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The Twilight Zone: The Pharaoh's Curse

A young magician tries to learn the secret of an impossible illusion from an old conjurer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x36
Production Number: 139
Airdate: Wednesday April 23rd, 2003

Director: Bob Balaban
Writer: Stephen Beck

Guest Stars
Shawn HatosyShawn Hatosy
As Mario Devlin
Lindy BoothLindy Booth
As Shannon
Xander BerkeleyXander Berkeley
As Harry Kellogg

Co-Guest Stars
Karen HolnessKaren Holness
As Veejay
Shawn StewartShawn Stewart
As Attendant
Main Cast


Magician Mario Devlin prepares to perform a major illusion in public view. He has a volunteer test the metal blades mounted parallel to the street and then ascends on an elevator platform. He jumps into the blades and then emerges from the bottom, unscathed. He returns to his office where he gets a rush of new contacts, and the delivery of a tape he’s been looking for, for over a year. The tape has a recording of magicians Harry Kellogg and the elderly John Holland performing the Pharaoh’s Curse, a glass casket illusion where they switch places. Even Mario can’t figure out how it was done. Holland gave the trick’s secret to Kellogg, and Kellogg may give it to the best magician in the world. Mario plans to be that magician. He takes the tape and goes to Kellogg’s gated manor and Kellogg sees it and lets him in...

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Episode Quotes
Host: (opening narration) Magic is an art based on deceit, on illusion disguised as reality. Tonight Mario Devlin will question what he's always taken for granted, the difference between artifice and reality. Because tonight Mario will get his first real magic lesson in The Twilight Zone.

Harry Kellogg: Mario’s so talented he made 25 showgirls disappear. Of course, two of them appeared in his dressing room later.

Host: (closing narration) There's a place where blind ambition is forced to see. A place where if you're not careful, that climb to the top will age you beyond your years. But it's also a place where those who believe in real magic can stay forever young. A trick whose secret lies hidden deep within The Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerJohn Watson  |  Pen Densham  |  Ira Steven Behr
Co-Executive ProducerJohn Peter Kousakis
Supervising ProducerMichael Angeli
ProducerKay Reindl  |  Erin Maher  |  Moira Kirland Dekker
Co-ProducerAnne Tabor  |  Patrice Allen
Consulting ProducerAshley Edward Miller  |  Forest Whitaker  |  James Crocker  |  Frederick Rappaport  |  Zack Stentz
Production DesignerRicardo Spinacé
EditorDana Shockley
CastingHolly Powell  |  Liz Melcher  |  Candice Elzinga  |  Bette Chadwick  |  Martina Smyth  |  Lisa Ratke  |  Helen Diament
First Assistant DirectorGreg Zenon
Second Assistant DirectorKathy Houghton
MusicMark Snow  |  Marius Constant  |  Jonathan Davis (1)
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorMichelle Kuznetsky Silverman  |  Mary Ramos
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Key GripDavid J. Dawson
Camera OperatorNeil Seale
Set DecoratorMark Lane
Location ManagerBill Burns (1)  |  Michael C. Young
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorRoss Walshe
Production Sound MixerMichael Williamson (3)
Script SupervisorHelga Ungurait
Production CoordinatorJennifer Metcalf  |  Susan Crawford
Script CoordinatorKurt A. Langenhahn
Assistant EditorKelley Dixon
Post Production SupervisorRuth Hawryluk  |  Adam Mann  |  Nancy Valle
Supervising Sound EditorMark Kamps
Re-Recording MixerGary Montgomery  |  Craig M. Otte
GafferJeffrey Pentecost
OtherSimon Lacey (Visual Effects Supervisor)  |  Matt Gore (Visual Effects Supervisor)
Director of PhotographyRick Maguire
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Art DirectorBrentan Harron
Post Production CoordinatorStephanie Thompson
Production ManagementPatrice Allen
Special EffectsBob Comer
Key Makeup ArtistYvonne Weber
Production AccountantDebera Barager
Post Production EditorGary McFarland
Key HairstylistDanna Rutherford
Executive In Charge Of ProductionJayne Bieber
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