » September 2nd, 2017, 12:58 pm

You can ask the publisher directly here.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Jack Shalom » September 2nd, 2017, 1:18 pm

One of the Amazon comments:

"Ordered my set straight from VEI, and got it on August 21. Print quality is quite good, particularly given that they squeezed 6 episodes on to each disc. Normal amount of visual artifacts for material of this vintage (actually, less than I would have expected). Episodes all clock in around 49 minutes each, EXCEPT for "Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit - Part 2." It runs only about 43 and a half minutes, because it is missing the lengthy opening recap of Part 1. Also missing are the 30 second opening teasers that were originally broadcast before the opening title sequence (but those are typically omitted from DVD releases). Overall, I give the set an enthusiastic thumbs-up."

So perhaps someone can tell from the 49-minute length whether that was the original running time?

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Bill Mullins » September 2nd, 2017, 7:12 pm

Spotted elsewhere:
Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files was clearly watching [The Magician]. Years later, on his paranormal FBI series, a young Mulder is shown watching The Magician when his sister Samantha is abducted by aliens.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 3rd, 2017, 12:06 am

49 minutes would be the correct run time.


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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Terry » September 11th, 2017, 12:43 pm

Received mine on Saturday and am into the 2nd disc. Had forgotten many of the episodes.

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Robert77 » September 11th, 2017, 2:34 pm

Terry wrote:Received mine on Saturday and am into the 2nd disc. Had forgotten many of the episodes.


You beat me to it Terry :) Last night I watched the pilot and the first episode.

The transfer is very very good. I've seen transfers from filmed (not video'd) TV series in the 80's that weren't this crisp, particularly given that I'm watching it on a high def TV. Sound is excellent. The end-of-episode credits roll by VERY quickly, I think they saved some time there to get the complete episodes on a fixed number of disks.

Watching the show, with "Anthony Dorian" the Magician solving problems by always having the correct trick, prop, or sleight ready, and thinking on his feet, reminded me that a true "magician" is always ready to perform. As opposed to one who just "does magic."

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Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Postby Dustin Stinett » September 19th, 2017, 8:46 pm

I finally got these, and binge watched them over the weekend. These are the complete episodes. It was a delight to see Dai Vernon, Peter Pit, Nino, Mark Wilson, a very young Greg Wilson, Nani Darnell, Larry Anderson, and several others back in the show. And by the way, that is the normal speed of the end credits. I know this because I do have one original episode, transferred (by and courtesy of my friend and fellow "The Magician" fan John Parnell) to DVD from a 16mm film that is owned by Beth Brickell, who guest starred in "Illusion of the Stainless Steel Lady."


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