Remember Dick "Mr. Magic" Williams - star of
the longest-running TV magic show in history?
(Guinness World Record for Dick Williams' Magicland, here)
For 23 years (Jan. 1966-Jan. 1989), Mr. Magic brought fun and
interaction to kids and adults via his magic show on WMC-TV5 in
Memphis, TN. It was a TV era where shows were often innocent
and entertaining...the kind of shows that many parents wish were
still on the air today (we receive emails!). There were cartoons such
as Rocky & Bullwinkle, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, and others.
Hundreds of magical effects were maintained. Mr. Magic kept
index files noting each effect, patter, and date of broadcast. Tens of
thousands appeared in studio audience over the years. We hope
you enjoy a few Magicland memories (fan mail, photos & videos)!
Did you know? Dick did over 7,000 weathercasts on Ch.5 (video).
Updates: March 2007: Mr. Magic broke his leg, then suffered a head
injury at a rehab facility. March 2011: Mr. Magic donated items to the
Pink Palace Museum (for possible future exhibit). April 2018: SAM's
Presidential Citation. July 2018: Happy 91st Birthday, Mr. Magic!
Copyright 2007-, Dick Williams and MagiclandTV.com. All rights reserved.
Hosted by the family of Mr. Magic. If you'd like to
make a small donation towards hosting costs to
keep the memories of Dick Williams' Magicland online, please click
here. If you'd like to sponsor the site, please contact us.
Best wishes always,
You've done an excellent job with the website. It not only honors a man who has brought an incredible amount of joy to so many in his
community for so many years, but also serves that same community today by helping to rekindle fond memories." - Ed Hurt, May 2014
“Dick Williams and MagicLand was one of the instrumental players in my development as a magician. Each week Dick provided good
wholesome entertainment which is so rare on television. His charismatic personality drew you in and for 30 minutes you stepped into
his magic land. He was always open to talking about magic and sharing his passion with fellow magicians. His creativity and skill went
way beyond what was seen on television each week. I wish I could have acquired some of his organizational skills and attention to detail.
I still model some of my select routines after his ideas. He was and is a great friend in magic.
-Michael Clayton, May 2014 (MidsouthMagic.com)
|Special Thanks to Michael Clayton
for putting together this montage video!!!
Did you know?
The early years of Dick Williams'
Magicland was taped on movie film
(technically 2-inch quadruplex video
tape). It was so costly that shows were
taped over. So, very little footage remains.
A bit of trivia: The first Magicland show in full-color aired on November 26th, 1966
January 2016 marked 50 years since Dick Williams' Magicland first aired on Memphis TV!
|MAGIC magazine, January 1999
The Century: Those Who Impacted the Art in America
|"Just imagine how magical Memphis was each week
for 23 years because of Dick and Virginia Williams!"