Anthony Hopkins plays Corky, a schizophrenic ventriloquist who believes his dummy Fats is about to come alive and take over the act. After Corky kills his manager, believing that the dummy has committed the crime, he travels to upstate New York to visit his high-school flame.
Based on the best-selling novel by William Goldman and directed by Sir Richard Attenborough (A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi), Magic’s stellar performances and shocking conclusion make for gripping suspense from beginning to end.
Rated 83% on Rotten Tomatoes
To prepare for his performance in this movie, Sir Anthony Hopkins learned magic tricks and studied the art of ventriloquism. Hopkins learned how to project his voice and manipulate a ventriloquist's dummy.
Gene Siskel ranked the movie at the number nine spot on his Ten Best Films of the Year list for 1978.
For this film, William Goldman was awarded the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay from the Mystery Writers of America.